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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.
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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: Computerworld
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 …
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 …
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Chrome Brings Stability, Syncing and HTML5 Across All Platforms  —  Since Google Chrome's release in September of 2008, Mac and Linux users have been playing catch-up with Windows users for features and stable releases.  As of today, all three versions of Chrome are now officially stable …
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Brian Rakowski / Google Chrome Blog:
A new Chrome stable release: Welcome, Mac and Linux!
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.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Intel Kills Larrabee GPU, Will Not Bring a Discrete Graphics Product to Market  —  Bill Kircos, Intel's Director of Product & Technology PR, just posted a blog on Intel's site entitled “An Update on our Graphics-Related Programs”.  In the blog Bill addresses future plans for what he calls Intel's three visual computing efforts:
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Bill Kircos / Technology@Intel:
An Update On Our Graphics-related Programs
Russell Adams / Digits:
Wired Coming to Apple's iPad — With Adobe  —  Wired magazine's iPad application is expected to hit Apple's app store on Wednesday, capping a nearly year-long effort that thrust the Conde Nast publication into the middle of the public feud between Apple and Adobe.
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.
Discussion: Fortune
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Jennifer Jacobson / Retrevo:
New Data Shines Light on Future of Netbooks
Discussion: MediaPost and Mashable!
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.
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 …
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, Gizmodo, The Raw Feed and ZDNet
Shane Snow / Epicenter:
Inside Foursquare: Checking In Before the Party Started (Part II)  —  In Part I of our insider look at the earliest days of Foursquare, we saw everything go downhill in a flurry of technical catastrophes.  But we also caught a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel.
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
RealNetworks Founder Glaser Becomes a VC at Accel-the Venture Firm that Backed Him 15 Years Ago  —  Rob Glaser, the founder of RealNetworks, is joining Accel Partners as a part-time venture partner.  —  Ironically, it was Accel that first funded the digital media pioneer …
Washington Post:
Google tries its hand at influence in Washington  —  When someone as influential as Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV requests your presence at a hearing, Washington insiders know it's more of a summons than an invitation.  —  So for two hours on the morning of April 29, Microsoft, Facebook …
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
The Dell Streak is Not a Tablet  —  I get it.  If I were a consumer electronics device in 2010, I'd want to be a tablet.  Tablets are cool.  They're now.  They're hip.  The hottest product on the planet right now is a tablet.  But wanting to be one and actually being one are two very different things.
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.
Discussion: Broadband TV News and CrunchGear
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Facebook Heads to D.C. for Congressional Briefing on Privacy  —  Most Facebook users have no idea that the social network giant has a D.C. office full of lobbyists and policy wonks.  But that office will be staging a Congress staffers-only briefing this week to address issues of — you guessed it — user privacy.
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 …
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.
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  —  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: MacNN and Macsimum News
 
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
MasterCard Wants Programmers to Use Its Payment Technology
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Scribd Ramps Up Migration To HTML5; Scores Partnerships With Forbes Media And Others
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Deepens Integration With Twitter; Becomes A Full-Fledged Client
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Best Buy & TiVo Developing Non-DVR HDTV(s)
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Nero Files Antitrust Case Against MPEG-LA
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Sachin Agarwal / Sachin's Posterous:
To compete with Google, Apple has to make Mobile Me free
Discussion: VentureBeat
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
How to win at advertising on Facebook — according to Facebook
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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: Techdirt, Maximum PC, CNET News and eWeek