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May 31, 2012, 7:35 PM

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Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Delivering the Windows 8 Release Preview  —  Today, Windows 8 Release Preview is available for download in 14 languages.  This is our final pre-release, and includes Windows 8, Internet Explorer 10, new Windows 8 apps for connecting to Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger (and many more) …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Judge: Oracle Java API elements not covered by copyright law, related claims against Google dismissed  —  Things weren't looking good for Oracle after the jury found that Google hadn't infringed upon the company's patents in the second phase of the trial, but the issue of infringement of the structure …
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Google Spends Millions for More than 50 New Domains Including .LOL and .YouTube  —  Google Applies for .Google, .Lol, .Youtube, .Docs and Many Others  —  Last month, Google told Ad Age that it was poised to go on a web-domain buying spree.  Today, the company announced in a blog post …
Vygantas / Web Browser:
Facebook Drops Google Chrome Recommendation, Replaces It With Opera  —  More fuel to the rumor's fire.  —  It looks like Facebook management decided not to bother with the Google Chrome anymore as their latest “unsupported web browsers” page has since then removed the search giant's web browser.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Cricket first pre-paid US carrier to offer iPhone; on $55/month unlimited plan, starting June 22  —  Cricket Communications, a Leap Wireless company, is the latest carrier to offer new Apple iPhone models (the iPhone 4 and 4S to be more specific) in the United States.
Wall Street Journal:
Inside Nokia's Struggle Against Apple's iPhone  —  Nokia Corp.'s new top-of-the-line smartphone sells for $200 less than Apple Inc.'s cheapest iPhone 4S.  But under the hood, Nokia actually pays more for the phone's components, according to an analysis—underscoring the challenges …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
How a trio of hackers brought Google's reCAPTCHA to its knees  —  Hackers exploit weaknesses in Google's bot-detection system with 99% accuracy.  —  The background noise added to the audio version of Google's reCAPTCHA didn't include high frequencies, making it easy for histograms …
More: Gizmodo and Slashdot
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Product Search To Become Google Shopping, Use Pay-To-Play Model  —  Google Product Search is getting a new name, Google Shopping, and a new business model where only merchants that pay will be listed.  It's the first time Google will decommission a search product that previously listed companies for free.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
25 years of HyperCard—the missing link to the Web  —  Sometime around 1988, my landlady and I cut a deal.  She would purchase a Macintosh computer, I would buy an external hard drive, and we would leave the system in the living room to share.  She used the device most …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Spotted in the wild: Google+ Events feature on its way, with tie-in to Google Calendar  —  Google is putting a lot of effort into making its Google+ social network thing more robust to turn it into a viable competitor to market leader Facebook.  One major feature Google+ was missing so far …
John Letzing / Wall Street Journal:
Google Points Antitrust Finger at Microsoft, Nokia  —  Google Inc. said it filed an antitrust complaint Thursday in Europe arguing that Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Corp. are using proxy companies to brandish patents and hurt the prospects of Google's Android mobile-phone software to the advantage of Microsoft's technology.
James Grimmelmann / The Laboratorium:
Google Books Class Certified  —  Today, Judge Chin handed the Authors Guild a big procedural win.  He issued an opinion that allowed the Guild to represent its members in the lawsuit, and then went on to certify a class consisting not just of the members but of all authors whose books Google scanned.
Brittany Darwell / Inside Facebook:
Facebook introduces 5 tiers of page admin access  —  Facebook now offers pages fives different levels of page admin privileges so that businesses can assign roles to different people without giving up full control of their pages.  —  Previously, all admins had equal access to create posts …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight teardown reveals e-reader's light distribution secrets  —  The folks at iFixit recently tore apart the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight and, as they are wont to do, have offered up a detailed run-down analyzing the device's innards.
More: Engadget and GigaOM
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Hotspot Shield lets your Android surf safely over public Wi-Fi  —  Looking for a little safety and mobile privacy at that public hotspot?  AnchorFree's Hotspot Shield app might be worth the look for your smartphone: The company launched an Android version of the mobile app in Google Play on Thursday …
More: TechCrunch

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