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9:55 PM ET, May 24, 2011

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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.
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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 …
Apple:
How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware  —  A recent phishing scam has targeted Mac users by redirecting them from legitimate websites to fake websites which tell them that their computer is infected with a virus.  The user is then offered Mac Defender “anti-virus” software to solve the issue.
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Steven Sande / TUAW:
Apple: Mac OS X update coming to block MacDefender malware
Discussion: The Loop and ReadWriteWeb
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.
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Ari Levy / Bloomberg:   Zynga Is Said to Plan an Initial Share Sale by End of June
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
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Windows Phone ‘Mango’ search offers location-specific results, app integration (video)
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 …
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, TUAW and MacStories
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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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 …
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.
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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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Latest Data Center Is Cooled Entirely With Ocean Water  —  Google has opened the kimono a little bit on its data center design since Facebook launched its open-source data center project a couple months ago.  —  First, there was an unprecedented video showing how Google handles security at its data centers.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
If You Don't Mind the Ads, Amazon Offers 3G Kindle for $164  —  Trying hard to stand out from all the e-reader news from the past two days, Amazon says it is cutting the price of its 3G Kindle to $164.  —  The $25 price difference is being made possible through the introduction of advertising on the platform.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 and The Next Web
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.
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.
 
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
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Discussion: Digits
Jesse Hicks / Engadget:
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Discussion: ZDNet
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Discussion: Bloomberg, Reuters and PE Hub Blog
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