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2:25 PM ET, May 23, 2011

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Apple said to introduce curved-glass iPhone 5  —  There has been a fair amount of buzz on the iPhone 5, and the latest being circulated around the supply chain in Taiwan is that Apple is going to adopt a curved cover glass for its next generation model, according to industry sources.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple to Introduce a Curved-Glass iPhone 5?  —  Digitimes reports that according to industry sources, Apple is planning to adopt a “curved cover glass” for its next generation iPhone. … According to those same sources, Apple has purchased 200-300 glass cutting machines to be used by glass makers.
Discussion: Fast Company, Geek.com and GigaOM
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square's Disruptive New iPad Payments Service Will Replace Cash Registers  —  Mobile payments startup Square is announcing big numbers today—500,000 Square card readers shipped, 1 million Square transactions in May, and the startup is now processing $3 million in mobile payments per day.
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Matt Warman / Telegraph:
HP: ‘Touchpad will be better than number one’ tablet  —  HP talks up forthcoming Touchpad tablet ahead of European launch later in the year and announces first app partners  —  HP will emulate its PC market success in the tablet world when it launches the Touchpad over the summer, the company's European head Eric Cador has claimed.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Foursquare and Groupon Planning Distribution Deal  —  Daily deals leader Groupon and social location innovator Foursquare are in partnership talks, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.  —  The arrangement is likely to see Groupon deals targeted to Foursquare users' check-ins.
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
Over 500 new features coming in Windows Phone 7.5  —  Apologies for the low volume.  —  Microsoft has been speaking at the Japanese Microsoft Developer Forum 2011 and amongst the wide range of topics he covered he also spoke about the next version of Windows Phone 7.
Naked Security / Sophos:
Sony BMG Greece the latest hacked Sony site  —  In what seems to be a neverending nightmare it appears that the website of Sony BMG in Greece has been hacked and information dumped.  —  An anonymous poster has uploaded a user database to pastebin.com, including the usernames …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Social game leader CrowdStar raises $23M  —  Social game leader CrowdStar has raised $23 million in a first round of funding led by Intel Capital and Time Warner Investments.  The company plans to use the money to double its headcount and expand on a global scale.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon Almost Giving Away Lady Gaga's New Album  —  It's not free, but it's close: Amazon is selling digital downloads of “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga's newest album, for 99 cents.  —  That gets you 14 songs and a digital booklet.  The same album goes for $11.99 at Apple's iTunes …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ashton Kutcher Teams With UberMedia To Launch A.plus, His Own Custom Twitter App  —  Ashton Kutcher fans who can't get enough of the star on Twitter are about to get some very good news.  And the rest of you — even if you aren't necessarily huge Ashton fans — will want to pay attention too.
Discussion: AllThingsD and Techland
Michael Gartenberg / Macworld:
Apple keeps on giving lessons in retail  —  If you shop in the U.S., you're likely familiar with the Nordstrom brand.  It's not just another department store: It's a business with legendary customer support.  —  Nordstrom is noted for taking returns on everything they've sold for any reason.
Ty Burr / Boston Globe:
A movie lover's plea: Let there be light  —  Many theaters misuse 3-D lenses to show 2-D films, squandering brightness, color  —  As if rising ticket prices and chatterbox patrons weren't enough, moviegoers in the Boston area are being left in the dark thanks to the regular misuse of the lenses …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Foxconn closes its polishing plants; effect on iPad unclear  —  The explosion that killed three in Chengdu on Friday has been traced to a dust-collecting duct  —  Broken windows and twisted metal from the blast.  Photo: M.I.C. Gadget  —  There were several developments over the weekend following …
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Foxconn to Suppliers: iPad 2 Production (and Next iPhone?) Will Not Be Delayed Due to Explosion
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Sony estimates $3.2b loss this year, $171 million cost for PSN breach  —  It has not been a good year for Sony, which was affected both by the massive earthquake in March and the PSN outage that spanned from April into May.  There couldn't be any doubt that those things would have a drastic impact …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Fred Wilson More Or Less Confirms Twitter Stock Sale, Says Secondary Sales Often “Prudent”  —  To kick off TechCrunch Disrupt today in New York, Erick Schonfeld took the stage to interview investor Fred Wilson, of Union Square Ventures.  For background, Wilson was early investor in Twitter …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Livescribe Connects Its Digital Pen With Google Docs, Evernote  —  Livescribe, which is on pace to sell its one millionth digital pen this year is now making it a little easier to send its digital notes to other computer programs.  —  The company's signature product is a “smartpen” …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
ASUS gets Computex 2011 started early with a tablet teaser  —  Oh ASUS, what are you up to now?  The company that brought us the wildly popular Eee Pad Transformer has another new tablet brewing in its design labs, which we're promised we'll get to witness for the first time at Computex 2011.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Suit Claims Cisco Helped China Pursue Falun Gong  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Cisco, the maker of Internet routing gear, customized its technology to help China track members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, according to a federal lawsuit filed last week by members of the movement.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Toyota and Salesforce.com team up for in-car social networking service  —  It's perhaps not the most likely of companies to go into the social networking game, but Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has announced it's launching a social networking service of its very own.
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Skype President Looks Ahead  —  Since last October, Tony Bates has been doing a lot of high-level job hopping.  Last fall, he was recruited from Cisco Systems, where he was a senior vice president, by the investor group, led by Silver Lake Partners, that owns Skype.
Abe Murray / Google Book Search Blog:
Google eBooks: By the Numbers, Then and Now  —  It's been about six months since we launched Google eBooks.  Now, we're happy to report there are more than three million free Google eBooks available in the U.S. for your enjoyment and enlightenment (as compared to more than two million at launch).
Glenn Beck:
Glenn announces new digital discount site - Markdown.com!  —  Glenn and his company, Mercury Radio Arts, announce an exciting new business venture - Markdown.com!  —  Markdown is the latest addition to Glenn's expansive media business, and it represents his first venture into the “social buying” arena.
Joshua Brustein / Bits:
One on One: Jaron Lanier  —  Jaron Lanier, a partner architect at Microsoft Research, has had a long and varied career in technology.  Mr. Lanier popularized the term “virtual reality” in the 1980s and has worked for decades on computer science, physics and music.
 
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