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4:10 PM ET, May 12, 2010

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Delivers the Future of Productivity With Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010  —  New products and cloud services available to businesses today.  —  Today, Microsoft Corp. announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010 …
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Predicts Fastest-Ever Adoption of New Office Software  —  Microsoft Corp. expects customers to adopt the new version of Office at the fastest pace in the software's 20-year history, helping reverse a sales slump and fend off competition from Google Inc.'s Web-based programs.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Forrester: Google still a distant Office competitor  —  For all the noise about — and from — Google giving Microsoft a run for its money in the office/productivity market, the reality is rather different, according to Forrester Research.  —  New Forrester data, released on May 11 …
BBC:
Microsoft Office 2010 takes aim at Google Docs  —  Microsoft is preparing to launch its latest weapon in its ongoing battle with Google.  —  The software giant will launch its flagship product Office 2010 to businesses on 12 May.  —  The latest version of the software has a free online component - called Office Web Apps.
Simon Mackie / GigaOM:   Office 2010: Productivity, Productivity, Productivity
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's next target: Gmail
Discussion: The Windows Blog and Computerworld
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Office Mobile 2010 released, free upgrade for WinMo 6.5 users
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Next generation iPhone unscrewed from Vietnam (update: video!)  —  The kids at Taoviet have really outdone themselves.  From the looks of these images, the Vietnamese site has nabbed an honest to goodness 4th generation iPhone — a 16GB model to be exact.  It's clearly pre-production judging …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Prototype iPhone Video, A4 Processor, High Resolution Screen?
HTC:
HTC SUES APPLE FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT  —  Complaint outlines five HTC patents infringed by Apple products  —  HTC Corporation today took legal action against Apple Inc., filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HTC files patent complaint against Apple, asks for ban on iPhone, iPad, and iPod  —  We'd been wondering how and when HTC would respond to Apple's patent lawsuit, and here we go: the Taiwanese phone manufacturer just filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The Big Game, Zuckerberg and Overplaying your Hand  —  Last Wednesday, 10AM, Las Vegas.  The South Point Hotel and Casino, a couple of miles off the strip.  The kind of hotel where you can get steak and eggs for $2.99-24 hours a day.  Cashier: “How would you like your $200,000, Mr. Calacanis?
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Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
EXCLUSIVE: AndroidPolice.com's Nexus One Is Running Android 2.2 Froyo.  How Fast Is It Compared To 2.1?  Oh, Only About 450% Faster  —  Folks, we have a Nexus One.  We also have Froyo.  In fact, we have the two mixed together in the most delicious frozen-yogurty Android 2.2 kind of way you can imagine.
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Eric / Erictric:
Android 2.2 Froyo Nearly 5 Times Faster Than Android 2.1
Discussion: Fonehome.co.uk and Android Police
Gmail Blog:
Drag images into messages  —  Recently, we launched a feature that allows you to drag an attachment from your computer right onto Gmail.  —  I've always been a fan of the inserting image lab, so I naturally wondered if it would be possible to combine the two.
Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
More Choice for Users: Unlisted Videos  —  Melinda teaches high school in the Bay Area and recently reached out to us with a problem.  Her students just finished a video history project that she wanted to share with their parents and classmates.  But she was concerned about posting …
John Provine / The Official Google Blog:
Understanding the web to find short answers and “something different”  —  One year ago today we announced Google Squared in Labs, an early attempt to find and extract structured data from across the web, such as a detailed table of [dog breeds] or [broadway shows].
Alex Payne / Why Microsoft:
Google Docs does not make Office better  —  Hi, I'm Alex Payne and I'm a Director in our Online Product Management team.  A couple of news articles and blogs landed today where Google is trying to make the case that existing Office customers (and there are over 500 Million of them worldwide) …
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Microsoft, Verizon defend Kin's monthly pricing, noting cloud backup  —  Product manager says new phones will have app downloads in the future  —  Computerworld - Microsoft's new Kin phones are not truly smartphones, but Verizon Wireless is charging users a minimum monthly $70 service fee anyway …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
‘HURT LOCKER’ PRODUCERS ABOUT TO SUE AN ARMY OF PIRATES  —  EXCLUSIVE: The war against movie piracy is getting downright explosive.  We've learned that the producers of the Oscar-winning “The Hurt Locker” are preparing a massive lawsuit against thousands of individuals who pirated the film online.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Comcast Demos Prototype iPad App For Controlling Cable Box  —  News, analysis and insights from Barron's Silicon Valley bureau.  —  Daily Analysis Blogs & Columns Investing Ideas Rankings & Reports  —  Market Data  —  Daily Stock Alert  —  Now, this is a nifty use of the Apple (AAPL) iPad.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Transaction: Apple's e-Wallet App Finally Surfaces in a Patent  —  On April 16, 2010 a savvy investor posted a great report on The Motely Fool investor site in which he stated that “Mobile purchases [and] p2p payments using phones - is a utopia that many telcos, banks, and scheme operations have been looking at for years.”
 
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iPhone Game Maker Ngmoco Acquires Another iPhone Game Developer …
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Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Shopping App for iPad
Discussion: TechFlash and TechCrunch
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Sharp unveils first 3D high-definition camera for mobile devices
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
With smarter chips, TVs and other gadgets have become computers
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Yahoo! to open source floating Google-Amazon crossbreed
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