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8:50 AM ET, May 5, 2010

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Max / Zendomax:
Android Multi-Touch Tablet Prototype Hands-on Review!  [Web 2.0 Expo]  —  Today, I was at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco as soon as it was open (as I blogged about it several hours before).  Upon walking around the exhibit floor, I quickly found Adobe.  —  Oddly, they were displaying …
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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 and Boy Genius Report
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Microsoft Kin One and Two review  —  Make no mistake: the Kin One and Two are coming into the world as the black sheep of the phone industry, and Microsoft would have it no other way.  Straddling the fence somewhere between a dedicated smartphone and high-spec featurephone …
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Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Microsoft Kin Phones to Go on Sale Thursday at Verizon
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.
Discussion: Go Rumors
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.
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp.'s Fabled Subscription Plans a Month Away  —  Remember Rupert Murdoch's plan to convince other media companies to join him behind a pay wall and offer their stuff only via subscription?  It's still around, in some form.  We'll hear more about it in “three to four weeks” Murdoch said today during News Corp.'s earnings call.
Discussion: Company Town and paidContent, Thanks:marcusschuler
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel launches chip for smartphones, tablets  —  Intel on Tuesday announced its long-awaited Atom chip for smartphones and tablets, a crowded market populated by a host of formidable rivals—unlike the PC market where it dominates.  —  Previously known by the code name “Moorestown,” …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel's next Atom chips are powerful, but not power hungry  —  In a bid to move beyond the PC, Intel is announcing a new generation of its Atom microprocessors today that can become the brains of smartphones and tablet computers with high performance and long battery lives.
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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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Hot new features uncovered in iPhone OS 4.0 beta 3  —  Here's the thing... We just installed the newly released iPhone OS 4.0 beta 3 and found quite a few changes.  There are a lot of minor things like how the background of the multitasking interface matches the background in the iPad's browser …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Ellen pokes fun at Apple... and then apologizes  —  After watching this video, we've come to one conclusion: Apple needs to learn how to take a joke.  —  Link
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Launches Android App & Mobile API, Gives iPad Cloud Sync Apple Should Have Built  —  Dropbox's effortless file sharing service is going mobile in a big way: the service has just launched its official Android application, a native iPad app (which comes in addition to a previously …
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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook's Paul Buchheit justifies increasing openness, less privacy  —  Facebook's Paul Buchheit, the Gmail creator who coined Google's “Don't be evil” slogan and later came to the social network through its FriendFeed acquisition, said he's found immense value in removing most privacy restrictions to his profile.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Digits and Leveraging Ideas
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.
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.
Kurt / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Six Things You Need to Know About Facebook Connections  —  “Connections.”  It's an innocent-sounding word.  But it's at the heart of some of the worst of Facebook's recent changes.  —  Facebook first announced Connections a few weeks ago, and EFF quickly wrote at length about the problems they created.
Discussion: Boing Boing
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Could ‘Menlo’ signal a change in Microsoft's mobile strategy?  —  I've been digging for a few months for information about two new Microsoft codenames and have come up with few clues.  But I've decided to share what I have been able to surface in the hopes that others who might have additional pieces to share might help fill things in.
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs' Big New York Times Letdown
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Greylock, Andreessen Horowitz back stealth analytics startup Proferi
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