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1:00 AM ET, May 28, 2010

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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.
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:   Game on: Google closes AdMob purchase just in time for Apple's iAds
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
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Lists Top 1,000 Sites On The Web & Then Lets You Advertise On Them  —  The Google AdWords blog announced new features for Google Ad Planner and AdWords content network today.  —  The big news is that Google publicly released a list of the top 1,000 sites by unique users as measured by Ad Planner.
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).
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Twitter's Director Of Search Is Out As Product Is Restructured  —  In July of last year, Twitter Search usage was exploding.  As such, Twitter hired a new high-profile engineer, Doug Cook, to take over as the new “Director of Search.”  Cook has now left the company, we've learned.
Discussion: VentureBeat and paidContent
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.
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Bloomberg:
Apple IPad Draws Lines in Sydney, Tokyo as Global Sales Start
Discussion: Digits and Bloomberg
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 …
David W. Martin / Mac|Life:
Apple Reveals New Service for Authors to Sell Their Books Directly in the iBookstore  —  Are you a budding author?  The next Stephen King?  Or an author currently looking to cut out the middle man as you rollout your own books?  It looks like your time has come — Apple has released information on self-publishing for the iBookstore!
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.
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Netflix: The Future Is Streaming  —  Netflix expects its DVD-by-mail business to peak in 2013, at which point it believes its Watch Instantly streaming service will be driving its growth.  That's the gist of a slideshow posted on the company's jobs site that details its plans to transform itself …
Thanks:atul
Alex Kennberg / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Buzz for mobile now available on more devices  —  Back in February, we launched Google Buzz for mobile, a tool to start interesting conversations when you are out and about.  One of the most popular ways to access Google Buzz for mobile is through the web application (by going to buzz.google.com in your phone's browser).
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Google's Latest Launch: Its Own Trading Floor  —  The search giant is hiring Wall Street vets to manage a $26.5 billion pile of cash  —  Last fall, some unusual job listings began cropping up on Google's (GOOG) website.  Amid the requests for programmers and engineers were postings for bond traders and portfolio analysts.
M. Daou / MobileTechWorld:
Microsoft: 30 Million Windows Phone 7 devices will be sold by the end of 2011  —  During yesterday's ReMIX Microsoft showed an interesting slide that didn't go unoticed by me ( you can see it above).  According to IDC predictions 30Million Windows Phone 7 devices will be sold by the end …
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear and WMPoweruser.com
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.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Microsoft officially releases Tag, its mobile barcode technology  —  Microsoft Tag, a mobile barcoding service that the company first talked about 18 months ago, is getting its official launch today.  To date, Microsoft says that more than one billion Tags have been created …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's social-networking lab launches new Twitter viewing tool  —  Microsoft's Future Social Experiences Labs (FUSE) has launched another new project, codenamed “Project Emporia,” that is aimed at social-networking newbies to help them simplify their Twitter browsing/viewing experience.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ Review  —  If you consider where Android was when it started versus how far it's advanced in 18 months with Android 2.2, you might get brain freeze.  —  Android 2.2—aka Froyo—is the most usable, polished iteration of Android yet.  But more importantly …
Olivia Ma / 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.
Benjamin Rubenstein / AndroidGuys:
Evo's Qik Video Chat to Cost an Extra $5 a Month... Seriously?  —  According to a source of ours inside Sprint, the EVO 4G's $10 premium cost doesn't seem to cover the Qik video chat capabilities, as previously thought.  As you can see in the screenshot below, the service will be cost a $4.99 premium, payable via PayPal.
Discussion: Engadget and Google Android Blog
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Anonymous Mobile Social Network Gets Venture Backing  —  BlockChalk, the anonymous location-based social networking service, just announcedthat it is now a venture-backed startup.  BlockChalk's investors include Battery Ventures, Mitch Kapor, Harrison Metal, Founder Collective, Joshua Schachter …
Michael Comeau / Seeking Alpha:
Does the World Really Need Yahoo Anymore?  —  Yahoo (YHOO) has had an interesting week as far as weeks for Yahoo! go.  CEO Carol Bartz dropped in for a disastrous interview at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference on Tuesday before rebounding back to par in a relatively tame analyst day on Wednesday.
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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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Should Open Web Advocates Stay Independent?
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Silicon Alley Insider:
The Half-Life Of A YouTube Video Is 6 Days
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Mozilla trying to build VP8 into HTML5 video
Discussion: Techie Buzz and Webmonkey
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
Oregon Judge Slaps Google With Restraining Order Over Private Wifi Data (GOOG)
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Firefox by the Numbers - Users, Usage & Downloads
Michael Gartenberg / Macworld:
Opinion: Apple's secret weapon is consumer education
Discussion: GartenBlog
Neil Vidyarthi / All Facebook:
Facebook Announces Android SDK Beta To Broaden Mobile Support
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Standalone e-readers doomed after 2013, report says
Discussion: Sony, ReadWriteWeb and Computerworld
Electronista:
Wired mag on iPad pushes 24,000 downloads in one day
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Acer's 6-inch LumiRead to offer Barnes and Noble ebooks, ISBN scanner