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1:50 PM ET, May 26, 2010

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Boy Genius Report:
AT&T confirms to employees new iPhone launching in June  —  Title says it all, but you didn't really need a confirmation, did you?  The phone will be available for purchase in June, not July, and from what we've heard, it won't even be late June.
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DigiTimes:
Breaking down the rumors of iPhone 4G: Q&A with Digitimes Research senior analyst Ming-Chi Kuo  —  A fan of Apple or not, one cannot deny that over the past few decades, the company has introduced products that have changed the way we go about our everyday lives.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Piper: Apple has ‘little room for surprise’ at WWDC 2010  —  Two lost prototype iPhones, presumed to represent the fourth-generation handset that will be be announced by Steve Jobs at the Worldwide Developers Conference, have taken away the element of surprise for Apple, one prominent analyst believes.
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.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Don't Blame Apple for Its Music Monopoly. Blame the Big Labels.
Discussion: PC World and The Register
Bruce Nussbaum / The Conversation:
Facebook's Culture Problem May Be Fatal  —  Facebook's imbroglio over privacy reveals what may be a fatal business model.  I know because my students at Parsons The New School For Design tell me so.  They live on Facebook and they are furious at it.  This was the technology platform they were born into …
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Facebook event will outline ‘simpler’ privacy controls  —  After one of the most tumultuous months in its young history, Facebook is about to announce new features intended to offer its hundreds of millions of users simpler privacy choices.  —  The announcement will come at 10:30 a.m. PDT …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Zynga Continues To Expand Beyond Facebook, Forges Major Partnership With Yahoo  —  If you thought Zynga's recent peace treaty with Facebook meant the end of its efforts to expand its reach beyond the social network, think again.  Today, Zynga has announced that it has forged a deal with Yahoo …
Mfyall / AdMob Metrics:
April 2010 Mobile Metrics Report  —  The iPhone and Android ecosystems are growing rapidly, with Gartner estimating the two platforms combined to sell 25% of smartphones worldwide in Q1.  At their developer conference last week, Google stated they are activating 100,000 Android devices a day.
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Rachel King / ZDNet:
AdMob: iPhone OS devices leads Android OS products in US with ratio of 2 to 1  —  AdMob recently took on the task of examining the growth and highest concentrations of devices based on the iPhone OS versus that of Android-based gadgets.  While Android OS devices have some high concentration …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Wired's Flash-Free App Lands on the iPad, After All  —  That Wired magazine app Condé Nast and Adobe have been trying so hard to get into Apple's App Store?  It costs five bucks and is available at iTunes now.  —  I had a brief chance to play with the app yesterday …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nexus One starting to show up in third party retail channels, commands big money  —  If you want to know what Google meant by “more retail availability” for the Nexus One when it talked about spiking its first-party phone store, take a good, hard look at our brave new world here.
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
First human ‘infected with computer virus’  —  A British scientist says he is the first man in the world to become infected with a computer virus.  —  Dr Mark Gasson from the University of Reading contaminated a computer chip which was then inserted into his hand.
NPD Group:
The NPD Group: Amazon Ties Walmart as Second-Ranked U.S. Music Retailer, Behind Industry-Leader iTunes  —  Digital music continued to gain on CDs in the first quarter, as iTunes increased its lead in overall U.S. music sales
Discussion: Fortune and Ars Technica
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
30 percent of netbook shoppers bought an iPad instead, survey says  —  Nearly one in three buyers who had been considering a netbook waited for, and then bought, an Apple iPad tablet instead, according to a survey of more than a thousand US consumers spread across gender, age, income and location demographics.
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox Losing Early Adopters to Chrome - Will Mainstream Users Follow?  —  Google Chrome has had a big impact on the browser market since its release in September 2008.  The latest report from NetMarketShare puts Chrome at 6.73% market share, ahead of Safari on 4.72% and behind only IE (59.95%) and Firefox (24.59%).
Discussion: eWeek and InfoWorld
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Download Record Shattered By Lost Series Finale  —  Last year, Lost achieved the questionable honor of being the second most-pirated TV-show on BitTorrent.  With more than 6 million downloads for a single episode, Lost was only trailing Heroes by a few thousand downloads.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook acquires DEMO startup ShareGrove  —  Facebook has acquired ShareGrove, a small startup focused on creating private spaces for close friends and family to share content.  —  The San Mateo, Calif.-based company, which debuted at the DEMO conference last fall, offered a private real …
Daimaou / Akihabara News:
Sony Develops a “Rollable” OTFT-driven OLED Display that can wrap around a Pencil  —  Sony Corporation ('Sony') announced today that it developed a super-flexible 80 μm-thick 4.1-in 121 ppi OTFT*1-driven full color OLED display which can be wrapped around a thin cylinder.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Yahoo Adds More Facebook Features to Email  —  For more than a year, Yahoo has been adding social features to make its email platform look more like Facebook; now, it's rolling out a change that just brings part of Facebook itself to Yahoo mail.  —  The move is another step in Yahoo's attempt …
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 …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
UPDATED: Apple, Dell issue statements on iPhone factory suicides  —  Apple has issued a public statement on the spate of tragic worker suicides at the Chinese manufacturing plant of its iPod/iPhone production partner, Foxconn.  —  Company spokesman, Steve Dowling, told Bloomberg …
Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments on Pace to Grow 22 Percent in 2010  —  Worldwide PC shipments are projected to total 376.6 million units in 2010, a 22 percent increase from 308.3 million units shipped in 2009, according to the latest preliminary forecast by Gartner, Inc. Worldwide PC spendingis forecast …
Discussion: Tech Eye, The Register and ZDNet
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
US ranks 26th in new broadband index  —  IDG News Service - South Korea has the fastest home Internet service in the world, with a downstream speed 100 times faster than the average in Sudan, the operator of Speedtest.net reported on a new Web site that compiles results from consumers running its online test.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Lean vs Fat Startups: The Disrupt Debate  —  Back in March, Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz wrote a post called The Case For The Fat Startup, where he outlined some of the reasons why a fledging company might want to consider taking a large amount of funding — a strategy that contrasts …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, A VC and GigaOM
 
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Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
Kylo TV Browser Can Now be Tweaked to Watch Hulu
Discussion: PR Newswire and Crave
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Yext's Rep monitors Yelp, Google, and other sites for local businesses
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
BBC iPlayer adds Twitter and Facebook to socialise TV
Discussion: LiveSide.net, BBC, MSDN Blogs and Guardian
Shane Snow / Epicenter:
Inside Foursquare: Checking In Before the Party Started (Part II)
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Google tries its hand at influence in Washington
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Intel Kills Larrabee GPU, Will Not Bring a Discrete Graphics Product to Market