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2:10 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
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
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
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 …
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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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
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.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Gigabyte announces S1080 Windows 7 tablet with USB 3.0 and optical drive dock  —  We're here at Computex's pre-show event to get some hands-on time with a few new products.  As expected many tablets are present, and one such device is Gigabyte's S1080 Windows 7 tablet, which we almost mistook as Viewsonic's Viewpad 7.
Discussion: Electronista
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Online Personalization Creates Echo Chamber to Affirm Biases  —  ON the Web, we often see what we like, and like what we see.  Whether we know it or not, the Internet creates personalized e-comfort zones for each one of us.  —  Give a thumbs up to a movie on Netflix or a thumbs down to a song on Pandora …
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
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
NVIDIA's quad-core Kal-El used to demo next-gen mobile graphics, blow minds (video)  —  You might think yourself too grown-up to be wowed by shiny, glittery things, but we doubt many will be able to watch NVIDIA's new Glow Ball tech demo without a smidgen of childlike glee.
 
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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
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Arrested File-Sharing Admins Face Jail, $700,000 Fines
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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Google Wallet: Big Deal or another Buzz?
Discussion: Life On My Mobile
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
As Zynga Looks to IPO, Its Traffic on Facebook Stays High
Discussion: Softpedia News
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Android Market's most popular emulators disappear without a trace (update)