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4:15 PM ET, May 30, 2011

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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: 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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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
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 …
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.”
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.
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
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: ReadWriteWeb
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).
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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James Ball / Guardian:
Give Twitter credit for trying to stand up to the courts - unlike others  —  Its recent bad publicity has only come about because it has a more transparent approach to privacy than Facebook or Google  —  Isn't Twitter terrible?  Breezily handing over user information with barely a hint of resistance at the first sign of legal action.
Discussion: The Next Web, ITProPortal, PSFK and Examiner
Amber Karnes / My Aim Is True:
Anatomy of a trending topic: How Twitter & the crafting community put the smackdown on Urban Outfitters  —  Today has been a fun ride.  Behold the power of social media muscle.  —  This morning, online buddy Gayla Trail (also known as You Grow Girl) posted a link to her Facebook page.
 
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Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Ivy Bridge chips pushed to 2012, Macs will have to wait
Discussion: SlashGear, Gadgetsteria and RazorianFly
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
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Gigabyte announces S1080 Windows 7 tablet with USB 3.0 and optical drive dock
Discussion: Electronista
 Earlier Items: 
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: ReadWriteWeb
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Google Wallet: Big Deal or another Buzz?
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
NVIDIA's quad-core Kal-El used to demo next-gen mobile graphics, blow minds (video)
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
As Zynga Looks to IPO, Its Traffic on Facebook Stays High
Discussion: Softpedia News