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1:25 PM ET, May 5, 2010

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Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
A spring metamorphosis — Google's new look  —  Using Google today, you may have noticed that something feels slightly different — the look and feel of our search results have changed!  Today's metamorphosis responds to the increasing richness of the web and the increasing power of search …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Google Gives Its Search Results a Facelift  —  Google is making some very noticeable changes to its familiar search results pages, rolling out the changes gradually on Tuesday and Wednesday.  —  The search giant is adding a new left-handed navigation panel to most results pages …
Helen Walters / Business Week:   How Google Got its New Look
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:   Google Refreshes, Flattens Logo
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 …
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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 …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Video: Major Facebook security hole lets you view your friends' live chats  —  You've got to hand it to Facebook.  They certainly know how to do security — not.  —  Today I was tipped off that there is a major security flaw in the social networking site that, with just a few mouse clicks …
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 …
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 / Macworld:
Microsoft Kin phones to go on sale Thursday at Verizon
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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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Intel: Phones with 10 day battery life here by end of year
Discussion: Geek.com and Newlaunches.com
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microsoft touts new IE9 test, seeks Web standards  —  Microsoft released a second “platform preview” version of Internet Explorer 9 on Wednesday with faster JavaScript and better Web standards compliance—plus an argument for how future Web technology should develop.
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Stuart Green / Christian Science Monitor:
iPhone, Gizmodo, and moral clarity about crime  —  Apple is taking flak for taking a hard line on the prototype iPhone that was obtained by Gizmodo.  But it shouldn't apologize for trying to protect its property.  —  Newark, N.J.  —  For the past couple of weeks, the tech world has been buzzing about the …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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CNET News:
Media want Gizmodo court records in iPhone probe
Discussion: MacNN and Tech Eye
Robert Reich:
Apple Isn't the Problem.  Wall Street's Big Banks are the Problem.  —  Why is the Federal Trade Commission threatening Apple with a possible lawsuit for abusing its economic power, but not even raising an eyebrow about the huge and growing economic (and political) muscle of JP Morgan Chase …
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.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
AT&T dropping more calls than ever  —  Three times as many as Verizon, according to a consumer survey released Tuesday  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: ChangeWave Research  —  AT&T (T) announced in January that it was spending $2 billion this year to improve its much maligned cellular network.
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: Company Town and paidContent, Thanks:marcusschuler
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Fending Off Microsoft, Google Invests In TV Ad Startup Invidi (GOOG, MSFT)  —  Update: Invidi just put out a press release confirming the news:  —  INVIDI Technologies Corporation, the leader in advanced addressable advertising solutions for television, announced today it has secured …
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: AppScout and Boing Boing
Bill Donahue / Inc.com:
Semper Youngstown Youngstown, Ohio, of all places, is attempting to reinvent itself as a technology center.  —  There are no hotels in Youngstown, Ohio, population 82,000, and there is no real airport, either.  Even before you get there, you have a sense of the place as somehow gutted of commerce.
 
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Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Comcast-NBC Merger Won't Hurt Internet Video, Companies Tell Regulators
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
There Goes The Neighborhood: Facebook To Open Seattle Office
Discussion: Facebook and silicontap.com
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Clearwire expands 4G but major cities still left out
Discussion: GigaOM, GottaBeMobile and Electronista
Newsy Blog:
Newsy Raises $2 Million
Discussion: NewTeeVee, paidContent and TechCrunch
Alex Williams / ReadWriteWeb:
Blockbuster Video Launches API to Open the Web, Mobile, Set Top Boxes and More
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson X10 family to get Android 2.1 in ‘Q4 2010’
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Know Your Rights: H.264, patent licensing, and you
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Goodin / The Register:
EFF fights Facebook bid to outlaw one-stop social apps
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Ellen pokes fun at Apple... and then apologizes
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook's Paul Buchheit justifies increasing openness, less privacy
Jeanette Borzo / Digits:
FarmVille Maker Zynga Valued at $4 Billion
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider