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4:00 PM ET, May 27, 2010

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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will Steve Ballmer Show Up At The WWDC Keynote?  —  So, maybe there could be a surprise or two at the Apple (AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference, after all.  Trip Chowdhry, an analyst with tiny Global Equities Research, contends that 7 minutes of the June 7 keynote by Apple CEO Steve Jobs …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Debunk: Steve Ballmer not speaking at WWDC  —  An analyst named Trip Chowdhry at Global Equities Research set off a firestorm of rumors last night after he claimed that Steve Ballmer would appear onstage with Steve Jobs at WWDC for exactly seven minutes to announce Visual Studio development for the iPhone …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Will Ballmer appear at Steve Jobs keynote? Probably not
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Slap for Apple  —  Adobe's Flash video software has become a flashpoint in negotiations between Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Big Media.  —  On a day when Apple execs probably cheered the fact the company had surpassed Microsoft as the world's most valuable tech company, Jobs was grappling …
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:   NBC, Time Warner Tell Apple They're Sticking with Flash
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Exclusive: Palm Loses Mobile Design Guru Matias Duarte to Google  —  Looks like Palm is suffering a bit of post-acquisition talent drain.  —  Mobile user interface master Matias Duarte has left Palm and evidently hired on at the most obvious of places: Google (GOOG).
Chris Davies / Android Community:
Acer Stream gets official: AMOLED, 1GHz and HDMI [Video]  —  Acer have officially unveiled the Acer Stream, the company's latest Android smartphone.  Running Android 2.1 Eclair on a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Stream has a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, HSDPA, Bluetooth and WiFi b/g/n.
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Acer's 6-inch LumiRead to offer Barnes and Noble ebooks, ISBN scanner  —  In another reversal of plans, Acer has just announced its first e-reader device.  The LumiRead will participate in the clear.fi initiative for keeping you constantly in the Acer loop, while also offering WiFi in launch devices and 3G further down the line.
Megan Ko / PC World:
Acer Makes Handheld Push With New E-reader, Android Tablet
New York Times:
Apple and Microsoft's Tug of War  —  Apple, the maker of iPods, iPhones and iPads, shot past Microsoft on May 26, 2010, supplanting the computer software giant as the world's most valuable technology company.  This changing of the guard caps one of the most stunning turnarounds in business history for Apple …
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Google Balks at Turning Over Data to Regulators  —  BERLIN — Google on Thursday balked at requests from regulators in Germany and Hong Kong to surrender fragments of Internet data and e-mails it had improperly collected from unsecured home wireless networks, saying it needed time to resolve legal issues.
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Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:   Oregon Judge Slaps Google With Restraining Order Over Private Wifi Data (GOOG)
Olivia / YouTube Blog:
Google Moderator on YouTube enables real-time feedback from your audience  —  YouTube is about starting a conversation.  Every day, hundreds of millions of videos spark dialogues on everything from the future of the African continent, to what should be done about the oil spill, to the best slam dunk of all time.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Reshare: Google Buzz Gets a Retweet Button  —  Google Buzz just got a new feature that is very similar to Twitter's retweet functionality.  Over the course of the day, Google will roll out a Reshare button for Buzz, which will allow you to easily share interesting posts you find on Buzz with your followers there.
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Alex Kennberg / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Buzz for mobile now available on more devices
Discussion: VatorNews and Search Engine Land
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
B&N launches a Nook iPad app  —  If you've been waiting to get the Nook experience on your iPad, your wait is over.  Barnes&Noble just announced the availability of their Nook app, available free from the App Store.  —  Nook is behind in the race to ereader hegemony so they've decided …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Drill (Down), Baby, Drill: Facebook's New “Simple” Privacy Settings Still Pretty Complex  —  Today, Facebook announced new simplified privacy controls designed to ease a settings overload problem that it admitted has challenged its users.  Did it succeed?  I'd give it an A for effort but a C …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Check-Ins, Geo-Fences, And The Future Of Privacy
Discussion: MediaPost, BBC and Reuters, Thanks:atul
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
iPhone vulnerability leaves your data wide open, even when using a PIN  —  if you feel like going through the process of typing in your PIN every time you unlock your iPhone is worth it thanks to the unconquerable security it implies, you might want to read this report from Bernd Marienfeldt about the chosen one's security model.
Daniel Jalkut / Red Sweater Blog:
Pain Is A Gift  —  Fans of Apple's iPhone and iPad platforms should be thrilled by the exciting news coming out of Google last week.  —  At the company's I/O conference they announced Android 2.2, or “Froyo,” a significant update to their mobile phone OS.  The open platform powers …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Firefox by the Numbers - Users, Usage & Downloads  —  Earlier this week, a blog post on ReadWriteWeb said that Google's speedy and nimble Chrome browser was eating into the market share of Mozilla's Firefox browser and other browser competitors, especially amongst the early adopters.
Discussion: Inc.com
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Ragavan / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox Home Coming Soon to the iPhone
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz Makes Strategic Investment In Mobile Payments Platform Boku  —  Recently-launched mobile payments startup, Boku, has announced that they have received a strategic investment from VC firm Andreessen Horowitz.  Boku has declined to reveal the funding amount from this round …
Nick Barber / PC World:
OLPC's Negroponte Says XO-3 Prototype Tablet Coming in 2010  —  One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project founder Nicholas Negroponte said that the organization is accelerating its development of the XO-3 tablet computer and will have a working prototype by December 2010, two years ahead of projections.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon looking at non-unlimited plans for 4G data, will use LTE for voice by 2012  —  We'd not-so-secretly hoped that carriers would be looking to dispense with those troublesome 5GB caps on so-called “unlimited” 3G data plans, but there's a big problem with that: spectrum is still limited …
 
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Michael Gartenberg / Macworld:
Opinion: Apple's secret weapon is consumer education
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Anonymous Mobile Social Network Gets Venture Backing
Discussion: TechCrunch and BlockChalk Blog
Neil Vidyarthi / All Facebook:
Facebook Announces Android SDK Beta To Broaden Mobile Support
Ellen Messmer / Computerworld:
Symantec readies Norton security, storage apps for Android, iPhone smartphones
Discussion: Security Watch
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Standalone e-readers doomed after 2013, report says
Discussion: Sony and ReadWriteWeb
Electronista:
Wired mag on iPad pushes 24,000 downloads in one day
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Bloomberg:
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Discussion: MediaPost
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
New Web Services Put Music in the Cloud
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans' new Web site not exactly what they hoped it would be
Discussion: CrunchGear
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel exec responds to Nvidia smear
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
A modest proposal: the Continuous Client