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10:25 PM ET, May 9, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Massive New Data Center Set To Host Nuance Tech; Partnership Announcement Due At WWDC  —  Last Friday, we posted about the negotiations between Apple and voice recognition company Nuance.  While these talks have been going on for months, sources told us that it wasn't yet entirely clear …
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:   Apple reportedly partnering with Nuance rather than Microsoft for iOS 5 voice recognition
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Launching Its Cloud Service Tomorrow, Without Big Music's Approval  —  You've seen Amazon's cloud music service.  Now get ready for Google's music service.  —  They're going to look pretty similar.  —  Google is preparing to show off a new music service at tomorrow's I/o conference.
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Paul Miller / This is my next:
Google Music may be ready for its debut, but is it more of the same old cloud?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and GigaOM
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Nears $7 Billion-Plus Deal for Skype  —  Microsoft Corp. is close to a deal to buy Internet phone company Skype Technologies SA for more than $7 billion, and a deal could be announced as early as Tuesday, people familiar with the matter said.  —  Negotiations were wrapping up Monday evening …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Partners With Sony Pictures, Universal And Warner Brothers For YouTube Movies  —  Google confirmed the existence of its YouTube Movies service earlier today and has just released more details on which studios and movies will provide the 3,000 titles in its repertoire.
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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
How Apple works: Inside the world's biggest startup  —  From Steve Jobs down to the janitor: How America's most successful — and most secretive — big company really operates.  —  Apple doesn't often fail, and when it does, it isn't a pretty sight at 1 Infinite Loop.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why Fortune's Apple Story is AWOL from the Web-And Why You Can Buy It on Amazon  —  Last week, Fortune published a deep dive into Apple, then made sure that many people who would care about it couldn't read it: The story was available in the magazine's print and iPad editions, but not on the Web.
Jamin Spitzer / TechNet Blogs:
Microsoft Announces Windows Azure Toolkits for iOS, Android and Windows Phone  —  Today, Microsoft announced Windows Azure Toolkits for Devices, consisting of assets for Windows Phone, iOS and a preview of tools for Android.  —  Using the toolkits, developers can use the cloud to accelerate …
Donald Tanguay / The Official Google Blog:
Sort by subject in Google Images  —  When you're searching for images, sometimes it can be hard to come up with exactly the right words to describe what you have in mind.  For example, when you think of London, you might picture the iconic clock tower or the big Ferris wheel.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Previous-gen Apple iPad, iPhone 3GS often outsell new Android devices  —  Older Apple iOS products sold at a discounted price, like the iPhone 3GS and first-generation iPad, are often more popular than newer devices running the Google Android operating system, a new report claims.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Biggest BitTorrent Downloading Case in U.S. History Targets 23,000 Defendants  —  At least 23,000 file sharers soon will likely get notified they are being sued for downloading the Expendables in what has become the single largest illegal-BitTorrent-downloading case in U.S. history.
Discussion: The Register and TechSpot
John Markoff / Bits:
The iPad in Your Hand: As Fast as a Supercomputer of Yore  —  It's common wisdom that the computer you can hold in the palm of your hand today is as powerful as a computer from years ago that filled an entire room.  —  But now Jack Dongarra, one of the computer scientists who keeps track …
Discussion: App Advice, MacStories, Xconomy and TUAW
iFixit:
Tracking Device Teardown  —  Disclaimer: We love the FBI.  We've worked with them on several occasions to fight crime and locate criminals.  We've helped them with instructions on gaining entry into certain devices.  We have nothing against them, and we hope they don't come after us for publishing this teardown.
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James Nixon / thinq_:
Exclusive: AnonOps splinter group speaks out  —  IP address leak ‘regrettable but necessary’  —  A self-styled Anonymous “splinter group” that has seized control of two sites used by the ‘hacktivist’ collective to organise Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and other operations …
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Mutiny Within Anonymous May Have Exposed Hackers' IP Addresses
Discussion: THN and SC Magazine
AVOS:
YouTube Founders Acquire Tap11!  —  See Strong Synergy Between Tap11's Real-Time Business Intelligence Platform And Recent Acquisition Of Delicious.com, The Leading Bookmarking Service.  —  YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen announced today that they acquired Tap11.com, the leading real-time business intelligence platform.
