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6:30 PM ET, May 16, 2011

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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Next iPhone Will NOT Have NFC Mobile Payments, Says Bernstein  —  Apple's next iPhone, said to be called the 4S, will not have the mobile payment support through NFC (near field communication) says Bernstein in a note this morning.  —  We don't have the full note, just highlights from a Bloomberg terminal.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
NFC Might Not Make It Into iPhone 5  —  Though it would certainly make a lot of sense for Apple to add support for near-field communication technology (NFC) to its next generation iPhone, it's probably not going to happen.  That's the word from Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi …
Yusuf Mehdi / Bing:
Facebook Friends Now Fueling Faster Decisions on Bing  —  At Bing, our mission is to help you make faster, more informed decisions.  We designed a new way to experience search, focusing on great design, task completion, instant answers, and vertical categories like shopping and travel to help you make decisions faster.
Chase Hensel / The Official Google Blog:
Expanding Google News for more variety and multimedia  —  (Cross-posted from the Google News blog)  —  Every day, Google News crawls through thousands of news articles to present you with the most relevant and recent stories.  For a long time, we've realized that bringing relevant news …
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple planning major product launch for 10th retail anniversary?  —  We have just received some information from a solid Apple source, and if they're right, Apple may be planning something big for its 10th retail anniversary this Thursday the 19th.  Here's what we've been told:
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Post-Disney Miramax Signs First Major Digital Deal With Netflix  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) continues to add programming strength to its digital service.  Starting next month Netflix subscribers will have instant access to hundreds of Miramax titles from Oscar winners like The English Patient …
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Miramax brings its movies to Netflix streaming in June
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Seagate's GoFlex Satellite portable hard drive streams content over WiFi (review)  —  Seagate just took the wraps off what's likely the niftiest portable HDD to cross our path in a long, long while.  The GoFlex Satellite is part storage device, part wireless media streamer …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Android 3.1 Honeycomb hands-on  —  Well, it sure did take a few days for Verizon and Motorola to roll out the Android Honeycomb 3.1 update to the majority of Xoom owners, but as they say, better late than never.  Yes, my very own Xoom finally received the over-the-air update early Saturday morning …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S II US carrier names revealed: AT&T Attain, Verizon Function, and Sprint Within  —  Anticipation, thy name is Galaxy S II.  Or is it Galaxy S 2 Attain?  Perhaps it's Galaxy S 2 Function or Within, it all depends on what carrier you prefer, really.
Sapna Maheshwari / Bloomberg:
Google Makes $3 Billion Bond-Market Debut  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), whose shares have dropped 9 percent this year, is making its first foray into the bond market with a planned $3 billion sale to pay back short- term borrowings.  —  “People aren't going to do very much credit analysis …
Vanessa Grigoriadis / Vanity Fair:
Ol' Mark Pincus Had a Farm...  Zynga—the company behind such Facebook games as FarmVille, CityVille, and Zynga Poker—is the hottest topic in Silicon Valley: valued at $10 billion, with 250 million users and a rumored I.P.O. next year.  Its C.E.O., Mark Pincus, takes fun very, very seriously.
Discussion: Gawker
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Amazon prepping dual-core ‘Coyote’ and quad-core ‘Hollywood’ tablets for 2011  —  We received word from a tipster that Amazon, practically confirmed to be entering the tablet market in the near future, isn't planning just one device, but is planning on releasing at least two before the end of the year.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Tools
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Skype-Style Calls Force Wireless Carriers to Adapt  —  Today, long-winded talkers need to worry about running out of minutes on their cellphone plans.  But someday there will be no minutes to run out of — just megabytes.  —  Wireless carriers now funnel voice and data traffic …
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
AOL launches professional division  —  (Reuters) - AOL Inc is launching a professional division called AOL Industry on Monday aimed at government, energy and defense executives.  —  The idea is to bring the use of social media, video and design from consumer-oriented sites and apply it to media for business professionals.
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
AT&T plans consumer security service for 2012  —  (Reuters) - AT&T Inc plans to launch a wireless security service for consumers next year to help combat a big rise in cyber attacks on mobile devices, a top executive said.  —  As more people use smartphones like Apple Inc's iPhone …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Lodsys explains in-app patent warning letters sent to iOS developers  —  On Friday, news broke of a number of warning letters sent to application developers for iPhone and iPad applications, warning them that by using Apple's in-app payment mechanism, they were violating a patent issued to “inventions” firm Lodsys.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
StackMob Grabs $7.5M to Offer Backend Support for Mobile Devs  —  Stackmob, a cloud platform for mobile developers built in the mold of Heroku, has raised $7.5 million in a Series A round as it ramps up its offering for mobile developers.  The new money, led by Trinity Ventures …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Former Yahoo CTO Ari Balogh Joins StumbleUpon  —  Former Yahoo CTO and EVP Products Ari Balogh is to become StumbleUpon's VP of engineering, the company said this morning.  —  Balogh said in an interview that his projects will include “a continuing and unrelenting focus on the recommendation technology …
Discussion: paidContent
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
LinkedIn Shares Start Trading Thursday  —  LinkedIn shares are going to hit the public markets starting on Thursday, the WSJ reports.  LinkedIn is looking to raise $274 million with the offering.  It is pricing its shares at $32 to $35, and is looking at a $3 billion valuation.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
VMware Buys Cloud-Based IT Management Service Provider Shavlik Technologies  —  Virtualization software giant VMware this morning announced that it has agreed to acquire Shavlik Technologies, a provider of cloud-based IT management solutions for small and medium businesses.
Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard CEO Girds for ‘Tough Quarter’  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker told top executives that he's bracing for “another tough quarter” in the period that ends in July and urged deputies to “watch every penny and minimize all hiring.”
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss lose federal appeals court bid for a rehearing in Facebook case  —  A federal appeals court has declined to review a legal challenge from Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who claim that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for the social networking site.
Discussion: Reuters, NetworkEffect and Gawker
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Bit.ly Hires Peter Stern as CEO  —  Bit.ly has raised $14 million in a few years, and shrinks more than 8 billion Web addresses a month.  And it's done all that without anyone running the company full time.  —  Until now.  Technology vet Peter Stern, whose last startup ended up being acquired by Facebook …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
New bill upgrades unauthorized Internet streaming to a felony  —  Two months ago, US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel produced her wishlist of changes to US law.  One item in particular caught our interest—the suggestion that the online streaming of copyrighted content be bumped up to a full-scale felony.
 
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Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
AOL expands local news network in U.S.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Leads $9M Round In Apache Hadoop-Based Analytics Platform Datameer
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Reuters:
France wants $3.5 billion for its 4G frequencies
Discussion: Electronista
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
SanDisk buys enterprise flash memory firm Pliant Technology for $327M
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 7.5 business features, email conversation view on tap
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Niall Harbison / The Next Web:
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