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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 …
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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.
Discussion: Pulse2 and techPresident
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Sony's Response to the U.S. House of Representatives  —  Today, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing in Washington, DC on “The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers.”
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Reuters:
Sony blames “Anonymous” for stage-setting theft  —  (Reuters) - Sony Corp blamed the well-known Internet vigilante group Anonymous for indirectly allowing a hacker to gain access to personal data of more than 100 million video game users.  “Sony now faces a large-scale cyber-attack involving …
Daniel Ek / Spotify:
Spotify says hello to the iPod  —  At Spotify it's always been our mission to provide you with the best all-round music experience on the planet.  For Spotify Premium subscribers, a huge part of that experience is taking your playlists with you wherever you go.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel will build next-generation chips with 3D structures  —  Intel said today that it will build its next generation of chips with 3D structures, a move that will allow it to pack much more computing power in a given space and stay on the path of technological advancement for years to come.
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple has released an iOS 4.3.3 update, fixing location database issues  —  Apple has just released the iOS 4.3.3 update for iDevices.  It's available now on iTunes, just plug in your device and hit update to get the update.  The biggest change in this new update is of course …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Warner Bros. Acquires Social Movie Site Flixster (And Rotten Tomatoes)  —  Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has acquired social movie discovery site Flixster.  The acquisition also includes Rotten Tomatoes, a movie review site Flixster acquired from News Corp. last year.
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
WE JUST GOT BOUGHT! Here's The Internal Memo From The $60 Million Flixster Sale
Discussion: iClarified
iFixit:
iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2428 Teardown  —  We got up this morning to news that the new iMacs were out, so we knew what we had to do: start sharpening our suction cups!  Thankfully, this iMac model opens in the same way as previous generations.  All you have to do is pull off the magnetically-held display glass …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple to release Mac OS X Lion through Mac App Store - sources  —  With the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion this summer, Apple will make the switch to a new kind of digital distribution for its operating system upgrades by releasing the software first through its new Mac App Store, AppleInsider has learned.
Discussion: MacRumors, I4U News and Edible Apple
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple Said to Have Hired the Audio Genius Behind THX  —  Apple has reportedly hired Tomlinson Holman as its new audio chief, according to a tweet by Leo Laporte Wednesday morning.  Laporte said he had it “on good authority” that Holman “is joining Apple to run audio.”
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Disqus Raises $10 Million, Doubles in Size Despite Facebook Comments  —  Real-time commenting system Disqus came out this morning with a bunch of numbers, including one referring to the $10 million dollars it just secured, in a show that the battle for commenting solutions on the Web has not died …
Mike Helmick / Gmail Blog:
Store up to 25,000 contacts  —  Gmail used to have a limit of 10,000 contacts.  For most of us, this was way more than enough, but we heard from some of you who use Gmail to communicate with more than 10,000 people.  We want you to be able to store all of your contacts in a single place …
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
With A New API, Aviary Wants To Become The Twilio Of Photo Effects (Video)  —  Mobile apps like Instagram and PicPlz made photo filters popular, and now every photo app needs to have filters and effects.  But not every developer wants to spend the time and resources to come up with his own effects.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
First look: Scrible, cool new web research, curation, collection tool  —  Just released today, Scrible (spelled weird), caught my eye at yesterday's Founder Conference in Mountain View, so I pulled CEO Victor Karkar aside into a noisy cafe to see more.  —  What does this do?  Well, it lets you markup the web.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch, Thanks:moehlert
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Google TV Aims to Turn the Channel With New Release Later This Year  —  Google TV may not have won over many critics or fans with its first season, but Google still thinks it could be a long-term hit.  —  Before renewing the product for another season, though, Google is making a number of changes to the script.
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews:
Renren IPO raises $743 million  —  The first social networking site to go public in the United States sees its shares surge to $24  —  Chinese social networking website Renren went public on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, raising $743 million for the Beijing-based company.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Efficient Frontier Buys Context Optional for $50 Million  —  Online performance marketing firm Efficient Frontier is acquiring San Francisco-based social marketing software and services start-up Context Optional, the company said.  —  While terms of the deal were not revealed, sources said the price was $50 million.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Suddenly, Top Facebook Employees Are Quitting Again  —  Facebook director of business development Jim Midgal has quit the company.  —  On LinkedIn, he lists his current job as “baggage handler” and his company as “traveling.”  —  Gone too is Marcel Laverdet, one of the three Facebook's employees …
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 …
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
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.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
A New Location Services based Class Action Lawsuit has been Filed against Apple.  It's Time to Open up the Debate Wide Open  —  Cynthia O'Flaherty has filed a class action complaint against Apple and is seeking the court in Illinois to grant it class action status.
Discussion: WebProNews
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Zynga blocks co-founder's stock sale  —  Social gaming leader Zynga hasn't even gone public and already it's facing legal problems over its hot stock.  —  The company is blocking attempts by former executive Andy Trader, who left the company last year, to sell $12.8 million of his private Zynga shares …
Discussion: SAI
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: GigaOM, WinRumors and Inquirer
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
LinkedIn IPO to List on NYSE: Big Win for Big Board … New in today's updated LinkedIn IPO filing: the social networking company for business professionals has decided to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange.  —  The LinkedIn IPO — one of the most high profile tech-stock debuts of 2011 …
 
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