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8:15 AM ET, May 4, 2010

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Electronista:
Apple may change iPhone SDK to avoid antitrust case  —  Apple could avoid a possible FTC antitrust investigation by changing the terms of the iPhone 4.0 SDK, insiders said Monday night.  The FTC would supposedly leave Apple alone if it let developers write iPhone apps using other tools, such as Adobe's Flash CS5 or MonoTouch.
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Q&A: Potential Inquiries Into Apple's Rules  —  The Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department are looking at recent changes Apple made to its agreement with developers who make applications on its devices, with an eye toward a possible antitrust investigation, the Journal reported Monday.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
DOJ, FTC decline comment on Apple antitrust report
Gmail Blog:
Google Mail is becoming Gmail in the UK  —  As a Brit, my friends and family often tell me they're miffed that they get an @googlemail.com address instead of @gmail.com.  Today I have good news for them: Google Mail is soon becoming Gmail again in the UK.  —  If you already have a Google email account …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Nearly 5 Years Later, Gmail Set For A UK Comeback
Discussion: BBC
Twitter Media:
Tweets are the new quotes  —  Have you ever been quoted in a news article or blog post?  If so, you know it can be a strange experience: you recognize your words, but they never sound quite right.  It's the peril of transcription.  —  That's just one of a couple reasons we like ReadWriteWeb's approach …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter ‘Embed This Tweet’ Feature Coming Tomorrow, Here's What It Looks Like  —  Twitter hints that you'll be able to embed a Tweet the same way you can embed a YouTube video, starting tomorrow.  —  In a blog post called “Tweets are the new quotes,” Twitter acknowledges that news organizations …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Chrome again beats Firefox in browser gain race  —  Grabs almost all the share that Internet Explorer loses  —  Computerworld - Chrome was the only browser to gain significant usage share last month, and again trounced rival open-source Firefox.  —  By the end of April …
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ConceivablyTech:
Internet Explorer Falls Below 60% Market Share  —  Microsoft's Internet Explorer dropped to a historic market share low in April, according to Net Applications.  The company estimated IE's market share at 59.95% in April, which is about the range that was reached by Internet Explorer 4 more than 11 years ago in early 1999.
Discussion: BBC, The Tech Report and bit-tech.net
Rsarvis / The Wertago Blog:
Ignorance and Hubris at the FTC...  It appears the FTC staff is poised to recommend blocking the Google AdMob acquisition.  We had the opportunity to discuss the deal with some members of the FTC staff last week by phone.  We're a bit surprised the staff is close to making a recommendation …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Songwriters: piracy “dwarfs bank robbery,” FBI must act  —  The Songwriters Guild of America has a message for the government: start prosecuting file-sharers, both criminally and civilly, because file-sharing is much worse than bank robbery.  —  “There are numerous economic crimes of much lesser magnitude …
Discussion: Music Ally and ZeroPaid.com
Jeremy Liew / TechCrunch:
We Estimate Zynga Revenues Around $270M In 2009 And $240M In 2010 YTD  —  This is a guest post by Jeremy Liew, a managing director at Lightspeed Venture Partners where he invests in the internet and mobile sectors.  His investments include Flixster, Living Social, Playdom, Rockyou and Shoedazzle.
Discussion: SecondShares
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Meet Google's Secret Time Machine Investment  —  Google Ventures, the search giant's VC arm, is celebrating its one-year anniversary with some show and tell: The previously secretive investment group now has a website that discloses who works there, and what they're investing in.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Gates: Microsoft still likes tablets; pen-based computing isn't dead  —  Say this for Bill Gates: He stands behind his favorite trends, even when they haven't turned out to be much in the way of trends.  —  Appearing with Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway lieutenant Charlie Munger …
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Goodbye petabytes, hello zettabytes  —  • Massive figure equal to a million million gigabytes  —  • Planet's digital content grew by 62% last year  —  Every man, woman and child on the planet using micro-blogging site Twitter for a century.  For many people that may sound …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Yochay Kiriaty / The Windows Blog:
Understanding Microsoft Push Notifications for Windows Phones  —  The concept of push notifications (PN) is not new and is used by others in the industry.  With that said, the Microsoft PN (MPN) service includes a cool twist that gives developers the power to create the impression …
Thanks:rawmeet
AppleInsider:
AT&T's international data plans for iPad start at $25 for 20MB  —  AT&T has released official pricing for international data plans for the iPad, which come in at the same wallet-crunching prices as those offered for the iPhone — $200 for approximately 30 minutes of YouTube streaming.
