A quick rundown of news stories catching our attention this afternoon …
- Google Maps is going indoors with panoramic photos inside businesses.
- Microsoft’s chief identity architect, Kim Cameron, has left the company, reports ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley.
- Electronic Arts expects its revenue from digital downloads of games and extra content to exceed $1 billion this year, underscoring the shift away from traditional discs.
- Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace appears to be back online after an outage today that prevented some people from downloading or installing apps.
- The Mac Observer: Only Two Companies Can Compete with iPad: Amazon & Microsoft
- ZipCar’s app is now available for Android — including the ability to lock and unlock the doors of a car you’ve reserved.
- Barnes & Noble will “make an announcement on May 24, 2011 regarding the launch of a new eReader device,” according to a disclosure made by the company in an SEC filing today. The Wall Street Journal weighs the possibilities.
- A new service from a company called Yudu will “help magazine publishers evade the 30 percent commission that Apple charges to deliver content to iPhones and iPads through its App Store,” according to this Reuters report.