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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.
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Bianca Bosker / The Huffington Post:
Google IO 2010: How To Watch LIVE
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 …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Google TV turns on at I/O  —  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.
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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*.
Peter Yared / VentureBeat:   Google TV is Sony's last stand against the Apple juggernaut
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.
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 …
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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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
This Is Adobe Flash 10.1 on a Phone (It's Not Bad)  —  Honestly, there's not much to say about Flash 10.1 on Android that you haven't already seen, given how hard Adobe's been pushing the Flash-on-phones message.  There's a few things.  —  Why You Want It
Discussion: CNET News, Technologizer and Engadget
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: MediaMemo and mocoNews
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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 …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Is The Latest To Talk The HTML5 Talk  —  As we all know, the battle between Flash and HTML5 for the future of online video is raging.  But what about that other plugin some sites use for video?  You know, the one made by Microsoft — Silverlight?  A new posting tonight may call …
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Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Netflix: No Plans For HTML5 Video
Discussion: Hacking NetFlix
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Facebook CEO's latest woe: accusations of securities fraud  —  May has been a bad month for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who just turned 26 last Friday but spent his birthday wrestling with an uproar over Facebook's privacy practices.  The latest unwelcome gift: accusations of securities fraud …
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, Erictric, Gizmodo and Liliputing
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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 …
Discussion: paidContent and ReadWriteWeb
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPad app store goes live internationally  —  Irrespective of Apple policy, we know that many of our readers already purchased a US iPad for use — gasp — outside of the United States.  With favorable exchange rates and an early US launch really, who could blame you?
Gary C / EuroDroid:
Android 3.0 “Gingerbread” coming in Q4 2010, says WebM media team  —  Crikey, while we're all expecting Google to unleash Android 2.2 on us all later today at its Google I/O 2010 conference, plans are already well underway for a launch of the 3.0 refresh of the mobile OS.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial Media: Android Ad Impressions Rise 77 Percent In April, iPhone Sees 8 Percent Drop  —  Mobile ad network Millennial Media, which claims that its mobile advertising network reaches 83 percent of 72 million mobile web users in the U.S., is reporting that Android ad requests grew 77% month over month …
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Google debates face recognition technology  —  Google executives are wrestling over whether to launch controversial facial recognition technology after a barrage of criticism over its privacy policies.  —  Eric Schmidt, chief executive, said a series of public disputes over privacy issues …
Google Code Blog:
BigQuery and Prediction API: Get more from your data with Google  —  To deliver our services, Google has had to develop sophisticated internal tools to process data more efficiently.  We know that some of these tools could be useful to any developer, so we've been working to create external versions that we can share with the world.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Sneak Peek: The Obama Administration's Redesigned Data.gov  —  One year ago this Friday, United States chief information officer Vivek Kundra launched an ambitious website called Data.gov to make the government's vast stores of data available to the public.  The thinking behind the site then …
Discussion: Fast Company and Epicenter
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 …
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Buy.com Gets Acquired By Japanese E-Commerce Giant Rakuten For $250 Million  —  When I covered Rakuten back in July last year, I called it “the biggest e-commerce site you never heard of”.  And in fact, the eponymous Japanese company behind the B2B2C market place (which is currently used …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
With Android update, Google comes out swinging against Apple  —  Google Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra announced the latest update to its Android smartphone operating system, version 2.2 code-named “Froyo.”  The overriding theme wasn't a single feature or tool.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Michael Grothaus / TUAW:
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