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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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Google Mobile Blog:
Google's new look for mobile  —  When it comes to mobile search, we strive to not only give you the same comprehensiveness and relevance as when searching with Google on your computer, but also a consistent look, feel, and overall user experience.  So today, as we roll out a new look …
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 …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:   Google Refreshes, Flattens Logo
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook patches security hole that exposed users' instant messages  —  Amid reports of a security breach that permitted some users to see other users' instant messages and pending friend requests, Facebook said Wednesday it had disabled its chat service.  —  The incident, caused by a software bug …
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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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
Next iPhone to Record 1280x720 HD Video?  —  One of the many new features provided to developers in iPhone OS 4 are new APIs that give developers full access to Video capture data.  This could open the door to some interesting apps including Video Capture/Editing and more robust Augmented Reality apps …
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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 …
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Exclusive: Gmail Ditched By Major University  —  IT executives at the school say Google's commitment to privacy and security doesn't meet their standards.  —  In a blow to Google's efforts to establish itself as a major player in enterprise software, a leading public university has ended …
Discussion: CNET News, Mashable!, CloudAve and Geek.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Scribd CTO: “We Are Scrapping Flash And Betting The Company On HTML5″ (Exclusive Screenshots)  —  Adobe's much-beleaguered Flash is about to take another hit and online documents are finally going to join the Web on a more equal footing.  Today, most documents (PDFs, Word docs …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Daring Fireball, Thanks:atul
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC to Overhaul Regulation of Internet Lines  —  WASHINGTON-Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has decided to reregulate Internet lines to protect net neutrality, siding with consumer groups and Internet companies worried that Internet providers have too much power.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:   FCC to re-regulate internet in order to enforce net neutrality
Dean Hachamovitch / IEBlog:
HTML5 and Same Markup: Second IE9 Platform Preview Available for Developers  —  When we started planning IE9, we recognized the need for a better feedback loop with developers.  The developer community was clear that they wanted pre-release builds of the browser platform in a consistent rhythm, with a good feedback mechanism.
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.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Verizon customers lust for iPhone, says survey
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch: We're Going To Make The Best Tools In The World For HTML5  —  One of of today's keynote speakers at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco is Adobe exec Kevin Lynch, who serves as the company's CTO and SVP, Experience & Technology Organization.
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Scoop: Apple Is Pushing A Secret “VIP” Ad Program For iPhone Apps  —  For anyone still wondering whether Apple plans to give its new iAds a competitive advantage over other mobile ad networks on the iPhone and iPad, just take a look at the slide above.  It was attached to an email sent …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
HP Slate killed?  Not so fast  —  Despite glaring headlines last week that the Hewlett-Packard Windows 7-based Slate was canceled, it may not be that cut and dried, according to analysts.  —  In this HP Slate promotional video made back in January, HP VP Phil McKinney says the Slate running Windows 7 is a “real product.
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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CNET News:
Court fight brews over unsealing iPhone records  —  An attorney for the 21-year-old Silicon Valley resident who found what appears to be Apple's prototype iPhone in a bar is expected to oppose a request by CNET and other media organizations to unseal court records relating to the investigation.
Discussion: MacNN
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Stuart Green / Christian Science Monitor:
iPhone, Gizmodo, and moral clarity about crime
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Chad Berndtson / ChannelWeb:
Skype Promises Super-Cheap Subscriptions, Group Video Chat  —  Skype Wednesday confirmed new monthly call subscription plans that, according to Skype, bring down the costs of Skype-enabled Internet calls even further.  In addition, according to one report, Skype has a long-sought group video chat function …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
There Goes The Neighborhood: Facebook To Open Seattle Office  —  There I was thinking I was such a trendsetter by moving to Seattle.  But apparently other people had the same idea, because Facebook is opening an office up here, too.  A handful of engineers, led by Ari Steinberg …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Intel Will Be a Mobile Loser  —  Intel, as it's wont to do, overnight made a splashy unveiling of a new family of processors: the Atom Z6xx series, whose chips are much more powerful than current versions but consume less power.  Why the hoopla?  Apparently these chips, which run at over 1.5 GHz …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Here It Is: Google's Kick-Ass Chrome Speed Test Video  —  Yesterday, we noted that with its newest release of Chrome, Google wanted to show us how fast it is rather than just tell us how fast it is.  To do that, they made a Rube Goldberg-ian video showing how fast web pages load in Chrome.
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Coming soon: Paying for stuff on Visa by waving your iPhone  —  You've probably seen contactless payment terminals before.  They're used in many stores, restaurants, and other locations, with either a smart credit card containing a secure memory card or some sort of fob being used to make the payment.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Clearwire May Dump WiMAX  —  Clearwire said today it's changed the terms of an agreement it had with Intel, one of its largest investors, that could lead the way for Clearwire to dump WiMAX and switch to LTE.  On its first-quarter financial results call today, an executive with Clearwire …
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Wants Court To Say That Links To Music Files Don't Mean Google …
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Makes Small Developer Roadmap Updates — Watch for More This Month
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Five Cities Get Free Civic Apps Through Code for America
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
SanDisk official Xbox 360 USB stick on sale today
Discussion: Erictric and I4U News
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Settles Lawsuit Over Slow DSL Speeds …
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Nudge, nudge! Facebook wants to be your homepage
Discussion: All Facebook
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Super Investor Mike Moritz of Sequoia Invests in Swedish E-Commerce Startup
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Google Wins Industry Support for AdMob Deal
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
RIM Chokes on its iPad Killer
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mikael Ricknäs / InfoWorld:
Microsoft launches unified comms client for Nokia phones
Alex Williams / ReadWriteCloud:
Blockbuster Video Launches API to Open the Web, Mobile, Set Top Boxes and More
Discussion: MediaPost and AppScout
Kurt / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Six Things You Need to Know About Facebook Connections
Discussion: @christineptran
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Microsoft Kin One and Two review