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9:45 PM ET, May 21, 2009

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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple to answer netbook market with $500-$700 tablet - report  —  With a conventional netbook clearly out of the question, researchers for Piper Jaffray said Thursday there's mounting evidence to suggest Apple next year will introduce its own take on the market in the form of a tablet-based device that will sell for $700 or less.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What We Know About The Apple Tablet So Far  —  More evidence of the Apple Tablet surfaced today.  We first wrote about the device at the end of last year when OEMs in China started hearing about the device.  Details are still thin, although probably not because of a lack of leaks.
Discussion: TUAW
Darin Fisher / The Official Google Blog:
Put the pedal to the metal with a faster Google Chrome  —  We introduced Google Chrome back in September, and it's received a great response so far.  Since launching, we've been working hard on adding the top requested features and making Google Chrome even faster.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Releases New Stable Version of Chrome: Faster, Full Screen Mode, Form Autofill  —  Google today announced a major new update of Chrome, Google's own browser, that gives the application a large speed boost as well as some new features.  According to Google, Chrome now loads JavaScript …
Discussion: eWeek, WebProNews and Electronista
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Next iPhone  —  In the summer of 1994, I landed a college internship as a programmer at a DOS/Windows development shop.  There were maybe 20 full-time programmers on the team, and, when I joined, they were nearing the end of a two-year-long project to port their flagship DOS app to Windows.
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com:
Oprah's Skypefest draws backlash  —  The Queen of All Media has embraced Skype and Twitter, but technical glitches and other snags highlight why new media isn't yet ready for prime time.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Oprah Winfrey's tastemaking power is legendary.
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Skype Gets the Oprah Treatment
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Do iPhone App Store Reviewers Spend Their Time Searching for Porn?  —  A while back we mentioned that an update to popular Twitter client, Tweetie was rejected by the iTunes App Store because, at that particular day and time, ****itlist showed up as a popular trend on Twitter.
Discussion: Forbes
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Reuven Cohen / Cloud Computing Magazine:
U.S Government Launches Data.gov Open Government Initiative  —  Data.gov strives to make government more transparent  —  I'm happy to announce that the U.S. Federal Government earlier today launched the new Data.Gov website.  The primary goal of Data.Gov is to improve access to Federal data …
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The Official Google Blog:
New Logo Look  —  You may have noticed new logos at the top of some of Google's web pages, including Google Labs, Google Moderator, and Google Code.  These are the result of a new logo design we are rolling out.  We hope this design freshens up our look as well as improves consistency and ease of use across our sites.
Discussion: Webware.com, TechCrunch and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google's Rubin: Android ‘a revolution’  —  Among all the companies fighting to grab a piece of the brightest star in computing—the smartphone—Google seems the least interested in taking the spoils.  —  Android, Google's mobile operating system, doesn't generate revenue for the company …
M.P. McQueen / Wall Street Journal:
Bloggers, Beware: What You Write Can Get You Sued  —  Be careful what you post online.  You could get sued.  —  In March 2008, Shellee Hale of Bellevue, Wash., posted in several online forums about a hacker attack on a company that makes software used to track sales for adult-entertainment Web sites.
Discussion: Sample the Web, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Magic Inbox  —  Gmail's code reveals an upcoming feature called “magic inbox” or “icebox inbox”, which is likely to prioritize the messages sent by your friends and other contacts you email frequently.  —  In 2007, RarePlay reported about the social features that would be included in email services.
The Official Google Blog:
Faster is better on Google Suggest  —  As we prepared to write this post, we discovered a common childhood passion for fast things: high-speed trains, roller coasters, firetrucks, and more.  That may be a key part of why we're so excited to be working on Google Suggest …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Areps.at, The New Facebook Phishing Scam (Updated)  —  Facebook phishing scams won't seem to go away.  Today a new scam appears to be spreading through people's Facebook inboxes: areps.at.  It's another obscure URL and it's just like all the other ones that have been spreading around the site.
Jonathan Adams / GlobalPost:
Apple under fire in Taiwan  —  Labor groups target a supplier of the U.S. computer giant.  —  TAIPEI — Labor rights groups are stepping up their campaign against a Taiwanese supplier for Apple Computer.  —  They have accused the company, flat-panel maker Wintek, of exploiting workers …
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
OpenTable Opens Big; Stock Up Almost 25% In Early Trading  —  OpenTable (NSDQ: OPEN) CEO Jeff Jordan (pictured, right) probably wouldn't have been tapped to ring the opening bell on the NASDAQ just a few years ago when the IPO market was thriving.  But that's where he was today …
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
Palm confirms no visual voicemail on Pre  —  Ah, Twitter, how did we communicate with our favorite corporations before you came about?  Mr. Yuhnke has taken advantage of Palm's relative openness over Twitter and posed the question to Palm: does the Pre come with visual voicemail?
