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11:25 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 …
Horace Dediu / Asymco:
The reason Robbie Bach was fired  —  Vague justifications about under-performance of Windows Mobile or cancelled Courier miss the whole point.  The chronic problems with Microsoft's consumer businesses cited as causes for dismissal have roots in core processes and priorities which management changes will not address.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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.
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.
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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Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Facebook Heads to D.C. for Congressional Briefing on Privacy
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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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 …
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.
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 and The Raw Feed
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple iPad Production Could Hit 2.5M Units/Month, Analyst Says  —  Apple (AAPL) is cranking up production of the iPad.  Sterne Agee analyst Vijay Rakesh writes this morning that his checks with the company's supply chain finds that the company has been been producing the tablet at a rate …
Discussion: Macsimum News and MacNN
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 …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
MasterCard Wants Programmers to Use Its Payment Technology  —  There has been a lot of talk about digital forms of payment replacing cash and even credit cards.  But MasterCard intends to stay in the middle of the technological innovation.  —  On Tuesday, MasterCard announced …
Discussion: mocoNews, Fast Company and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:ipcommerce
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 …
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:
Scribd Ramps Up Migration To HTML5; Scores Partnerships With Forbes Media And Others  —  We reported recently that online document sharing site Scribd will start to ditch Flash across its tens of millions of uploaded documents and convert them all to native HTML5 Web pages, another win for Apple in its battle against Flash.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Softpedia News
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
T-Mobile Lights Up More Cities With HSPA+ - Company says they're offering ‘4G speeds’ (not to be confused with 4G)  —  According to an announcement by T-Mobile, the company has expanded the availability of their faster HSPA+ wireless broadband upgrades.  The faster service is theoretically capable …
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News and Maximum PC
 
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Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
US ranks 26th in new broadband index
Discussion: DSLreports and GigaOM
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
Sachin Agarwal / Sachin's Posterous:
To compete with Google, Apple has to make Mobile Me free
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
How to win at advertising on Facebook — according to Facebook
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 Earlier Items: 
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google's encrypted search casts shadow on web analytics
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone 3G missing a ‘select’ button on Apple Store, might not be long for this earth
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The new Hotmail gives Gmail a run for its money.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles