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12:45 PM ET, May 28, 2010

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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The next Apple TV revealed: cloud storage and iPhone OS on tap... and a $99 price tag  —  If you thought that Apple's foray into the world of home entertainment died with the last iteration of the Apple TV, you're quite wrong.  A tip we've received — which has been confirmed by a source …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Report: Apple Prepping Cheap, Cloud-Based Apple TV For War With Google
Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Bets Big on Google, Verizon  —  Motorola Inc. has reached a deal with Verizon Wireless to ensure some of its upcoming smartphones will be heavily promoted by the largest U.S. carrier, a big boost as Motorola tries to turn around its struggling handset business.
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Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Motorola Launching Two Droid Phones In July With Verizon  —  It's no secret that the Droid Shadow will be sold exclusively with Verizon Wireless as soon as next month, but the WSJ is reporting that another Motorola smartphone will also be added to Verizon's shelves in July.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Motorola: Can it differentiate itself in the Droid mix?  —  Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha has been hearing a lot of about the “d” word—differentiation— since HTC's Incredible launched.  At an investment conference, Jha was peppered with questions about how much marketing love Motorola would get from Verizon Wireless going forward.
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.
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Silicon Alley Insider:   CHART OF THE DAY: How Google Invests Its Cash (GOOG)
Jonathan Standing / Reuters:
Hon Hai to raise China wages after spate of suicides  —  TAIPEI - Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry plans to raise workers' salaries by about 20 percent at its Foxconn unit in China, as it struggles to stop a spate of worker suicides and quell rising public anger.
Telegraph:
iPad arrives in London after fans queue overnight at Apple store  —  British technology fans finally got their hands on the Apple iPad today, after many queued overnight to ensure they made their purchase before the limited stocks ran out.  —  The queues began extending down Regent Street …
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google Confirms “Mayday” Update Impacts Long Tail Traffic  —  Google made between 350 and 550 changes in its organic search algorithms in 2009.  This is one of the reasons I recommend that site owners not get too fixated on specific ranking factors.  If you tie construction of your site …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Increases Support for Self-Publishing in iBookstore  —  While Apple may be struggling to sign up major publishers for international eBook distribution through its iBookstore, the company appears to be making things easier for independent authors without a publisher to have their work included in the store.
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Kindle Review:
You can now self-publish for iBooks - just need a Mac
Discussion: Fast Company
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 …
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.
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.
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
Intel eyes hardware acceleration for Google's WebM  —  IDG News Service - Intel is considering hardware-based acceleration for Google's new WebM video file format in its Atom-based TV chips if the format gains popularity, an Intel executive said on Thursday.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Geo Services Mismatch Places Up To 40 Percent Of The Time  —  Have you ever tried to check into a place on Foursquare or some other geo service only to find that there are 10 names for the same location?  For instance, Foursquare has tons of different “places” that are all inside Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
Discussion: VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb
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.
Ben Grubb / ZDNet Australia:
IE6 used as Facebook blocker: Microsoft  —  Businesses that want to block access to social networking sites such as Facebook are not upgrading to the latest version of Internet Explorer (IE), according to Microsoft's Australian chief security adviser.  —  “[Companies are] happy to stay …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Box.net Adopts HTML5; Adds Drag And Drop Functionality Between The Web And Desktop  —  Cloud storage and document sharing startup Box.net is the latest startup to adopt HTML5.  The startup is announcing today that it is incorporating a broad implementation of HTML5 drag and drop functionality …
 
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Redesigns Image & Video Search Pages To Show Trending Results
Andy Patrizio / ServerWatch:
IT Buying More x86 Servers, Paying Less: IDC
Ray Padgett / Mashable!:
Why MySpace Can Still Win as a Music Destination
Discussion: WebProNews
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
U.S. Government Taps ChallengePost to Help Launch Open Government Initiatives
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Silicon Alley Insider:
The Half-Life Of A YouTube Video Is 6 Days
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Twitter's Director Of Search Is Out As Product Is Restructured
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
AT&T exec: 4 out of 10 of our iPhone sales to enterprises
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Japan's iPad Frenzy Signals Sea Change