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11:00 PM ET, May 2, 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
Sheldon Levine / Sysomos Blog:
How Fast the News Spreads Through Social Media  —  Unless you have been totally disconnected from any sort of news over the past 12 hours, you've no doubt heard that Osama Bin Laden has been found and killed.  Barack Obama, President of the United States, made the announcement late last night …
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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.
Discussion: PC Magazine and PC World
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Bin Laden Announcement Has Highest Sustained Tweet Rate Ever, At 3440 Tweets Per Second  —  Twitter has just revised its preliminary measurements of 4,000 tweets per second from last night's announcement of Osama Bin Laden's death, tweeting out the new measurements below.
Peter Kafka / All Things Digital:
Bin Laden Web Traffic Big But Not Historic  —  No debate that Osama bin Laden's death is one of the biggest news stories in years.  —  Except on the Web, where all of our tweeting and reading and live-streaming isn't generating nearly as much traffic as other big events of the last decade.
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 …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple to fix location tracking bug in iOS 4.3.3; due out soon  —  One of our Apple sources has just informed us that Apple isn't wasting anytime fixing the infamous location tracking issue in the iPhone and other iOS devices — it's going to be addressed in an update within the next two weeks, possibly sooner, in iOS version 4.3.3.
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Ricardo Bilton / The Toybox Blog:
IPhone location bug fix coming within next two weeks
Discussion: LiewCF Tech Blog and FreakGeeks
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 …
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 …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
RIM announces BlackBerry 7 OS with better browser and BlackBerry Balance, but no legacy support  —  The BB OS 6.1 update that grew too big for its name has just been made official by RIM as BlackBerry 7.  Its ambassador into the wide world of smartphones will be the newly minted BlackBerry Bold Touch …
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry Bold 9900 / 9930 gets official, finally touch and type
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
BlackBerry Bold 9900 hands-on (update: video)
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Experimenting With Voice Search on Google.com  —  Google is allowing some users to search the web by voice on their desktop browsers, the company confirmed to us today in an email.  Selected users are shown a little grey microphone at the end of the search box.
Discussion: Mashable! and NewsGrange
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.
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Nabs Jai Singh From AOL's HuffPo  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo has grabbed one of Huffington Post's top editors, Jai Singh, to become its editor-in chief.  —  More to come, but the move is a big one in the online editorial arena.
Discussion: paidContent
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Fired Facebook Acquisitions Exec Lands at Twitter  —  Mike Brown, the former Facebook corporate development executive who was dismissed for buying its stock on secondary markets, has taken a similar job at Twitter.  —  Brown, who had helped negotiate many of Facebook's so-called …
Discussion: All Facebook and Pulse2
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
AT&T to Take On Groupon With $10 Promotion for Daily Deal Site  —  AT&T Inc. (T), aiming to tap the billion- dollar market for online coupons dominated by Groupon Inc., will introduce its own discount site within the coming weeks in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google takes top spot in reputation rankings; Apple, Intel, Amazon close behind  —  Google ranked highest in corporate reputation, according to a Harris Interactive survey.  Among tech companies, Apple, Intel and Amazon also rated highly.  —  According to the 12th Annual Harris Interactive …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Peel Raises $16.7M To Turn Your Smartphone Into Your Television's Best Friend  —  Peel, a startup that's looking to turn your iOS device into a super-powered universal remote (among other things), has some big news: it's just closed a $16.7 million Series B funding round led by Ravi Mhatre …
Discussion: PR Newswire, Electronista and VatorNews
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Chrome Canary About To Hit OS X — Chrome 16 Due Before End Of Year  —  Users of Google Chrome are probably aware of the three channels you can use depending on how cutting edge you want to be (and how much you mind bugs): Dev, Beta, Stable.  But ever since last year …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Sony Declines to Testify at Congressional Hearing  —  Sony has declined to testify at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, “The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers,” that seeks to understand how consumers' private data is protected by corporations.  —  Last week Sony's PlayStation Network …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Electronista and Gamasutra
Cody / iPhone Download Blog:
Lima is a New Browser-Based Cydia Alternative  —  After Cydia was crippled by the the recent Amazon EC2 outage, jailbreakers have been seeking out alternative options to get their favorite iOS extensions.  Currently, Cydia is widely known as the “only” jailbroken app store …
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Apple's iOS doubles operating system market share  —  iPad and iPhone growth give Apple larger share of OS market  —  Apple's iOS, the mobile operating system that powers the iPad and iPhone, has more than doubled its share of the worldwide operating system market over the past 10 months.
Discussion: CNET News and Hardware 2.0 Blog
 
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Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
No Improved Displays This Year, Says E Ink
Discussion: CNET News and Electronista
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Pandora Is Now 10 Billion Thumbs Strong
Discussion: Pandora and ReadWriteWeb
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Group wants Google Buzz settlement to apply more broadly
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Closes $326M Acquisition Of Social Media Monitoring Company Radian6
Sean Milliken / MissionFish:
Exciting News - MissionFish acquired by eBay
Discussion: eBay Ink, TechCrunch and WebProNews
Abhiram Nandakumar / Reuters:
Nortel gets court nods for Google's “stalking horse”
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Ex-Gaia Online CEO joins VC firm
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Google's Eric Schmidt Pours $1.5 Million Into An Online Ad Startup
Discussion: GigaOM and Globes Online
John Boudreau / Seattle Times:
Despite friction in China, Google digs in
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook to get Video Chat and Facebook apps in May
 

 
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