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7:45 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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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 …
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Making sense of Microsoft's reorg  —  The exit of Microsoft's two top entertainment executives on Tuesday has many wondering just what is going on within Redmond's executive offices.  —  Although Microsoft reorganizes itself in some way on a nearly annual basis, the departure of both Robbie Bach and J. Allard is clearly a big deal.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Beyond Bach's departure: What else changed today at Microsoft?  —  Most Microsoft watchers are focused on the depatures of President Robbie Bach and Chief Experience Officer J Allard that were announced on May 25 by CEO Steve Ballmer as part of a big reorg 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
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
Chavon Sutton / CNNMoney.com:
Wal-Mart slashes iPhone price to $97
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
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
The Dell Streak is Not a Tablet
Discussion: Fone Arena
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.
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Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Facebook breach: user phone numbers exposed but who's to blame?
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 …
Alden DeSoto / 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 …
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google rolls out browser add-on to allow users to block analytics software
Discussion: The Register and Techie Buzz
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
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
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.
Discussion: CNNMoney.com, ZDNet, Beet.TV and Pulse2
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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
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 …
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.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Deepens Integration With Twitter; Becomes A Full-Fledged Client  —  It's been no secret that LinkedIn has been steadily trying to make its platform more social and interactive with users.  LinkedIn integrated with Twitter last fall, allowing users to Tweet from the platform and pull Tweets into the network with a #in hashtag.
 
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Best Buy & TiVo Developing Non-DVR HDTV(s)
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Entire Web Gets A TV Guide With Live Matrix
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Compass Labs Tries To Pinpoint Purchase Intent On Twitter
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Nero Files Antitrust Case Against MPEG-LA
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To compete with Google, Apple has to make Mobile Me free
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Google's encrypted search casts shadow on web analytics
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
T-Mobile Lights Up More Cities With HSPA+ …
Discussion: Maximum PC, eWeek and CNET News
Lewis DVorkin / The Copy Box:
About those M&A rumors: Forbes to acquire True/Slant
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Google offered Viacom $592 million for content
Discussion: PlagiarismToday and VentureBeat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Android Has Won — Time for Chrome OS to Move Along?
Discussion: GottaBeMobile