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4:00 PM ET, May 20, 2010

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Salahuddin Choudhary / The Official Google Blog:
Announcing Google TV: TV meets web.  Web meets TV.  —  If there's one entertainment device that people know and love, it's the television.  In fact, 4 billion people across the world watch TV and the average American spends five hours per day in front of one*.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Google TV turns on at I/O: runs Android and Flash, partnered with Sony, Logitech, and Intel  —  As expected, Google just announced Google TV at I/O. There's four billion TV viewers worldwide, making it the biggest market in the world, and Google's after it in a big way — it's a $70 billion ad market in the US alone, after all.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Google Moves to TVs With Help From Intel and Sony  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google wants to bring the Internet to a part of the home that for the most part it has not yet reached: the television set.  —  At Google's annual I/O conference here on Thursday, the search giant announced that it is leading …
Discussion: PC World and Sony Insider
Louis Gray:
While Apple Slept On Their Hobby, Google Executed  —  After noting Apple practically being a zero in terms of mentions in yesterday's keynote at Google I/O, today saw the gloves come off as Google came out swinging against its competitor - and it had to be noted, even from this longtime Mac customer …
Discussion: Gizmodo and SlashGear
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Boxee sees Google TV as complementary in bringing Web to your TV  —  Now that Google has officially announced its plans to revolutionize the way we watch TV, it's time for potential competitors to react.  One of the most promising TV-Web players is the New York-based Boxee …
Gizmodo:
Will You Be Able to Watch Hulu With Google TV?
Discussion: TNW Social Media
Vincent Nguyen / SlashGear:
YouTube Lean Back for Google TV outed, plus auto-translation subtitles
Peter Yared / VentureBeat:
Google TV is Sony's last stand against the Apple juggernaut
Discussion: paidContent
Aditya Bansod / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
Flash Player 10.1 on Google TV
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Android Central
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Android 2.2 Froyo officially announced  —  No huge surprises here, but Google just announced Android 2.2 “Froyo” at I/O, and the big addition is a just-in-time compiler, which brings a 2-5x speed boost to the system.  There are also 20 new enterprise features, including better Exchange integration …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Now Activating 100,000 Android Devices A Day — 50,000 Android Apps  —  Today at Google I/O Vic Gundotra made a big revelation.  Last year, Google was activating 30,000 Android phones a day.  The past February, that number jumped to 60,000.  Today, Google is now activating over 100,000 Android phones a day.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ beta hands-on: Flash 10.1, WiFi hotspots …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Daring Fireball
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Um, Did Google Just Quietly Launch A Web-Based iTunes Competitor?  Yep.  —  Today at Google I/O, Vic Gundotra introduced Froyo, aka Android 2.2.  But he also went a bit beyond Froyo.  Coming soon, is a way to download an app through the Android Market over the web — and have it automatically download on your Android devices too.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and MobileCrunch
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Buys Simplify Media To Power Music Syncing For New iTunes Competitor  —  Google just announced that it bought Simplify Media, a startup that offers software that lets you share your iTunes music across platforms, including the web.  —  The software lets you share your photos …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Live from the Google I/O 2010 day 2 keynote!  —  Yesterday's Google I/O keynote brought about a number of big newsbits — a Chrome web app store, the open WebM video format, and so forth — but even more tantalizing were Vic Gundotra's not-so-subtle hints at some major announcements coming at today's keynote.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Selling More iPads Than Macs  —  Here's a stunner of a data point: Apple is selling more than 200,000 iPads per week.  Which means, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky, that sales of the company's new device have outpaced those of the Mac in the United States and are closing in on those of the iPhone 3GS.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Adobe unveils Flash for Android  —  After all the debate about whether or not Adobe's Flash is the right technology for smartphones, owners of phones using Google's Android operating system should finally be able to try it out for themselves.  —  Adobe is releasing a test version of Flash …
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Paul Betlem / Adobe Flash Platform Blog:
The Engineering Behind Flash Player 10.1
Asher Moses / Sydney Morning Herald:
Travellers to be searched for porn  —  Australian customs officers have been given new powers to search incoming travellers' laptops and mobile phones for pornography, a spokeswoman for the Australian sex industry says.  Fiona Patten, president of the Australian Sex Party …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Betaworks Leads $3 Million Series B In Highflyer TweetDeck, New Desktop Goes Live  —  Highflying stream reader TweetDeck just raised a $3 million Series B round led by its biggest investor, betaworks.  That brings the total capital raised by the company to $5.3 million.
Discussion: VentureBeat, GigaOM, mocoNews and MediaMemo
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Michael Finney / ABC 7:
Apple reverses its no-cash payment policy for iPads  —  Apple stepped up to the plate Wednesday, responding to a 7 On Your Side report about a woman who tried to buy an iPad using her carefully saved up money, only to be told she could not pay with cash.  The story caused outcry all across …
Dan Fletcher / Time:
The Facebook Phenomenon: Friends Without Borders  —  Sometime in the next few weeks, Facebook will officially log its 500 millionth active citizen.  If the website were granted terra firma, it would be the world's third largest country by population, two-thirds bigger than the U.S. More than 1 …
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Sprint 4G Phone Hits New Speeds, but Battery Lags  —  The major wireless phone companies have begun building out the next generation of cellular phone systems, called 4G, or fourth-generation, networks.  These networks are designed to offer much faster data speeds than the current speediest networks, which are called 3G.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nvidia's Android Tablet: Okay, I Could Want This  —  A rounded, plasticky take on the iPad.  That's how Nvidia's latest Android tablet prototype struck me.  It's pretty nice.  But not as nice as the inside.  —  Inside this 8.9-inch tablet, you see, is Nvidia's Tegra 2 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Offers Up A Few More Details About The Chrome Web Store  —  Perhaps the biggest story of day one at Google I/O was the announcement of the Chrome Web Store.  This store is meant to highlight web apps while at the same time, providing a way for developers to better monetize them (if they choose to).
Discussion: Telegraph
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Ed Christman / Billboard.Biz:
DIGITAL DIVIDE  —  Apple Solidifies Its Lead Among U.S. Music Accounts, As Mobile Merchants Fade  —  Apple's iTunes store, which emerged in 2008 as the top U.S. music account for the first time, widened its lead last year over former market leader Walmart.
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Electronista:
Only 2% of phone users download music away from computers
Discussion: redOrbit
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
1-in-5 U.S. consumers plan to buy Apple's iPad
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Time For Google to Grow Up: Open Wi-Fi Privacy Mistake Must Be The Last
Discussion: CNET News and GigaOM
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
FILM ACADEMY TARGETS GODADDY IN MASSIVE CYBERSQUATTING LAWSUIT
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
With Android update, Google comes out swinging against Apple
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
iTunes Store now shows Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer reviews for movies
Discussion: TheAppleBlog, TiPb and MacRumors, Thanks:rawmeet
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
YouTube, 450 Websites Blocked in Pakistan as Government Steps Up Crackdown
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPad app store goes live internationally