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6:35 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 and ConceivablyTech
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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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple: We Shall Prevail  —  Apple built a name for itself railing against Big Brother.  Apple the upstart positioned itself as the underdog alternative, offering the computer for the rest of us, the quirky company with the quirky name that became the voice of a generation fighting against the establishment.
Electronista:
Apple may change iPhone SDK to avoid antitrust case
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
WSJ: Federal antitrust probe about Apple's iAd service, too
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPod widget and orientation lock coming to OS 4  —  Update: It looks like Apple has pulled the update temporarily.  —  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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
Barry Collins / PC Pro:
Intel shows off first Light Peak laptop  —  Intel has provided the first hands-on demonstration of a laptop running its Light Peak technology, at the company's inaugural European research showcase here in Brussels.  —  Light Peak is an optical interconnect that can transfer data at 10Gbits/sec in both directions.
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear and Pocket-lint
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 …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple faces patent infringement lawsuit over iPhone  —  Apple is being sued for infringing on a patent held by California-based NetAirus Technologies.  —  Filed in the Central District of California Western Division, NetAirus claims that Apple's iPhone infringes '380 patent.
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.
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, NING Blog and techPresident
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
RealNetworks' GameHouse launches cross-platform social network for gamers  —  RealNetworks' GameHouse division is launching a social gaming platform to drawn more people into its games as well as those of its partners.  It's akin to bolting Facebook's social network onto online games on any site or mobile phone.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cloud Syncing Startup ZumoDrive Releases New Apps For Android, iPhone And Palm  —  File syncing and storage startup Zumodrive is updating its mobile offerings today, releasing new versions of their applications for iPhone, Android and Palm smartphones.  ZumoDrive, which spawned …
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 …
 
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Ina Fried / Technology News:
Microsoft hitting ‘unsubscribe’ on newsgroups
Discussion: eWeek
Nielsen Wire:
Facebook and Twitter Post Large Year over Year Gains in Unique Users
Discussion: The Next Web
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Greylock, Andreessen Horowitz back stealth analytics startup Proferi
Discussion: silicontap.com and Pulse2
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Threadsy's Social Stream Reader Opens To The Public
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Mac blog editor MarsEdit 3 finally gains rich text editor
 Earlier Items: 
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
Mel Beckman / InfoWorld:
Beware the black market rising for IP addresses
Discussion: DSLreports and Tech Eye
Aza Raskin / Aza on Design:
Solving the Alt-Tab Problem
 

 
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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