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6:00 PM ET, May 30, 2011

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Launching Its Own Photosharing Service  —  Twitter has been completely emphatic about where developers should stake a claim, with Twitter Platform Lead Ryan Sarver warning the ecosystem to stay away from building “client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience.”
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Has Arrived: Raising Mega-Round at a $1 Billion+ Valuation  —  According to several sources Airbnb is in the process of closing a whopper of a funding round: $100 million or more at a $1 billion-plus valuation.  The round is being lead by Andreessen Horowitz, and includes participation from DST, say our sources.
Discussion: VentureBeat and SAI
Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Expands Ties to Android on Tablets  —  Samsung plans more tablets despite ongoing legal battles with Apple, and Computex, Asia's answer to Las Vegas's Consumer Electronics Show, starts this week, with Acer and Intel expected to make a splash.  WSJ's Andrew LaVallee and Jake Lee discuss.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Samsung Seemingly Unconcerned Over Apple Lawsuit, Hints Dispute Could Continue to Escalate
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Electronista
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
As RIM struggles, talk of a change at top surfaces  —  (Reuters) - The two men who made BlackBerry a household name may not have the luxury of time to fix Research In Motion's flagging fortunes.  —  Investors are clamoring for RIM to come up with a credible response to Apple's iPhone …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
ASUS announces the Padfone (update: eyes-on!)  —  If pads and phones are the fastest growing categories in consumer tech, surely a Padfone would be the ultimate combo?  That's what ASUS thinks, and it's just introduced an Android smartphone device that comes with a tablet it can dock into.
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James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Pros and cons of the Asus Padfone modular approach
Discussion: netbooknews.com
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Close To Acquiring AdGrok  —  We're hearing from multiple sources that Twitter is in talks to acquire Y Combinator-backed key word bidding platform AdGrok, in a deal that is less than $10 million.  It's still unclear where exactly they are in the closing process or whether this is a tech acquisition or an acqui-hire.
Martyn Williams / PC World:
ARM Expects Half of Mobile PC Market by 2015  —  ARM Holdings hopes to wrestle dominance of the mobile PC market from Intel and have ARM-based processors in more than half of all tablets, mini-notebooks and other mobile PCs sold in 2015, the company's president said Monday.
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
TouchPad to launch June 12?  —  Thanks to an enterprising tipster, we've managed to get our hands on HP's “QuickSpecs” technical specifications sheet for the TouchPad webOS tablet.  The four-page document is something that HP puts together for their business customers and resellers (see examples here and here).
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Samsung: 1 million Galaxy S II units sold  —  Samsung announced on Monday that it has sold more than 1 million of its new Galaxy S II handsets, and that the phone has been “selling like [hotcakes].”  The Korean company said the time it took for sales to pass the 1 million milestone was the fastest …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Ivy Bridge chips pushed to 2012, Macs will have to wait  —  Intel's Sandy Bridge chips, which are ticking inside 2011 MacBook Pro and iMac computers, are all the rage in the chips business at the moment.  However, the pundits are already watching closely a next-generation Sandy Bridge successor code-named Ivy Bridge.
Discussion: Gadgetsteria, RazorianFly and SlashGear
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Phishing Sites Hosted on Google's Servers  —  Google Docs allows users to create documents, spreadsheets, et cetera at google.com (hosted in Google's cloud):  —  Spreadsheets can even contain functionality, such as forms, and these can be published to the whole world.
Discussion: Examiner and ReadWriteWeb
Louis Gray:
Quora Makes It Harder to Hurt People's Feelings  —  While Wikipedia is well-known for its edict against self-aggrandizement and editing one's own biography, question and answer collective Quora looks to be going quite a bit in the other direction, not just permitting people to manage …
Discussion: Quora
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
NFC Digital Payments - what's in it for consumers?  —  Changing consumer behavior is very difficult.  Making things more efficient, easier, faster, or more convenient isn't enough if it requires a change in normal consumer behavior.  Many tech startups fail because they don't consider …
Discussion: Boris Mann's Blog, Thanks:dondodge
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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Google Wallet: Big Deal or another Buzz?
Discussion: Life On My Mobile
Om Malik / GigaOm:
Why Instagram Can Become The Mobile Social Hub  —  Trey Ratcliff, creator of 100 Cameras and I  —  Of all the apps on my iPhone, the ones that get most attention for me involve photos — from the built-in Camera app to Camera+ to photo filter apps such as Noir, ColorBlast and Hipstamatic.
Discussion: App Advice and MacNN
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
PBS hacked in retribution for Frontline Wikileaks episode  —  The PBS.org website, and data associated with the PBS television network, its programs, and its affiliate stations, appear to have just been hacked by an entity calling itself LulzSec (or “The Lulz Boat").
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Geoff Duncan / Digital Trends:
VeriSign: Internet has almost 210 million domains
Brian Benchoff / Hack a Day:
Hidden device distorts news on wireless networks, brews beer, is time machine
Serkan Toto / MobileCrunch:
Video: NTT Docomo's Mobile, Simultaneous Translation System
Discussion: The Next Web and DigInfo
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Seagate, Western Digital Hard-Disk Drive Deals Face EU Scrutiny
Leo Lewis / The Australian:
China's Blue Army of 30 computer experts could deploy cyber warfare on foreign powers
Discussion: The Next Web and Security Watch
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Online Personalization Creates Echo Chamber to Affirm Biases
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Arrested File-Sharing Admins Face Jail, $700,000 Fines
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Gigabyte announces S1080 Windows 7 tablet with USB 3.0 and optical drive dock
Discussion: Liliputing and Electronista
Zee / The Next Web:
Ultra-minimalist writing app iA Writer now available for Mac
Ethan McKinney / Conceivably Tech:
Linus Torvalds Approves Linux 3.0 RC1
Discussion: TechSpot and ReadWriteWeb
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
NVIDIA's quad-core Kal-El used to demo next-gen mobile graphics, blow minds (video)
 

 
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