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6:50 AM ET, May 3, 2011

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Buy TweetDeck For $40 Million - $50 Million  —  Twitter has acquired TweetDeck, we've heard from a source with knowledge of the deal, and the transaction will be announced in the next few days.  The $40 million - $50 million purchase price includes both cash and Twitter stock, says our source.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Looks like Twitter won the battle for TweetDeck
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Hackers Hit Guy Who Live-Tweeted Bin Laden Raid  —  33-year-old IT consultant Sohaib Athar was just hanging out on Sunday at home in Abbottabad, Pakistan, when he heard an explosion and a helicopter hovering above.  He started tweeting what was going on, and ended up unwittingly live-blogging the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.
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Bryce Roberts / BRYCE DOT VC:
Ten Years of Innovation Highlighted in One Night  —  On the morning of September 11, 2001 I walked into my living room, flipped on the TV and saw scenes playing out in NYC that I will never forget.  Both local stations and cable outlets were a buzz with speculation, stories and facts as they became available.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Out of Osama's Death, A Fake Quotation is Born  —  Shortly after I posted my piece on feeling curiously un-thrilled about Bin Laden's death, the following quote came across my twitter feed: … I admire the sentiment.  But something about it just strikes me as off, like that great Marx quote …
Sheldon Levine / Sysomos Blog:
How Fast the News Spreads Through Social Media
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Bin Laden Announcement Has Highest Sustained Tweet Rate Ever, At 3440 Tweets Per Second
DigiTimes:
Quanta receives tablet PC orders from Amazon, say upstream sources  —  Taiwan-based notebook maker Quanta Computer has recently received OEM orders from Amazon for its reported tablet PC and the device will also receive full support from Taiwan-based electrophoretic display (EPD) …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Amazon tablet shipping later this year according to new tattle
Ben Gilbert / Joystiq:
Sony Online loses 12,700 credit card account numbers, 24.6 million accounts compromised [update]  —  Following up on this morning's news that Sony Online Entertainment servers were offline across the board, SOE announced that it has lost 12,700 customer credit card numbers as the result of an attack …
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Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
Til death do us part: Sony and the credit card companies
Discussion: Computerworld and Gearlog
Mark LaPedus / EE Times:
Intel vying for Apple foundry business  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - At present, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is making the Apple-designed A4 and A5 processors on a foundry basis for Apple Inc.  —  That could soon change.  As reported, Apple and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) …
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Google plays ball with carriers to kill tethering apps, violates spirit of the ‘open access’ it bid $4.6B to protect  —  It seems a few American carriers have started working with Google to disable access to tethering apps in the Android Market in recent weeks, ostensibly because they make it easier …
Discussion: parislemon
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Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Carriers crack down on Android tethering apps, rain on our mobile hotspot parade  —  Well everybody, it looks like the free ride is over: carriers in the US have started to seriously crack down on Android tethering apps.  Head on over to the Android Market site and try to install an app …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Coming soon to a Mac near you: serious malware  —  Last week I showed you how malware authors have begun using social engineering to target Google Chrome, with convincing replicas of Chrome's bright-red security screens to trick victims into installing a package of malware.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yep, Google Just Pushed Chrome Canary For Mac Out Of The Nest  —  This morning, we noted that Google was getting ready to release an OS X version of the Chrome Canary build.  Sure enough, just hours later, here it is.  —  Canary is the pre-Dev build of Chrome meant for users who enjoy testing …
Electronista:
Samsung takes 200K Galaxy S II pre-orders, passes iPhone 4  —  Samsung claimed an at least initial win for the Galaxy S II.  The company took over 200,000 pre-orders across all three major Korean carriers between Monday of last week and the launch on Friday.  About 160,000 of those were at the country's largest carrier, SK Telecom.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Lion to Bring iOS-Like Uninstall Process for Mac App Store Apps  —  As noted by Apple iGuide (via TUAW), the latest developer build of Mac OS X Lion seeded last Friday brings a new iOS-like mechanism for deleting applications installed via the Mac App Store.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Wikileaks Founder: Facebook is the most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented  —  Despite awaiting extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is still the subject of much media interest.  —  Russia Today (RT) interviewed Assange …
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
No Improved Displays This Year, Says E Ink  —  One of the main features of the latest version of the Kindle was its new “Pearl” E Ink screen.  It offered better contrast, faster response, and so on.  And since we've gotten so used to new stuff being given to us every year …
Discussion: Crave, Softpedia News and Electronista
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's plan to increase its focus on developers: The full internal memo  —  The move of Microsoft Corporate Vice President Scott Guthrie from the .Net developer platform to heading up the newly created Azure Application Platform team is just one part of the Server and Tools Business reorg announced on May 2 inside Microsoft.
Mike Gikas / Consumer Reports News:
Apple's White iPhone is not thicker than black version  —  Wearing black is the time-honored technique for appearing thinner without shrinking an inch.  Apparently it works for the iPhone 4, as well.  Recently an avalanche of news and tech sites reported that the white iPhone 4 was thicker …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Legal Woes Mount For Google: “Locationgate,” Skyhook Suit And FTC-Search Probe  —  Following the revelation last week that the iPhone stored user location data a consumer class action was filed.  This kind of disclosure/revelation-class action cycle is now familiar.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Dear Canada: Your Election Law Is No Match For Twitter  —  Updated.  We know that TV networks black out sporting events, but can you black out an entire election?  In Canada you can — or at least the government there is trying to do that, for the national election on Monday.
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple shares dip just 1% after Nasdaq index rebalance
Discussion: TechCrunch and Reuters
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Nabs Jai Singh From AOL's HuffPo as Editor-in-Chief
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Experimenting With Voice Search on Google.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Peel Raises $16.7M To Turn Your Smartphone Into Your Television's Best Friend
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Pandora Is Now 10 Billion Thumbs Strong
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 Earlier Items: 
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Apple's iOS doubles operating system market share
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog and CNET News
Sean Milliken / MissionFish:
Exciting News - MissionFish acquired by eBay
Abhiram Nandakumar / Reuters:
Nortel gets court nods for Google's “stalking horse”
Discussion: Electronista
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Fired Facebook Acquisitions Exec Lands at Twitter
Discussion: Pulse2 and All Facebook
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple to fix location tracking bug in iOS 4.3.3; due out soon
 

 
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