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5:40 PM ET, May 13, 2011

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John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Indie iOS Devs Under Legal Fire For Offering In-App Purchases [Breaking]  —  The lead developer behind the popular Mac dock replacement DragThing and the fantastic iOS scientific calculator app pCalc is about to be sued for patent infringement because his software uses Apple's own in-app purchasing mechanism.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Lodsys Threatens to Sue App Store Developers Over In-App Purchases and Upgrade Links  —  Yesterday, we received word from Rob Gloess of Computer LogicX, the company behind the Mix & Mash and Mix & Mash LITE applications for iOS, that he had received legal documents threatening a patent lawsuit …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Rumor: Amazon has an “entire family” of Android devices coming this holiday  —  Amazon's Android tablet is both the best and worst kept secret in the mobile industry.  Everyone knows that Amazon is working on an Android device, but few know any of the specific details about its hardware or software.
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Paul Reynolds / Consumer Reports News:
Will Amazon make a tablet? ‘Stay tuned,’ says Jeff Bezos
Navneet Singh / Google News Blog:
Introducing “News near you” on Google News for mobile  —  Google News for mobile lets you keep up with the latest news, wherever you are.  Today we're excited to announce a new feature in the U.S. English edition called “News near you” that surfaces news relevant to the city you're in and surrounding areas.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple: Analyst Says No LTE in iPhone 5; To Add Sprint, T-Mobile  —  Apple's iPhone 5 launch in September isn't likely to include LTE functionality, Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek asserts in a research note.  —  “According to our industry checks, the device should be called iPhone 4S …
Eddie Kessler / Blogger Buzz:
Blogger is back  —  What a frustrating day.  We're very sorry that you've been unable to publish to Blogger for the past 20.5 hours.  We're nearly back to normal — you can publish again, and in the coming hours posts and comments that were temporarily removed should be restored.
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Google's Blogger outage makes the case against a cloud-only strategy
Nathan Brown / Edge Online:
PSN Outage Begins To Hit Retail  —  Gamer patience begins to wear thin as retailers report increased trade-ins of PS3 consoles for Xbox 360s.  —  The ongoing PlayStation Network outage is beginning to have an effect on the high street, Edge can reveal.  —  Our sources indicate a growing trend …
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James Brightman / IndustryGamers:
PlayStation Network: Here's The Official Letter Sony Sent to Publishing Partners [Exclusive]  —  PlayStation Network has been down for more than three weeks, and publishers and developers have stated that they're losing money.  What's not clear is what Sony's doing to compensate its partners.
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
Samsung announces 2560 x 1600 display, could pave the way for iPad 3  —  Samsung will demonstrate an all-new 10.1-inch display at the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium next week.  Samsung's new display will have a 2560 x 1600 resolution, far in excess of anything on the tablet market today.
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Samsung Demoes Retina-Resolution Tablet Display
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
This 26-Year-Old Just Sold His Company For $104 Million  —  Hey parents: you may be annoyed that your kid whips out his Nintendo 3DS at every opportunity, but you never know if that obsession with gaming is going to turn into a million-dollar payday.  —  That's exactly what happened with Jason Citron …
Discussion: VentureBeat
John Cook / GeekWire:
A Twitter crime thriller, and why laptop tracking could save you some heartache  —  I got hooked tonight on an amazing Twitter drama, watching in real time as Sean Power live Tweeted about his attempts to recover his stolen laptop from a guy in a bar in New York City.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple to Advance iPhone with both Text-to-Speech & Speech-to-Text Converters  —  According to a new Apple patent application that was published this morning by the US Patent and Trademark Office, future iPhone's are likely to provide end users with effective new ways of communicating …
John Boudreau / Seattle Times:
Young Chinese developers hit jackpot via App Store  —  Lu Miao speaks very little English.  He's never traveled outside Asia.  He's not a software engineer.  But in a few short months, he became the founder of a successful software company selling apps in the U.S. and Europe.
Kellex / Droid Life:
DROIDX2 Launching May 26th with Dual-core Processor, qHD Screen and Gingerbread  —  The Motorola DROIDX2 was rumored to originally be scheduled to release today, but with the push back of the DROID Charge, we were wondering if it hadn't been pushed back as well.  According to Verizon, that is definitely the case.
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Dropbox Lied to Users about Data Security, Complaint to FTC Alleges  —  Dropbox, the wildly popular online storage system, deceived users about the security and encryption of its services, putting it at a competitive advantage, according to an FTC complaint filed Thursday by a prominent security researcher.
Discussion: @csoghoian
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Senate bill amounts to death penalty for Web sites  —  A new bill backed by movie studios and other large copyright holders takes a novel approach to curbing access to piratical Web sites: an Internet death penalty.  —  That's the best way to describe the approach adopted …
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Your Marital Status Is Worth $0.01 To Data-Buyers, Your Smartphone Is Worth $0.03  —  We often hear about how our personal information is being bought and sold on the Internet on a regular basis.  So you probably won't be surprised to get another reminder of that.
Ariel Schwartz / Fast Company:
Cell Phones Are Killing The Bees: Study  —  New experiments find that cell phone signals don't just confuse bees, they off them.  What does this mean for our food supply?  —  Do you enjoy eating?  Then you may not be too happy if bee populations plunge.  That's because out of the 100 crops …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Speaking Up in Class, Silently, Using Social Media  —  Wasn't it just the other day that teachers confiscated cellphones and principals warned about oversharing on MySpace?  —  Now, Erin Olson, an English teacher in Sioux Rapids, Iowa, is among a small but growing cadre of educators trying …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Geekosystem
 
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Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Court says Rambus wrongly destroyed documents
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
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Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
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Jon Boone / Guardian:
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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Boston developer wants cut of Winklevoss twins' $65-million Facebook settlement
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