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1:30 AM ET, May 18, 2011

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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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Gavin Clarke / The Register:   Gates defends Ballmer's Skype gamble
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.
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:   The secret behind the iPhone 4′s noise cancellation technology revealed
Universitat Ulm:
The Insecurity of Google's ClientLogin Protocol  —  In a recent blog post Dan Wallach outlined some of the risks of using Android smartphones in open Wifi networks.  He found that some Android applications transmit data in the clear, allowing an attacker to eavesdrop any transmitted information.
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
99% of Android phones leak secret account credentials
Matt Ziegelbaum / Docs Blog:
Summarize your data with pivot tables  —  Starting today, we're rolling out pivot tables in Google spreadsheets.  Pivot tables make it easy to process and summarize large data sets in seconds.  Check out the video below for a look at how pivot tables work in Google spreadsheets:
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?
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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Exclusive: Samsung ‘Hercules’ for T-Mobile is like a dual-core Infuse 4G
Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Make a Few Versions of New Windows, Intel Says  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will make multiple versions of its next Windows operating system, with four that work on ARM Holdings Plc (ARM) technology, according to an Intel Corp. (INTC) executive.  —  The version designed for Intel chips …
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Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Intel says smartphones to be on sale early in 2012
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.
Discussion: mocoNews and AdAge
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.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
What app developers need to know about Lodsys and the in-app upgrade button patent problem  —  I previously commented on the fact that Lodsys contacted various iOS app developers with claims of patent infringement and published a rebuttal of Lodsys's defense of its business model.
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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
Royal Pingdom:
Apple staff raking in the cash: $419,528 profit per head  —  Apple earned a massive profit of $419,528 per employee in the past 12 months.  That beats Google, Microsoft, Intel and a bunch of other big tech companies by quite some margin.  —  One reason (of several) that profit per employee …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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 Internet traffic in the U.S., according to a new report by Sandvine.  The streaming video service now accounts for 29.7 percent …
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 …
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.
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.
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Nokia N9 Teaser Ad Appears (Video) [Update x2]  —  Less than a week after we saw it unexpectedly pop up in the FCC database, the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 (N950?) has appeared in a professional-looking teaser commercial (clip embedded below), further suggesting that not only is this handset still destined …
Pete Warden / O'Reilly Radar:
Why you can't really anonymize your data  —  One of the joys of the last few years has been the flood of real-world datasets being released by all sorts of organizations.  These usually involve some record of individuals' activities, so to assuage privacy fears, the distributors will claim …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Files “Noteworthy” Trademark for New iPhone App  —  It appears that Apple may want to drum up a little more mystery and excitement going into this year's WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference) on June 6, 2011.  Today, the European Trademark Office has revealed Apple's latest “Noteworthy” trademark filing.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacRumors, Pulse2 and App Advice
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.
Discussion: Tumblr Staff, Betabeat and Techie Buzz
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
US warns: hack us, and we might bomb you  —  The US revealed its “International Strategy for Cyberspace” (PDF) yesterday.  It's mostly blather about how terrific “cyberspace” is, but it gets more specific on a few key issues like national defense.  Could our next war start because of a hack?
Discussion: Bloomberg, Pulse2 and Gizmodo
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google leases new campus across Hwy. 101 in Mountain View  —  Google (GOOG) will complete the biggest hiring year in its history by occupying a new campus of up to nine buildings, extending its growing real estate footprint for the first time across Highway 101 in Mountain View as it leases …
Discussion: SAI
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Mini Moguls Fight Over Control of a Twitter Account  —  It's the most adorable tech lawsuit ever!  The family of the teenage founder of a popular Twitter account is suing his business partner for squeezing him out.  Kids these days.  —  17-year-old Adorian Deck (left, above) …
 
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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
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Owns 90% Of Search Market In Latin America, comScore Says
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Almost Half Of All Online Orders Now Include Free Shipping
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Google adds Kansas City, MO to list of Kansas Cities covered by ultra high-speed internet (video)
 Earlier Items: 
Scott McMullan / Google Enterprise Blog:
Introducing TRUSTe data privacy certification for Apps Marketplace apps
Mat Honan / Epicenter:
The Lost Origin of Twitter
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Verizon sues FCC on data-roaming rule
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft customer satisfaction hits new high as Windows 7 takes hold
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Proposes Standard for Smaller SIM Cards to Make Even Thinner iPhones