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4:50 PM ET, May 9, 2010

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MacDailyNews:
Obama: With iPods and iPads, information becomes a distraction; imposes new pressures on democracy  —  Barack Obama lamented Sunday that “with iPads and iPods,” information has become a distraction that is putting new pressures on the U.S.A. and “democracy.”
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Kevin Gamble / HighTouch:
The President drinks from the ‘information overload’ Kool-Aid  —  I was disappointed to see President Obama's remarks from the commencement exercise at Hampton University yesterday: Obama: iPad, Xbox Turn Information Into A ‘Distraction’ … He's right about one thing …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Official: Google Won't Offer Option To Restore “Classic Google” Look  —  As I covered in my article about Google's new look, while the new design appears to have been widely accepted without complaint, there are some who want “old” or “Classic Google” back.  Google tells me that's not going to happen.
Discussion: Technologizer
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Zee / The Next Web:
How to access the old Google Search.  No hacks or scripts required.  —  As you will probably know, Google Search has had somewhat of a face lift over the last week.  —  To say there has been an uproar over the latest update would be a lie, but there are plenty of people (as with any change) …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Files For “iTunes Live” Trademark  —  Apple has been filing applications for quite a number of trademarks lately, most of which get rigorously tracked and dissected by sites like PatentlyApple.com, among others.  But somehow, the most recent applications filed by Apple trademark correspondent Lisa G. Widup have gone unnoticed.
Daryl Deino / Examiner:
HP Hurricane webOS tablet may be released in 3rd quarter  —  We first speculated that since HP bought out Palm, they would come out wth a webOS tablet.  According to many industry insiders, this appears to be more of a reality now.  An insider at HP tells us that a webOS tablet under …
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
The Tell-All Generation Learns When Not To, at Least Online  —  Min Liu, a 21-year-old liberal arts student at the New School in New York City, got a Facebook account at 17 and chronicled her college life in detail, from rooftop drinks with friends to dancing at a downtown club.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Weighs in on iPad International Pricing and Taxes  —  With Apple's announcement on Friday regarding availability of the iPad in nine new countries later this month, a number of potential customers expressed dismay at the apparent higher prices in those countries relative to those in the United States.
Discussion: TiPb, 9 to 5 Mac and EverythingiCafe
Washington Post:
The cybersecurity boom  —  When cybersecurity firm Triumfant was founded in late 2002, it developed software meant to assist help desks in managing information technology problems.  The company soon found a more valuable use for its software: detecting malicious acts on networks of computers and making automatic fixes.
Pthurrott / SuperSite Blog:
Sorry, But the iPad is Not ‘Killing’ Netbook Sales  —  Hopefully by now, most readers of this site understand how the tech world works: Apple releases a successful product (the iPad) but it suddenly becomes The Second Coming (tm).  So much so that Fortune's web-based Mac blog, Apple 2.0 …
Discussion: PC World
Dan Goodin / The Register:
New attack bypasses virtually all AV protection  —  Bait, switch, exploit!  —  Researchers say they've devised a way to bypass protections built in to dozens of the most popular desktop anti-virus products, including those offered by McAfee, Trend Micro, AVG, and BitDefender.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Hands-on with Microsoft's translating telephone  —  Microsoft's translating telephone uses a combination of speech recognition and machine translation to help two people who don't share a common language talk with one another.  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—One of the hits at this year's TechFest …
Discussion: Maximum PC
Chris / cdixon.org:
Facebook, Zynga, and buyer-supplier hold up  —  The brewing fight between Facebook and Zynga is what is known in economic strategy circles as “buyer-supplier hold up.”  The classic framework for analyzing a firm's strategic position is Michael Porter's Five Forces.
Discussion: Spark Minute and TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga's Struggle For Independence: Bailing On Tagged, ZLive To Launch Soon?
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook's Gone Rogue; It's Time for an Open Alternative  —  Facebook has gone rogue, drunk on founder Mark Zuckerberg's dreams of world domination.  It's time the rest of the web ecosystem recognizes this and works to replace it with something open and distributed.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Much ado about privacy on Facebook (I wish Facebook were MORE open!!!)
Discussion: eSarcasm
 
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