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8:20 AM ET, May 4, 2011

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Osama bin Laden raid yields trove of computer data  —  The assault force of Navy SEALs snatched a trove of computer drives and disks during their weekend raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, yielding what a U.S. official called “the mother lode of intelligence.”
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Obama ‘Situation Room’ Photo Is Already Half Way To Becoming Flickr's Most Viewed Pic  —  If you ever wanted a glimpse of what the Spiderman “With great power comes great responsibility” quote looks like actualized, take a second to digest the above photo of President Obama …
Discussion: Laughing Squid and Gizmodo
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Situation Room Meme: The Shortest Route From Bin Laden to Lulz  —  The photo of the White House Situation Room during the operation that killed Osama bin Laden stunned the world when it was released.  The photo is powerful, and the response to it has been strong.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify takes on iTunes with new music downloads store and iPod syncing  —  Is streaming music service Spotify a direct rival to Apple's iTunes?  If it wasn't before, it certainly is now.  Today, Spotify is launching its own music downloads store, adding iPod syncing to its desktop client …
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Apple iMac hands-on, with dual 30-inch displays! (video)  —  One Thunderbolt port on your new MacBook Pro?  Pah.  The new 27-inch iMac has twice that many — two.  When we got ours out of the box we just had to do the natural thing: fire up as many pixels as possible.
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
New iMacs get benchmarked, as fast as expected
Discussion: Macworld and I4U News
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
AT&T Rep: Apple Has Told Us No New iPhone in June or July  —  While increasing numbers of reports are pointing to a later-than-usual introduction for the fifth-generation iPhone, potentially with an unveiling at Apple's traditional September iPod-focused event, some observers have still …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google Takes to TV to Promote Browser  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google is once again taking up arms in the browser wars, in the belief that people who use its Chrome Web browser will be more likely to keep using Google search.  —  The company is taking the battle to mainstream America …
Jack Kent / iSuppli:
Revenue for Major Mobile App Stores to Rise 77.7 Percent in 2011  —  Combined revenues from the four major mobile application stores run by Apple Inc., Google Inc., Nokia Corp. and Research In Motion Ltd. will leap 77.7 percent in 2011 to $3.8 billion, with the Apple App Store projected to eat …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
.NET Android and iOS clones stripped by Attachmate  —  Open source Mono suffers layoffs  —  The fate of an open-source version of Microsoft's .NET running on iOS and Android is unclear after Novell's new owner Attachmate laid off members of the project, according to reports.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Windows generates less than a third the profit of iOS + OS X  —  While a lot of the credit for Apple's success is rightfully assigned to the iOS franchises, the OS X business has more than quadrupled in five years.  This has happened without drastic price fluctuations.
Discussion: WinRumors, The Next Web and parislemon
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Dissolves Search Group Internally, Now Called “Knowledge”  —  Google has seven major product groups.  Advertising, Commerce & Local, Mobile (Android), Social, Chrome, YouTube and Search.  Search is, of course, Google's first and most important product.  But that group actually no longer exists internally.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
US DVD sales plummet 20%  —  Hollywood studios feel impact of rapid shift to online film and TV viewing  —  DVD sales plunged 20% in the US in the first quarter of 2011, with Hollywood studios blaming the timing of Easter and a glut of blockbuster releases in the same period last year for the $500m …
Discussion: parislemon, NPR, Bloomberg and Guardian
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chris Sacca: The Train Has Left The Station On Early Stage Valuations  —  Super angel investor Chris Sacca doesn't like all the new competition pushing up valuations in angel deals and seed rounds these days.  “It is a train and it is kind of running away,” he says on a panel this morning at the Wired business conference.
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and SAI
Aftab Ahmed / Reuters:
Wireless carriers scale down scope of mobile payment system  —  (Reuters) - The biggest U.S. wireless carriers, AT&T Inc, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA, are not setting up a separate network for payments on transactions done by phones, the Wall Street Journal said.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook's Infrastructure Czar Jonathan Heiliger Leaves  —  Jonathan Heiliger, Facebook's vice president of Technical Operations, has been the Palo Alto-based web giant's public face when it comes to all things infrastructure.  And today (May 3rd), he announced that he would leave the company at the end of the summer.
