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5:10 PM ET, May 28, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The next Apple TV revealed: cloud storage and iPhone OS on tap... and a $99 price tag  —  If you thought that Apple's foray into the world of home entertainment died with the last iteration of the Apple TV, you're quite wrong.  A tip we've received — which has been confirmed by a source …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
I don't like wires but I do like ports  —  My home computers have been on a diet.  —  I've been retiring hard drives, ones that are under 1TB in size, and replacing them with new 2TB drives.  It's been more than 1-for-2 because of the efficiency of larger spaces for backups and videos.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Report: Apple Prepping Cheap, Cloud-Based Apple TV For War With Google
Discussion: ZDNet and TUAW
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Mark Zuckerberg: I Donated to Open Source, Facebook Competitor  —  You might expect that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg would dismiss the four NYU college students who want to take on Facebook's dominance of social networking by building a distributed, open alternative that includes a way for people to run their own servers.
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T to offer iPhone insurance for $13.99/mo  —  One of our AT&T Ninjas just hit us up with some news that will excite those of you who have a chronic case of the dropsies and own an iPhone.  AT&T will be launching a new insurance service starting June 6th, named MobileProtect, designed specifically for the Apple iPhone.
Ben Grubb / ZDNet Australia:
IE6 used as Facebook blocker: Microsoft  —  Businesses that want to block access to social networking sites such as Facebook are not upgrading to the latest version of Internet Explorer (IE), according to Microsoft's Australian chief security adviser.  —  “[Companies are] happy to stay …
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Barry Collins / PC Pro:
Microsoft man: “My job is to destroy IE6”  —  The man in charge of Internet Explorer has told PC Pro that he's been tasked with destroying IE6.  —  Internet Explorer 6 continues to be the second most used browser version in the world at the ripe old age of nine, according to Net Applications.
Discussion: Sunbelt Blog
Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Bets Big on Google, Verizon  —  Motorola Inc. has reached a deal with Verizon Wireless to ensure some of its upcoming smartphones will be heavily promoted by the largest U.S. carrier, a big boost as Motorola tries to turn around its struggling handset business.
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Motorola: Can it differentiate itself in the Droid mix?
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Our new spin on the Foxconn suicide epidemic  —  Working together with our colleagues in the PRC's propaganda ministry we have developed a great new counter-narrative that we've been pushing pretty hard in background conversations with friendly hacks.  Basically it's the notion …
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Jonathan Standing / Reuters:
Hon Hai to raise China wages after spate of suicides  —  TAIPEI - Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry plans to raise workers' salaries by about 20 percent at its Foxconn unit in China, as it struggles to stop a spate of worker suicides and quell rising public anger.
Jon Gilkison / interfacelab:
Is This Really The Future of Magazines or Why Didn't They Just Use HTML 5?  —  I just downloaded the Wired iPad application, and like most iPad applications (and most magazines for that matter), I found myself bored with it within the first 20 minutes.  I'm sure the content is engaging …
Aaron Boodman / Chromium Blog:
Desktop Notifications: Now available to extensions in Chrome  —  Many Chrome extensions use browser actions as a notification area.  Notifications can be very valuable to users, but there's only so much a developer can do with an icon's worth of pixels.  —  As it turns out …
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google Confirms “Mayday” Update Impacts Long Tail Traffic  —  Google made between 350 and 550 changes in its organic search algorithms in 2009.  This is one of the reasons I recommend that site owners not get too fixated on specific ranking factors.  If you tie construction of your site …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
And We're Off: Hurt Locker Files First 5,000 Lawsuits Against File Sharers  —  from the welcome-to-the-digital-hurt- locker dept  —  As was widely rumored and more or less confirmed by the rude email from Hurt Locker's producers, saying that anyone who thought this was a bad idea was a …
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Google's Latest Launch: Its Own Trading Floor  —  The search giant is hiring Wall Street vets to manage a $26.5 billion pile of cash  —  Last fall, some unusual job listings began cropping up on Google's (GOOG) website.  Amid the requests for programmers and engineers were postings for bond traders and portfolio analysts.
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
House passes increased tax on carried interest, and VCs hate it  —  The U.S. House of Representatives has passed HR 4213, a bill that will double the tax on carried interest — that's “carry” if you're a venture capitalist — which many investors factor in as part of their long-term investments in startups.
Discussion: Bits
Twitter Blog:
Good news for people everywhere!  —  New, improved, internationalized help center  —  Twitter's user support team is a small group of 14 people and 4 engineers dedicated to helping people use Twitter.  As Twitter has grown, so has the importance of making it easy to find answers to questions …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Increases Support for Self-Publishing in iBookstore  —  While Apple may be struggling to sign up major publishers for international eBook distribution through its iBookstore, the company appears to be making things easier for independent authors without a publisher to have their work included in the store.
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Kindle Review:
You can now self-publish for iBooks - just need a Mac
M. Daou / MobileTechWorld:
Microsoft: 30 Million Windows Phone 7 devices will be sold by the end of 2011  —  During yesterday's ReMIX Microsoft showed an interesting slide that didn't go unoticed by me ( you can see it above).  According to IDC predictions 30Million Windows Phone 7 devices will be sold by the end …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Geo Services Mismatch Places Up To 40 Percent Of The Time  —  Have you ever tried to check into a place on Foursquare or some other geo service only to find that there are 10 names for the same location?  For instance, Foursquare has tons of different “places” that are all inside Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Box.net Adopts HTML5; Adds Drag And Drop Functionality Between The Web And Desktop  —  Cloud storage and document sharing startup Box.net is the latest startup to adopt HTML5.  The startup is announcing today that it is incorporating a broad implementation of HTML5 drag and drop functionality …
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Smartbooks Are Dying On the Vine.  That's Dumb.  —  What if I told you there was an ultralight device that put all the functionality of a powerful tablet into the thinnest, lightest laptop you ever saw?  It exists.  It could be great.  And it's dying before its time.
 
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Android Emerges as Big Rival to iPad
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Supreme Court Gets RIAA Copyright Case
Discussion: Techdirt and PlagiarismToday
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Stores open early June 4th for EVO 4G with mobile hotspot loophole
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Front Page Head Tapan Bhat Leaves Company
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Tests “Related Photos,” Shows Users Excerpts from Other Albums
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Andrew Kameka / Androinica:
SIRIUS XM Android App now broadcasting sans Howard Stern
Discussion: Electronista, Mashable! and mobiputing
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Sony patent shows solar charged e-reader/laptop built from two touchscreens
Discussion: Go Rumors and CrunchGear
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nokia N8 video overview: Symbian^3 homescreens, messaging, email …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Redesigns Image & Video Search Pages To Show Trending Results
Andy Patrizio / ServerWatch:
IT Buying More x86 Servers, Paying Less: IDC
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Skype Mobile with video support coming to Android Market later this year?
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iPad arrives in London after fans queue overnight at Apple store
 

 
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