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8:20 PM ET, May 1, 2010


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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
H.264 Already Won—Makes Up 66 Percent Of Web Videos  —  Earlier this week, Steve Jobs kicked the debate about the need for Flash into high gear, especially for Web video.  As he explained, Apple products like the iPhone and iPad don't support Flash because although 75 percent of video on the Web is in Flash …
Teardown of iPad 3G shows Apple using LCD frame as an antenna  —  Apple's iPad 3G, which went on sale in the U.S. on Friday, reveals a new approach to achieving optimal wireless reception and some interesting differences internally when compared to its Wi-Fi-only sibling, according to a new tear-down analysis.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AT&T On The iPad 3G Video Restrictions: “That's something you need to ask Apple”
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, Beet.TV and TUAW
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Is Twitter More Popular With Black People Than White People?  —  New data confirms that Twitter's population is disproportionately black.  —  According to Edison Research's annual report on Twitter, black people represent 25% of Twitter users, roughly twice their share of the population in general.
Discussion: The Digital Letter
Zee / The Next Web:
Facebook's just made it easier to share what you're going to do  —  Feeling that Facebook events aren't currently used enough for spontaneous events, the worlds largest social network has released a feature to make future plans easier to share.  —  Events can now be created direct from an events box on your home page in a single step.
Discussion: Facebook Blog, CNET News and Mashable!
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
A Russian Star Rises in Silicon Valley  —  Yuri Milner's DST has quietly acquired 10% of Facebook  —  Yuri Milner keeps a telescope in his office on the 57th floor of Moscow's Nabarezhnaya Tower to check out what's happening across the city.  Judging by his investment portfolio, you'd think it was trained on Silicon Valley instead.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Top Secret ‘People-Powered’ Search Engine Launching Soon (GOOG, MSFT)  —  A new, top secret, “people-powered” search engine named Slangwho — being built in New York — appears to finally be launching in a few weeks.  —  We've been hearing buzz about Slangwho for months.
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon targets federal cloud  —  As Google, Microsoft and other technology companies talk up their ability to provide cloud computing services to federal agencies, another tech giant,, is quietly positioning itself to be a major government cloud provider as well.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hard Labor: Adobe Rebuilds Its Wired Magazine App to Fit Apple's Flash-Free Agenda  —  Condé Nast and Adobe spent months creating a version of Wired magazine for the iPad — only to be to told Apple wouldn't let the thing anywhere near its gadget.  —  So back to the drawing board …
Discussion: App Advice and MacStories
Nick Bilton / Bits:
iPhonegate: Q.&A. With Mark D. Rasch, Computer Security Expert  —  The iPhone-lost-in-a-bar story raises all sorts of legal questions.  To explore them further, I spoke with Mark D. Rasch who is the former head of the United States Department of Justice computer crime unit …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The Official Verdict in the stolen iPhone Case
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
FTC Staff Said to Press For Challenge to Google's Acquisition of AdMob  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission staff is urging the filing of an antitrust suit challenging Google Inc.'s $750 million acquisition of AdMob Inc., according to three people familiar with the matter.
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Inside the mind of Boy Genius, whose blog sold for millions  —  Like that, the veil was lifted.  —  One boy (now, man) made such a racket for mobile industry executives over the last 3 1/2 years that he seemingly upended how mobile juggernauts approach product leaks.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Store Still Tanks, Despite Oscar Fare  —  Consumers still aren't warming up to YouTube's video rentals, even with the site offering critically acclaimed movies like Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, Reservoir Dogs and 3:10 to Yuma as paid streams.
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
India Tells Mobile Firms to Delay Deals for Chinese Telecom Equipment  —  NEW DELHI — Worried about reports of Chinese hackers and spying, the Indian government has effectively barred local mobile phone operators from making deals with Chinese telecommunications manufacturers …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Racing Game Turns iPad Into iPhone-Controlled Gaming Console
Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
Ann Taylor Investigation Shows FTC Keeping Close Eye on Blogging
Discussion: Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Blog: Why Twitter Is the Future of News
CNET News:
Free Android phones coming to Adobe employees
Discussion: AppleInsider and PC World
Megan Woolhouse / Boston Globe:
Family, Verizon far apart over nearly $18,000 phone bill
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook's impending fight with D.C. (FAQ)