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3:30 PM ET, May 24, 2011


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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 …
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 …
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.”
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 …
Doug Aamoth / Techland:   Google to Partner with Sprint for Mobile Payments on Thursday?
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 …
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 droll, adult things needed to keep a company running.
Discussion: MacStories and iClarified
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: Telegraph, @jpbarlow and The Next Web
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 and today attackers have found flaws in  —  The Hacker News sent us a tip this evening documenting …
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 …
Paul Hontz / The Startup Foundry:
Why two engineers left Apple to build a Flash alternative: The Hype (YC W11) story  —  Hype is an HTML5 Animation Builder for Mac OS X. It allows you to build interactive sites in HTML5 that rivals Flash.  Hype launched last Friday and they are already the top grossing app on the mac app store.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
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.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
AirPlay for Windows Media Center does exactly what you're thinking it does  —  This isn't the first time Windows has been invited to the AirPlay party, but Thomas Pleasance's AirPlay for Windows Media Center addin seems to already be one of the smoother combinations we've seen and it's still in beta.
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
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Microsoft appeals against EU antitrust fine  —  (Reuters) - An 899 million euro ($1.3 billion) antitrust fine imposed by EU regulators was excessive, Microsoft told an EU court on Tuesday, in a case expected to draw a line under its decade-long battle in Europe.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lark's Silent Alarm And Sleep Monitoring System Lands At Apple Retail Stores  —  Lark, a silent waking system that wakes you silently and naturally, is announcing big news today.  After launching at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco last Fall, the company is announcing the public availability …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's Paul Graham: We're Looking For People Like Us  —  The second day of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC just kicked off with a bang as Y Combinator cofounder Paul Graham sat down with world-renowned interviewer and journalist Charlie Rose.  The topic of conversation: what is Paul Graham looking …
Discussion: AllThingsD and SAI
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Sony shows off, folds up super flexible organic TFT display  —  E-reader manufacturers are doing their darnedest to get their devices to behave more like the old fashioned books we've all since abandoned, but we won't be happy until we can roll one up and stuff it in our back pockets, paperback-style.
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
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