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8:30 PM ET, May 26, 2011

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The Official Google Blog:
Coming soon: make your phone your wallet  —  Today in our New York City office, along with Citi, MasterCard, First Data and Sprint, we gave a demo of Google Wallet, an app that will make your phone your wallet.  You'll be able to tap, pay and save using your phone and near field communication (NFC).
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Bloomberg:
PayPal Sues Google, Saying It Misappropriated Trade Mobile-Payment Secrets  —  PayPal Inc., the fastest-growing unit at online marketplace EBay Inc. (EBAY), sued Google Inc. claiming it misappropriated trade secrets from PayPal's mobile-payment business.  —  Osama Bedier, a former PayPal executive …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Gives Everyone $10 to Try New Google Wallet...but There's a Catch … Google's NFC-enabled mobile wallet was announced this morning in partnership with mobile operator Sprint, issuing bank Citi and payment network MasterCard.  But did you know that you don't have to be a Citi card holder to try the service?
Discussion: paidContent and @graywolf
Ellis Hamburger / SAI:
Google Introduces Google Wallet, Works At Over 300,000 Mastercard PayPass Merchant Locations
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google Wallet: Handicapping why it will (and won't) work
Zohair Hyder / Gmail Blog:
Introducing the people widget  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Enterprise Blog)  —  Email is just as much about the people you communicate with as it is what you communicate about.  We think it can be helpful to view relevant information in context, which is why over the next two weeks we're rolling …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Gmail's ‘People Widget’ Takes On Rapportive, No Browser Plugin Required
Discussion: The Next Web
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Mark Zuckerberg's new challenge: Eating only what he kills (and yes, we do mean literally...)  —  Last year Mark Zuckerberg set out to learn Chinese.  Now he's determined to get in touch with his food.  If the goats, lobsters and chickens of Silicon Valley aren't trembling, they should be.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Amazon launches Mac Download Store  —  Amazon already has a mobile App Store, but the company on Thursday launched the Mac Download Store.  —  Competing directing with Apple's Mac Store, Amazon says its store has 250 of the biggest software and game titles available for Mac.
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Microsoft board backs Ballmer over Einhorn  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's board stood behind Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer on Thursday, defending its longtime leader after influential hedge fund manager David Einhorn touched off a debate by calling for his dismissal.
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Ryan Block / gdgt:
It's time for Bill Gates to come back to Microsoft.  —  This has not been Steve Ballmer's week.  Well, it hasn't really been his half-decade, but it's really not been his week: first, long-time industry stalwart IBM takes Microsoft's place behind Apple as the second most valuable technology company …
Dmitry Shapiro / Altly Blog:
The need for an Alternative to Facebook  —  For those of us that don't like to read, you can find a Summary of this post here.  —  Over the last few years, we have entered an important new era of digital communication.  Social Networking is allowing us to communicate with each other in ways …
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Ex-Myspace Exec to Launch Facebook Alternative With Funding From DFJ
Discussion: Tools, TechCrunch and Pulse2
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Now You Can See Twitter The Way I See Twitter  —  Twitter has just rolled out a nifty little feature.  Now on anyone's profile, when click on the “Following” link, you'll be able to see exactly how they see Twitter.  In other words, you can see the same timeline of tweets that they see when they're looking at their main feed.
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter adds a “stumble” button to shuffle through people's timelines
Discussion: AllTwitter
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Slams Man Who Claims Ownership  —  Facebook on Thursday answered the New York wood pellet salesman who claims he owns a good part of Facebook.  And it doesn't mince words.  —  On the heels of the Winklevoss twins, who have claimed for years that they came up with the idea for Facebook …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Blacklists, ahoy!  PROTECT IP Act sails on to Senate floor  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning unanimously approved the PROTECT IP Act by a voice vote after a brief markup; the hugely controversial Internet blacklisting bill now moves to the Senate floor with minimal changes, and may—or may not—soon come to a vote.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Sen. Ron Wyden places a “hold” on the PROTECT IP Act
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Wall Street Journal:
Ballmer Details China Piracy Problems  —  BEIJING—Microsoft Corp.'s revenue in China this year will be about 5% of what it gets in the U.S. even though personal-computer sales in the two countries are almost equal, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said in remarks that offer new details on the software giant's struggle with piracy.
Business Week:
Apple's Deals May Transform Digital Music  —  The company's plan for “digital lockers” is winning over the major music labels  —  Compared with buying e-books, building a digital music collection is a hassle.  E-books zip directly to reading devices like the Kindle and Nook and are backed up …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Files Lawsuit Against Teenager Who Sold White iPhone 4 Conversion Kits, Settlement Reached?  —  Last November, we highlighted the story of New York City teenager Fei Lam, who had managed to sell $130,000 worth of white iPhone 4 parts in just a few months to customers eager to get their hands …
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Announces APIs Scheduled for Shutdown  —  Google made a number of API-related announcements at Google I/O earlier this month, including a new Books API, an API discovery service, and a more widely available Places API.  —  But as the list of Google's APIs continues to grow …
Discussion: Google Code Blog
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft To Show Tablet Software Next Week  —  Microsoft Windows chief Steve Sinofsky will show Microsoft's upcoming tablet software at the AllThingsDigital D:9 conference next week, according to sources who spoke to Bloomberg (no link because its on the Bloomberg terminal).
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Pandora Pre-IPO Numbers Getting Bigger and Bigger  —  Here's some red meat for investors thinking about buying into Pandora's IPO: Go-go growth numbers for the company's first three months of 2011.  —  Pandora says revenue, users, and usage are all way, way up, driven primarily …
Discussion: Techland
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Intel might make chips based on non-Intel cores  —  (Reuters) - Intel would consider making silicon for rivals, saying that any proposal to use its manufacturing capacity to make chips based on a non-Intel processor core would trigger an “in-depth discussion.”
Todd Haselton / BGR:
T-Mobile working on G2x software fix, Gingerbread coming by summer  —  Earlier this week TmoNews suggested that T-Mobile may have started to pull the G2x from store shelves due to performance issues.  T-Mobile confirmed with BGR on Wednesday that the unit was simply missing from shelves due to “high demand” and “inventory constraints.”
 
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Lee Hower / Fortune:
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Samsung Galaxy S outsells the iPhone in Japan during Q1 2011
Peter Parkes / Heartbeat:
[UPDATED] Problems signing into Skype and making calls for a small number of users
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Square's name and design were changed by a lunch at Apple
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