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7:20 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.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Office 2010: A Tale of Decadence and Hand-to-Hand Combat  —  Arriving at Google's main campus the other day, I flipped my keys to the valet and hopped out of my car.  I noticed a modified RV over on the right side of the parking lot where employees could get quick free hair cuts.
Discussion: GeekSugar and New York Times
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's next target: Gmail
Discussion: The Windows Blog
Simon Mackie / GigaOM:
Office 2010: Productivity, Productivity, Productivity
Discussion: The Register, Ars Technica and ZDNet
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
HTC Sues Apple: The Complaint and Patents [DOC]
Discussion: Fortune and Android Phone Fans
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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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Calls All Hands Meeting On Privacy  —  Facing increasing pressure from the media and users, Facebook has called an all hands meeting tomorrow afternoon, at 4 PM Pacific, to discuss the company's overall privacy strategy according to sources inside the company.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The Big Game, Zuckerberg and Overplaying your Hand
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Facebook Needs to Find Its Voice on Privacy
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 …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Loses Senior Android Product Manager Erick Tseng To Facebook  —  Surprising industry move of the day (or maybe not): Google's Senior Product Manager, Android, Erick Tseng, has departed the company and will start working at that other game-changing Internet company as of next week: Facebook.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
RIAA wins big in LimeWire lawsuit  —  A federal court has found the company that operates file-sharing service LimeWire liable for copyright infringement, according to court records reviewed by CNET.  —  U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, for the Southern District of New York …
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].
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.
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 …
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Sprint Evo 4G Will Have Two-Way Video Chat, Goes On Sale June 4th For $200  —  It's official: the Sprint Evo 4G will be on sale for $200 (with contract) on June 4th—even earlier than we thought.  It'll feature two-way video chat on 3G and 4G networks, which makes sense given the forward-facing camera.
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Qik Blog:
It's now official!  Qik to bring 2-way video chat with the launch of HTC EVO 4G
Discussion: AndroidGuys
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple-Verizon Political Calculus, 2010 Edition  —  Regarding Verizon's announcement of a supposed forthcoming Android iPad-alike tablet, MG Siegler wrote: … There's a lot to unpack here.  First, I'll state up front that I know very little, one way or the other, regarding whether the iPhone is coming to Verizon this year.
 
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