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1:40 PM ET, May 4, 2010

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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.
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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 …
Discussion: GigaOM and VentureBeat
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Q&A: Potential Inquiries Into Apple's Rules
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.
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 …
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
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.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Chrome again beats Firefox in browser gain race
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Twitter Media:
Tweets are the new quotes  —  Have you ever been quoted in a news article or blog post?  If so, you know it can be a strange experience: you recognize your words, but they never sound quite right.  It's the peril of transcription.  —  That's just one of a couple reasons we like ReadWriteWeb's approach …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
Apple Tweaks Wi-Fi in IPhone to Use China Protocol  —  Apple appears to have tweaked its iPhone to support a Chinese security protocol for wireless networks, as companies increasingly adopt Chinese government-backed technologies to break into the country's huge market.
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
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar's $20-Per-Month Hawaii News Site Is Live  —  Honolulu Civil Beat, the new Hawaii-based online news site and community hub launched by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, went live this morning.  —  A little background: Omidyar describes the site as a “civic square for Hawaii …
Discussion: paidContent
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: NewTeeVee, MediaMemo, Mashable! and Clicker Blog, Thanks:oscalito
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.) …
Discussion: CNET News and Wall Street Journal
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Clustrix Builds the Webscale Holy Grail: A Database That Scales  —  Clustrix, a Y Combinator graduate from 2006, launched today with the claim that it's built a transaction database with MySQL-like functionality and reliability that can scale to billions of entries.
Discussion: Clustrix, TechFlash and VentureBeat
Donna Tapellini / Consumer Reports Electronics Blog:
Consumer Reports survey: Social network users post risky information  —  Fifty-two percent of adult users of social networks such as Facebook and MySpace have posted risky personal information online, according to the 2010 Consumer Reports State of the Net survey.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evernote Zooms Past 3 Million Users  —  If there is something everyone needs help with now and then, it is remembering stuff.  Evernote does that very well via the iPhone, the iPad, Android phones, Blackberries, Windows PCs, and the Web.  It just crossed the three million user mark …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, SlashGear and Mashable!
 
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
H.264 patents: how much do they really cost?
Thanks:edbott
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: PC World and diversity.net.nz
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Nielsen Acquires Online Video Analytics Company GlanceGuide
Discussion: alarm:clock, NewTeeVee and paidContent
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
US Treasury Web sites hacked, serving malware
Discussion: AVG Blogs
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Liew / TechCrunch:
We Estimate Zynga Revenues Around $270M In 2009 And $240M In 2010 YTD
Discussion: SecondShares
Yochay Kiriaty / The Windows Blog:
Understanding Microsoft Push Notifications for Windows Phones
Thanks:rawmeet
Will Smit / Google Enterprise Blog:
New reset cookie functionality on Google Apps
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Macworld
Max Chafkin / Inc.com:
The Oracle of Silicon Valley
Thanks:atul