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5:30 PM ET, May 27, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
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
Susan Wojcicki / The Official Google Blog:
We've officially acquired AdMob!  —  Last Friday, we said that mobile advertising was moving fast.  So are we!  Today, we closed our acquisition of AdMob.  Omar Hamoui has built a great team and great products at AdMob and we're thrilled to officially welcome them to Google.
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).
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Negroponte: One Laptop Per Child is now a $75 Android Tablet  —  The former head of MIT's Media Lab said the next OLPC device, the XO-3, would be a 9-inch tablet made by Marvell and running Google's Android OS.  —  The first OLPC was an underpowered, ‘designed-by-committee’ laptop that cost at least double of what it was supposed to.
Discussion: ChannelWeb and Associated Press
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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.
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.
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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.
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)
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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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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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.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Japan's iPad Frenzy Signals Sea Change  —  TOKYO—The debut of Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer in Japan is generating a level of hype and excitement rarely seen these days for a new electronics product in this gadget-loving nation, underscoring the paucity of buzz-worthy, homegrown devices.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Microsoft May Cut Zune Music Price to Contend With Apple, Online Services  —  Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, may cut the monthly fee it charges for streaming music on its Zune portable player, senior product manager Terry Farrell said in an interview.
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 …
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 …
Michael Gartenberg / Macworld:
Opinion: Apple's secret weapon is consumer education  —  In April, Apple launched its “magical and revolutionary” new device, the iPad.  Just 28 days later, it seemed the real magic was how Apple sold more than a million devices in that time period.  As I write this at the end of May, iPads are in short supply in most Apple stores.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and GartenBlog
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 …
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 …
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Fring now taps your Android phone's front-facing camera for video chat  —  As if it wasn't enough that Fring already provided a single app to chat with your friends on multiple IM networks, and make voice calls, they've just released a new update for Android phones which enables video calling.
 
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Michael Comeau / Seeking Alpha:
Does the World Really Need Yahoo Anymore?
Gizmodo:
Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ Review
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Mozilla trying to build VP8 into HTML5 video
Discussion: Webmonkey and Techie Buzz
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Firefox by the Numbers - Users, Usage & Downloads
Discussion: Inc.com and Internet2Go
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: Technologizer and Security Watch
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Standalone e-readers doomed after 2013, report says
Discussion: Computerworld, ReadWriteWeb and Sony
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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John Ebbert / AdExchanger.com:
In-Stream Ad Network Ad.ly Keeping Users Invested In Twitter Says CEO Gullov-Singh
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Bloomberg:
Yahoo, Facebook, EBay Urge Judge to Dismiss Viacom Suit Against YouTube
Discussion: Digits and 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
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Drill (Down), Baby, Drill: Facebook's New “Simple” …