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10:20 AM ET, May 18, 2011

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DigiTimes:
Apple to launch new MacBook Air in June-July  —  The Taiwan-based supply chain for Apple products will begin shipments of new 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch MacBook Air models featuring Sandy Bridge platform and Thunderbolt interface in late May for launch in June or July, according to makers in the supply chain.
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:   Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt MacBook Airs coming in June or July
BBC:
Microsoft's Bill Gates says he advocated Skype takeover  —  Bill Gates says Microsoft's decision to buy Skype will provide better video conferencing opportunities  —  Microsoft's founder, Bill Gates, has said he advocated the company's takeover of Skype, and urged other board members to support the move.
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Kfury / fox @ fury:
Is Microsoft trying to end the reign of mobile carriers?  (MSFT+Skype+Nokia)  —  Are Microsoft, Apple and Google quietly preparing for war with mobile carriers?  I think so.  —  With all the advancements made to mobile phones in the past ten years, the part that's been woefully slow to improve is the act of calling.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple LTE-enabled iPhone Due in 2012, iPhone 4S Preparations for September 2011  —  Though not a particular surprise, Digitime's sources claim that the LTE-enabled “iPhone 4S” is unlikely to launch until 2012. … LTE is the next generation data transfer technology beyond 3G and is frequently labeled 4G.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple slows iPhone 4 production ahead of iPhone 4S (with 8MP camera, no LTE) production in August?
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Exclusive: T-Mobile's 2011 roadmap includes HTC ‘G-Infinity,’ LG Optimus II, three new BlackBerrys, and more  —  The Samsung Hercules is far from the only device in T-Mobile's pipeline for the next few months, of course — and we've got some insight into what's coming next.  HTC G-Infinity?
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
More app developers sued over patent claims  —  Fears that smartphones are becoming new hunting ground for so-called ‘patent trolls’ as 10 more app developers sued over infringement claims  —  Another patent-owning company has targeted app developers on both Apple and Android platforms …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Buyers of Web Start-Ups, Goal Is Corralling Young Talent  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Sam Lessin sold his Web start-up to Facebook for millions last year, and Facebook promptly shut it down.  All Facebook wanted was Mr. Lessin.  —  That is what it has come to in bubbly Silicon Valley.
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Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Facebook Will Pay $500,000 To $1,000,000 To “Buy” An Engineer
Discussion: SAI
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Intel: Windows on ARM won't run ‘legacy apps’  —  Waves flag for ‘traditional’ Windows 8  —  Microsoft may be porting Windows 8 to the ARM architecture, but the general manager of Intel's software and services group insists she's not losing any sleep over a bruising battle in a more-competitive arena.
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Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Make a Few Versions of New Windows, Intel Says
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Not so fast: Sony's PlayStation Network hacked again  —  Less than 2 days after Sony started bringing it's PlayStation Network back online reports are coming in that the besieged gaming giant's platform has been hacked yet again.  MCV is reporting that the exploit allows for hackers …
Discussion: Nyleveia, Engadget and VG247
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Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony's Stringer: No Network ‘100% Secure’
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
“Hulu For Magazines” Opens Its Android Newsstand  —  Apple has won over some of the big magazine publishers, who have reached deals to sell subscriptions via iTunes.  But it's not an exclusive arrangement: Now the magazine guys are starting to sell on Google's Android, too.
Pablo Villalba / Teambox Blog:
Why Google's hiring process is broken  —  Some context...  Google is one of today's top companies, thanks to their continued efforts in building the best and fastest algorithms.  —  They have put together a yet-to-be-matched team of engineers, and I enjoy using their search and Google Apps every day.
Discussion: SAI and Bloggasm
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Intel rewrites Atom road map  —  Updated: Intel rewrites Atom road map  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - Intel will quicken the pace at which it rolls out new Atom core designs, drive down the target power of its notebook chips and expand the thermal range of its SoCs.
