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4:10 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 …
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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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Lawmakers propose new regulations for ad targeting, privacy  —  Lawmakers unveiled proposed legislation that would regulate the way online advertisers can target consumers and how Internet companies collect data about their users today.  —  Rep. Rick Boucher (D., Va.) …
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.
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: Gadget Lab and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
Thanks:edbott
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 …
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
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
 
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Discussion: MediaMemo, NewTeeVee, Mashable! and Clicker Blog, Thanks:oscalito
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Discussion: Red Sweater Blog, Macworld and TUAW
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Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar's $20-Per-Month Hawaii News Site Is Live
Discussion: paidContent
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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Offerpal Media launches a virtual money war with Facebook
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