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5:10 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 …
Carl Howe / Yankee Group Blog:
Apple's new record: the fastest product ramp to $1 billion
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Technovia
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 …
Kevin Rose / Digg Blog:
The following email was sent to our employees today  —  This morning we faced the difficult task of reducing our team by about 10%.  This was an emotional and rough morning for everyone involved.  Laying off dedicated and hard working individuals is extremely difficult …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Digg Cuts 10% Of Staff  —  Digg has cut around twelve people from its staff, we're hearing.  The company's about page lists 72 employees, but it's possible that they have more than that overall.  When contacted about the news Digg told us they'd be publishing a blog post shortly — we'll update with more information once that is up.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Patrick Goss /
Opera joins in Jobs v Flash argument  —  Critical now, but Adobe needs to change fast  —  Opera has joined in the argument over Flash, with the company telling TechRadar that they will support Flash for the time being, but that the company needs to start embracing web standards if it doesn't want to come under constant attack.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
FCC outlines new ‘third way’ internet regulatory plan, will split access from content  —  The FCC's plan to rework how it regulates the internet just got a lot more solid today, as the agency officially announced its “third way” approach to classifying broadband services and opened it up for public comment.
Julius Genachowski / The National Broadband Plan:
The Third Way: A Narrowly Tailored Broadband Framework
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Web Struggling To Keep Up With The Stock Market Crash/Bounce  —  In case you haven't been on Twitter in the past 20 minutes, the U.S. stock market is collapsing.  Well, it was collapsing (the Dow was down over 1,000 points at one point), but now it's bouncing back.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:   Stock market panic hobbles financial Web
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 - Full version
Discussion: CNET News, Gawker and GMSV
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?
Jon Wiley / The Official Google Blog:
The Google design, turned up a notch  —  This week we introduced our latest update to search, and I wanted to share a bit of our thinking on the design team.  In short, we tried to take all the things we strive for at Google and make them better: powerful technology, snappy results, simplicity and a fun and quirky personality.
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 …
Ginny Hung / Y! Mobile Blog:
Apple iPad User Analysis  —  There's no question that the iPad is the latest “it” product, with first-day sales exceeding 300,000 and some analysts projecting as many as 7 million units sold by year's end.  Inside Yahoo!, we're just as interested in the iPad phenomenon.
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” …
Emily Bryson York / AdAge:
McDonald's to Use Facebook's Upcoming Location Feature  —  Brands Eager to Build Apps Once Massive Social Network Launches Its Own Foursquare Competitor  —  CHICAGO ( — Facebook is preparing to launch location-based status updates for its users.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Why tech giants are putting the silicon back in Silicon Valley  —  When Apple bought chip design firm PA Semi in 2008, it seemed like a crazy move.  Who'd want to go back to the days when giants like IBM did everything themselves, including making software, hardware and chips?
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.
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