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Eric M. Jackson / GigaOM:
Why Matt Drudge Still Beats Mark Zuckerberg  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg might be Time's reigning Person of the Year, but when it comes to influencing the distribution of online news, he's still no match for Matt Drudge.  —  Facebook is closing in on 700 million users …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
New York Public Library brings history to your fingertips with Biblion for iPad  —  The New York Public Library is beginning to embrace tablets in a big way, starting today with the launch of its new iPad app, “Biblion: The Boundless Library.”  —  Available for free, the first edition …
Kyle / iFixit Blog:
Unveiled: Audience powers iPhone 4′s impressive noise cancellation  —  When we analyzed the Nexus One last January, the big news was its Audience voice processor.  The Audience chip takes advantage of two microphones (if you're counting, that's one more than most cell phones) to cancel out ambient noise.
Sarah Rotman Epps / Forrester Blogs:
The “Post-PC” Era: It's Real, But It Doesn't Mean What You Think It Does  —  Computing is changing.  The news last week showed that loud and clear, as Microsoft bet big on Skype's voice and video technology and Google announced partnerships with Samsung and Acer to build laptops running its Chrome operating system.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Shhh!  Don't Tell Google News You're a Blog!  —  Google recently rolled out some enhancements to its Google News site, including settings that allow users to say whether they want to see more or less news from “blogs.”  But how does the search giant define the term “blog?”
Ellis Hamburger / Tools:
Have An Old Phone?  T-Mobile Will Buy It, Regardless Of Brand And Carrier  —  T-Mobile just announced the launch of a new trade-in program which it hopes will incentives buying new 4G phones on its network.  —  T-Mobile will give you up to $300.00 in store credit for your old device …
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
Investment firm launches Twitter-based hedge fund  —  An investment company has launched a £25 million hedge fund that will use the sentiment of Twitter messages to help guide its trading strategy.  —  The idea is not as outlandish as it might seem.  Last year, Johan Bollen …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
WhereBerry Co-founder Explains Why He Left Google to Do a Social Start-up  —  WhereBerry, a site to help people find and plan cool stuff to do offline, launched today.  —  Co-founders Nick Baum and Bill Ferrell were until late last year product managers at Google.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Bits
Erik Sherman / Wired In Blog| BNET:
Facebook Gets Broad Patent on Digital Media Tagging  —  Facebook has done well with the Friendster patents and patent applications that it acquired.  Just last week, a patent application for passing personal info between users based on degrees of separation became public.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Slashdot
Bankston / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Applauds New Electronic Privacy Bill That Tells the Government: Come Back With a Warrant!  —  Today, Senator Patrick Leahy introduced much-needed legislation to update the Electronic Communication Privacy Act of 1986, a critically important but woefully outdated federal privacy law in desperate need of a 21st century upgrade.
Quora:
Bitcoin: Is the cryptocurrency Bitcoin a good idea?  —  Answer (1 of 15): No. Bitcoin is a ludicrously bad idea.  It is a scam.  A Scam.  It is not a currency.  The economic assumptions underpinning the Bitcoin ecosystem are laughable, and ignore hundreds of years of accumulated understanding of how currencies work with each other.
Discussion: SAI and @timoreilly
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Jobvite Recruits $15 Million In Funding For Social Hiring Applications
Discussion: Xconomy, VatorNews and Mercury News
Joshua Yaffa / Washington Monthly:
The Information Sage  —  Meet Edward Tufte, the graphics guru …
Marc Lifsher / Los Angeles Times:
Anti-piracy bill: California lawmakers weigh bill to allow warrantless searches of CD and DVD makers
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Amazon Buys The A.Co, Z.Co, K.Co And Cloud.Co Domains
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Owns 90% Of Search Market In Latin America, comScore Says
Discussion: WebProNews
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Almost Half Of All Online Orders Now Include Free Shipping
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Scott McMullan / Google Enterprise Blog:
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Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Mini Moguls Fight Over Control of a Twitter Account
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Matt Ziegelbaum / Docs Blog:
Summarize your data with pivot tables
Pete Warden / O'Reilly Radar:
Why you can't really anonymize your data
Discussion: Boing Boing
Royal Pingdom:
Apple staff raking in the cash: $419,528 profit per head
Discussion: Inquirer and 9 to 5 Mac