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6:20 PM ET, May 21, 2011

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to Update ‘Apple Store’ iOS App With Full Build-to-Order Mac Customization Options  —  It is becoming clear that Apple is planning to roll out a number of changes to its store functionalities this weekend, including both online and brick-and-mortar purchasing platforms.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
A New Patent Application from Apple Introduces us to a Breakthrough Platform Independent Word Processor  —  Just last week we presented a report about Apple advancing the design of a possible future Post-PC hybrid system.  We also noted that it was Steve Jobs who made this term of “Post PC era” …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and 9 to 5 Mac
Kevin Fogarty / CoreIT:
Netflix isn't swamping the Internet; ISPs are overstating their congestion problems  —  Netflix is popular, but almost all its traffic is last mile — not the backbone ISPs whine about  —  A report issued Tuesday showing Netflix makes up a third of total Internet traffic is inaccurate enough …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mozilla follows Chrome with add-on to hide navigation bar  —  As we showed you yesterday, recent prerelease builds of Chrome 13 have an experimental new user interface option that allows users to hide the navigation bar.  But Google isn't the only browser vendor trying to shed toolbar pixels.
David Talbot / Technology Review:
Anatomy of a Spam Viagra Purchase  —  A sample of spam transactions finds most pass through just three banks, study finds.  —  What happens if you buy something advertised on a spam email?  This graphic shows the flow of Internet traffic and money following a purchase of Viagra from a spam email.
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
U.S. lagging in broadband adoption, speed: FCC report  —  The United States continues to lag behind other countries in broadband adoption and download speeds, according to a report released by the Federal Communications Commission on Friday.  Based on broadband data from Organization …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Rapid-release idea spreads to Firefox 5 beta  —  Mozilla released a beta version of Firefox yesterday, its first on a new quick-release plan intended to bring features to browser users and Web developers sooner.  —  Firefox 5 beta's big new feature is support for CSS animations …
Electronista:
Intel preps 1.7GHz, 1.8GHz Core i5, i7 ideal for MacBook Air  —  Intel is gearing up a new round of ultra-low voltage processors based on Sandy Bridge that would be an ideal fit for a new MacBook Air.  A leak this week has shown a trio of Core i5 and i7 models that would all be faster than the 1.4GHz to 1.6GHz chips on offer now.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Hulu Plus on TiVo promos pop up in stores and online, suggest launch soon  —  Although TiVo announced it would offer Hulu Plus back in September we're still waiting for it to arrive on those Premiere DVRs.  Twitter user @dlayphoto spotted these materials in their local Best Buy promising six months …
Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central:
Android Market's new movie rental service blocked from rooted devices  —  We can't make this up people.  According to Google, who gets to make the rules since it's their service, rooted devices are not supported by the Android Markets new movie rental service “due to requirements related to copyright protection”.
Discussion: Neowin.net and GottaBeMobile
Kyle Orland / Gamasutra:
Microsoft To Offer Students Free Xbox 360 With Windows 7 PC Purchase  —  Microsoft today announced it will start offering a free, 4 GB Xbox 360 S — a roughly $200 value — to qualifying students who purchase a Windows 7 PC for $699 or more over the summer.  —  The offer, which runs …
 
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Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard's Haas, Iannotti Depart Amid Management Shuffle
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Some Sprint customers seeing overage charges due to Google Voice integration
Discussion: Examiner, Thanks:arkanciscan
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
IBM Ups Big Data Bet with New Software, $100 Million in Research
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Congress probes FCC Commissioner's departure to Comcast
 Earlier Items: 
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
On Copyright, Eric Schmidt Is Right and Britain Is Wrong
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Apple Says Working With Foxconn To Explore Cause of China Explosion
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter's First CTO Greg Pass Steps Down
Discussion: Pulse2, Neowin.net, ReadWriteWeb and SAI