Discussion: iPad Blog and Go Rumors
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Apple Tweaks Wi-Fi in IPhone to Use China Protocol  —  Apple appears to have tweaked its iPhone to support a Chinese security protocol for wireless networks, as companies increasingly adopt Chinese government-backed technologies to break into the country's huge market.
Discussion: Engadget and Phones Review
Will Smit / Google Enterprise Blog:
New reset cookie functionality on Google Apps  —  Google Apps provides businesses with seamless, secure access to information regardless of device.  You can check your email or consult your calendar, sites, and documents from any web-enabled device anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Macworld
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Clustrix Builds the Webscale Holy Grail: A Database That Scales  —  Clustrix, a Y Combinator graduate from 2006, launched today with the claim that it's built a transaction database with MySQL-like functionality and reliability that can scale to billions of entries.
Discussion: Clustrix, TechFlash and VentureBeat
Aza Raskin / Aza on Design:
Solving the Alt-Tab Problem  —  Switching between applications, windows, and tabs is a fundamental action of modern computers.  As people browse the web, we know that an average user will switch tabs more times in a day than they click on a link.  Think about that.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Dropbox for iPad Available  —  Dropbox has just updated its official iPhone client to include support for the iPad.  It's available for free here.  Check out the screenshots after the break, and expect a review later today.  The new version takes advantage of the iPad's portrait …
Max Chafkin / Inc.com:
The Oracle of Silicon Valley  —  “Can I jump in here?”  —  Tim O'Reilly tentatively lifts a finger and then lurches toward a microphone, brushing past a line of besuited men and women that includes Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco; Vivek Kundra, the White House chief information officer …
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
Keval Desai / Digg Blog:
Update on Digg's Short URL Service  —  Hi All, A few weeks ago we announced the sunsetting of the Digg iFrame Toolbar.  As part of this, we are also making a change to a related feature - the ability to generate a Digg short URL from any URL on the web.  —  As of May 17th, 2010 …
Discussion: Mashable! and Soshable
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
T-Mobile's myTouch 3G Slide: A QWERTY Slider for Work or Home  —  T-Mobile USA today introduced the myTouch 3G Slide, a Google Android 2.1 handset with a slide-out QWERTY keypad and a unique Genius button for voice-activated functions.  Also new to this handset are myModes and the Faves Gallery …
Matt Mullenweg:
Twitter API  —  I think the opportunity has passed for the Twitter API to become a lingua franca for the real-time web.  WordPress.com, Tumblr, Typepad, SocialCast, and Status.net all added support for the API in a way to make it as easy as possible for Twitter client developers — all they had to do was change the endpoint.
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and Scripting News
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
EXCLUSIVE: Sony atracTable to take on Microsoft Surface from June  —  Sony is about to take on the?  Microsoft Surface?with a new offering of their own that is due out in June.  —  The atracTable, first seen and demoed at Vision 2009 in Stuttgart last year, will be released at the beginning of June according to the company behind it.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Android OS Distribution Chart Updated, Inches Slowly In Right Direction  —  Google has just updated the pie chart on its Android Developers site that shows just how many Android users are running each version of the mobile OS.  The latest stats: 32.4% of users are on the most recent version, Android 2.1.
 
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Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
Apax Partners to Buy Majority Stake in Security Software Maker Sophos
Discussion: IBD Click, alarm:clock and PE Hub News
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Topix Gets Local With Twitter and Social With Facebook
TJ Luoma / TUAW:
iPad pulls Fraser Speirs back in to iPhone OS development
Discussion: Fraser Speirs
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Draft Web-Ad Privacy Safeguards
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and ClickZ
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Twitter Search Revolution: Popular & Promoted Tweets Mature The Service
Discussion: Web 2.0 Expo Blog
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Congress May Finally Be Allowed To Use Skype To Talk To Constituents
Leslie Grandy / mocoNews:
Why Google's Open Handset Alliance Has Been A Disappointment
Discussion: Electronista
Joab Jackson / InfoWorld:
Novell and Red Hat prevail in user-interface patent case
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
ABC iPad App Update With 3G Video Streaming Now Available (DIS, AAPL)
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple On Track For $1 Billion Of iPad Revenue IN ITS FIRST QUARTER (AAPL)