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12:25 AM ET, May 5, 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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JR Raphael / PC World:
Google Editions: Bringing E-Books to Your Browser  —  JR Raphael, PC World  —  Google wants to bring your digital book reader into the cloud.  —  The company has just announced plans to launch its own digital bookstore, a Web-based effort called Google Editions.
Mads Ager / 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 …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Murdoch: WSJ iPad App Has 64,000 Active Users—And We Keep The Money  —  It's not even a rounding error but one of the numbers Rupert Murdoch seemed to really enjoy tossing out during the News Corp earnings call: more than 64,000 active users for the Wall Street Journal iPad app after its first month.
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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 …
Discussion: TUAW
Lili Cheng / TechNet Blogs:
Introducing Spindex - the Latest Exploration From Microsoft's Labs  —  Last fall, with Ray Ozzie's support and sponsorship, we started FUSE Labs, with the mission to work with Microsoft product and research teams to ideate, develop and deliver new social, real-time and media-rich experiences for home and work.
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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft previews FriendFeed knock-off Spindex  —  It was just about two and a half years ago that FriendFeed launched, allowing users to aggregate updates from their multiple social networks into one place on the Web.  —  Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled Spindex, a new FUSE Labs creation …
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and GigaOM
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 …
Electronista:
Adobe shows off Android tablets running Flash and Air  —  While Adobe does not have any Apple products on the show floor at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, the company is showing off prototypes of upcoming Android-based tablets.  The Google Android Tablet, even in a pre-release form …
Discussion: Engadget, zedomax.com and Gizmodo
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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.
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.
Jeanette Borzo / Digits:
FarmVille Maker Zynga Valued at $4 Billion  —  Zynga Game Network, the maker of popular online social games such as FarmVille, filed documents authorizing it to sell roughly 2 million preferred shares at a price that gives the company an implied value of more than $4 billion.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Google's new buggy microblogging Web app aims to educate  —  Web applications are susceptible to a wide range of Web app-specific security flaws.  Though Web developers are often aware of at least some of the common modes of attack, they are many and varied, and problems such as cross-site scripting continue to cause problems.
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
Discussion: Technology & … and Guardian
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Google Adds App Store for Analytics  —  Today, Google is giving users even more tools for finding and understanding their web stats.  The company has just announced they're opening a full App Gallery for Google Analytics.  —  Currently, the gallery holds 32 applications, with more on the way.
Discussion: Google Analytics Blog
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
AddThis Toolbox Gets the Facebook “Like” Button  —  Social sharing widget-maker AddThis is enabling users to integrate the Facebook “Like” button by adding a single line of code to the AddThis Toolbox.  —  AddThis is now used on 1.2 million websites.  It's a familiar catch-all sharing button …
Rick Boucher:
BOUCHER, STEARNS RELEASE DISCUSSION DRAFT OF PRIVACY LEGISLATION  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Rick Boucher (VA-09), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, and Cliff Stearns, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, released a discussion draft …
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NPD Group:
When It Comes to Downloading Content from the Web, Connected iPhone and iPod Touch Users Lead The Pack  —  The NPD Group's “Entertainment Trends in America” update reveals three quarters of iPhone and iPod touch users are connecting to the Web to download entertainment content and apps.
Discussion: CNET News, Electronista and iLounge
Nielsen Wire:
Facebook and Twitter Post Large Year over Year Gains in Unique Users  —  Compared to user activity on social networking sites last year, Facebook and Twitter posted gains of 69% and 45% respectively in the U.S.  —  Globally, the total minutes spent on social networks monthly saw …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and The Next Web
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Court: RapidShare doesn't need to filter user uploads  —  Yesterday, the online storage locker RapidShare announced that it triumphed in its appeal over copyright holders who demanded that the service take more steps to control online infringement.  Because RapidShare does …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
 
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook's Paul Buchheit justifies increasing openness, less privacy
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
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Discussion: Between the Lines
Ina Fried / Technology News:
Microsoft hitting ‘unsubscribe’ on newsgroups
Discussion: eWeek
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Greylock, Andreessen Horowitz back stealth analytics startup Proferi
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
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Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:edbott
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
All-Star Team Backs StackOverflow to Go Beyond Programming Questions
Joshua Brustein / Bits:
Ning Planning to Remain Free for Teachers
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Goodbye petabytes, hello zettabytes