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11:55 AM ET, May 17, 2011

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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 …
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:
NFC payment systems coming to Apple Store locations?  —  While it seems that most are flipping a coin as to whether or not the upcoming iPhone will have NFC capabilities, BGR has just been given some information from multiple Apple sources that could possibly sway the argument in favor …
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.
Agam Shah / PC World:
HP Picks USB 3.0 Over Intel's Thunderbolt for Desktops  —  Hewlett-Packard considered using Intel's Thunderbolt interconnect in new desktop PCs announced Monday, but is sticking with USB 3.0 because of wider support, a company official said.  —  “We did look at [Thunderbolt].  We're still looking into it.
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Ups Price Of IPO To $42 To $45 Per Share, Valuation Now Over $4 Billion  —  Wow.  According to this filing, professional social network LinkedIn has just upped the pricing of its IPO from between $32 and $35 per share to $42 to $45 per share.  This latest pricing …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
How Facebook Brings a New Data Center Online  —  For Facebook, bringing its Prineville, Ore., data center online last month required more than building a specialized facility with customized servers.  According to a post today on the Facebook Engineering blog, the social networking leader …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Apple studies infringement claims by Lodsys  —  Patent holding firm Lodsys claims revenue from iPhone app developers, but critics say it is abusing the patent system  —  Apple's legal department is understood to be “actively investigating” claims by Lodsys, a patent holding company based in Texas …
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.
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 …
Nick Judd / techPresident:
New York Releases ‘Road Map for the Digital City’  —  Watch live streaming video from nycgov at livestream.com  —  New York City will develop an open government framework featuring APIs for city data, relaunch its website and make a host of changes to the way it presents government information online …
Discussion: Anil Dash and Metropolis
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Winklevii Go for Gold, Say They'll Take Facebook Case to the Supreme Court  —  Following the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision 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.
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 …
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” …
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 …
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netflix Now The Largest Single Source of Internet Traffic In North America  —  Netflix video streaming is now the single largest source of peak downstream Interent traffic i the U.S., according to a new report by Sandvine.  The streaming video service now accounts for 29.7 percent of peak downstream traffic …
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.
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Slacker Premium Goes Live: 8 Million Tracks on Demand, 10 Bucks a Month  —  Amazon and Google's cloud music services are getting all the attention, but what about those of us who don't want to spend hours uploading our tracks?  And what about music lovers who stopped buying new music once they got hooked on Internet radio?
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 …
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
Electronista:
Apple yet to OK sub-30nm flash memory from Samsung, Toshiba  —  Apple hasn't yet approved flash memory below 30 nanometers in size, insiders purportedly said Tuesday.  Neither Samsung's 20nm flash nor Toshiba's 24nm variety had been certified for Apple.  Explanations weren't given …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Customer satisfaction with AT&T, T-Mobile drops  —  NEW YORK - Sprint Nextel Corp., once dead last in customer satisfaction among the Big 4 national wireless carriers, now has the happiest subscribers, along with long-time leader Verizon Wireless, according to a survey released Tuesday.
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.
 
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