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11:30 AM ET, May 19, 2010

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Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Here's What's New In iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4  —  Oh yes! iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 is out and we're tearing it apart to find out what's new so that you don't have to risk your iPhones.  Here's what we've discovered so far.  Updating.  —  The default home screen is different.
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Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Newest iPhone 4.0 Beta Implies That AT&T Is Finally Ready For Tethering  —  Yes!  Yes!  Yes!  Those sounds you heard moments ago are the horrified screams of your nearest AT&T towers.  Why?  Because iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4 brings us a new option in the settings menu: Tethering.
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Grew 17 Per Cent in First Quarter 2010  —  RIM Made Its Debut into the Top Five Mobile Handset Manufacturers  —  Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totalled 314.7 million units in the first quarter of 2010, a 17 per cent increase from the same period in 2009 …
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Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
Google Android smacks down Windows Mobile in latest Gartner data  —  The good news for Google's Android operating system and devices continues and as the latest Gartner research data shows Android has now surpassed Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system and moved into fourth place with9.6 percent of market share.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPod touch with 2 megapixel camera leaked in Vietnam (video)  —  Guess who has another Apple scoop?  Tinhte, the upstarts from Vietnam have first pics of the mythical iPod touch with a camera.  The “DVT-1” stamp on the back makes it clear that this is an early design verification test unit in the evolution of product testing.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Bill Gates Told Steve Jobs About the iPad in 2007  —  May 30, 2007.  Watch Señor Bill Gates describing the future of computing, with Apple CEO Steve Jobs next to him: An iPad-like device being used alongside an iPhone-like device.  Then watch Jobs saying that, actually, the future was the PC.
Electronista:
AT&T exec doesn't see mass exodus to Verizon iPhone  —  AT&T's wireless chief Ralph de la Vega today dismissed talk of a Verizon iPhone triggering a rush of defections to the rival carrier.  He explained at a JP Morgan conference that 70 percent of all of AT&T's customers are on family plans …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Yes folks, the official iPhone Twitter app is here  —  We already knew it was hours if not minutes away - see TechCrunch US report - and it's perhaps no surprise that New Zealand gets the goods ahead of Europe and the US (a bit like New Year's day).  —  Yes folks, the official Twitter app …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft sues Salesforce.com over patents  —  Microsoft on Tuesday fired a major shot across the bow at Salesforce.com, filing a federal lawsuit against the online software company claiming it infringes on nine patents.  —  The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Seattle …
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Bogus is one way to describe Microsoft's patent claims against Salesforce.com
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tension Building At Facebook As Staffers Challenge Zuckerberg's Approach To Privacy  —  Facebook executives have been “hunkered down” for days trying to figure out what to do about the latest privacy backlash, the WSJ's Jessica Vascellaro says.  —  Some executives appear to disagree …
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Facebook fixing embarrassing privacy bug
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Facebook to Launch “Simplistic” Privacy Choices Soon
Matt Drance / Apple Outsider:
Cocoa, Flash, and Safari  —  A great deal has already been said about Section 3.3.1 of the latest iPhone SDK Terms and Conditions, and the apparent standoff between Apple and Adobe over the Flash platform.  Adobe has launched an aggressive PR campaign last week in support of their position.
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Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:   Apple, Adobe, and Openness: Let's Get Real
John Dowdell / jd/adobe:
Straight talk on Flash
Discussion: BBC, NewTeeVee and Cold Hard Flash
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Sprint's Hero finally gets official Android 2.1 upgrade  —  Assuming you resisted the temptation to either root your Hero or update it with the recently leaked 2.1 firmware, this is your very first chance to finally slap a dash of Android future on your senescent device.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Adobe Flash To Eliminate Bandwidth Costs With P2P  —  The Flash team from Adobe has been working on their P2P Flash implementation for a while, but with the release of the 10.1 player it can really make a difference for online media distribution.  —  Kevin Towes, Product Manager …
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Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Google I/O: mSpot streams personal music collections from the cloud  —  A Silicon Valley company is trying to get a jump start on what many suspect may be Apple's next music move: an online streaming music service that unleashes your personal library.  —  The company, called mSpot …
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
Computer Algorithm Can Recognize Sarcasm (Which Is Just Soooo Cool)  —  Recognizing Sarcasm with Computer Algorithms  —  The pursuit of machine intelligence means we have to come up with ways to communicate with our computers in a way both entities can understand.
Discussion: Telegraph and BaltTech
Sid Murlidhar / Facebook Blog:
Fast and Free Facebook Mobile Access with 0.facebook.com  —  Today, we are launching another way for people to access Facebook anytime, anywhere: 0.facebook.com. 0.facebook.com is a new mobile site that includes all of the key features of Facebook but is optimized for speed.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Is Firefox Headed Towards A Massive Decline?  Its Co-Founder Thinks So  —  Quora is a great place to find answers about products from prominent people involved with them.  It's also a great place for those prominent people to disagree, publicly.  That's what's happening right now in a thread about the future of Firefox.
Discussion: ZDNet, blogs.chron.com and AppScout
Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
New: Amazon S3 Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS)  —  I've got a cool new Amazon S3 feature to tell you about, but I need to start with a definition!  —  Let's define durability (with respect to an object stored in S3) as the probability that the object will remain intact and accessible after a period of one year.
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Blip.tv Raises $10.1 Million To Promote Indie Web Programs  —  As it approaches its fifth anniversary, online video provider Blip.tv has closed a $10.1 million third round.  The round was led by Canaan Partners and previous backer Bain Capital Ventures.  The new funding comes after a year …
Google Enterprise Blog:
Putting email in context with Gmail contextual gadgets  —  Since launching the Google Apps Marketplace in March, Google Apps administrators have deployed integrated third party apps to more than one million users, and today we're excited to build on this momentum with the launch of a new Gmail API …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
LifeLock CEO's Identity Stolen 13 Times  —  Apparently, when you publish your Social Security number prominently on your website and billboards, people take it as an invitation to steal your identity.  —  LifeLock CEO Todd Davis, whose number is displayed in the company's ubiquitous advertisements, has by now learned that lesson.
 
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
NTT DoCoMo shows off automatic email generator for mobiles (video)
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Google Contacts Trigger Reprimand for White House Aide, Official Says
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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Facebook's move to Seattle: The backstory
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple scaling Final Cut Studio apps to fit prosumers
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Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Playdom Acquires MMORPG Publisher Acclaim Games
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
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Discussion: MarketWatch and eWeek
Jonathan Rochelle / The Official Google Blog:
Simplify common tasks with the new Google Apps Script
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Yahoo Buys Associated Content for $100 Million