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12:40 AM ET, May 24, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple says developers are licensed for Lodsys patents  —  In a letter sent to Lodsys on Monday, Apple asked that the company withdraw letters sent to app developers demanding they license the technology.  “Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patents and the App Makers are protected by that license …
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Mark Small / Macworld:
Full text: Apple Legal's letter to Lodsys  —  Dear Mr. Small: I write to you on behalf of Apple Inc. ("Apple") regarding your recent notice letters to application developers ("App Makers") alleging infringement of certain patents through the App Makers' use of Apple products and services for the marketing …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Analysis of Apple's letter to Lodsys  —  The first app devs to have received Lodsys's letter were only a few days away from a deadline to respond, and under that circumstance I already felt forced to recommend to app developers to be cooperative and ask Lodsys to provide its license agreement for review …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Ballmer says next-gen Windows systems due in 2012  —  During remarks at a developers conference in Japan on May 23, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer referred to the next version of Windows as “Windows 8.”  He also said the next generation of Windows systems will be out next year.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Windows 8 Could Make Its Public Debut Next Week  —  Windows chief Steven Sinofsky has just been confirmed to appear at the ninth D: AllThingsDigital conference next week, and the smart odds are that he'll use the high-profile event to give the public its first view of Windows 8, the next version of Microsoft's operating system.
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
Over 500 new features coming in Windows Phone 7.5
Laurie Segall / CNN Money:
Twitter acquires TweetDeck  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Twitter has acquired TweetDeck, an application for organizing the display of tweets, for more than $40 million in a mix of cash and stock, according to sources close to the deal.  —  TweetDeck has been the subject of speculation about deals for months.
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Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Deal Done: Twitter acquires TweetDeck for over $40m  —  Twitter has now closed the deal acquired TweetDeck for over $40 million in cash and stock, our sources report.  —  CNNMoney has also confirmed the deal.  —  TweetDeck is a Twitter client that brings more advanced management …
Discussion: Electronista
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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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: France Telecom CEO on Apple, Android and How You Can Kiss Your Unlimited Plan Goodbye  —  Stephane Richard knows a thing or two about the iPhone.  —  In addition to carrying one of Apple's iconic smartphones, Richard is also the CEO of France Telecom, whose networks carry traffic …
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 …
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Dennis Crouch / Patent Law Blog:
Apple Buys 200+ Patents from Freescale Semiconductor  —  Apple Inc. recently recorded the receipt of 200 patents and pending patent applications from the electronics company Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. Although not recorded until May 18, 2011, the assignment is dated April 11, 2011.
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Risks IPad Production Loss of 500,000 After Blast  —  Apple Inc. may face a production loss of 500,000 iPad 2 tablets after the explosion at Foxconn Technology Group's plant in Chengdu, China, according to research firm IHS ISuppli.  —  The drop in manufacturing will depend on how long …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo and Electronista
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Buys Sparkbuy: Comparison Shopping Site Now Closes, Team Remains  —  Google has acquired Sparkbuy, a comparison shopping site that has focused on laptops.  The site closed today as part of the purchase; the three person team will continue on with Google.  —  Was this a talent acquisition, then?
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Dell XPS 15z review  —  For years, Dell's been teasing supermodel-thin laptops, each one flawed out of the gate: too pricey, too underpowered, and with underwhelming battery life.  This time, Dell told us we'd get something different — a laptop without compromise.
Discussion: Crave, BGR and Crave
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Introducing Omar Hamoui's First Project From Churn Labs: Gnonstop Gnomes  —  When Omar Hamoui left Google a few months after selling AdMob to the search giant for $750 million, he set up shop with mobile engineer Mike Rowehl as Churn Labs.  Today at Disrupt NYC, we get to see the first product churned out by the labs: Gnonstop Gnomes.
Discussion: GigaOM
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The Infinite Version  —  One of the things I like most about Google's Chrome web browser is how often it is updated.  But now that Chrome has rocketed through eleven versions in two and a half years, the thrill of seeing that version number increment has largely worn off.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Zillow.com selects “Z” for ticker symbol, trims Q1 net loss  —  Zillow.com plans to trade on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the one letter ticker symbol Z when it expects to debut later this year.  That's slightly unusual, since most of the tickers on the exchange such as Microsoft (MSFT) …
Discussion: AllThingsD and Pulse2
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Do@ Gets $7 Million to Try to Disrupt Mobile Search  —  Search is a market many assume is over as far as startups are concerned.  After all, how could anyone compete with Google and Microsoft?  A new service called Do@ thinks there is still room to change the way we search, however …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Cheezburger CEO Planning WordPress-Style News 2.0 Software  —  Once you've built an empire of funny cat pictures and other user-generated comedy ephemera, what do you do next?  Ben Huh, CEO of the sprawling Cheezburger network of comedy websites, has begun discussing a side-project he's working on called The Moby Dick Project.
Discussion: benhuh!
Wall Street Journal:
Liberty Says Nook Inspired B&N Bid  —  Liberty Media Corp. executives laid out their rationale for their surprise bid for Barnes & Noble Inc., touting the potential of the bookseller's Nook e-reader and the vast network of retail stores it can use to promote it.
Discussion: Electronista
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
T-Mobile doubles 4G network speed to 42Mbps in 55 markets, launches Rocket 3.0 data stick  —  T-Mobile has just announced that the carrier is doubling the 4G network speed to a whopping 42Mbps in 55 markets.  In addition to bumping the network's speed, T-Mobile is also launching a new product, the Rocket 3.0 USB data stick.
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).
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Fusion-Io to Be Worth Up to $1.17 Billion in Initial Share Sale  —  Fusion-io Inc., a maker of flash- memory technology for companies including Facebook Inc., plans to sell shares in its initial public offering for $13 to $15 apiece, valuing the company at as much as $1.17 billion.
Discussion: AllThingsD
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Revamped Yahoo Mail Peels Off Beta Stamp  —  Yahoo announced late on Monday that it is ready with a final version of its updated mail software in an effort to regain momentum in the free Webmail arena, where it competes with Google and Microsoft.  —  In addition to offering speed improvements …
 
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Electronista:
Toshiba backing out on Chromebooks and Windows 7 tablets
Discussion: DigiTimes and GottaBeMobile
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
YouTube Extends Plans for Ads Before Videos
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:beet_tv
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Sonar Finds You The Most Relevant People In The Room
Discussion: App Advice and Gizmodo
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Updated: Cisco Shuts Down Eos Social Platform
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Google Grabs P&G Exec to Head Sales for YouTube
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Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
T-Mobile lauches new individual and family plans right on schedule
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
One Year Later, AdMob Making Its Mark on Google
Discussion: Inside Mobile Apps
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Facebook to assemble global team of ‘diplomats’
Discussion: All Facebook and techPresident
Ty Burr / Boston Globe:
A movie lover's plea: Let there be light
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