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6:35 AM ET, May 17, 2011


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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.
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Bing Debuts Social Search with New Facebook Integration
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:
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Eventually, One Of These Updates Will Make Google News Not Suck At Tech News, Right?  —  For as long as I can remember, there has been one constant in tech news: Google News sucks at it.  —  Now, that's not entirely fair since Google News doesn't actually provide any of their own content.
Discussion: @palafo and @alexia
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Details for PlayStation Network and Qriocity Customer Appreciation Program in North America  —  Now that some PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been restored and you're once again enjoying online gaming and entertainment, we're happy to provide details about the “Welcome Back” …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Winklevii Go for Gold, Say They'll Take Facebook Case to the Supreme Court  —  Following the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decition to deny Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss's request to rehear their case versus Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, the twins' lawyer said they intended to petition to be heard by the U.S Supreme Court.
Discussion: Pulse2 and All Facebook
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
HP to pull trigger early on results after CEO memo  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co will try to dispel fears it faces even rockier times ahead when it reports earnings a day ahead of schedule, with Wall Street expecting decent results as corporate spending rebounds.
Discussion: Pulse2
Mel Beckman / PC World:
What the App Store Future Means for Developers and Users  —  Apple's App Store for its iPhone and other iOS devices is an unqualified success, blowing through the 10 billion downloads mark in January.  Seeing the store grow from 500 apps to more than 400,000 in just three years …
Discussion: TUAW and Softpedia News
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Rolls Out Places Functionality and Checkin Deals to Pages With Street Addresses  —  Facebook has confirmed with us that it has started bringing Facebook Places functionality to some Pages representing physical spaces.  Some Pages that list a street address, such as local businesses …
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome OS 12 — AKA: The Shipping Version — Hits Beta  —  Last week, just prior to day one of Google I/O, we noted that some updates in the Chrome OS code and forums indicated that a formal unveiling was likely very close.  Sure enough, on day two of I/O, Google unveiled the first Chromebooks …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
On T-Mobile, All Wi-Fi Calls Are Free  —  It is one of those things that make you ask the question: what took you so long, guys?  If you are a T-Mobile USA subscriber and use one of the mobile phones that support UMA, now all your calls made over the Wi-Fi are free.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Eldar Murtazin: Microsoft will enter negotiations to buy Nokia's mobile division next week  —  Yes, this is a rumor, and by golly it strains the limits of credulity, but take note of its source.  Firstly, the details: according to Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft and Nokia will enter talks next week …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Own (Smaller) “OAuthpocalypse”: Devs Have 48 Hours To Secure Apps  —  For a group of developers on Facebook's platform, the clock is ticking.  —  Last night and into today, Facebook has been sending out notices to developers they believe have apps in violation of their policy …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Local Q&A Site Hipster Raises $1M From Google Ventures, Lightbank, 500 Startups And More  —  Local Q&A startup Hipster has raised $1 million in seed funding from some prominent angel Valley investors including Mitch Kapor, Dave McClure/500 Startups, Lightbank, Google Ventures …
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
‘Quick response’ codes aim to take advantage of the boom in smartphones  —  ‘Quick response’ codes aim to take advantage of the boom in smartphones  —  With cafes on nearly every corner in Vancouver, British Columbia, Ethical Bean Coffee Co. needed a way to stand out.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
iPhone share of phone market in Q1: 5% volumes, 20% revenues, 55% profit  —  Operating profits for the eight vendors I track increased at a compounded 25% over three years.  As with revenues, the growth is concentrated.  The following chart shows operating profit growth across three time frames …
Discussion: DisplayBlog and IGN Gear
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Appstore Gets Exclusive PopCap Games, Including Plants vs. Zombies  —  Seattle-based gamemaker PopCap Games announced today that it has struck a deal with Amazon to offer its next two Android games - Chuzzle and Plants vs Zombies - exclusively via the Amazon Appstore.
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Groupon Sees Half of All Sales Coming From Mobile in Two Years  —  Mobile, along with social and local, will be one of the largest drivers for Groupon's deals business over the next few years.  —  Groupon VP Mobile Partnerships Michael Shim said: “Mobile is huge for Groupon …
Discussion: PC World
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Anti-Facebook Startup Diaspora Promises to “Go Faster”  —  Diaspora, the open source social networking service offering an alternative to Facebook's closed platform, has just provided an update on its development status.  Via a blog post on the company's homepage, Diaspora founder Maxwell Salzberg …
Discussion: join diaspora and Betabeat
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.
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Sprint's Most Likely Buyer May Be CenturyLink  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (S)'s Dan Hesse told Congress last week the third-largest U.S. wireless operator may end up being acquired if AT&T Inc. (T) purchases T-Mobile USA Inc. The most likely buyer is CenturyLink, the biggest company …
Discussion: The Tech Trade
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Verizon to activate new 4G LTE markets on May 19th  —  Verizon Wireless announced on Monday that it will activate its blazing fast 4G LTE service in Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Gainesville Florida; Montgomery and Mobile, Alabama; Fayetteville-Lumberton, North Carolina, and in and around Philadelphia on May 19th.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Electronista
Shareen Pathak / Tech Job Watch:
The Facebook Job Engine  —  With job growth ticking up in 2011, some credit should go to Mark Zuckerberg.  Facebook employs about 2,000 workers and has grown headcount by about 50% a year since it was founded in 2004, a spokesperson says.  —  The real action, however …
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David Daw / PC World:
Nook Color App Store Reaches One Million Downloads in a Week
Discussion: The Digital Home and GigaOM
AOL says no thanks to private equity
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Facebook, Google, Twitter, Zynga Formally Oppose California Social Networking Bill
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Strikes Tweet Firehose Deal With Japan's Largest Carrier, NTT DOCOMO
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Samsung postpones May 24th New York City press event
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
New bill upgrades unauthorized Internet streaming to a felony
Discussion: Gizmodo
Vanessa Grigoriadis / Vanity Fair:
Ol' Mark Pincus Had a Farm...
Discussion: Gawker
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S II US carrier names revealed: AT&T Attain, Verizon Function, and Sprint Within
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Leads $9M Round In Apache Hadoop-Based Analytics Platform Datameer
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse2
Sapna Maheshwari / Bloomberg:
Google Makes $3 Billion Bond-Market Debut
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