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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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Bloomberg:
Apple Developer Policy Is Said to Prompt U.S. Antitrust Complaint by Adobe  —  U.S. antitrust enforcers are considering an investigation of Apple Inc. following a complaint from Adobe Systems Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Adobe says Apple is stifling competition …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
WSJ: Federal antitrust probe about Apple's iAd service, too  —  In addition to changes to the iPhone developer agreement banning the use of third-party development tools, a potential inquiry from federal regulators into Apple has been prompted by iAd mobile advertising network, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Joshua Brustein / Bits:
Ning Planning to Remain Free for Teachers  —  Ning, a company that allows users to build their own social networks, says it has signed a letter of intent with a major educational publisher to keep its service free for educators, several weeks after causing an outcry among nonprofit groups …
Discussion: Fortune
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Jason Rosenthal / NING Blog:
Introducing Ning Pro, Ning Plus and Ning Mini  —  I'm excited to introduce three new versions of the Ning Service that we will roll out in July.  When we announced two weeks ago that we were going to refocus on paying Ning Networks and phase out our free service, we knew there would be many questions …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Chrome again beats Firefox in browser gain race
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
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 …
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
YouTube Developing Self-Serve Rental Model  —  YouTube engineers are working on a self-service method that will give moviemakers the ability to upload and provide their streaming content for rent, Hunter Walk, who heads product management at YouTube, told MediaPost.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
Mel Beckman / InfoWorld:
Beware the black market rising for IP addresses  —  Organizations slow to adopt IPv6 take heed: Surging requests for IPv4 addresses are quickly drying up the available store, raising the specter of an IPv4 black market that could dramatically increase the cost of obtaining a presence on today's Internet.
Discussion: Tech Eye
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar's $20-Per-Month Hawaii News Site Is Live  —  Honolulu Civil Beat, the new Hawaii-based online news site and community hub launched by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, went live this morning.  —  A little background: Omidyar describes the site as a “civic square for Hawaii …
Discussion: paidContent
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Nielsen Acquires Online Video Analytics Company GlanceGuide  —  Analytics and audience measurement giant Nielsen has acquired video analytics company GlanceGuide.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  GlanceGuide's analytics and measurements provide insights into how consumers interact with the video they watch online.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
SharePoint Competitor Central Desktop Launches Microsoft Office Collaboration Tool  —  Central Desktop, a SharePoint-like SaaS collaboration platform for the enterprise, is launching a new tool that allows for cloud-enabled document collaboration for Microsoft Office users.
Discussion: PC World and diversity.net.nz
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Apps on Wheels: Developing Mobile Apps that Work at 70 MPH  —  When we talk about mobile apps today, chances are that we are mostly talking about apps for cell phones and - maybe - tablets.  The latest trend in mobile apps, however, is apps for cars.  One of the companies leading this trend …
Discussion: CNET News and Between the Lines, Thanks:fredericl
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evernote Zooms Past 3 Million Users  —  If there is something everyone needs help with now and then, it is remembering stuff.  Evernote does that very well via the iPhone, the iPad, Android phones, Blackberries, Windows PCs, and the Web.  It just crossed the three million user mark …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, SlashGear and Mashable!
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
US Treasury Web sites hacked, serving malware  —  IDG News Service - Three Web sites belonging to the U.S. Department of the Treasury have been hacked to attack visitors with malicious software, security vendor AVG says.  —  AVG researcher Roger Thompson discovered the issue Monday …
Discussion: AVG Blogs
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Apax Partners buys stake in security company Sophos for $400M  —  Private equity firm Apax Partners is buying a 70 percent stake in security firm Sophos for more than $400 million plus debt assumption.  The deal values Sophos at $830 million.  —  Boston-based Sophos is No. 3 in the security …
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Offerpal Media launches a virtual money war with Facebook
Jeremy Liew / TechCrunch:
We Estimate Zynga Revenues Around $270M In 2009 And $240M In 2010 YTD
Discussion: SecondShares
Yochay Kiriaty / The Windows Blog:
Understanding Microsoft Push Notifications for Windows Phones
Thanks:rawmeet
Will Smit / Google Enterprise Blog:
New reset cookie functionality on Google Apps
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Macworld
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: TiPb, Fraser Speirs and Daring Fireball
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Draft Web-Ad Privacy Safeguards
Discussion: ClickZ and ReadWriteWeb
Max Chafkin / Inc.com:
The Oracle of Silicon Valley
Thanks:atul
Keval Desai / Digg Blog:
Update on Digg's Short URL Service
Discussion: Erictric, Mashable! and Soshable
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
ABC iPad App Update With 3G Video Streaming Now Available (DIS, AAPL)