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5:45 PM ET, May 24, 2011

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Bloomberg:
Google to Unveil Mobile-Payment Service  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) plans to unveil a mobile- payment service May 26 that will be available on phones from Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), three people familiar with the matter said.  —  The service will let consumers with specially equipped phones that run …
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Google Will Reveal Mobile Wallet Ambitions on Thursday (And Will Demo More at D9)  —  At an event on Thursday, Google will unveil a mobile wallet offering that will allow consumers to make payments with their mobile phone.  —  The company's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will also give …
Discussion: IntoMobile, TechCrunch and Gizmodo
Wall Street Journal:
Google to Unveil Mobile Payments Platform
Discussion: mocoNews
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Windows Phone ‘Mango’ search offers location-specific results, app integration (video)  —  Windows Phone's latest iteration (codename Mango) is all about keeping it in the hood.  We had a chance to sit down with a Windows Phone rep before today's big reveal, and they let us in on a couple …
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Microsoft:
A First Look at the Next Release of Windows Phone  —  Windows Phone “Mango” connects smartphone users to people, apps and the Internet faster and easier.  —  Microsoft today provided the first official look at the next release of Windows Phone, code named “Mango.”
Matt Bencke / Windows Phone Developer Blog:
Developer News: Beta Mango Tools Available Today  —  Today Microsoft is showing off many of the new features coming in the next version of Windows Phone, code named Mango.  We highlighted a few features like hardware accelerated IE9 with HTML5, increased multitasking capabilities and the addition …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble announces new touch-enabled Nook for $139 (video)  —  Not to be outdone by Kobo which just unleashed it's latest E Ink reader yesterday the folks at Barnes & Noble are back with the latest update to their line of Nook devices.  The “all new” Nook is boast the same Zeforce infrared touch layer …
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Rich Trenholm / Crave:
Apple forces Samsung to hand over Galaxy prototypes in legal spat … Apple's legal battle with Samsung has taken a new twist.  The California outfit is suing the Korean corporation over alleged copying of Apple products in Samsung's Android range, and a federal court is forcing Samsung …
Tim Bradshaw / FT Tech Hub:
Sarkozy riles Internet CEOs at e-G8  —  The opening address at the e-G8 conference in Paris from the French president certainly woke up the assembled digerati.  —  John Perry Barlow, co-founder of open-internet campaigner Electronic Frontier Foundation, set the tone when he tweeted …
Discussion: @jpbarlow and Telegraph
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Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Little divides Apple, music publishers on cloud deal  —  Hopes are high in the music sector that Apple will have all the licenses it needs to launch a cloud-music service in time for the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, which starts on June 6.  —  Negotiations between Apple …
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Apple's First CEO Michael Scott  —  When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple in 1976, they couldn't be trusted to run the company.  —  So, Mike Markkula, Apple's first backer, and the man that guided the company early on, brought in a CEO to do the adult things needed to keep a company running.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Getaround, The AirBnb For Cars, Finally Launches  —  In the collaborative consumption space with startups like AirBnb and TaskRabbit, Getaround is a car rental market place where you can rent a car by the day, hour or week through a smartphone app.  Getaround's all inclusive package …
Discussion: VentureBeat, GigaOM and MacStories
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
EXPOSED: The Sleazy Tactics Brokerage Firms Are Using To Make Silicon Valley Employees Rich  —  Employees at hot Silicon Valley companies are once again getting rich selling stock.  —  This time, they're doing it even without their companies - Facebook, Groupon, Twitter and others - going public.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's iTunes store: 500,000 iOS apps and counting  —  Less than three years after it opened for business, the App Store hit the half-million mark  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: 148Apps, Chomp and Chillingo  —  Here's a nice round number likely to be trotted out at the Apple's (AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Naked Security / Sophos:
Sony Music Japan hacked through SQL injection flaw  —  Another day, another attack on Sony.  I reported yesterday on the SQL injection attack exposing user information on SonyMusic.gr and today attackers have found flaws in SonyMusic.co.jp.  —  The Hacker News sent us a tip this evening documenting …