Gloria Sin / ZDNet:
American Airlines to offer in-flight streaming to personal devices  —  Flying on American Airlines just got a little more comfortable for passengers like me, who have a hard time sleeping thanks to those flickering LCD screens embedded into the back of seats on most aircrafts.
Cade Metz / The Register:
HP engineering veep spills cloud plans onto LinkedIn  —  Ruby, Java, open source, [Microsoft Azure]  —  HP is building a wide range of public cloud services, including Amazon-like “infrastructure clouds” offering instant access to readily scalable processing power, storage …
Discussion: SAI and virtualization.info
Nick Clayton / Wall Street Journal:
Social Media Gets Professional  —  SOCIAL MEDIA: Online networking is transforming the way businesses operate but few understand its true implications  —  If you want an example of the power of social media, consider this.  Starbucks gets 1.8 million visitors to its website every month, Coca Cola some 270,000.
Thanks:joefahrner
Chadwick Matlin / Fortune:
The Ayn Rand-loving, feet-baring, efficiency-obsessed savant behind SCVNGR  —  Who is Seth Priebatsch?  How did his tiny company, based on turning life into a video gaming experience, wind up with a $100 million valuation?  —  Seth Priebatsch, left  —  FORTUNE — As I walked through …
Thanks:smalera
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IP-Address Is Not a Person, BitTorrent Case Judge Says  —  In the last year various copyright holders have sued well over 100,000 alleged file-sharers in the United States alone.  The purpose of these lawsuits is to obtain the personal details of the alleged infringers …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Feedly taps HTML5 to bring cross-platform news reading to iOS, Android  —  News reading service Feedly is showing off just how useful HTML5 can be for creating powerful cross-platform applications today with the launch of Feedly Mobile 2.0 for the iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets.
Discussion: Scobleizer, ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Gigwalk Launches: Wanna Get Paid for Taking Pictures with Your iPhone?  —  In the 1990s, peer-to-peer networks were a revelation.  They allowed people to pool together tiny parts of their computers, and those pooled together parts could do far more together than the average computer or connection could do on its own.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Amazon Announces Its Gilt And Vente Privée Killer, MyHabit.com  —  The private sales market is really heating up.  Amazon has just announced MyHabit.com, a private sales site that's going to compete directly with the likes of Gilt Groupe and RueLaLa, which is soon to be owned by eBay.
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
Novell Antitrust Suit Against Microsoft Over WordPerfect Revived by Court  —  Novell Inc. (NOVL)'s antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp., accusing the world's largest software maker of undermining Novell's WordPerfect program, was revived by a U.S. appeals court in Virginia.
Discussion: Inquirer, Reuters and thinq_
Erik Sherman / BNET:
Facebook's Giant Marketing Mistake: It Works Backwards  —  Facebook's daily deals are up and running, through from a marketing perspective, “limping” might be a better word.  The company has already made a number of mistakes that are likely to numb its users to the very deals it's trying so hard to promote.
Discussion: @joshconstine and Bloomberg
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: OpenTable CEO Jordan Likely to Head to Silicon Valley VC Firm Andreessen Horowitz  —  Jeff Jordan, the president and CEO of OpenTable who unexpectedly stepped down from his job today at the online restaurant reservation leader, is set to take a job at a major venture firm in Silicon Valley.
Discussion: eMoney and The Tech Trade
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Canada still in copyright “hall of shame” according to the US  —  Sorry, Canada—negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) wasn't enough to show your commitment to “strong” intellectual property rights.  If you want out of the American copyright “hall of shame,” …
Discussion: The Next Web
John Cook / GeekWire:
The Woz to Paul Allen: Stop patent trolling, start innovating  —  In the annals of tech history, Paul Allen and Steve Wozniak will likely be remembered as the forgotten co-founders.  Each has done a bit to reinvent themselves recently.  Allen wrote a memoir called “Idea Man.”
 
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Senator Presses Sony on Theft of Customer Data
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Kristina Shevory / New York Times:
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
RIM to add foursquare support to BBM
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Reality TV: OpenCourt has begun its livestream of the judicial system
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple No Longer Accepting App Store Reviews for Redeemed Promo Codes
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Facebook Sponsored Stories Ads Have 46% Higher CTR, 18% Lower Cost Per Fan Says TBG Digital Test
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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Report: Game developer Ubisoft to open film studio
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A Royal Reason for Twitter and TV
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Adapteva Pitches A Supercomputer For Your Phone
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