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4:25 AM ET, May 11, 2010

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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
Discussion: mocoNews
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
No Google Nexus One for Sprint.  So What?  —  Sprint today follows its CDMA cousin, Verizon Wireless, in choosing not to ink a deal with Google to carry the Nexus One.  HTC builds the Nexus One for Google, which in turn sells the device online, but HTC won't be hurting …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
It Would Be Kind of Stunning if Android Phones Weren't Outselling iPhones
Discussion: GigaOM, AndroidGuys, ZDNet, BetaNews and Switched
Mike Beltzner / beltzner:
Firefox 4: fast, powerful, and empowering  —  Today, I presented an early product plan for Firefox 4 to the Mozilla community (live, over the web!) to share our vision for the next version of Firefox, and what projects are underway to realize it.  Then I invited everyone to get involved …
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
April Search Numbers Out!  Yahoo Gains Share Because Of New Slideshow Tool (YHOO, GOOG, MSFT)  —  April's comScore search numbers were released tonight.  —  At first glance, Yahoo appears to be the big winner at Google's expense.  But that's mostly because of a new “slideshow” …
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 …
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.
Matt Legend Gemmell:
iPad Multi-Touch  —  A friend of mine recently asked how many simultaneous touch events the iPad supported; I wasn't sure, so I promised to write some code to conduct an experiment and find the answer.  I got around to doing so, and the answer is: eleven.  —  I'm sure you can imagine …
Discussion: ZDNet and Daring Fireball
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 …
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 …
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: FM Blog and 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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
4Mbps broadband for all to cost $23 billion, won't use fiber  —  The FCC has set a 4Mbps download target for universal US broadband—but how to get those (modest) speeds to underserved areas?  According to a new report (PDF) from the Commission, we can forget about fiber—it costs too much.
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Growing On Google, People Asking “How Do I Delete My Facebook Account”  —  When working on a presentation about search today, I did a “how do I” search on Google to see what was suggested as topics.  To my surprise, “How do I delete my Facebook account” was one of the top choices:  —  Is this new?
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
The DealMap: ‘CityGrid for Local Deals’  —  The friendly folks behind unassuming local-semantic search site Center'd have just launched what is probably the definitive local deal site on the Internet, The Dealmap.  I wrote about it in a preliminary way in March after a brief discussion with Center'd CEO Jennifer Dulski.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Bits and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
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 …
 
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
New Flash DRM Comes With Output Control
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Begins Testing ‘Offers’ Payment Option Beyond Games
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Researcher reveals Safari zero-day bug
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Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
“Smart” Tabletop Game Company Sifteo Raises $9 Million
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Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
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Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Citysearch Plans Reputation Management Product
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Microsoft Office 2010 enterprise pricing: You win some, you lose some
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
CBS's Showtime Said to Test Putting Shows Online
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Skype ‘to offer adverts’ to keep service free
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
A faster Wi-Fi format aims to eliminate most wires