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10:50 AM ET, May 25, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Confirmed: Apple's next iPhone will have video chat, feature to be shown in ads directed by Sam Mendes  —  Well this can't be tremendously surprising.  Apparently American Beauty director Sam Mendes is in the process of putting together a series of commercials for Apple's next iPhone …
Chavon Sutton / CNNMoney.com:
Wal-Mart slashes iPhone price to $97  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, plans to slash the price of Apple's 16GB 3GS iPhone to $97 beginning Tuesday.  —  Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) is widely expected to unveil a brand-new iPhone next month …
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Boy Genius Report:
Apple discontinuing Apple iPhone 3G 8GB?  —  A move that is sure to surprise few, we suppose.  We've heard that Apple has stopped shipping iPhone 3G 8GB units to AT&T stores and orders are not being placed for the device.  Could this mean we might see the iPhone 3GS drop to $99 and make way for a new model?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
New “Drastically Simplified” Facebook Privacy Controls Start Rolling Out Tomorrow  —  On stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City, Facebook's vice president of product Chris Cox announced that starting tomorrow, Facebook will be rolling out “drastically simplified” and improved privacy controls.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter's Free Love Era Comes to an End: Time for Developers and Publishers to Pay Up  —  Twitter isn't just booting other ad networks out of its stream.  It now plans to tax some start-ups and publishers that are making money from the service.  —  That's a pretty significant change for the company …
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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
TweetUp, Sponsored Tweets say they dodge Twitter's new restrictions
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Demands A Cut Of All Ads Sold Around Twitter API
Discussion: THINQ.co.uk
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Dell Streak official: exclusive to O2 UK in early June  —  Let's all feign surprise now, as Dell has just gone official with its worst kept, though perhaps sexiest, secret ever.  The former Mini 5 has been christened the Streak and is launching at the beginning of next month.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
To Top Off A Busy Day, Yahoo Acquires Foursquare — Well, The Asian Foursquare  —  Yahoo has had a busy day.  Not only did they announce a new cross-branding deal with Nokia, and struck a partnership with Match.com, and had their CEO spar onstage with Mike, but they apparently made an acquisition too.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Android Has Won — Time for Chrome OS to Move Along?  —  Google with its annual developer conference, Google I/O, dominated the technology conversation last week.  Whether it was taking jabs at Apple, launching a competitor to H.264 video technology or simply offering its own version of Amazon S3 …
Discussion: ZDNet and GottaBeMobile
Aza Raskin / Aza on Design:
A New Type of Phishing Attack  —  The web is a generative and wild place.  Sometimes I think I missed my calling; being devious is so much fun.  Too bad my parents brought me up with scruples.  —  Most phishing attacks depend on an original deception.  If you detect that you are at the wrong URL …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The new Hotmail gives Gmail a run for its money. … - Hitchens: How Kim Jong-il Blackmails the West Into Supporting His Evil Regime- Why Aren't Jewish Groups in Virginia Protesting the Appointment of Fred Malek?  - Maybe Psychiatric Hospitals Should Separate Male and Female Patients …
Tony Wright / RescueTime Blog:
The Tragic Cost of Google Pac-Man - 4.82 million hours  —  When Google launched its Pac-Man logo on Friday, we immediately heard amused groans in our tweet-streams.  “Well, so much for my morning,” said one.  “Google's Pac Man logo just ruined millions of dollars in productivity today, nationwide,” said another.
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Motorola Droid Shadow Found In Gym  —  The story goes that this phone was left in a corporate Verizon gym in Washington, but before it was remotely locked the finder saw a text message confirming it was “unreleased”.  What is it?  Why, the Motorola Droid Shadow.
Matt Jones / Facebook:
Protecting Privacy with Referrers  —  Late last week, we quickly fixed an issue after being contacted by a Wall Street Journal reporter regarding an unintentional oversight in the data shared with our advertisers by your browser when you click some ads on Facebook.
Discussion: The Next Web
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Google offered Viacom $592 million for content  —  Not long after Google acquired YouTube, the search engine offered $500 million in guaranteed revenue if Viacom, parent company of MTV Networks, Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures, licensed its TV shows and films to YouTube, records show.
Discussion: PlagiarismToday
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T agrees to provide unlocks for all devices minus iPhone  —  Thanks to a settlement of a pre-trial class action lawsuit, AT&T today agreed that it will provide unlocks to pre- and post-paid customers provided a specific set of criteria are met.  Pre-paid customers must provide proof …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Carol Bartz To Michael Arrington: “F*ck Off!”  —  Well, that just happened.  —  Today at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz took the stage for a fireside chat with our own Michael Arrington.  It took about 15 minutes, but Mike got her to tell him to “f**k off.”
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Yahoo's New Core Competency Seems to Be Outsourcing to Others
Discussion: Daily Patricia, Thanks:mathewi
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Shaking Up Entertainment Group In Attempt To Catch Apple And Google  —  Microsoft's XBox is holding its own, but otherwise the company is just falling farther and farther behind Apple and Google (mostly Apple) in the battle for mobile gadgets and devices and consumers' hearts and minds.
Scott Coleman / Official google.org Blog:
Largest supplier of energy monitors now compatible with Google PowerMeter  —  Today we are excited to offer a new way for many more people to access Google PowerMeter: our new Featured Device partner Current Cost - the largest global supplier of real time displays for monitoring energy use.
Discussion: Mashable! and VentureBeat
Bloomberg:
Via Says $100 Android-Powered Tablets Will Challenge the IPad This Year  —  Via Technologies Inc., the Taiwanese computer-processor company, expects $100 tablet devices containing its chips to reach the U.S. in the second half of 2010, offering a cheaper alternative to the iPad.
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
China's Flood of iPad Flankers
Discussion: CoolTechZone.com
Tim Bradshaw / blogs.ft.com:
Behind the Times' new paywall  —  The time is near for putting to the test Rupert Murdoch's rhetoric about the value of digital journalism and the evils of Google.  The Times and the Sunday Times will unveil their new (separate) websites to the public “imminently” - perhaps as soon as Tuesday.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Fake BP Twitter Account Draws Followers With Oil-Spill Satire  —  A Twitter user with an account dubbed BPGlobalPR is posting satirical entries about the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico — and already has more than twice as many followers as BP America's actual account.
 
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Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Will the New York Times' Pay Wall Chase Away Bloggers?
Discussion: MediaMemo
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony teams up with HBO to release TV shows for PlayStation Network
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Hulu on Android Foreshadows Google TV War
Discussion: Engadget, Lifehacker and Mashable!
J. Alex Halderman / Freedom to Tinker blogs:
School's Laptop Spying Software Exploitable from Anywhere
Scott Karp / Publish2 Blog:
The New Associated Press for the 21st Century
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Ustream Lauches Pro Live Streaming Division
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 Earlier Items: 
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
With Bandwidth Demand Booming, a New Kind of Optical Network Is Born
Discussion: Electronista and DSLreports, Thanks:atul
W.J. Hennigan / Los Angeles Times:
GPS is getting an $8-billion upgrade
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Kathryn Koegel / AdAge:
Memo to Steve Jobs: the IAd Is No Miracle Worker
Discussion: eWeek and FM Blog
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Open Sources ‘Improved’ BitTorrent Protocol
Discussion: THINQ.co.uk and Softpedia News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteStart:
New Type of Database Gets High-Profile Funding
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why can Soluto do what Microsoft can't? …
Discussion: Digital Society and ZDNet