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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: PC World, Electronista, Fortune and eWeek
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
AT&T dropping more calls than ever
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: Go Rumors, SlashGear, Erictric and Engadget
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.
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.
Discussion: Download Squad
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.
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Los Angeles Times:
IPhone raid puts high-tech enforcement squad in spotlight
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
DigiTimes:
Half of flat panel TVs to ship with Internet connection in 2013, says ABI Research  —  As demand for connected devices expands, Internet-connected TVs form a category poised for growth and evolution.  According to new forecasts from ABI Research, the estimated 19% of flat panel TVs shipping …
Discussion: Maximum PC, Go Rumors and Geek.com
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
 
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Former Microsoft Windows exec to lead HP software business
h-online.com:
Canonical clarifies its H.264 licence
Discussion: The Register
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
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Coming soon: Paying for stuff on Visa by waving your iPhone
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Settles Lawsuit Over Slow DSL Speeds …
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Pulse2
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Google Wins Industry Support for AdMob Deal
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
RIM Chokes on its iPad Killer
Discussion: VentureBeat