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8:25 AM ET, May 17, 2011

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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:
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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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What Happens When It's Google/Android Vs. Amazon/Android?  —  Reading the news in recent weeks, it's becoming increasingly clear that there are the early signs of a new war brewing in the mobile computing space.  And it's a war that promises to be the most fascinating one yet.
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.
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Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Bing Debuts Social Search with New Facebook Integration
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
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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” …
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: 9 to 5 Mac, DisplayBlog and IGN Gear
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
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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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP cuts profit outlook for year amid weak services, consumer PC demand  —  Hewlett-Packard has cut its outlook for the fiscal year as the company's PC and services businesses struggle.  —  The second quarter results were solid, but HP has cut its outlook for the second consecutive quarter under new CEO Leo Apotheker.
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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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
99% of Android phones leak secret account credentials  —  The vast majority of devices running Google's Android operating system are vulnerable to attacks that allow adversaries to steal the digital credentials used to access calendars, contacts, and other sensitive data stored on the search giant's servers …
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.
AdAge:
Publicis Groupe to Acquire Digital Shop Rosetta for $575 Million  —  Marks Change of Heart for Fiercely Independent CEO Kuenne  —  Publicis Groupe has made a bid to acquire Rosetta, taking the largest privately owned digital agency off the table.  The purchase price is $575 million in cash …
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.
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
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
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook coming to the UK on June 16th, 16GB model costs £400  —  Brits eager for a taste of the first 7-inch BlackBerry device have just under a month of anticipation left to go.  UK retailers have today revealed the date and prices at which they'll be selling RIM's PlayBook …
 
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
Verizon to activate new 4G LTE markets on May 19th
Discussion: IntoMobile and Electronista
David Daw / PC World:
Nook Color App Store Reaches One Million Downloads in a Week
Discussion: The Digital Home and GigaOM
Reuters:
AOL says no thanks to private equity
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Facebook, Google, Twitter, Zynga Formally Oppose California Social Networking Bill
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Howard A. Schmidt / White House Blog:
Launching the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Samsung postpones May 24th New York City press event
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
New bill upgrades unauthorized Internet streaming to a felony
Discussion: Gizmodo
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Leads $9M Round In Apache Hadoop-Based Analytics Platform Datameer
Discussion: VentureBeat and Pulse2
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Next iPhone Will NOT Have NFC Mobile Payments, Says Bernstein