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5:10 PM ET, May 18, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9to5 Mac:
Apple Store 2.0 revealed: Startup Sessions, interactive iPad signage, new sound/display systems, new app?  —  A source has just dropped a load of unconfirmed information on us for what is being internally referred to as “Apple Store 2.0.” Apple Store 2.0 is a major makeover for the Apple retail store experience.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple to overhaul retail operations with iPads running new RetailMe software  —  Apple stores have been receiving stockpiles of iPad 2 units with magnetic Smart Covers, as Apple is prepared to equip its retail specialists with tablets for on-the-job use, AppleInsider has learned.
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
Discussion: Computerworld
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Update on PSN Password Reset Process  —  We temporarily took down the PSN and Qriocity password reset page.  Contrary to some reports, there was no hack involved.  In the process of resetting of passwords there was a URL exploit that we have subsequently fixed.
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Ross Miller / This is my next:
Sony pulls PlayStation Network login pages after password recovery exploit found
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Will Pay $500,000 To $1,000,000 To “Buy” An Engineer  —  Facebook has found that one of the best ways to bring new talent into the company is to acquire small, failed startups and put their entreprenurial employees in charge of products.  —  These are called “talent acquisitions” or “acqui-hires.”
Discussion: Bits, USA Today and All Facebook
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How To Party Your Way Into a Multi-Million Dollar Facebook Job  —  If you want Facebook to spend millions of dollars hiring you, it helps to be a talented engineer, as the New York Times today suggests.  But it also helps to party with Facebook honchos, invite them to your dad's Mediterranean party palace …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Buyers of Web Start-Ups, Goal Is Corralling Young Talent
Discussion: TechFlash
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Twitter Trap  —  Last week my wife and I told our 13-year-old daughter she could join Facebook.  Within a few hours she had accumulated 171 friends, and I felt a little as if I had passed my child a pipe of crystal meth.  —  I don't mean to be a spoilsport, and I don't think I'm a Luddite.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Apple Adding Data Center in Silicon Valley  —  Apple is expanding its Internet infrastructure with a new data center in Silicon Valley, as it prepares to bring additional server and storage capacity online later this year.  The new server space, housed in a third-party facility …
Jodi Olson / Twitter Blog:
Mission: Permission  —  The Twitter ecosystem contains hundreds of thousands of interesting third-party applications designed to enhance your Twitter experience.  Third-party apps let you do things like automatically share your Tweets on other networks, connect to other players on gaming platforms …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Twitter Revokes Automatic 3rd Party DM Access, Gives Users More Details On App Permissions
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
An AppleCare support rep talks: Mac malware is “getting worse”  —  Over the weekend, I got an e-mail from an AppleCare support rep, who was responding to my recent reports of Mac malware being found in the wild.  At least one prominent voice in the Mac community dismisses these reports as “crying wolf.”
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Eventbrite Raises $50 Million to Tackle Ticketmaster  —  Eventbrite, a ticketing start-up based in San Francisco, got its start by offering to help any event organizer peddle tickets — whether it be for a yoga class or an indie comedy show.  —  Now the company is looking to tackle ticketing …
James Temple / SFGate:
Updated: Microsoft bests Google, IBM to land S.F. email deal  —  Microsoft Corp. struck a deal with San Francisco officials to provide an online email system for the city's workforce, beating out competing products from Google Inc. and IBM Corp.  —  Company and the city representatives said the new tool …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Google Works to Make Android Less Vulnerable to Wi-Fi Snooping  —  Google said on Wednesday that it is changing the way its Android services work to ensure that calendar and contact information isn't vulnerable to snooping when a user connects to an open Wi-Fi network.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
250,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets sold to date, RBC says  —  RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky believes RIM has sold approximately 250,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets to date.  In a note to investors on Wednesday, the analyst points to channel checks in stating PlayBook sales …
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.
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.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
HTC to tap tablet boom with many models  —  (Reuters) - Smartphone maker HTC plans to roll out a range of different tablet computers to gain a foothold in the fast-growing market, a company executive said on Tuesday.  —  The global market for tablets, started only last year with Apple's iPad …
Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Google Grabs Huge Office Space In London  —  Google has just rented out offices roughly the size of three football fields, in London's biggest letting deal this year.  —  The search giant is taking 160,000 square feet at the colorful Central Saint Giles development in the city's West End …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
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
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 …
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.
Joshua Sabatini / San Francisco Examiner:
San Francisco supervisors approve 6-year break on stock-option taxes  —  Tech startups were offered some relief Tuesday with a six-year tax break on stock options if they go public.  —  The fact that The City's 1.5 percent payroll tax also applies to stock options when a company goes public was recently thrust into the spotlight.
Discussion: SFGate, bizjournals and SF Appeal
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Nielsen: Tablets Are Money Spinners, But Less Than 5% Use Them Today  —  Of all the wireless devices that have hit the market in the past several years, tablets present the biggest commercial opportunity for media owners, in terms of what consumers are willing to pay for and consume on the devices.
 
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Bloomberg:
Millennial Media Is Said to Talk With Banks About IPO as Mobile Ads Surge
Discussion: SAI and @pkafka
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Has Twitter Eclipsed 300 Million Users?
Discussion: PC Magazine, SAI and AllTwitter
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Toshiba declares victory in pixel density war: 367ppi coming to a phone this year (video)
Discussion: BGR, Crave and 9 to 5 Mac
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Ericsson taking over management of Clearwire network, 700 employees making shift
Discussion: The Seattle Times and mocoNews
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Amazon to Run SAP Applications in the Cloud
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga Continues Shopping Spree; Buys Social Game Studio DNA Games
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Eric M. Jackson / GigaOM:
Why Matt Drudge Still Beats Mark Zuckerberg
Ellis Hamburger / Tools:
Have An Old Phone? T-Mobile Will Buy It, Regardless Of Brand And Carrier
Discussion: WebProNews and MobileCrunch
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Shhh! Don't Tell Google News You're a Blog!
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
WhereBerry Co-founder Explains Why He Left Google to Do a Social Start-up
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple LTE-enabled iPhone Due in 2012, iPhone 4S Preparations for September 2011
 

 
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