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4:25 AM ET, May 12, 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:
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 …
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.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Microsoft could lose billions in sales to Google's Chromebook
Discussion: CNET News, Computerworld and TechCrunch
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Chrome OS file manager and media player hands-on
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Why Facebook Needs Sheryl Sandberg  —  Mark Zuckerberg's No. 2 provides “adult supervision” at the company, trying to keep growth at an optimum level  —  On a Tuesday afternoon in late April, 30 managers of Facebook's various business units come together to discuss a matter that preoccupies …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Zuckerberg And Sandberg “Fundamentally Disagree” Over Whether Facebook Should Go To China  —  Facebook CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg “fundamentally disagree” on whether or not Facebook should expand into China, Bloomberg Businesweek's Brad Stone reports in a long profile of Sandberg published tonight.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Future Of Chrome: Synced Tabs, Profiles, Native Client, And Chrome OS On ARM  —  Today at Google I/O there was a fireside chat with a number of Chrome team members.  Their goal was simply to answer questions — both from the web and from the audience.  Among those, there was a common theme: what's next?
Discussion: The Register and Engadget
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Facebook Busted in Clumsy Smear on Google  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  The social network secretly hired a PR firm to plant negative stories about the search giant, The Daily Beast's Dan Lyons reveals—a caper that is blowing up in their face, and escalating their war.
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Open source foiled Microsoft antitrust case  —  Microsoft, seen as a threat to innovation, prompted U.S. oversight a decade ago.  That ends this week.  —  Computerworld - Just over a decade ago, a U.S. District Court judge decided that Microsoft was as much of a threat to the technology sector …
Discussion: TechEye
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
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
InsideDeal!  WebMediaBrands Acquires Inside Network For $14 Million  —  When it comes to in-depth news about Facebook, there has been no better site than Inside Facebook.  In fact, the flagship site of Inside Network became so successful alongside the meteoric rise of Facebook …
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 and Electronista
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
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
ViewSonic ViewPad 7x: World's first 7-inch Honeycomb tablet  —  HTC might be promising Honeycomb for its HTC Flyer at some point in the future; Pocket-lint has learnt that it looks like Viewsonic?is going to pip them to the post later this month (31 May) at Computex.
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 …
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yelp Moves To Spain As International Traffic Doubles
Discussion: PR Newswire and Screenwerk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Acquire Advertising Platform 5:1
Discussion: AdExchanger.com and BoomTown
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Bing Hits 14 Percent, Google And Yahoo Flat: comScore
Discussion: comscore.com
International Business Times:
Kindle to Generate $5.42 bln Revenue in 2011 for Amazon: Analyst
Discussion: paidContent
Sarah Clark / Near Field Communications World:
Google raises concerns over the viability of NFC card emulation mode for mobile payments
Discussion: Fast Company and Android and Me
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: 
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Danger of Playing in Apple's Walled Garden
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: Gizmodo and Electronista
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Think Insights: Google's new site for data addicts
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
How Groupon Royally Screws European Businesses
Discussion: Wall Street Journal