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4:45 PM ET, May 4, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
Google to Launch Digital Books by Early Summer  —  Google Inc. will begin selling digital books in late June or July, a company representative said Tuesday, setting off a three-way battle between the Internet giant and Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc.  —  Chris Palma, Google's manager …
Google Chrome Blog:
Pedal to the Chrome metal: Our fastest beta to date for Windows, Mac and Linux  —  Here in Aarhus, Denmark — home of the V8 project, Chrome's JavaScript engine — we've been tuning, testing, and polishing the V8 engine to give Chrome a hefty boost in speed.
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Christian Zibreg / Geek.com:
New Chrome 5 beta: A hefty speed boost, browser sync, built-in Flash plugin, more HTML5  —  Google posted a new Chrome beta this morning.  The release brought new features and Javascript enhancements resulting in a significant speed boost.  The new Chrome beta version number 5..375.29 enables …
Discussion: Lifehacker
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 …
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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.
Twitter Media:
Fresh-baked tweets for your posts  —  Here at Twitter Media, we want to experiment in exactly the same way we're encouraging you to experiment.  We want to implement the things we're recommending that you implement.  And we want to share tools that we develop—even when they're quite simple.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Cooks Up The Blackbird Pie Tool To Bake Tweets Into Your Website  —  As we noted yesterday, Twitter has launched its new tool that allows you to easily embed tweets into a website or blog post.  The tool, called Blackbird Pie, is a website that simply asks you for the URL of a tweet.
Discussion: Mashable!, The Next Web and dotCULT.com
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPod widget and orientation lock coming to OS 4  —  A big new feature has been added to the multi-tasking user interface in iPhone OS 4, and that appears to be a widget interface for the iPod app.  If you flick to the left of your first window of open apps, you are greeted with a few new buttons.
Discussion: MacRumors
Zach Epstein / Know Your Cell:
Torture test: Is AT&T's unlimited iPad 3G plan truly unlimited?  —  We get acquainted with the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G by hammering AT&T's data network to see if “unlimited” really does mean unlimited … EARLIER: Last week, the drawn-out launch of Apple's first-generation iPad came to a close …
Discussion: The Next Web, Gadget Lab and 9 to 5 Mac
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
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.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs' Big New York Times Letdown  —  Users have jeered the New York Times' main iPad app, but the newspaper is listening to one in particular: We hear Steve Jobs is among the app's most vociferous critics and has been shunning it.  —  Jobs clearly wanted to make access to the electronic Times …
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 …
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 …
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.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
H.264 patents: how much do they really cost?  —  If you've been following the recent controversy over video formats in HTML5, you know that software patents are a key part of Microsoft's decision to adopt the H.264 standard as the native codec to use with HTML5 video in Internet Explorer 9.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:edbott
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
All-Star Team Backs StackOverflow to Go Beyond Programming Questions  —  They say raising venture capital is a young man's game.  Joel Spolsky is a very logical exception to that rule and will announce today that his question and answer site for computer programmers, StackOverflow …
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's Android-powered S-Pad tablet with 7-inch Super AMOLED in August?  —  Know what's hot like 2001?  Tablet computers.  Just like that a product category has been reborn and proven viable as a money making machine.  Now the scramble is on to fill the void by companies big and small.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Clicker Live Shows You What's Playing On The Web Right Now  —  Live video is starting to take off on the Web on livevideo sites such as Livestream, Ustream, and Justin.TV.  And every network TV website also offers live video from time to time.  It's hard to keep up.  What is needed is a TV Guide for live video on the Web.
Discussion: MediaMemo, NewTeeVee, Mashable! and Clicker Blog, Thanks:oscalito
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: DSLreports and Tech Eye
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Greylock, Andreessen Horowitz back stealth analytics startup Proferi  —  Proferi, a still-secretive analytics company founded by Greylock entrepreneur-in-residence and former SAP CTO Christian Gheorghe, has raised $2 million from the venture capital firm and Andreessen Horowitz, according to an SEC filing.
Discussion: silicontap.com and Pulse2
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek expects to ship 7-8 million Eee PCs for a global netbook market share of 20% in 2010  —  Asustek Computer expects to ship 7-8 million Eee PCs for a global netbook market share of 20% in 2010 and the company also expects to remain as the second-largest netbook brand in 2010, according to company CEO and president Jerry Shen.
Discussion: Liliputing, Engadget and Softpedia News
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Threadsy's Social Stream Reader Opens To The Public
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cloud Syncing Startup ZumoDrive Releases New Apps For Android, iPhone And Palm
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Mac blog editor MarsEdit 3 finally gains rich text editor
Discussion: Red Sweater Blog, Macworld and TUAW
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
SharePoint Competitor Central Desktop Launches Microsoft Office Collaboration Tool
Discussion: diversity.net.nz
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar's $20-Per-Month Hawaii News Site Is Live
Discussion: paidContent
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Nielsen Acquires Online Video Analytics Company GlanceGuide
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evernote Zooms Past 3 Million Users
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, SlashGear and Mashable!
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
US Treasury Web sites hacked, serving malware
Discussion: AVG Blogs and Neowin.net
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Apps on Wheels: Developing Mobile Apps that Work at 70 MPH
Discussion: CNET News and Between the Lines, Thanks:fredericl
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Clustrix Builds the Webscale Holy Grail: A Database That Scales
Discussion: Clustrix, TechFlash and VentureBeat
Aza Raskin / Aza on Design:
Solving the Alt-Tab Problem
 

 
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

 
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