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1:10 PM ET, May 6, 2010


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Google Mobile Blog:
Translate the real world with Google Goggles  —  Traveling to another country can be an amazing experience.  The opportunity to immerse yourself in a different culture can give you a new perspective.  However, it can be hard to fully enjoy the experience if you do not understand the local language.
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google Camera Phone App Translates Foreign Languages Instantly (GOOG)
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
How the iPad gobbles up netbook sales  —  Also getting cannibalized: iPod touches, eReaders, desktop PCs and handheld videogames  —  There's an interesting chart in a report to clients issued early Thursday morning by Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty.  —  The subject of her report …
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: 'I'm CEO ... b****!'  —  (Fortune) — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is known as a precocious visionary, but as a college-age CEO he was as rebellious and irreverent as the next kid.  In his forthcoming book The Facebook Effect: the Inside Story of the Company …
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Mark Zuckerberg: The temptation of Facebook's CEO
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Facebook's new features secretly add apps to your profile  —  When a piece of software is automatically installed on your computer without your knowledge, it's called malware.  But what do you call it when Facebook apps are added to your profile without your knowledge?
Staska / Unwired View:
Apple wants to embed cardiac sensors into an iPhone case to identify you  —  Adding biometric to sensors to electronic devices for user identification, is not a new thing.  —  Sometimes they are fingerprint readers, face or iris recognition sensors, voice recognition software, etc …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
AT&T extends iPhone exclusive in quid pro quo, says analyst  —  Part of the deal with Apple for discounting iPad data plans, says BroadPoint's Brian Marshall  —  Computerworld - AT&T and Apple probably have a quid pro quo in place that has extended the mobile carrier's exclusive deal …
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 …
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 …
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.
Amy Schatz / Digits:
How the FCC Plans to Regulate Internet Lines
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” …
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.
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Sprint and Virgin Mobile announces Beyond Talk $25 prepaid plan, new prepaid brand
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM,, Go Rumors and Pocket-lint
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Responds to Joe Hewitt: Your Argument Is Two Years Old  —  Last week, well-known web/iPhone developer Joe Hewitt decided to rant on Twitter.  His target?  The state of web development.  In 25 or so tweets, Hewitt ripped apart the state of the industry.  Obviously, his impassioned views caused some controversy.
Discussion: Ajaxian, Thanks:mask
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 …
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.
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Booyah Hits 2 Million, Stealing Foursquare's Thunder  —  Just a quick update on yesterday's post on Booyah:  —  While we were busy trying to guess the number of jellybeans in Foursquare's jar, Booyah was quietly, but swiftly, amassing new users.  Guess what, it just hit the 2 million mark.
Discussion: VatorNews and
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.  —, a relatively new social networking site, has become a magnet for comments, many of them nasty and sexual, among the Facebook generation.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
WMG's Bronfman Warms To Apple, Tip-Toes Around iTunes Speculation  —  Last quarter, Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr scolded Apple for introducing variable track pricing too late and eagerly predicted a new wave of subscription digital music services “dwarving” the iTunes Store on which labels depend so much.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell Aero slips though the FCC, ready for Q2 launch
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Is Brightcove the Next Flash?
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans:
SlingPlayer For Android Secretly Jumps Into Private Beta
Brooke Donald / Associated Press:
Project puts 1M books online for blind, dyslexic
Discussion: GigaOM, ResourceShelf and TG Daily
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Facebook Privacy Flaws Faulted in Consumer Complaint to U.S. Regulators
Half of flat panel TVs to ship with Internet connection in 2013, says ABI Research
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Pocket-lint and Maximum PC
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Former Microsoft Windows exec to lead HP software business
Discussion: HP, The Microsoft Blog and CNET News
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Lyons / Techtonic Shifts:
Apple vs. the Web: The Case for Staying Out of Steve Jobs's Walled Garden
Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
Roku's New Netflix Channel Lets You Search and Queue From Your Couch
Canonical clarifies its H.264 licence
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Wants Court To Say That Links To Music Files Don't Mean Google …
Discussion: The Register and Download Squad
Google Mobile Blog:
Google's new look for mobile
Arn / MacRumors:
Next iPhone to Record 1280x720 HD Video?