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2:50 PM ET, May 23, 2011

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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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Mason Cohn / Fortune:
Dorsey's Square tries to eliminate the card swipe by bringing back the tab  —  Square is announcing two new services — Card Case and Square Register — hoping to reduce payment friction even more, on both ends of everyday transactions.  —  FORTUNE — Jack Dorsey hates receipts, but fans of his startup, Square, already knew that.
DigiTimes:
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?
Discussion: Fast Company, Geek.com and GigaOM
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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).
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
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
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.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
RIM under investigation for possible securities law violations  —  Atlanta, Georgia based law firm Holzer Holzer & Fistel, LLC announced on Monday that it has launched an investigation into possible federal securities law violations made by cell phone maker Research In Motion.
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” …
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.
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.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Jive Buys Microsoft Office Collaboration Plugin OffiSync For Up To $30 Million  —  Social enterprise giant Jive is continuing its shopping spree today, picking up OffiSync, an Israeli startup that adds a collaboration layer to Microsoft Office applications, we've confirmed.
Discussion: ReadWriteEnterprise and AllThingsD
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Facebook to assemble global team of ‘diplomats’  —  With 70 percent of its more than 600 million members outside the United States, Facebook is creating its own foreign service, hiring a network of ambassadors from India to Ireland to represent the Palo Alto-based social network with foreign governments and cultures.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
 
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Rent the Runway Gets $15 Million From Kleiner Perkins to Be the Netflix of Fashion
Discussion: TechCrunch and Bits
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Lerer Ventures Raises Second $25M Seed Fund for NYC Startups
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