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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 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Bach, Allard leaving Microsoft in big shift for consumer business  —  Robbie Bach and J Allard, founding fathers of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division, are leaving the company as part of a broader restructuring that will give CEO Steve Ballmer more direct oversight …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Shaking Up Entertainment Group In Attempt To Catch Apple And Google
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.
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?
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.
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.
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Lionel Menchaca / Dell Community:
Dell Streak: The versatile 5-inch Android tablet
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 …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
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 …
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Michael Mahemoff / Ajaxian:   TabNabbing: Phishing By Switching Background Tab Content
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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Brian Rakowski / Google Chrome Blog:
A new Chrome stable release: Welcome, Mac and Linux!  —  In our most recent beta release, we fired up all engines to bring to life our fastest version of Chrome to date.  —  Today, we're bringing all this beta goodness to the stable channel so that it's available to all Chrome users.
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: GottaBeMobile
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mayor Bloomberg Calls For More NYC Startups At TechCrunch Disrupt  —  Today, TechCrunch Disrupt attendees were treated to a very special guest: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  Bloomberg addressed the audience of entrepreneurs, urging them to make their way to New York City to start their next venture.
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mayor Bloomberg Announces First Investment By NYC-Sponsored Venture Fund: MyCityWay
Discussion: ZDNet and Local Media Watch
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Phase One Acquires Microsoft's Expression Media Product  —  Digital photography company Phase One, which offers in open-platform based medium format camera systems and solutions, is taking over Microsoft's Expression Media product.  —  The acquisition of the product is an extension …
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.
Lewis DVorkin / The Copy Box:
About those M&A rumors: Forbes to acquire True/Slant  —  For me, True/Slant began a long time ago.  —  It didn't have a name when I scribbled the beginnings of an idea on a calendar page during an interminable flight from Washington to New York.  There was a vision, though …
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 …
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: VentureBeat and PlagiarismToday
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile PC Shipments Grew 43 Percent in First Quarter of 2010  —  Mobile PC Market Experiences Strongest Growth Rate in Eight Years  —  Worldwide mobile PC shipments totaled 49.4 million units in the first quarter of 2010, a 43.4 percent increase from the first quarter of 2009 …
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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
AOL's Armstrong: Bebo deal ‘really fell apart’  —  NEW YORK—AOL CEO Tim Armstrong wasn't yet at the company when it paid $850 million for social network Bebo two years ago, a purchase that's now considered to be one of the biggest tech industry M&A blunders of the past decade.
Discussion: paidContent, ZDNet and TechCrunch
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 …
Evan Selleck / SlashPhone:
AT&T Brings Free WiFi to Customers in New York's Times Square  —  This is definitely a bold move from the United State's second-largest wireless carrier.  And, we've got to give them credit: at least they're officially confirming that the network congestion in New York has reached a ridiculous peak …
 
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Netflix goes with Microsoft PlayReady DRM for upcoming streaming devices
Discussion: bizjournals
Chris Crum / WebProNews:
Google Generated $54b for Businesses, Publishers, Non-profits in '09
Scott Coleman / Official google.org Blog:
Largest supplier of energy monitors now compatible with Google PowerMeter
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Will the New York Times' Pay Wall Chase Away Bloggers?
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Hulu on Android Foreshadows Google TV War
Discussion: Lifehacker and Engadget
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Fake BP Twitter Account Draws Followers With Oil-Spill Satire
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
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Ustream Lauches Pro Live Streaming Division
Discussion: The Ustream.TV Blog
Tim Bradshaw / blogs.ft.com:
Behind the Times' new paywall
Mihai Parparita / Official Google Reader Blog:
Spring Cleaning: Comments, offline, and older browser support
Discussion: Softpedia News
W.J. Hennigan / Los Angeles Times:
GPS is getting an $8-billion upgrade
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