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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Kills Its Homepage Background Image Experiment Early  —  Last night, Google decided to temporarily abandon the principles behind its famously spartan homepage in favor of something a little different: a background image, which has been a design element present on rival search engine Bing since it launched.
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Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
The art of a homepage  —  Last week, we announced a new feature that lets you add a favorite photo or image to the background of your Google.com homepage.  —  To provide you with an extra bit of inspiration, we've collaborated with several well-known artists, sculptors and photographers …
Ryan Hamrick / knowyourcell.com:
Motorola to launch 2GHz Android phone in 2010  —  Motorola is swinging for the fences with superphone plans that may leave all other smartphones in the dust  —  On Monday, Apple announced that the iPhone 4 will become available later this month, with pre-orders starting June 15th.
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Reuters:
Motorola: Droid sales “extremely” strong  —  (Reuters) - Motorola Inc is seeing strong demand for its Droid phone at Verizon Wireless despite the popularity of rival HTC Corp's Droid Incredible, co-Chief Executive Sanjay Jha said on Wednesday.  —  Jha told reporters after an Executives Club presentation …
Ryan J. Reilly / Main Justice:
FBI Opens Investigation Into iPad Security Breach  —  The FBI has opened an investigation to address potential cybersecurity threats after basic information about thousands of Apple iPad users was exposed, a bureau spokeswoman told Main Justice.  —  At least one Justice Department employee …
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs Bragged About Privacy—Days Ago  —  Steve Jobs has cast Apple as the most pristine of tech giants, but his sanctimony sometimes backfires.  Here, the CEO says Apple guards each use of private customer data—days before Apple partner AT&T exposed iPad customers' private information.
AppsFire.com blog:
Apple, you win: we're pulling out of the App Store. for now  —  Dear Apple Inc.  —  Your app-roval process is full of holes; you have approved Appsfire v1.0 last August and wished you hadn't because almost no one had any real clue about discoverability issues back then - indeed, we were the very first to address this issue in an app.
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Think Safari Reader looks familiar?  That's because Apple used open source Readability code  —  One of the most talked-about features in Apple's new Safari 5 browser is Safari Reader, the button that delivers a stripped-down, ad-free, extra-readable version of any web article.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 now officially available for download  —  Well look at that — Adobe's now officially serving up Flash Player 10.1 on its download pages.  If you're anything like us, you've been running 10.1 since it hit Release Candidate status a couple months ago …
Kevinweil / Twitter Blog:
More Than Dabbling  —  Every day millions of people use Twitter to create, share and discover information, and as we grow, analytics becomes an increasingly crucial part of improving our service.  —  Up until about a year ago, we used an online database called Dabble DB to track and share information about our projects internally.
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Twitter acquires Smallthought Systems. Better analytics coming soon.
Phil Plait / Bad Astronomy:
Resolving the iPhone resolution  —  With much bruhaha, Steve Jobs and Apple revealed the new iPhone 4 yesterday.  Among other features, Jobs said it has higher resolution than older models; the pixels are smaller, making the display look smoother.  To characterize this, as quoted at Wired.com, he said,
Discussion: PC Magazine
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Arno Gourdol / Adobe AIR Team Blog:
Adobe AIR 2 Now Available!  —  We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Adobe AIR 2 runtime.  Starting today, you can download and install the new version at get.adobe.com/air/.  Developers can now deploy applications built for AIR 2 on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
Marco.org:
iPhone multitasking and background updating  —  One of my most common feature requests is for Instapaper to periodically download articles in the background.  A lot of people forget to launch the app to let it download content before going underground or boarding a plane.
