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9:50 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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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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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?
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.
Discussion: ZDNet, Gizmodo, PhoneArena and Neowin.net
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Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Make a Few Versions of New Windows, Intel Says
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony's Stringer: No Network ‘100% Secure’  —  The hacker attack that crippled Sony Corp. (SNE)'s PlayStation Network and Qriocity entertainment services was “a hiccup” in the company's online strategy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard Stringer said.
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.
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!, Gather, HedgeFund.net and PSFK
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
All Of July 2009: Tumblr Did 250 Million Pageviews.  May 16, 2011: Tumblr Did... 250 Million Pageviews  —  Two years ago, Tumblr founder David Karp shared some impressive numbers.  In July 2009, Tumblr had 50 million visitors, 255 million pageviews, and 650,000 new posts per day.
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
Joshua Munoz / Android Central:
AT&T confirms to devs: Sideloading from here on out  —  When we broke the news that AT&T is pushing updates to older Android devices to finally enable sideloading, and with the Infuse 4G being its first phone to sideload out of the box, we naturally assumed AT&T will continue to leave its future phones open.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Intel promises more than 10 new tablets at Computex, including Android and MeeGo versions  —  For all its processing might, Intel is a non-player in the booming tablet space.  Consumers, no longer trapped in the WinTel PC juggernaut, are increasingly opting for devices running software experiences optimized …
 
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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
Steven Levy / Wired:
Y Combinator Is Boot Camp for Startups
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Amazon Buys The A.Co, Z.Co, K.Co And Cloud.Co Domains
Discussion: The Domains and Domain Name Wire
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Owns 90% Of Search Market In Latin America, comScore Says
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Almost Half Of All Online Orders Now Include Free Shipping
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
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Scott McMullan / Google Enterprise Blog:
Introducing TRUSTe data privacy certification for Apps Marketplace apps
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Mini Moguls Fight Over Control of a Twitter Account
Discussion: Chris Pirillo
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