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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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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.
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
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 …
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.
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: The Next Web and parislemon
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.
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 …
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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:   Apple Leads App Market That May Bring In $3.8 Billion in '11
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
Henry Blodget / Yahoo! Finance:
Apple Will Become A Trillion-Dollar Company, Says Altucher — $1,000 A Share  —  Apple recently blew past Microsoft, Cisco, and other companies to become the most valuable tech company in the world.  —  But that's just the beginning, says investor James Altucher of Formula Capital.
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: Bloomberg and Yahoo! News
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: FM Blog and Gizmodo
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Sponsored Stories Ads Have 46% Higher CTR, 18% Lower Cost Per Fan Says TBG Digital Test  —  Facebook Ads API service provider TBG Digital has revealed that in a 10-day, 3-client, 2 billion impression test, Facebook's new Sponsored Stories ad units received a 46% higher click through rate …
Discussion: All Facebook, Thanks:joshconstine
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: In Ten Years, “We Will All Have A Gigabit To The Home”  —  Netflix is blowing the doors off its business, with $3 billion in annualized revenue and a $12 billion market cap driven by the transition to streaming online video.  In terms of hours watched …
Discussion: SAI, GigaOM and paidContent
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
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
PC rental store accused of using webcams, keyloggers on customers  —  Built-in webcams are becoming more and more common in computers these days, and in turn, they are becoming more and more of a liability.  A Wyoming couple is now accusing national rent-to-own chain Aaron's Inc. of spying …
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Next: Opera Browser Gets a Dev Channel, Too  —  Blame Chrome.  Ever since Google started releasing self-updating developer versions of its browser, other browser developers have been following suit.  Mozilla now uses the same concept for releasing early (and potentially unstable) versions of Firefox.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
COLOURlovers Raises $1 Million To Make Everyone An Artist  —  If you have even the slightest hint of a creative streak, you may be interested in COLOURlovers, a startup whose products let you easily express yourself using shapes and colors, even if you aren't particularly good at it.
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: Reuters
Lee Spears / Bloomberg:
Renren Seeks Twice Facebook Valuation in Social-Media IPO  —  Renren Inc., China's biggest social- networking website by page views, is seeking a valuation more than double that of Facebook Inc. as it aims to raise as much as $743.4 million in a U.S. initial public offering today.
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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.”
Discussion: CNET News, The Register and 9 to 5 Mac
 
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Senator Presses Sony on Theft of Customer Data
Discussion: CNET News
Kristina Shevory / New York Times:
To Meet Demand for Chips, Samsung Bets Big on Austin
Discussion: Android Tapp
Todd Haselton / BGR:
RIM to add foursquare support to BBM
Discussion: IntoMobile and PC World
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Kleiner Perkins invests in LegalZoom — IPO on the horizon?
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple No Longer Accepting App Store Reviews for Redeemed Promo Codes
Discussion: MacNN and iLounge
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Report: Game developer Ubisoft to open film studio
Discussion: Variety
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Comcast Profit Rises on Broadband Gains, NBC Universal Deal
 Earlier Items: 
Chloe Sladden / Twitter Media:
A Royal Reason for Twitter and TV
Discussion: Lost Remote and Hillicon Valley
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Adapteva Pitches A Supercomputer For Your Phone
Discussion: Digits, Electronista, Geek.com and SlashGear
Anand Rajaraman / Datawocky:
Goodbye, Kosmix. Hello, @WalmartLabs
Discussion: @jason, @walmartlabs and MarketingVOX
Zee / The Next Web:
Rackspace to Shut Down Slicehost
Discussion: PC World, GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb and rc3.org
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
Bing meets BlackBerry; Microsoft's baby will be default search engine on RIM devices
Apple:
Apple Announces New iMac With Next Generation Quad-Core Processors, Graphics & Thunderbolt I/O Technology