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11:50 PM ET, May 11, 2011

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The Official Google Blog:
A new kind of computer: Chromebook  —  A little less than two years ago we set out to make computers much better.  Today, we're announcing the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer.  These are not typical notebooks.  With a Chromebook you won't wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Google clarifies Chromebook subscriptions, might have just changed the industry  —  Following Google's second I/O keynote, we were ushered into a room where a number of the company's executives were on hand to field questions from the press.  Or in other terms, dodge bullets and tell us what we're probably not looking to hear.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Chromebooks Out June 15, $349 For Consumers, $20-$28 Monthly For Educators/Business  —  At long last, the Google Chrome OS operating system is going prime time against Windows and Mac computers.  On June 15, consumers can by them for a flat rate.  Those in education and business have intriguing monthly payment options.
Matt Warman / Telegraph:   Google has ‘no plans’ for an ad-supported Chromebook
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
A better app for your mobile browser  —  We want you to be able to access Twitter no matter where you are; regardless of what device you use; or, whether you prefer to access Twitter through a mobile application or the browser.  Today, we're starting to roll out a new version of twitter.com for mobile devices.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Twitter Rolls Out Slick Mobile Web App: It's Like Twitter For iPhone But Upside Down
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
The Surprising Reason Publishers Are Finally Saying Yes to Apple  —  Earlier this week, I asked what had changed in the standoff between Apple and magazine publishers, who want to sell subscriptions to iPad editions in the iTunes store but, until last week, weren't prepared to accept Apple's rules.
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Commissioner To Join Comcast  —  WASHINGTON - Four months after the Federal Communications Commission approved the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the commissioners who approved the deal said she would join Comcast to oversee its government affairs office.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
After approving NBC buyout, FCC Commish becomes Comcast lobbyist  —  Meredith Attwell Baker, one of the two Republican Commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission, plans to step down—and right into a top lobbying job at Comcast-NBC.  —  The news, reported this afternoon …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Google makes Chrome Web Store available worldwide, adds in-app purchases and flat five percent fee  —  Google has just announced that it's making the Chrome Web Store available to the “entire userbase of Chrome,” and in 41 different languages no less, although those outside the current markets …
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Google Announces 160 Million Chrome Users, Massive Improvements Coming
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung Series 5 Chrome OS laptop hands-on at Google I/O (update: video!)  —  We never had much doubt about what Samsung would be showcasing at tonight's finale event at Google I/O 2011, but now it's official — the outfit's first-ever Chrome OS ultraportable is making its debut in San Francisco …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Android Market Getting A Major Refresh: Better Discovery, A Redesign, And 99 New Countries  —  One of the most important pieces in the Android ecosystem is Android Market — Google's application storefront that comes pre-installed on the vast majority of Android devices.
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Fernando Delgado / Google Mobile Blog:
New ways to discover great apps on Android Market
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Andy Rubin gets Danger back together at Google to work on Android hardware  —  Cell phone hardware innovators are gathering at Google.  That could mean big changes for Android.  —  Joe Britt at Google I/O  —  FORTUNE — Matt Hershenson and Joe Britt, two legendary figures in mobile phone development …
Discussion: SAI, Gizmodo, Engadget and Electronista
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Music labels to Google: We're counting on Apple  —  Google unveiled the beta version of its music storage service May 10 at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco.  —  If Apple rolls out a cloud music service next month, the offering could appear a little dated.
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Google and Amazon's cloud lockers may play into Apple's hands
Discussion: PC World and SAI
Aaron Greenspan / Quora:
In Fifty Days, Payments Innovation Will Stop In Silicon Valley  —  Most people don't reguarly check the California Senate Committee on Banking, Finance and Insurance for the latest news about potential legislation, and so it's no surprise that most people have never heard of California Assembly Bill 2789.
Discussion: Betabeat
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Danger of Playing in Apple's Walled Garden  —  Every so often a news item comes along that reinforces the downside of building your business on someone else's platform, and this week's poster child is iFlowReader, an e-book app for the iPhone and iPad.  The company behind the app announced Wednesday …
Sarah Clark / Near Field Communications World:
Google raises concerns over the viability of NFC card emulation mode for mobile payments  —  “I'd love to see peer-to-peer used for payment,” Google's Nick Pelly told a packed audience at the I/O conference's ‘How to NFC’ session, as he responded to questions regarding the future of mobile payments on Android devices.
Electronista:
Google threatens to pull Street View from Switzerland  —  In March, a Swiss court ruled that Google must blur out all faces and license plates that were captured in Google's Street View application.  Today, Google advised it would appeal the decision to Switzerland's highest court.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Cisco third quarter better than expected, outlook weak and layoffs loom  —  Cisco delivered better-than-expected third quarter earnings and CEO John Chambers said the company has “a clear game plan” to “transition to the next phase.”  —  As noted previously, it was a busy quarter for Cisco …
Agam Shah / PC World:
Consumer SSDs to Break out in 2012, Gartner Says  —  Consumer solid-state drives will have a break-out year in 2012 due to falling prices, which will make SSDs a primary storage option for mainstream users, Gartner said this week.  —  By the second half of 2012, prices of mainstream PC SSDs …
International Business Times:
Kindle to Generate $5.42 bln Revenue in 2011 for Amazon: Analyst  —  Caris & Co. said Kindle is a multi-billion dollar opportunity for Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN).  The brokerage said Kindle remains the most compelling eBook device and a material contributor to Amazon's non-core business growth.
Discussion: paidContent
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Allows Users to Tag Pages in Photos, Could Bring in New Fans  —  Starting today, Facebook users will be able to tag Pages in their photos.  Page tagged photos will adhere to a user's privacy settings, and will only appear on a Page's Photos tab if set to be visible to everyone.
DigiTimes:
Supply chain may not be able to satisfy demand from Apple  —  Taiwan-based electronics manufacturing service (EMS) provider Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is reportedly facing a shortage of both labor and materials at its plants in Chengdu, China, which is likely to affect shipments …
Discussion: MacStories
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yelp Moves To Spain As International Traffic Doubles
Discussion: Screenwerk and PR Newswire
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Acquire Advertising Platform 5:1
Discussion: BoomTown
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
PayPal is top brand for mobile payments: survey
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Congressmen Edward Markey and Joe Barton ask Facebook to explain security vulnerability
Discussion: Digits and @briankrebs
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Bing Hits 14 Percent, Google And Yahoo Flat: comScore
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Social networking behind the corporate firewall increases 500%, creates big vulnerabilities
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Google TV shows off new Honeycomb UI, plans for Market, SDK; opens up remote app source code
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Dhanya Skariachan / Reuters:
Amazon could cut ties in more states over tax dispute
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook reportedly disables account of attorney Mark S. Zuckerberg [Updated]
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Sergey Brin Guesses That Only 20% Of Googlers Still Use Windows Machines
Discussion: Electronista and Forbes
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Think Insights: Google's new site for data addicts
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
A Microsoft cheat sheet for Google I/O
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
How Groupon Royally Screws European Businesses
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Senators grill AT&T and T-Mobile CEOs over their proposed merger
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Lobbies Nevada To Allow Self-Driving Cars