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4:35 AM ET, June 1, 2011

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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Schmidt Says Google's Social Problem Is His Fault  —  Google tried very hard to partner with Facebook, but in the end the social networking phenomenon opted for an alliance with Microsoft.  —  Is Facebook's success a threat to Google's business?  And why is it that the company appears to be chasing it these days.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Eric Schmidt's gang of four: Who will stumble first?  —  Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt outlined his “gang of four”—Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook—with massive platforms, scale and global reach.  The big question is whether these companies can continue to execute.
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Google's Eric Schmidt: If you care about security, get a Mac, not a PC.  —  At the D9 conference today, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt backed Apple in the Mac versus PC debate.  —  “You could use a Mac instead of a PC,” said Schmidt.  He said viruses are far less likely to affect Mac users.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, SAI and Android Phones …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Top 10 Things Eric Schmidt Revealed At D9
Discussion: AllThingsD
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Google: Our new search strategy is to compute answers, not links
Discussion: VentureBeat and AllThingsD
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:   What Is The Eric Schmidt Google Era? (Video)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Getting Photos In Order Ahead Of iOS 5 Integration  —  Yesterday, we first reported that Twitter was on the verge of launching their own photo-sharing service.  That report has since been confirmed by Liz Gannes, who happens to work for All Things D, which is hosting a conference …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Twitter Photo Storage and Account Integration in iOS 5  —  MG Siegler on Twitter's imminent but as-yet-unannounced photo-hosting service: … So close to the bigger story, but yet so far.  Imagine what else the system could provide if your Twitter account was a system-level service.  —  Link
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Signs Of Twimg, Twitter's Photo Hosting, In The Wild
Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Jobs to Unveil iCloud Service  —  Apple Inc. said Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs will kick off the company's annual developers' conference next week, with new versions of Apple's iOS and Mac operating systems to be unveiled.  —  The company also said the event will include details on iCloud …
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Apple:
Apple to Unveil Next Generation Software at Keynote Address on Monday, June 6
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Lodsys Responds to Apple, Files Lawsuits Against App Developers, Promises $1000 If Wrong  —  Patent holding firm Lodsys today published a series of blog posts revealing that the company has filed suit against some App Store developers, accelerating its efforts to extract licensing fees …
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Lodsys sues 7 app developers in East Texas, disagrees with Apple; Android also targeted  —  I almost appeared to be a “party spoiler” last week: amid all the enthusiasm among iPhone/iPad app developers over Apple's letter to Lodsys, I wrote that “Apple's letter in and of itself is not yet a reason to celebrate.
Brian Ellin / Twitter Blog:
Introducing the Follow Button  —  When you follow interesting accounts on Twitter, it's easy to stay connected with what's most meaningful to you.  Today we're excited to launch the Follow Button, a new way to discover and instantly follow Twitter accounts directly from the websites you visit everyday.
Danielle Dellorto / CNN:
WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk  —  (CNN) — Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization.  The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same “carcinogenic hazard” category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Android Smartphones Consume More Data.  Here's Why.  —  Android smartphones are the most data hungry, according to new statistics from Nielsen Co., blowing past the iPhone and other smartphones.  But it's still not clear why that is and whether or not this indicates more usage on the part …
David Schneider / IEEE Spectrum:
Under the Hood at Google and Facebook  —  A peek at the data centers, servers, and software that keep us feeling connected  —  This is part of IEEE Spectrum's special report on the battle for the future of the social Web.  —  It was 1999, and Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Angry Birds Coming to TV, Via Roku  —  Yes, there are still places you can't see Angry Birds yet.  Roku wants to fix that: The company, whose boxes are best known for making it easier to play Netflix on your TV, says it will bring the pig-killing game there, too.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga Channels Settlers Of Catan In New Social Combat Game Empires & Allies; Debuts In 12 Languages  —  Social gaming giant Zynga is launching its latest game tomorrow—Empires & Allies, the company's first strategy combat game.  Zynga is going big with this launch, debuting the game on Facebook …
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Motorola Site Redesign Tips Xoom 2, Watchphone, More?  (Images)  —  Motorola appears to be in the midst of a site redesign following its split earlier this year, and with it comes evidence of several new devices.  Besides a followup to the Xoom, it seems that Moto's working on a pair …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Official: Google +1 Button For Websites Comes Tomorrow  —  It's official.  Google's +1 button for web sites will be coming tomorrow.  A launch partner accidentally tipped the news of the release to TechCrunch, and Google's since confirmed with me officially that it will be happening.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and CNET News
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Whoops Redux: Looks Like Partner Just Leaked Google's +1 Button For Websites Launch
Rebecca Kuo / DigiTimes:
Taiwan makers rushing to obtain certification from Apple for iPad 3  —  Apple has begun certifying components for iPad 3 and many Taiwan-based makers are actively participating.  Some makers have already landed certification such as Radiant Opto-Electronics with LED backlight units, according to industry sources.
Apple:
Apple iWork Now Available For iPhone & iPod touch Users  —  Apple® today announced that its groundbreaking iWork® productivity apps, Keynote®, Pages® and Numbers®, are now available for iPhone® and iPod touch®, as well as iPad®.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Chart: Steve Ballmer's approval rating plummets among Microsoft employees  —  Hedge fund manager David Einhorn created a stir last week when he suggested that it was time for Steve Ballmer to step down.  But that's not the only sign of slipping confidence in the Microsoft CEO.
Discussion: Electronista
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Nokia's Elop: Android is killing us in China, Europe  —  Nokia's biggest profit margin killing headaches appear to be Android, China and Europe and the company doesn't have any answers.  —  Speaking on a conference call, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that the company was getting whacked in China due to …
 
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Zach Honig / Engadget:
Nokia's online stores go offline in France and Spain
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Tapjoy says Apple's ban on promos is killing mobile game profits
Discussion: www.pocketgamer.biz
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google Offers is the business plan behind Google Wallet, and it's live tomorrow
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Android Appstore Gets Another Huge Exclusive: Plants vs Zombies
Discussion: The Toybox Blog and AppScout
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
More Than Friending: How Can the Social Web Go Beyond Facebook?
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(Exclusive) YouTube's New Strategy: Create a Network Of Networks
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