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11:25 AM ET, May 23, 2010

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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Google TV: everything you ever wanted to know  —  Google made some waves yesterday when it announced the new Google TV platform, backed by major players like Sony, Logitech, Intel, Dish Network, and Best Buy.  Built on Android and featuring the Chrome browser with a full version of Flash Player 10.1 …
Discussion: eWeek, Memex 1.1 and Gadget Lab
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Richard Lawler / Engadget HD:
Google TV: Who is the competition and what are they saying about it?  —  The Google TV has landed and is already sending ripples through the marketplace, but what about all the companies already blending internet and TV?  Whether they are already planning to work with the new initiative …
Discussion: Normalkid:Arnold Kim and Engadget
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Post-I/O Thoughts  —  Post-Google I/O, there's not much room left to see iPhone-vs.-Android as anything other than an all-out war.  What we've got here is a good old-fashioned epic rivalry.  —  It's exciting, vicious, fun to watch, and ultimately should prove to be excellent news for consumers.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google, Apple, Jacob, And The Man In Black  —  ABC's popular television show Lost comes to an end this weekend.  This season has been largely about the backstory for why things are the way they are on the island.  It's a minor spoiler to say it, but I'm going to anyway — basically …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Confirms Froyo Launch: “The roll out to Nexus One devices has begun!”  —  Last last night (early this morning) there was some confusion about our post indicating that Android 2.2, Froyo, had started to roll out.  Some thought we had Photoshopped the pictures (I wish I was that good at Photoshop) …
Jan Ozer / StreamingMedia.com:
First Look: H.264 and VP8 Compared  —  VP8 is now free, but if the quality is substandard, who cares?  Well, it turns out that the quality isn't substandard, so that's not an issue, but neither is it twice the quality of H.264 at half the bandwidth.  See for yourself.
Thanks:rawmeet
Louis Gray:
Former FriendFeeder Kevin Fox Exits Facebook Henhouse  —  Only a little over two years ago, I covered well-respected Web user interface designer Kevin Fox's leaving Google for the then-startup FriendFeed.  That's practically ancient in the world of the real-time Web, as since then …
Discussion: fox @ fury
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Regulators Are Watching Google Over Antitrust Concerns  —  IN the 1990s, Gary Reback, a Silicon Valley lawyer, almost single-handedly brought the antitrust weight of the federal government down on that era's high-tech heavyweight, Microsoft.  Now Mr. Reback contends there is a dangerous …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
How the iPad is changing art and music  —  Now that more and more people are getting iPads we are seeing just how they change everything, especially art and music.  Here I meet David Newman, artist, in a parking garage.  I was sitting next to him in the Google IO keynotes and was amazed …
Erico Guizzo / IEEE Spectrum:
Microsoft Shifts Robotics Strategy, Makes Robotics Studio Available Free  —  Updated May 20, 4:23 p.m.: Added National Instruments comments; 5:49 p.m.: Added Willow Garage comments; May 21, 11:21 a.m.: Added details on competing robotics software platforms; 1:50 p.m. Added Herman Bruyninckx comments.
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Leaked White iPhone HD Hits The Web?  —  There you go again, the rumor of a white iPhone HD started last week by some leaked spare parts is about to get much more momentum.  Indeed, the same source has now published some shots of what it claims to be the actual device.
Discussion: MacStories
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Opera Plans Container Data Center in Iceland  —  A map of undersea fiber cables providing connectivity for data center projects in Iceland.  —  Iceland's supply of renewable power has won its first high-profile international data center customer.  Web browser developer Opera Software …
Discussion: Tech Eye, Slashdot and thordc.com
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Facebook Page Banned by Pakistan Is Back Online  —  The Facebook page that led the Pakistan government to ban the entire site was back online Saturday, at least for some users, after it was inaccessible for about two days.  —  The page was removed Thursday after one of the moderators …
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Google chief suspects ulterior motive in Pakistan
 
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Michael Gartenberg / Engadget:
Entelligence: Is Android fragmented or is this the new rate of innovation?
Discussion: GartenBlog, Thanks:atul
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
“Foursquare for TV” app Miso gets seed funding
Discussion: Bazaar Labs Blog and TechCrunch
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The Open Gov Initiative: Enabling Techies to Solve Government Problems
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
PayPal Wants to Be in Your TV, Your DVD Player and Your Car
 Earlier Items: 
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
First Screenshots of AutoCAD for Mac
Discussion: MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac and MacDailyNews
Ari David / Yes, But, However!:
Apple Denies Free Political Speech
Discussion: EverythingiCafe
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blogcast:
Seesmic and Evernote bring social memory to your iPhone (and Android, too)
Discussion: BlogsDNA, ZDNet, iPodNN and ITworld.com, Thanks:loic
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“F— those motherf—ers”: YouTube/Viacom suit gets nasty