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Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Steve Ballmer admits Microsoft is “number five” in the mobile race  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer appears to know full well just how far behind his company is in the mobile market.  At the All Things Digital D8 conference this morning, he admitted that Microsoft is number 5 in the mobile race …
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Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
D8: HTC's Peter Chou on Android vs Windows, 4G and more
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Ballmer and Ozzie at D8 (live blog)
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
HTC Evo 4G Debut Brings Price Cut from Walmart, Best Buy  —  Sprint will debut the Android-running HTC Evo 4G on June 4.  A day ahead, however, retailers Walmart, Radio Shack and Best Buy are each advertising the Evo 4G without the $100 mail-in rebate that Sprint customers will have to pony up.
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Robin Wauters / MobileCrunch:
Sprint officially kicks off sales of the HTC EVO 4G  —  “History will be made across the nation as anxious customers get their hands on America's first 3G/4G wireless phone, HTC EVO 4G, packed with industry-leading features.”  —  A little over the top right there, but anyway …
Shel Israel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Step Down  —  First off, my congratulations.  The company—and team—you have created are very likely to be remembered as the most important—and successful—new company of this decade.  —  You have taken Facebook from fraternity row at a few elite campuses to everywhere.
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Jason Calacanis / VentureBeat:
Five things Facebook can do to rebuild trust  —  [Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from an email sent by entrepreneur Jason Calacanis to his personal mailing list from the D8 digital entrepreneurship conference outside Los Angeles, after watching Facebook founder Mark Zuckberg's onstage interview.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Unveils A New HTML5/Web Standards Showcase — Safari Required  —  Under fire for its App Store not being more open, recently, Apple's response has been that there is a portion of its devices that is totally open: the web.  If developers don't like some of the App Store's restrictions, they should make a web app, Apple reasons.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's supply of Mac minis dwindle ahead of new models  —  Supply of Apple's existing Mac mini lineup has become increasingly constrained over the past two weeks as the company prepares to introduce refreshed models that may serve as a harbinger for some new I/O technology on the Mac.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP says it's in the smartphone market, after all  —  HP CEO Mark Hurd certainly caused a few sad faces yesterday when he told investors and analysts that HP “didn't buy Palm to be in the smartphone business,” and now the company is trying to walk that back a little — rest easy, folks …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
AT&T: No iPhone-iPad tethering  —  We have some bad news for the clever geeks who were hoping to take advantage of the newly announced iPhone tethering capability in the U.S. to provide an Internet connection for their iPad, avoiding paying for an iPad-specific data plan.  Looks like that won't be happening.
Financial Times:
Google to hand over intercepted data  —  Google will begin handing over to European regulators the rogue data it intercepted from private WiFi internet connections within the next two days, in an effort to defuse growing controversy over its latest privacy blunder.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Yelp and OpenTable Join Forces  —  On Thursday evening, Yelp.com, the user-generated review Web site, and OpenTable.com, the restaurant reservations site, announced an integration that will allow Yelp users to make a restaurant reservation directly from a Yelp.com review page.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Screenshot Hints At YouTube “Live Stream” Option  —  YouTube has been dabbling with its own live streams for almost two years now.  It's live streamed presidential speeches, healthcare debates, cricket matches, and a U2 concert.  But so far it's stayed away from opening up live streaming to the general YouTube populace.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Gizmodo and Erictric
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
AT&T apologizes to the guy they threatened to C&D for e-mailing their CEO  —  If you spend any more than a few minutes a day on the Internet, you've probably already heard the story of Giorgio G.: Upset with AT&T about his iPhone eligibility dates, he e-mails the company's CEO.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The End of Malware?  —  How Android, Chrome, and the iPad are shielding us from dastardly programs.  One day in April, David Green, the president of a party supply firm in Oklahoma, needed to authorize a bank transfer.  Green's company has a policy about online banking: Never do it on a Windows machine.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Bit.ly Links Now At 4.7 Billion Clicks A Month As Yahoo, MySpace And Others Go Pro  —  There are over 150 million clicks on Bit.ly links each day.  The amount of data running through the service is massive, and continuing to grow at an incredible pace.  But we've known that for a while.
Discussion: bit.ly blog and Erictric
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google To Change Gmail, Add “Normal Email” Option Instead Of Just “Conversations”  —  Google is planning to offer a standard email option in Gmail in the next few months, two executives at the company say.  —  Currently, Gmail presents email in a “Conversations” format …
Erik Sherman / BNET Technology Blog:
Google Wants to Find the Perfect Format for Your Ad  —  Ad powerhouse Google (GOOG) has done amazingly well applying automation to selling and delivering ads, not only in search, but in online display advertising.  A patent filing made public today shows that Google has opened a new front in ad automation …
Robert Scoble / TechCrunch:
Location 2012: Death Of The Information Silos  —  Editor's note: The following is a guest post written by Robert Scoble, who travels the world for Rackspace interviewing tech geeks for building43.com.  He's one of the most popular (stalked) users of location-based services and has 8,215 friends on Foursquare.
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Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
How iTunes Genius Really Works  —  An Apple engineer discloses how the company's premier recommendation engine parses millions of iTunes libraries.  —  Ever since the feature debuted in 2008, there's been a lot of speculation about how iTunes Genius accomplishes its playlist-building magic.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Edible Apple, Thanks:atul
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Countering the Perception That the iPhone OS Is Too Closed  —  Jason Snell calls for Apple to allow sideloading native iPhone apps: … Personally, I'd welcome such a move, but I don't think it would have the effect Snell envisions.  Snell's argument is that Apple should do this to nip the argument that the iPhone is too closed.
Mac Slocum / O'Reilly Radar:
How Facebook satisfied a need for speed  —  Remember how Facebook used to lumber and strain?  And have you noticed how it doesn't feel slow anymore?  That's because the engineering team pulled off an impressive feat: an in-depth optimization and rewrite project made the site twice as fast.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Is this the first ever Facebook-oriented political attack ad?  —  It seems the issue of Facebook privacy has gained enough currency to earn itself a place in a TV attack ad in the race for California attorney general — almost certainly the first Facebook-oriented TV ad in U.S. politics.
Discussion: The Politico and The Snitch, Thanks:atul
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Storage revenue on the rebound, IDC says  —  The storage business recovered strongly in the first quarter, showing clear signs that enterprises have shaken off the effects of the worldwide recession, at least when it comes to their fast-growing storage needs, IDC said Friday.
Discussion: Computerworld, eWeek and IBD Click
 
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Chris Clark / Release Candidate One:
A Services Menu for iPhone
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Douglas Quenqua / ClickZ:
Google Quietly Brings Twitter Feeds to Display Ads
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Paul Biba / TeleRead:
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
LinkedIn Looks To Almost Double Headcount In 2010
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Apple will Have a Powerful Search Engine for the “AppWorld,” John Battelle
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AOL eyeing new search deal
Mike Elgan / Datamation:
How Google Uses You  —  Everybody knows that Google offers lots of free services.
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