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10:45 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.”
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Confirmed: Twitter Plans to Announce Photo-Sharing Service This Week  —  Twitter will announce a photo-sharing service at the D9 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., this week, according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  The news was first reported today by TechCrunch's Alexia Tsotsis.
Discussion: Gizmodo, SAI and ReadWriteWeb
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.
Dan Webb:
It's About The Hashbangs  —  Before I get started here's the disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this rant are my own personal opinions on web development and do not represent the views of my employer, its engineering organisation or any other employees.  —  A few months back there was a flurry …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Nielsen: Android's lead over iOS may have stopped growing  —  Google's OS is still more popular than Apple's, but no more than it was in March  —  Top: Feb. to Apr. Bottom: Mar. Click to enlarge.  Source: Nielsen  —  Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Research in Motion (RIMM) …
Discussion: 9to5 Google
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Microsoft's Future in Data-as-a-Service?  —  The “realist” view on Microsoft's future is that Windows and Microsoft Office licenses will continue to be the company's bread and butter, and that enterprise-focused cloud initiatives like Azure and Office 365 will supplement this growth.
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hits Best Buy's site, decorative Androids fall off in the process  —  Remember the Android tablet we said might be the first real competitor to the iPad 2 earlier this month?  Well, it just made its debut on the Best Buy site, and while the big “Coming Soon” …
Discussion: Examiner, SlashGear, LaptopMemo and Crave
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).
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
Ryan Kim / gigaom.com:
Appsfire Scores $3.6M As App Discovery Demands Grow  —  With Apple's App Store hitting the half billion app mark and Android Market poised to overtake it later this year, it's a busy time to be in the app discovery business.  Appsfire, a France-based startup, is reaping the benefits …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Next 6 Months Worth Of Features Are In Facebook's Code Right Now (But We Can't See)  —  A few days ago, Facebook held a tech talk at their headquarters.  The topic of the talk was pushing changes — bug fixes, new features, product improvements, etc.  Every day, Facebook engineers push hundreds of these; some big, some little.
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
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.
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.
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: SAI and GottaBeMobile
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
 
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
From Danger to Android: The saga of the T-Mobile Sidekick
Discussion: msnbc.com, Thanks:johnhcook
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Pew: A Quarter Of American Internet Users Have Placed Phone Calls Online
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
NFC Digital Payments - what's in it for consumers?
Discussion: Boris Mann's Blog, Thanks:dondodge
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Ivy Bridge chips pushed to 2012, Macs will have to wait
Discussion: Gadgetsteria, RazorianFly and SlashGear
Serkan Toto / MobileCrunch:
Video: NTT Docomo's Mobile, Simultaneous Translation System
Discussion: Engadget, The Next Web and DigInfo
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Seagate, Western Digital Hard-Disk Drive Deals Face EU Scrutiny
 Earlier Items: 
Louis Gray:
Quora Makes It Harder to Hurt People's Feelings
Discussion: Quora
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
James Ball / Guardian:
Give Twitter credit for trying to stand up to the courts - unlike others
Discussion: The Next Web, ITProPortal and PSFK
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Online Personalization Creates Echo Chamber to Affirm Biases
Discussion: Steve Rubel
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Arrested File-Sharing Admins Face Jail, $700,000 Fines
Amber Karnes / My Aim Is True:
Anatomy of a trending topic: How Twitter & the crafting community put the smackdown on Urban Outfitters
Discussion: Pitos Blog