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
Beware tvviter.com - video of a live Twitter phishing attack  —  I got an email this morning saying that someone called “3XNJTVJG0SYIKDH (NinaOchoa)” was following my updates on Twitter.  —  That's rather an odd name, I thought, and investigated further.  —  A live Twitter phishing attack from SophosLabs on Vimeo.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Amazon's New Service Goes Postal Over Slow Broadband  —  Insufficient bandwidth has the potential to limit the cloud because it can take a long time to send large files over thin pipes.  Amazon Web Services now addresses this problem with a new data delivery service called AWS Import/Export …
Financial Times:
View from the Top: Eric Schmidt of Google  —  Chrystia Freeland, US managing editor, interviewed Eric Schmidt, chairman and chief executive of Google, in London.  They discussed the future of newspapers, developing online advertising and antitrust issues.  This is a transcript of that interview.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Best Buy stores only getting 4 Palm Pres for launch day?  —  “Whoa, whoa, easy there killer.”  That's probably one of the phrases coming out of your mouth at the moment.  One of our most-trusty of ninjas just dropped this bomb in our mailbox — it's going to be rough out there on June 6th, folks.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Reviewing Pirate Bay Trial Bias Is Removed for Bias  —  The judge assigned to review whether the trial judge in the Pirate Bay trial was biased has now been removed — for bias, of course.  —  The convoluted web of potential scandal further complicates the April 17 copyright infrigment convictions …
Discussion: TorrentFreak
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Business Insider, SAI's Parent, Closes Third Round; Funding Estimated At $5 Million  —  Business Insider, the prodigiously productive business blog network, has closed a third round funding, co-founder, editor and CEO Henry Blodget (pictured, right) announced today.
Ryan Junee / YouTube Blog:
Zoinks!  20 Hours of Video Uploaded Every Minute!  —  In mid-2007, six hours of video were uploaded to YouTube every minute.  Then it grew to eight hours per minute, then 10, then 13.  In January of this year, it became 15 hours of video uploaded every minute, the equivalent of Hollywood releasing …
Reuters:
Capcom to unveil more iPhone titles  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Capcom Co Ltd said it plans to launch more than 10 titles for Apple Inc's highly popular iPhone in the year to March, cashing in on growing demand for mobile gaming.  —  The company, which produces …
Discussion: VG247 and Joystiq
Marc Graser / Variety:
Rockstar founders aim for internet  —  Gamemaker forms new web venture 4mm Games  —  Rockstar Games pushed boundaries with its “Grand Theft Auto” franchise.  Now the co-founders of the company have formed vidgame venture 4mm Games and hope to reinvent the rollout of new titles using the Web.
Joe Weisenthal / PE Hub Blog:
Internet Startups Will Destroy The Government  —  Perhaps you've heard?  Officials in Washington, D.C. are terrified over the specter of “deflation”.  While inflation is usually considered to be an evil, the government is willing to print up untold sums to avoid what it sees as the calamity of falling prices.
Discussion: TechFlash
Softpedia News:
Windows Live Messenger Embargoes Instituted for Some Users  —  But not just the IM client  —  Windows Live Messenger is, as a general rule, available for free to all users worldwide.  But of course that there are the proverbial exceptions to every rule.  And Microsoft's instant messaging client …
Discussion: Ars Technica and LiveSide
 
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Mussie Shore / The Official Google Blog:
Netlog integrates with Google Friend Connect
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:sinkercat
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikimedia Foundation to Add Creative Commons License for All Content
Discussion: WebProNews and Meta, Thanks:atul
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Warner Bros. Makes A $33 Million Bid For Midway Games
Discussion: Midway Games, Kotaku and Softpedia News
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Xerox: CEO Mulcahy Retires July 1; Burns Takes Over
Discussion: Business Week and CNET News
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
CES Expands Mac Section, Aims To Really Squash Macworld
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, cesweb.org and CNET News
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
FCC's Warrantless Household Searches Alarm Experts
Discussion: Techdirt and DSLreports
Staska / Unwired View:
Google wants to make your Android phone much smarter with …
Discussion: The Register, Fast Company and Gizmodo
Gordon Haff / CNET News:
Intel's Tukwila slips yet again
Discussion: Digits, eWeek and insideHPC
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google's Beta Love May Die In Fight For Enterprise Customers