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7:10 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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Wall Street Journal:
Google to Unveil Mobile Payments Platform  —  Google Inc. on Thursday is expected to disclose details about how consumers will be able to make store purchases, redeem coupons, and get loyalty points by waving Android-powered smartphones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter, said people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: IntoMobile, mocoNews, TechCrunch and Gizmodo
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.”
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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 …
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 …
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
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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.
Discussion: App Advice and MacStories
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 …
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Apple: Mac OS X update coming to block MacDefender malware  —  Tipster TJ just pointed us to a new Apple Support knowledge base article that describes how to avoid and remove the MacDefender malware.  It's largely the same information that we have in our removal guide, but it's good to see that Apple …
Discussion: The Loop, The Next Web and ReadWriteWeb
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Apple:
How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware
Discussion: MacStories
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 …
Sean P. Aune / TechnoBuffalo:
Verizon Droid 3 Details Leak  —  Rumors of the Motorola Droid 3 has been floating around for a while now, and while pictures have been nice, what's been lacking confirmation on the spec details.  Now, thanks to a reliable tipster with a history of providing us with confirmed information …
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.
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Zynga About to File for IPO  —  Zynga is poised to file for its initial public offering, according to sources close to the situation.  —  The filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission could come as early as this week, or next week at the latest.
Discussion: The Business Insider
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.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Exclusive: Microsoft loses last Xbox founder, mobile PC visionary  —  It's the end of an era at Microsoft today.  —  Otto Berkes, the last of the original Xbox founders still at the company, submitted his resignation this afternoon.  —  Berkes went on to lead development of a new category …
Discussion: mocoNews
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.
AdAge:
More Shoppers Trust the Internet Than TV  —  In the Game of Shopping, the Web Is the Source for Facts  —  Shopping is no longer a chore.  It's a scavenger hunt where the win is defined as consumers finding deals that feel specially tailored for them or when they feel they've somehow out smarted their fellow shopper.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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
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 …
 
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Jesse Hicks / Engadget:
Entourage shuts down Edge content store, devices reportedly discontinued
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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SV Angel Partners with Lerer Ventures to Cross Syndicate Valley/NYC Deals
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At Dropbox, Over 100 Billion Files Served-And Counting
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Opera Mini for iPad Now Available
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Sony shows off, folds up super flexible organic TFT display
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