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Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:   With Tap11 Buy AVOS Is Playing a Big Game With Big Data
Journalism.org:
Navigating News Online  —  Whatever the future of journalism much of it depends on understanding the ways that people navigate the digital news environment—the behavior of what might be called the new news consumer.  —  Despite the unprecedented level of data about what news people consume online …
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
Countdown to Google I/O: What Can We Expect?  —  Google I/O is set to kick off in just about 24 hours.  Don't believe me?  Check out the official countdown clock on the I/O site.  But what can we expect?  A new Android version to be revealed?  Some new info on Google TV?
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Twitter outings undermine “super injunctions”  —  (Reuters) - Twitter revelations of alleged attempts by British celebrities to cover up sexual indiscretions show that “super injunctions” to gag the press are unsustainable, lawyers said Monday.  —  A Twitter user posted details Sunday …
Discussion: Crave
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
LevelUp Now Lets You Swipe Your AmEx Card To Redeem Deals, No Print-Outs Required  —  Back in March location-based game SCVNGR launched a spinoff venture called LevelUp — a direct competitor to Groupon, Living Social, and other daily deal sites.  LevelUp's key twist is that it has a heavy focus …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft slates ‘Mango’ VIP unveiling for May 24 in New York  —  Microsoft officials have demonstrated the upcoming “Mango” Windows Phone update a number of times in recent months.  But the official VIP unveiling for press and analysts is May 24 in New York.
Vangelis Kokkevis / Google Chrome Blog:
Fancier graphics, safer downloads, and more privacy controls  —  Today's beta channel release includes a number of additions, as well as one subtraction!  —  First, we've made Chrome's graphics snazzier.  We've finished implementing support for hardware-accelerated 3D CSS …
Mike Snider / USA Today:
Cellphones get emergency alerts  —  Consumers will get emergency alerts for hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters on their cellphones as part of a new alert network to be announced Tuesday by the Federal Communications Commission.  —  The Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN) …
Discussion: New York Times and Bloomberg
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Teams With Google For NFC Check-Ins Via Posters At Google I/O  —  Google's annual I/O conference kicks off tomorrow and it will likely bring a range of big announcements.  But one of the cooler things that will be on display at the event was actually pre-announced today by Foursquare: NFC-based check-ins at the event.
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Google ‘Panda’ Update Kills Content Farming Jobs  —  Freelancer.com's quarterly jobs report finds less demand for cheap articles and more projects for iOS and Android developers.  —  While the U.S. economy demonstrated some strength in April with the addition of 244,000 jobs …
Discussion: Digital Journal and Tom Foremski
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay: “The Battle of Internets is About to Begin”  —  In February, a secret meeting of the European Union's Law Enforcement Work Party (LEWP) resulted in a worrying proposal.  —  To deal with illicit sites on the Internet, the group suggested the adoption of a China-like firewall to block websites deemed ‘inappropriate’.
Discussion: GigaOM
Zach Seward:
Sparktweets  —  Sparklines, according to Edward Tufte, who invented them, are “small, high-resolution graphics embedded in a context of words, numbers, images.”  Among designers, there's general agreement that sparklines are fantastic for conveying time-series data, particularly financial …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
US billionaire wins high court order over Wikipedia ‘defamation’  —  Louis Bacon claims comments on Wikipedia and two other sites defamed him - but forcing them to reveal names may be difficult  —  A billionaire US hedge fund manager has been given the green light by the high court in London …
 
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Joab Jackson / PC World:
Google Launches Discovery Service for Its APIs
Discussion: Google Code Blog
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Soon, You'll Be Able To Buy Stuff On Xbox Live With PayPal
Discussion: Joystiq and Engadget
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Chrome's Security Crown Slips
Discussion: Krebs on Security and The Register
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Rackspace Posts Mixed Q1
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple, HTC and RIM Unscathed by Smartphone Stall
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Ramps Up Fulfillment Center Expansion In Arizona And Indiana
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Interview: Ousted Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci Talks About His Departure
Discussion: Electronista and CNET News
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What I learned by interviewing 23 startups in past few weeks
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
GrouponLive: An Online Ticketing Deals Marketplace From Groupon, Live Nation
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