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7:15 AM ET, May 28, 2011


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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Bit More On WWDC, The Mythical iPhone “4S”, and iOS 5  —  With WWDC quickly approaching, the rumor mills are heating up with what we should expect at Apple's annual conference known for big announcements.  We've learned a little bit more that speaks to what to expect — including a couple of big, widely-requested things.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iOS 5 to Bring Revamped Notification System and Widgets?  —  TechCrunch reports on some of the discussion surrounding Apple's apparent efforts to encourage members of the international press to attend its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) early next month, disagreeing with the assessment …
Discussion: RazorianFly, and SAI
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
A MacBook with Apple inside?  Intel begs to differ  —  Rumors about Apple developing a MacBook with one of its own chips—not Intel's—were advanced on Friday, based on a post at a Japanese-language Web site.  An Intel executive had some thoughts on the subject.
Discussion: Electronista, Fast Company and
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Rumor: Apple testing new MacBook Air powered by same A5 processor as iPad 2
Exclusive: Hackers breached U.S. defense contractors  —  (Reuters) - Unknown hackers have broken into the security networks of Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) and several other U.S. military contractors, a source with direct knowledge of the attacks told Reuters.
Kim-Mai Cutler / Inside Mobile Apps:
Paypal-Google Lawsuit Reveals More About How Android Market Deal Went Awry  —  Mobile developers for months have wondered why a long anticipated Paypal integration in Android Market never came to fruition.  With Paypal owner eBay's recent lawsuit against Google, we now have a partial answer.
Discussion: Techdirt, and TechSpot
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Microsoft has received five times more income from Android than from Windows Phone … HTC Pays Microsoft $5 Per Android Phone, Says Citi.  —  A rough estimate of the number of HTC Android devices shipped is 30 million.  If HTC paid $5 per unit to Microsoft, that adds up to $150 million Android revenues for Microsoft.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
HTC Pays Microsoft $5 Per Android Phone, Says Citi
Glenn Peoples / Billboard.Biz:
How Many Millions Did Amazon Lose on Two Days of 99 Cent Lady Gaga Sales?  —  Christmas came early for Lady Gaga fans this week, as Amazon sold downloads of the singer's brand-new LP, “Born This Way,” for just 99 cents on Monday and Thursday of this week.  —  Industry sources told …
Discussion: AllThingsD
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Still Has No iPad App But They're Building A Desktop Software Team?!  —  Facebook has no iPad app.  It's ridiculous.  Their iPhone app is the most downloaded app in the history of apps.  And third-party iPad apps (many of which aim to trick users) constantly dominate the top 10 lists for both free and paid apps.
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Reaches New High Of $87.5 Billion  —  Facebook stock closed at $35 in an auction on SharesPost yesterday.  That means the company's value has reached a new high of $87.5 billion, assuming the company still has 2.5 billion outstanding shares.  —  This closing price marks a $3 rise …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Facebook: Ceglia Lawsuit Is A Fraud, Contract Is A ‘Cut-And-Paste Job’  —  Last month, Paul Ceglia's lawsuit saying he owns half of Facebook got the attention of the national and international press, mainly because the suit includes several alleged email exchanges between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Ceglia.
Alex Howard / O'Reilly Radar:
At the eG8, 20th century ideas clashed with the 21st century economy  —  The scene was set, the players chosen.  Amidst the gorgeous environs of the Tuileries Gardens next to the Louvre in Paris, an immense pavilion and grand dais would host a global conversation on the growing role …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Google, Facebook lose social network patent ruling  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc and Facebook Inc failed to win dismissal of a lawsuit by a New York company related to software designed to let people take part on social networks through their mobile phones.  —  Wireless Ink Corp …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Pulse2 and Electronista
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple to announce back to school special at WWDC?  $200 off an iPad or free iPod touch?  —  One of our Apple sources has informed us that they've been hearing Apple's yearly back-to-school special will be announced at WWDC next month.  We have been told Apple will continue to offer educational discounts …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Android Users Like Apps, But Don't Like Paying For Them  —  Another volley in the app wars: A new study that says Google's Android App Market is stuffed full of free apps, but has very few people will pay for.  —  There are 72,000 paid apps in Google's store, compared to Apple's 211,000.
Discussion:, Pulse2 and GMSV
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Why it's harder to make money on Android than on Apple's iOS
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Sony Exec to Testify About PlayStation Network Hack  —  Congress has been looking into the theft of millions of credit card numbers from Sony's PlayStation Network, and, until now, Sony has declined to testify about it.  —  That will change next week.  Sony will send Tim Schaff …
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
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Discussion: Pulse2
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
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Secret G8 memo reveals outbreak of internet harmony
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 Earlier Items: 
John Leyden / The Register:
Google Chrome OS: Too secure to need security?
Discussion: CrunchGear
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Starts Adding Flight Schedules And Airline Routes In Search
Richard Lai / Engadget:
ASUS to unveil a phone-docking tablet at Computex?
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Lodsys Also Targeting Android Developers with Patent Infringement Claims