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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Confirmed: Apple and AT&T signed five-year iPhone exclusivity deal — but is it still valid?  —  The term of Apple and AT&T's iPhone exclusivity deal has long been a mystery — although USA Today reported a five-year arrangement when the original iPhone came out in 2007 …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Long, Complicated Tale Of AT&T's Exclusive (And Elusive) iPhone Agreement  —  YThe details of Apple and AT&T's agreement in the U.S. for exclusive iPhone rights is a bit like a mythical beast.  Every so often, someone comes along and says they've seen it.  But when someone else starts to look, it vanishes again.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
The Real Story Behind Twitter's Ridiculous Follow Bug  —  For a while today, a Twitter bug let anyone force anyone to follow their accounts.  It was a hilariously simple trick, and equally bizarre.  Even better?  This bug was discovered by accident, by a Turkish Twitter user.  Here's what happened.
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Follow bug discovered, remedied.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is Android Really Outselling Apple?  —  Here's a curveball of a data point: Android is now outselling the iPhone.  —  Really?  Really, says NPD.  —  The consumer research shop says U.S. sales of smartphones using Google's mobile operating system climbed past Apple in the first three months of this year.
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NPD Group:
Android Shakes Up U.S. Smartphone Market  —  First quarter 2010 information from The NPD Group's Mobile Phone Track reveals a shift in the smartphone market, as Android OS edged out Apple's OS for the number-two position behind RIM.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
It Would Be Kind of Stunning if Android Phones Weren't Outselling iPhones
Discussion: BetaNews
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Why U.S. Android Handset Sales Are Outpacing the iPhone
Discussion: AndroidGuys
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Sprint Won't Sell the Nexus One  —  First, Verizon changed their mind about the Google Phone after releasing the similar HTC Incredible.  Now Sprint, weeks before the release of the Evo 4G, has done the same.  And with that, the CDMA Nexus One is all but dead.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Google Seeks to Hire “Head of Social”  —  Google says it's willing to accept its shortcomings on the social web and bring in a “Head of Social” to set it on the right course.  The company has hired an executive recruiter to fill the position, and is currently in the process of casting its net as widely as possible.
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Says Printing “Will Come” for iPad  —  Since Steve Jobs has taken it upon himself to answer customer queries, he becomes a frequently cited source for what Apple is working on.  According to one reader, Steve Jobs replied to an email asking why there are no printing capabilities on the iPad.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter to Launch Twitter Business Center [SCREENSHOTS]  —  We have confirmed with Twitter that beta testing of its new business features, dubbed the “Twitter Business Center,” has begun.  —  According to the company, “only a handful of accounts have these features presently,” but it will expand on a gradual business to more accounts.
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Next Web
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
A faster Wi-Fi format aims to eliminate most wires  —  Ready to cut the cord?  The next generation of Wi-Fi technology could make most wires obsolete.  —  The Wi-Fi Alliance, an organization that certifies wireless industry standards, announced the specification for a new format …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Wi-Fi Juggernaut Rolls on, Crushing Startups
Julia Ioffe / New Yorker:
ROULETTE RUSSIAN  —  The teen-ager behind Chatroulette.  —  The random encounters of Chatroulette buck a decade-long trend that has made the Internet feel progressively more ordered. … KEYWORDS … Andrey Ternovskiy, an eighteen-year-old high-school dropout from Moscow …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's ‘iWork’ iPad Apps Will Generate Almost As Much Revenue As Google Docs (AAPL, MSFT, GOOG)  —  Apple's iPad office apps — Pages, Keynote, and Numbers — have consistently been among the most popular iPad apps since the tablet launched last month.  —  The “iWork” apps are already …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
The iAd: Steve Jobs Regifts The Mobile Marketing Experience  —  We're used to buzz around Apple, and in particular, we're quite used to buzz about how Apple goes to market.  CEO Steve Jobs is widely considered the greatest marketer alive, and nearly every marketer I've worked …
Discussion: MacDailyNews, Thanks:atul
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Was Apple right?  Adobe Flash crashes twice during mobile demo  —  Nothing sucks more than being on stage in front of a bunch of techies and having your demo crash on you twice.  Actually, the only way that sucks more is if you're Adobe and it's Flash that's crashing on a mobile device …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
It's hip to be square (and Android 2.1-powered): Meet the Motorola Flipout  —  Square phones, man.  Call me old fashioned, but I just don't get it.  Nokia did it with the Twist, LG did it with the LG Lotus and Lotus Elite, and now Motorola appears to be giving it a go — but unlike the rest of the lot …
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Fragmenting Linux is not the way to beat Apple  —  In an attempt to copycat Apple's hardware-plus-software vertical approach to the mobile market, the Linux industry is fragmenting fast and risks undermining its best chance for beating the iPhone.  —  The mobile Linux market has always …
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
“Smart” Tabletop Game Company Sifteo Raises $9 Million  —  One of the more buzzworthy talks at TED 2009 came from David Merrill, whose MIT research project revolved around cookie-size “smart” tiles that could be used as the basis for a tabletop gaming console.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Foundry Group
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What Silicon Valley could learn from these 14 Israeli companies  —  This post reposted from building43.  —  Last week Rocky Barbanica and I visited Israel and we videoed many companies (some of those interviews are still to come after we edit them).  But while going through all the videos …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:scobleizer
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Researcher reveals Safari zero-day bug  —  Drive-by exploit confirmed in Windows version of Apple's browser  —  Computerworld - Apple's Safari browser contains a critical, unpatched bug that attackers can use to infect Windows PCs with malicious code, researchers at US-CERT and other security firms said today.
Discussion: The Register, US-CERT and Erictric
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
New hard drive write method packs in one terabit per inch  —  Hard disk systems have recently encounted a storage density ceiling.  Most methods in use today have a limit of a few hundred gigabytes per square inch thanks to perpendicular recording.  To try to keep storage density rising …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Heroku Raises $10M for Its Ruby Platform  —  Heroku, a platform provider built on top of Amazon's EC2 compute infrastructure, has raised $10 million in its second round of funding, bringing its total investment to $15 million.  In the last six months, the Heroku platform …
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechFlash and TechCrunchIT
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft Office 2010 enterprise pricing: You win some, you lose some  —  Microsoft's launch of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 is on May 12, with the main event happening in New York City.  Starting that day, business users will be able to get their hands on Microsoft's latest version of its Office client and server products.
 
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Android 2.1 coming to the Verizon Droid Eris tomorrow?
Discussion: Android and Me and Android Central
Benjamin Pimentel / Dow Jones Newswires:
IDC: Cloud Computing Server Sales To Reach $12.6B By 2014
Discussion: The Register and eWeek
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Intuit Acquires Healthcare Software Company Medfusion For $91 Million
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Citysearch Plans Reputation Management Product
Discussion: Screenwerk
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Growing On Google, People Asking “How Do I Delete My Facebook Account”
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Pre Plus comes to AT&T on May 16, $149.99 with free Touchstone
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
CBS's Showtime Said to Test Putting Shows Online
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Skype ‘to offer adverts’ to keep service free
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Aruba buys Azalea Networks for industrial mesh wireless in $40M deal
John Oates / The Register:
Facebook hires big antitrust lawyer
Discussion: ClickZ, mediabistro.com and WebProNews
Joseph Plambeck / New York Times:
In Mobile Age, Sound Quality Steps Back