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6:35 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.
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.
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Nick Bilton / New York Times:   This Is Your Brain on Twitter
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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Twitter's S**t Sandwich  —  Twitter today announced new finer-grained control over third-party API access to direct messages: … That's good news on the surface — it means you can use services and apps that require your Twitter credentials without granting those services/apps access to your private direct messages.
Discussion: The Business Insider
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Twitter Revokes Automatic 3rd Party DM Access, Gives Users More Details On App Permissions
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 carouse with Facebook honchos, invite them to your dad's Mediterranean party palace …
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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 and USA Today
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Buyers of Web Start-Ups, Goal Is Corralling Young Talent
Discussion: TechFlash
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
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.
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 …
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.”
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
LinkedIn Will Price at $45 a Share (Yes, That Would Be a $4.5B Valuation)  —  According to a press release about to post, LinkedIn will price its shares at $45 each in its IPO tomorrow.  —  The price, at the top of its range, will give the Silicon Valley business networking company a $4.5 billion valuation.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Yahoo Buys Advertising Platform 5to1 For $28 Million  —  Yahoo has just announced that it will be acquiring advertising platform 5to1 for $28 million.  —  5to1 first launched at TechCrunch50 in September 2009, and raised around $13 million in various rounds of funding.
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 …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 delayed to June 29 … Microsoft revealed on Wednesday that it has delayed its Windows Phone 7 release of Angry Birds.  —  The software giant had previously promised that Angry Birds would be made available on May 25.  Joe Belfiore, who oversees Windows Phone …
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.
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.
Ellis Hamburger / SAI:
Trade In All Your Old Gadgets For Cash At Amazon  —  Hot on the heels of T-Mobile's new trade-in program, Amazon just announced that it's expanding its trade-in business to include electronics like tablets, phones, cameras, MP3 players, and more.  —  All you need to do is head to Amazon's trade …
Discussion: Amazon.com, Tech Trader Daily and Tools
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 …
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Toshiba declares victory in pixel density war: 367ppi coming to a phone this year (video)  —  We got the lowdown on Toshiba's latest four-inch LCD a couple of days ago, and today at SID 2011 we got up close and personal with the pixel-packed display.  It's one thing to read about a 367ppi screen …
Discussion: BGR, Crave and 9 to 5 Mac
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Bill Gates: “The PC Is The Tablet”  —  Bill Gates took to the BBC last night to talk about his philanthropic efforts, but the conversation naturally turned to Microsoft and Gates was quick to defend the company's mobile efforts.  —  When the interviewer suggested that we're in a post-PC era …
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Has Twitter Eclipsed 300 Million Users?  —  Twitter's rapid growth shows no signs of slowing.  As of today it looks like the messaging service has eclipsed 300 million accounts and is growing at a rate of close to three-quarters of a million accounts daily.  —  TwopCharts has the numbers.
Discussion: SAI and PC Magazine
 
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Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Gilt Groupe Launches High-End Grocery. Two Steaks for $180 Anyone?
Discussion: Mashable!, TechCrunch and VatorNews
Bloomberg:
Millennial Media Is Said to Talk With Banks About IPO as Mobile Ads Surge
Discussion: SAI and @pkafka
Joshua Sabatini / San Francisco Examiner:
San Francisco supervisors approve 6-year break on stock-option taxes
Discussion: bizjournals, SFGate and SF Appeal
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Amazon to Run SAP Applications in the Cloud
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
Investment firm launches Twitter-based hedge fund
Discussion: Mashable!
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
WhereBerry Co-founder Explains Why He Left Google to Do a Social Start-up
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Pablo Villalba / Teambox Blog:
Why Google's hiring process is broken
Discussion: SAI
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple LTE-enabled iPhone Due in 2012, iPhone 4S Preparations for September 2011
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
More app developers sued over patent claims
Discussion: FOSS Patents and ReadWriteWeb