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8:30 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.
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: ChannelWeb, TUAW, Technovia and 9 to 5 Mac
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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: Gawker, CNET News and GMSV
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 …
Tim Bray / ongoing:
HTML5 and the Web  —  I am an unabashed partisan of the Web — its architecture, culture, and content.  I'm proud to have played a very small part in shaping bits of the machinery and having contributed probably too many words to that content But as for HTML5?  It's a good enough thing to the extent it turns out to work.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Chuck Hollis / Chuck's Blog:
What iPads Did To My Family  —  This one is most definitely off-topic, but you might find it interesting.  —  Last Sunday, I broke down and bought a non-3G iPad.  I just was too damn curious.  Walked into the Apple Store, played with it for 5 minutes, gave them my credit card, and walked out 15 minutes later.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
‘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.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Judge forces more delays in unsealing of iPhone raid documents  —  An Apple Store in San Francisco.  Credit: Russel A. Daniels / AP.  —  A San Mateo County judge refused to hear arguments from a coalition of media lawyers seeking access to details of a search warrant served by a task force …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Latitude Has 3 Million Active Users, Check-Ins Likely On The Way  —  “Hey Foursquare and MyTown, suck it.”  —  Okay, Google's Steve Lee didn't actually say that during the location panel at the Web 2.0 Expo today, but he may as well have.  While Foursquare may have just crossed 1 million users …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Samsung No. 1 Among U.S. Mobile Phone Makers, Apple No.6  —  The latest metrics on the U.S. mobile market from comScore, published Thursday, are about what you'd expect.  Among mobile network operators, Verizon (VZ) ranked highest with 31.1 percent of the market during the three-month period ending March 2010.
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?
James Niccolai / Computerworld:
Microsoft hit on lack of HTML 5 plans for XP  —  IDG News Service - Microsoft came under fire from some of its rivals on Wednesday for its decision not to offer Internet Explorer 9 — and hence support for the upcoming HTML 5 standard — to users of its older Windows XP operating system.
Discussion: ZDNet
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Responds to Joe Hewitt: Your Argument Is Two Years Old
Discussion: Ajaxian, Thanks:mask
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sprint HTC EVO pre-orders start this month at The Shack
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Motorola hints at owning mobile OS, acquires Azingo