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4:55 AM ET, May 21, 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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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
FAQ: What We Know So Far About Google TV  —  It's very had to overstate the potential impact of Google TV (GTV) announced today.  While there have been numerous efforts to put the internet on TV in the past (including Apple TV), none have really succeed with mainstream consumers.
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.
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Unanswered Questions About Google TV
Discussion: GigaOM and Online Video Watch
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Google Moves to TVs With Help From Intel and Sony
Discussion: Gearlog and Crave
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Will You Be Able to Watch Hulu With Google TV?
Discussion: TNW Social Media
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook, MySpace Face Privacy Loophole  —  Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers' names and other personal details, despite promises they don't share such information without consent.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Unbelievable: WSJ Calls Facebook's Referring URLs a Privacy Violation (UPDATED)  —  In a jaw dropping move of bizarreness, Wall St. Journal writers Emily Steel and Jessica E. Vascellaro have called out major social networking websites tonight for violating user privacy apparently …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ beta hands-on: Flash 10.1, WiFi hotspots, and some killer benchmark scores  —  Much to our surprise at the time, when Adobe sent us a Flash 10.1-enabled Nexus One for testing, the phone came preloaded with a preview build of Android 2.2 — a.k.a. “Froyo” …
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JR Raphael / PC World:
Google Android 2.2: Questions and Answers  —  My oh my, the air is smelling sweet today.  —  Google took the wraps off its next-generation Android operating system, Android 2.2, Thursday morning.  Android 2.2 — better known by its codename Froyo — will add even more power and flexibility …
Discussion: pocketnow.com and Techie Buzz
Xavier Ducrohet / Android Developers Blog:
Android 2.2 and developers goodies.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google's “Royalty-Free” WebM Video May Not Be Royalty-Free For Long  —  The announcement of Google's new WebM video format and release of the VP8 video codec as an open standard have been hailed by some as the move that will free the Web from the proprietary H.264 codec widely used …
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Google evangelist Vic Gundotra is the company's new star  —  Google-watchers, add this name next to Sergey and Larry: Vic Gundotra is one of several Googlers with the meaningless title Vice President of Engineering.  What the guy really does is evangelize Google's technology and worldview …
Thanks:atul
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Gundotra Goes After Apple: The Video
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Poised to Unveil “Project Nike” Partnership Deal With Nokia at Monday Event  —  Today, Yahoo sent out a invite for a press conference in New York on Monday with mysterioso tone:  —  It read, vaguely:  —  “Please join Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz for an exciting announcement …
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent
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.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Buys Simplify Media To Power Music Syncing For New iTunes Competitor
Seesmic Blog:
Introducing Seesmic for iPhone  —  Seesmic for iPhone brings an efficient perspective to social networking on a mobile platform.  An application which enables Twitter, Facebook and Ping.fm - letting you update dozens of social networks at once (including MySpace, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Flickr …
Discussion: lalawag, SlashGear and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Facebook Knows Who You'll Hook Up With  —  Facebook's CEO came up with a way of predicting who a given user would be dating one week in the future, according to a new book about the social network.  And he did it for fun.  —  CEO Mark Zuckerberg found it entertaining to dive into user data …
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Microsoft's Ballmer admits Windows Vista “was just not executed well”  —  Critics for years have lambasted Vista, and now Steve Ballmer has finally admitted that Microsoft made key mistakes in its development of the operating system.  At a keynote speech yesterday at Microsoft's annual CEO Summit …
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.
Lisa M. Krieger / Mercury News:
Stanford University prepares for an amazing “bookless library”  —  One chapter is closing — and another is opening — as Stanford University moves toward the creation of its first “bookless library.”  —  Box by box, decades of past scholarship are being packed up and emptied from two old libraries …
TUAW:
Found Footage: Apple pulls iSlam Muhammad app  —  In what is sure to raise a ruckus, comedian / filmmaker / app developer Emery Emery recorded a phone call with an Apple App Store rep when his iSlam Muhammad app was pulled from the App Store after one day.  The highly entertaining conversation …
Discussion: The Greenroom and App Advice
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: Geek.com, Gizmodo and Crave
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Google Storage for Developers takes on Amazon S3  —  Google has launched a new cloud storage service competing directly with Amazon's S3.  Google Storage for Developers offers scalable, high-bandwidth storage, with an easy-to-use RESTful API.  —  Google Storage will cost 17¢ per gigabyte per month …
Sean Portnoy / ZDNet:
Seagate planning to launch new hybrid SSD/hard drive in Asus ROG G73Jh gaming laptop?  —  While being pricier per gigabyte of storage than hard drives, solid state drives are increasing in popularity thanks to superior performance, including the ability to boot your OS significantly faster.
Discussion: Engadget, TechSpot and Electronista
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft touts Hotmail security adds; users complain of account hacks
Discussion: ZDNet and Lockergnome Blog Network
Edible Apple:
Apple files trademark for “distinctive” design of Apple retail stores
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
T-Mobile USA Shutters Developer Program Amidst App Boom
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
HP expands laptop battery recall, again
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Bloggers Aim Posts at Antitrust Investigators
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Appeals Court Halts ‘Hot News’ Publishing Order
Discussion: Reuters, Techdirt and Dow Jones Newswires, Thanks:paulcarr
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple investigating contextual advertisements, coupons on iPhone
Discussion: Patently Apple
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Venture Capitalists Fight a Tax Increase
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 Earlier Items: 
Ian Schafer / AdAge:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Cisco To Acquire Networking Tech Company CoreOptics For $99M In Cash
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands on with the Kindle reader for Android
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
New Functions & Marketing Twist for Apple TV in the Works
Discussion: Fast Company
Evan Osnos / Letter from China:
Does Twitter Matter in China?
Thanks:atul
Dan Fletcher / Time:
The Facebook Phenomenon: Friends Without Borders