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10:00 PM ET, May 25, 2010

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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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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
J Allard's goodbye note: ‘No chairs were thrown’  —  Microsoft Chief Experience Officer J Allard sent out a goodbye note of his own on May 25, the date that Microsoft announced officially that both Allard and Entertainment and Devices President Robbie Bach are leaving the company.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Q&A: Microsoft's Bach on his exit, and the future of the company  —  Q&A: Microsoft's Bach on his exit, and future of the company  —  Robbie Bach may have been viewed at one point as a potential successor to Steve Ballmer as Microsoft's chief executive — but Bach says he never aspired to the job …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Making sense of Microsoft's reorg
Discussion: TechFlash and Computerworld
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Beyond Bach's departure: What else changed today at Microsoft?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and MacNN
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.
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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Chrome Brings Stability, Syncing and HTML5 Across All Platforms
Brad Stone / New York Times:
U.S. Is Said to Scrutinize Apple's Online Music Tactics  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Justice Department is examining Apple's tactics in the market for digital music, and its staff members have talked to major music labels and Internet music companies, according to several people briefed on the conversations.
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 …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone 3G missing a ‘select’ button on Apple Store, might not be long for this earth
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.
Lionel Menchaca / Dell Community:
Dell Streak: The versatile 5-inch Android tablet  —  I'm pumped to finally get a chance to blog about the upcoming Dell Streak tablet device.  Since we first previewed the Dell Streak at CES 2010, it's been making waves in the blogosphere ever since.  The 5-inch tablet will launch …
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Dell Streak official: exclusive to O2 UK in early June
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.
Associated Press:
Amazon CEO: Color Kindle ‘still a long way out’  —  A color version of Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle e-reader may come eventually, but it won't be soon.  Speaking Tuesday at the online retailer's annual shareholder meeting in Seattle, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said that adding color to the Kindle's …
Bill Kircos / Technology@Intel:
An Update On Our Graphics-related Programs  —  “Graphics.”  I think the high-tech industry needs to do a better job defining this omnibus word.  At a minimum, graphics can be divided into creating, consuming (viewing), interacting, playing and connecting digital media - visually rich computing experiences.
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Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:   Intel Kills Larrabee GPU, Will Not Bring a Discrete Graphics Product to Market
Barbara De Lollis / USA Today:
Holiday Inn to test smartphone as hotel-room key; some guests prefer to skip front desk  —  InterContinental Hotels Group next month will begin testing new technology at two Holiday Inns that lets guests use their smartphones to unlock their hotel-room door, Hotel Check-In has learned.
Discussion: Telegraph, The Raw Feed and ZDNet
Matt Drance / Apple Outsider:
Whither Verizon?  —  Speculation over the iPhone coming to Verizon Wireless will continue until it actually happens.  Loyal Verizon customers want iPhones, and AT&T continues to take it on the chin.  The promise of a huge untapped market is enough to keep analysts and investors buzzing indefinitely.
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mayor Bloomberg Announces First Investment By NYC-Sponsored Venture Fund: MyCityWay  —  Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, Mayor Michael Bloomberg just announced that the city-sponsored NYC Entrepreneurial Fund has made its first investment, $300,000 of a $500,000 seed round in local search startup MyCityWay.
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Amy Chang / Google Analytics Blog:
Greater choice and transparency for Google Analytics  —  Many website owners use Google Analytics and other web analytics tools to make business-critical decisions about how to improve their websites by understanding how users engage with their webpages.  We've worked hard to make Google Analytics …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple iPad Production Could Hit 2.5M Units/Month, Analyst Says  —  News, analysis and insights from Barron's Silicon Valley bureau.  —  Daily Analysis Blogs & Columns Investing Ideas Rankings & Reports  —  Market Data  —  Daily Stock Alert  —  Apple (AAPL) is cranking up production of the iPad.
Discussion: MacNN and Macsimum News
Nat Ives / AdAge:
New Yorker Plans One Price for Access Across Digital Platforms  —  Magazines' Current Model Charges Existing Subscribers Extra for IPad and Kindle Editions  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The New Yorker wants to let readers pay once for digital access across the iPad, the Kindle and other platforms …
Laura June / Engadget:
Foxconn CEO: ‘We are definitely not a sweatshop’  —  The problems that have emerged in China at one of Foxconn's largest factories continue — with reports this morning that an eleventh person has fallen from a building there, making him the ninth person to die there this year.
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 …
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
 
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
MasterCard Wants Programmers to Use Its Payment Technology
Discussion: mocoNews, Fast Company and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:ipcommerce
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Scribd Ramps Up Migration To HTML5; Scores Partnerships With Forbes Media And Others
Discussion: VentureBeat and Softpedia News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Deepens Integration With Twitter; Becomes A Full-Fledged Client
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Best Buy & TiVo Developing Non-DVR HDTV(s)
Discussion: TiVo and SlashGear
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Entire Web Gets A TV Guide With Live Matrix
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Facebook breach: user phone numbers exposed but who's to blame?
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Nero Files Antitrust Case Against MPEG-LA
Discussion: Tech Eye and Softpedia News
Sachin Agarwal / Sachin's Posterous:
To compete with Google, Apple has to make Mobile Me free
Discussion: VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
How to win at advertising on Facebook — according to Facebook
Thanks:paulboutin
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google's encrypted search casts shadow on web analytics
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
T-Mobile Lights Up More Cities With HSPA+ …
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News and Maximum PC
Lewis DVorkin / The Copy Box:
About those M&A rumors: Forbes to acquire True/Slant
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Android Has Won — Time for Chrome OS to Move Along?
Discussion: The Register