Discussion: Pocket-lint and The Wire
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Kevin Rose: I'm Sticking With Diggnation Through 2010, Announcing New Show Soon  —  Digg CEO Kevin Rose just addressed the report that he's leaving his web video show Diggnation: “i'm staying on w/diggnation through 2010 and will be announcing a new show very soon!” he just tweeted.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose To Leave Diggnation
Discussion: The Next Web and Tubefilter News
Choire / The Awl:
‘New York Times’ Bans the Word ‘Tweet’  —  Phil Corbett, the latest standards editor at the Times (maybe the greatest job in the world?), has issued a proclamation!  Yesterday, the following memo went out, asking writers to abstain from the invented past-tense and other weird iterations of the magical noun-verb “Twitter.”
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Judge limits DHS laptop border searches  —  A federal judge has ruled that border agents cannot seize a traveler's laptop, keep in locked up for months, and examine it for contraband files without a warrant half a year later.  —  U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in the Northern District …
Discussion: The Register and TG Daily
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Feds eye Apple-Google ad war  —  A dispute that broke out Monday has already caught the eye of antitrust regulators  —  That didn't take long.  —  On Monday, Apple (AAPL) changed the rules that govern its new iAd mobile advertising platform to exclude competitors like Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT).
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
An iPhone for T-Mobile?  —  T-Mobile, not Verizon, will be the next carrier to get Apple's smartphone, says an analyst  —  Like most analysts, Kaufman Bros. Shaw Wu believes Apple (AAPL) will eventually end its exclusive relationship with AT&T (T) and give the iPhone to other U.S. carriers …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google News experiments with human control, promotes a new serendipity with Editors' Picks  —  Late this afternoon, Google News rolled out a new experiment: Editors' Picks.  Starting today, a small percentage of Google News users will find a new box of content with that label …
Ryan Naraine:
Googler Drops Windows Zero-Day, Microsoft Unhappy  —  Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy has set the cat among the “responsible disclosure” pigeons with the release of technical details of a zero-day vulnerability affecting the Microsoft Windows Help and Support Center without giving Microsoft adequate time to prepare a patch.
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
AI That Picks Stocks Better Than the Pros  —  A computer science professor uses textual analysis of articles from Yahoo Finance to beat the market.  —  The ability to predict the stock market is, as any Wall Street quantitative trader (or quant) will tell you, a license to print money.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Best Buy Admits Defeat, Gets Rid of Speakeasy  —  Best Buy agreed to merge its Speakeasy DSL business with Covad and Megapath today, creating a managed service local exchange carrier, and sounding the death knell for independent DSL providers.  In return, Best Buy is getting a minority stake …
Discussion: DSLreports
Avi Muchnick / Aviary Blog:
Aviary launches Music Creator!  —  We're happy as a lark to announce the launch of Aviary's new online music creator (codenamed Roc).  Aviary's music creator turns anyone into a musician with a few simple clicks.  —  Try it now!  —  Now anyone can create music and beats completely …
Discussion: Lifehacker and Mashable!, Thanks:chrismessina
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
PC makers no longer allowed to preinstall Windows XP on new netbooks as of October  —  Before Windows 7 launched, there was a lot of consternation about when Microsoft planned to cut off the supply of Windows XP to netbook makers.  —  This week, Microsoft officials reminded customers …
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
New York AG Suing Social Network Tagged.com for Child Porn
Discussion: Techdirt and ABCNEWS
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Adobe says Flash gaining in smartphone market
Discussion: Digital Daily and Electronista
Steve Lunceford / GovTwit:
Interview provides new details on search for Twitter's government liaison
Discussion: InformationWeek
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
HP Pays $12 Million For Phoenix' Virtualization Technology Assets
Discussion: The Register and CrunchGear
Jacqueline Emigh / Technologizer:
Phone.com Launches Advanced Calling Features for Android Phones and iPhones
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Web Alerts No Longer Available
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch, Thanks:steverubel
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Looking to Make Mobile Browsing Better
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What's Missing From iPhone 4 Is Part Of What Makes It Great
Discussion: AppScout and eWeek
Chris / iFix your i Blog:
iPhone 4 Glass - Will it break?