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8:35 AM ET, May 6, 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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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 …
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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Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Facebook Privacy Flaws Faulted in Consumer Complaint to U.S. Regulators
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Video: Facebook Security Hole Lets You View Your Friends' Live Chats
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 …
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
New U.S. Push to Regulate Internet Access  —  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.
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 …
ZDNet:
Smartbooks have been delayed by Flash issues, says ARM  —  Smartbooks have failed to materialise due to delays in Flash optimisation, a lower-than-expected uptake of Linux on netbooks, and the sudden emergence of tablets, ARM's marketing chief has said.  —  ARM dominates the mobile phone …
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 …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Motorola hints at owning mobile OS, acquires Azingo  —  Motorola's Co-Chief Executive Officer Greg Brown recently told Bloomberg that his company was ready to make acquisitions to return to growth and it looks like we might have spotted their first deal.  —  According to a LinkedIn profile …
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Launches New Ad Blitz  —  Campaign Promoting Site as One-Stop Web Destination Makes a Jab at Google  —  On the heels of a disappointing ad campaign, Yahoo is hoping to increase traffic to its home page and win back share in the Internet-search market with a new ad blitz that takes a shot at larger rival Google.
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 …
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 …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Verizon customers lust for iPhone, says survey  —  Pent-up demand will add millions more iPhones in 2011, analyst says  —  Computerworld - Verizon subscribers would jump at the chance to have an iPhone, with more than half of those surveyed saying they would likely switch to an Apple handset, a recently-released poll said.
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Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
On Formspring, an E-Vite to Insults and Crude Queries  —  It is the online version of the bathroom wall in school, the place to scrawl raw, anonymous gossip.  —  Formspring.me, a relatively new social networking site, has become a magnet for comments, many of them nasty and sexual, among the Facebook generation.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Wants Court To Say That Links To Music Files Don't Mean Google Is Infringing Copyrights  —  We've noted in the past some of the similarities, from a legal standpoint, of search engines like Google, and music search engines/bittorrent tracker sites — and yet the music search sites keep getting shut down.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Milestone gets Android 2.1 update in UK, available to download now  —  The saga of the Milestone's firmware update to Android 2.1 is finally over for one more territory.  The United Kingdom is today awaking to the news that Motorola has made the freshest Eclair available to its loyal British users …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint gets super serious about the prepaid mobile market  —  Some huge news this evening in the world of prepaid mobiles as Sprint has announced its new strategies for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.  With some 60 million Americans using prepaid mobiles, Sprint feels the time is right to make an all-out assault on the market.
Discussion: LiveSide.net and Reuters
BBC:
‘Historic’ day as first non-latin web addresses go live  —  Arab nations are leading a “historic” charge to make the world wide web live up to its name.  —  Net regulator Icann has switched on a system that allows full web addresses to contain no Latin characters.
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Roku's New Netflix Channel Lets You Search and Queue From Your Couch  —  Roku's offering a sneak peak of their upcoming Netflix channel redesign, which makes couch potato-browsing even more immersive.  Better yet: users will be able to search the Netflix streaming collection and add items directly to their watch instantly queues.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sprint HTC EVO pre-orders start this month at The Shack  —  HTC's EVO 4G super-speced handset seems to be everywhere and nowhere at the same time.  That situation looks set to change soon based on the pic above nabbed off The Shack's internal website showing a big “coming soon” …
Brooke Donald / Associated Press:
Project puts 1M books online for blind, dyslexic  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Even as audio versions of best-sellers fill store shelves and new technology fuels the popularity of digitized books, the number of titles accessible to people who are blind or dyslexic is minuscule.
Discussion: TG Daily
Daniel Lyons / Techtonic Shifts:
Apple vs. the Web: The Case for Staying Out of Steve Jobs's Walled Garden  —  Long before Apple even announced its new iPad, media companies were going nuts about the device, for two reasons.  First, they believed they would be able to create apps that would be gorgeous and stunning …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
h-online.com:
Canonical clarifies its H.264 licence  —  With the current controversy over H.264 patent pools and open source codecs, some observers have noted that Canonical is listed as a licensee of H.264 from MPEGLA, the patent pool which licenses out the codec patents, causing some to ask if Ubuntu users were covered by this license.
Discussion: The Register
 
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Former Microsoft Windows exec to lead HP software business
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Makes Small Developer Roadmap Updates — Watch for More This Month
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
SanDisk official Xbox 360 USB stick on sale today
Discussion: Erictric and I4U News
Steven Sande / TUAW:
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Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Nudge, nudge! Facebook wants to be your homepage
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Super Investor Mike Moritz of Sequoia Invests in Swedish E-Commerce Startup
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
RIM Chokes on its iPad Killer
Discussion: SlashGear and VentureBeat
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch: We're Going To Make The Best Tools In The World For HTML5
Dean Hachamovitch / IEBlog:
HTML5 and Same Markup: Second IE9 Platform Preview Available for Developers