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10:40 AM 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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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Don't Blame Apple For Its Music Monopoly.  Blame the Big Labels  —  Federal regulators are looking at Apple (AAPL) yet again: This time it's members of the Department of Justice's antitrust staff, poking around the company's longstanding dominance of digital music.
Discussion: Computerworld
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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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%).
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.
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 …
Discussion: Business Wire and Electronista
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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 …
Discussion: GigaOM, Telegraph and broadstuff
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: PC World, Gizmodo, SlashGear and Fortune
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Jennifer Jacobson / Retrevo:
New Data Shines Light on Future of Netbooks
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:
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.
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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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Q&A: Microsoft's Bach on his exit, and the future of the company
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Yext's Rep monitors Yelp, Google, and other sites for local businesses  —  New York-based startup Yext has been working to bring more effective advertising and analytics to local businesses for some time.  Today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, Yext CEO Howard Lerman announced its next big product …
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.
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 …
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.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Softpedia News and VentureBeat
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple iPad Production Could Hit 2.5M Units/Month, Analyst Says
Discussion: Screenwerk, MacNN and Macsimum News
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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Sachin Agarwal / Sachin's Posterous:
To compete with Google, Apple has to make Mobile Me free
Discussion: VentureBeat
Associated Press:
Amazon CEO: Color Kindle ‘still a long way out’
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
Amy Chang / Google Analytics Blog:
Greater choice and transparency for Google Analytics