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2:00 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.
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 …
Discussion: Go Rumors, PalmAddicts and Gizmodo
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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
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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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp.'s Fabled Subscription Plans a Month Away
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:marcusschuler
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: The Register, CNET News and GigaOM
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.
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.
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 …
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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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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: iPadnomics and TUAW
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.
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: Digits, TechCrunch and Leveraging Ideas
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 …
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.
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
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
CNET News:
Media want Gizmodo court records in iPhone probe  —  The justifications police gave for searching the home of a Gizmodo editor in the criminal investigation of an iPhone prototype should be public, CNET is preparing to tell a judge this week.  —  A group that also includes the California-based …
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Court: RapidShare doesn't need to filter user uploads
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: Inside Facebook and The Next Web
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Greylock, Andreessen Horowitz back stealth analytics startup Proferi
Discussion: silicontap.com, PE Hub News and Pulse2
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Clicker Live Shows You What's Playing On The Web Right Now
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
H.264 patents: how much do they really cost?
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
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
YouTube Developing Self-Serve Rental Model
Bloomberg:
Apple Developer Policy Is Said to Prompt U.S. Antitrust Complaint by Adobe