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
The Truth About Square  —  There's lots of talk today on mobile payment processor Square's outstanding results.  500,000 readers shipped, 1 million transactions so far this month, $3 million in transactions per day.  —  That's impressive.  There really is a real need out there for the everyday consumer …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Hurt Locker Makers Target Record Breaking 24,583 BitTorrent Users  —  March last year the law firm Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver imported the mass litigation “pay up or else” anti-piracy scheme to the United States.  —  The initial customers of the lawyers - who are also known as the U.S. Copyright Group …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Why The New York Times replaced its Twitter ‘cyborg’ with people this week  —  The New York Times is turning off the automatic feed for its main Twitter account this week in an experiment to determine if a human-run, interactive approach will be more effective.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Apple continues to tell support reps: do not help with Mac malware  —  How is Apple responding to the flood of customer calls about installations of the Mac Defender malware?  —  According to multiple tech support insiders, the company has doubled down on its policy of denying any help to affected customers.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
80% of Mobile Video Views Happen on Apple Devices  —  Mobile video is still a small part of overall online viewing, but it's a part that Apple dominates, according to a new report by video monetization startup FreeWheel.  In its Q1 2011 Video Monetization Report, FreeWheel said the vast majority …
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Cray launches XK6 “hybrid” supercomputer, 50 petaflops on tap  —  Seattle supercomputer maker Cray is joining the hybrid craze with an amazing new machine that combines AMD x86 processors with Nvidia graphics processors.  —  The Cray XK6 scales up to more than 50 petaflops of processing capability.
Discussion: The Register and Computerworld
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Tests User Page Recommendations  —  Facebook has begun testing a new feature that enables users to recommend pages to their friends as they're browsing around the site.  —  While page administrators could always suggest their own content to friends, Facebook never asked users to promote other pages before.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yandex Opens At $35 Per Share With A $11.2B Market Cap (Bigger Than LinkedIn)  —  After pricing its IPO at $25 per share a few hours before the market opened, the Russian search giant's share price jumped close to 40% immediately after its flotation.  —  The price per share opened this morning at $35 …
Cortney Fielding / GigaOM:
At Dropbox, Over 100 Billion Files Served-And Counting  —  Once upon a time, in the year 2007, Dropbox consisted of two engineers coding in their boxers out of a shared apartment in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.  To co-founder and CEO Drew Houston, launching a successful company …
Discussion: Mashable! and Softpedia News
Jesse Hicks / Engadget:
Entourage shuts down Edge content store, devices reportedly discontinued  —  It seems natural selection has finally caught up with the Entourage Edge.  When we first reviewed the combination touchscreen/E Ink “dualbook,” we wondered whether its neither-fish-nor-fowl design would catch on — especially priced at $500.
Discussion: ZDNet and GottaBeMobile
 
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AdAge:
More Shoppers Trust the Internet Than TV
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel offers cloud service for small businesses
Discussion: PC Magazine and Digits
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
SV Angel Partners with Lerer Ventures to Cross Syndicate Valley/NYC Deals
Discussion: NYConvergence.com
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Ahead Of IPO, Brightcove Launches A Whole New Business Making Apps
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's Paul Graham: We're Looking For People Like Us
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Brian Heater / Engadget:
Sony shows off, folds up super flexible organic TFT display
Bryce Roberts / BRYCE DOT VC:
Fear of a VC Monoculture
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Oh, @#$%, Half Of Facebookers' Walls Have Profanity
Discussion: MediaPost and WebProNews
Paul Hontz / The Startup Foundry:
Why two engineers left Apple to build a Flash alternative: The Hype (YC W11) story
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and RazorianFly
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Motorola confirms Gingerbread for Droid X, Droid Pro, Droid 2, and Droid 2 Global
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Output May Drop 500,000 IPads
Laurie Segall / CNN Money:
Twitter acquires TweetDeck
 

 
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