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1:15 PM ET, May 26, 2010

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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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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: Ars Technica and Fortune
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Don't Blame Apple for Its Music Monopoly. Blame the Big Labels.
Discussion: PC World and The Register
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Wired's Flash-Free App Lands on the iPad, After All  —  That Wired magazine app that Condé Nast and Adobe have been trying so hard to get into Apple's App Store?  It's five bucks, and it's available at iTunes now.  —  I only had a brief chance to play with the app yesterday …
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.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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, InfoWorld and The Download Blog
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 that are intended to offer its hundreds of millions of users simpler privacy choices.  —  The announcement will come at 10:30 …
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
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.
 
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