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5:05 AM ET, June 4, 2010

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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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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Ballmer and Ozzie at D8 (live blog)
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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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: Erictric
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: CloudAve, Fortune, Maximum PC and Go Rumors
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
Leroy Stick / Street Giant:
Leroy Stick - the man behind @BPGlobalPR  —  My name is Leroy Stick and I am the man behind @BPGlobalPR.  First, let me begin by explaining my name.  —  When I was growing up, there was a dog that lived on my block named Leroy.  Leroy was a big dog with a disdain for leashes and a thirst for blood.
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.
Thanks:atul
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Zynga Buys Austin-Based Challenge Games  —  Zynga, the online gaming powerhouse, has acquired Austin, Texas-based Challenge Games.  —  The social game start-up will be renamed Zynga Austin and be focused on product development.  —  Backed by Sequoia Capital and Globespan Capital Partners …
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, Thanks:atul
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
The Fastest Mobile Networks 2010  —  It's a boom time for 3G.  Where Americans were once happy with hotspots, now they're demanding to be connected anywhere—whether it's with their smartphones, iPads, or laptops.  And 3G is beginning to turn into 4G, as wireless carriers start …
Chris Clark / Release Candidate One:
A Services Menu for iPhone  —  Say you download a document from your company's intranet to proofread.  You look up a few words as you go, and you make some edits before sending it to your boss.  If you're anything like me, the task involves Safari, Pages, Dictionary, Finder, and iChat …
Discussion: MacStories
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
LinkedIn Looks To Almost Double Headcount In 2010  —  LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner just dropped by our office.  —  He tells us that the company remains healthy, profitable and on-track for an eventual IPO.  —  Headcount, which was just under 500 when the year began, will reach 900 by year's end.
Thanks:atul
Douglas Quenqua / ClickZ:
Google Quietly Brings Twitter Feeds to Display Ads  —  Google has quietly invited a handful of advertisers to test a new display-ad integration with Twitter.  —  The layout of the ads is simple: The familiar Twitter bird is in the left-hand corner, and the advertiser's latest tweet is featured in a box centered in the unit.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Paul Biba / TeleRead:
Boy do I disagree with this!  Mike Shatzkin gets it 100% wrong about the agency model!  —  Mike Shatzkin publishes a blog that is always worth reading - The Shatzkin Files.  One of his latest articles is Agency seems (to me) to be working; I hope its legal.
Discussion: Kindle Review
 
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Report urges more education about online safety
Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
MeFeedia Unveils HTML5 Analytics for All Player
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Bit.ly Links Now At 4.7 Billion Clicks A Month As Yahoo, MySpace And Others Go Pro
Discussion: bit.ly blog and Erictric
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Apple will Have a Powerful Search Engine for the “AppWorld,” John Battelle
 Earlier Items: 
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
D8: HTC's Peter Chou on Android vs Windows, 4G and more
Mike Elgan / Datamation:
How Google Uses You  —  Everybody knows that Google offers lots of free services.
Discussion: internetnews.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The New Reality of the Twitter Ecosystem
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Bill Gates on Sparring Steve Jobs and the Imperfect iPad
Discussion: Tech Eye and techeblog.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Confirms Invite Media Acquisition, Brings Bidding To Display Ads
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