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May 4, 2012, 9:30 PM

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Brian X. Chen / Bits:
AT&T Chief Regrets Offering Unlimited Data for iPhone  —  When Randall Stephenson, AT&T's chief executive, spoke about the state of the wireless industry at a conference this week, he shared some surprisingly frank comments about the iPhone.  In particular, he said that he wished the company …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Loeb Demands Yahoo Board Fire CEO by Monday Over False Resume  —  Now that activist shareholder Dan Loeb has discredited Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson's educational credentials and credibility, he's going full bore after the company's directors.  —  In a new letter to Yahoo's board of directors today …
Wall Street Journal:
Resume Trips Up New Yahoo Chief  —  Hedge fund Third Point LLC continued its attack against Yahoo Inc.'s management, calling for the immediate termination of Chief Executive Scott Thompson amid admitted inaccuracies in his academic credentials.  —  Third Point, which owns about 5% of Yahoo …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Sara Forden / Bloomberg:
Google Said to Face Fine by U.S. Over Apple Safari Breach  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) is negotiating with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over how big a fine it will have to pay for its breach of Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s Safari Internet browser, a person familiar with the matter said.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
The iPad 2,4 Review: 32nm Brings Better Battery Life  —  When Apple launched the 3rd generation iPad (as the new iPad), it also dropped the price of the entry-level 16GB WiFi iPad 2 to $399.  Apple's products tend to hold their values exceptionally well, so this two-tablet strategy made sense.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites — now  —  The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build in backdoors for government surveillance.  —  In meetings with industry representatives …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messenger Apps Get More Life-Like, Now Show If Someone's Read Your Message  —  Facebook thinks mobile messaging should feel like you're having a face-to-face conversation, so today it updates its Messenger for iOS and Android apps with the ability to see if someone's read your message …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Nokia and execs hit with lawsuit alleging fraud over meager Lumia sales, failed turnaround  —  Troubled Finnish phone giant Nokia is increasingly troubled, unicorns be damned.  —  The latest bad news for the phone maker: along with high-ranking executives Stephen Elop (CEO) and Timo Ihamuotila …
Carl Franzen / TPM IdeaLab:
How OpenStreetMap Got Apple To Give It Due Credit  —  Apple has finally given credit where credit was due: To OpenStreetMap, a crowdsourced world map that Apple recently began using in its iPhoto app without proper attribution.  —  “Apple attributes OSM in iPhoto,” OpenStreetMap's official …
Othman Laraki / Twitter Blog:
Innovate through experimentation  —  In order to offer you the simplest and most engaging Twitter experience, we frequently test hundreds of variations of new features and designs with small groups of users.  We test everything from subtle tweaks in the language of our sign-up pages and removing …
Nick Farrell / TechEye:
John McAfee arrested in Belize  —  John McAfee, who founded McAfee Antivirus, is in trouble with a country which he has given millions of dollars to help out.  —  McAfee lives in Belize and has even given the country's Coastguard a patrol ship.  —  Now he says that he has become a target …
Dustin Curtis:
Facebook's numbers  —  I like to look at raw numbers every once in a while, without external influence, to recalibrate my ability to judge the magnitude of things.  Here are some of the numbers from Facebook's most recent S-1 filing (published on May 2nd) that I think are important as metrics …
Andrew Feinberg / Hillicon Valley:
Verizon moves toward 911 texting  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski praised Verizon Wireless on Friday for selecting a vendor to help deploy its first-in-the-nation implementation of its “text-to-911” service.  —  The service will allow wireless phone users …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Microsoft to Botmasters: Abandon Your Inboxes  —  If the miscreants behind the ZeuS botnets that Microsoft sought to destroy with a civil lawsuit last month didn't already know that the software giant also wished to unmask them, they almost certainly do now.
More: WebProNews, Neowin and ZDNet
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
SquareTrade's warranty now covers jailbroken iPhones  —  The third-party warranty service says it now covers iPhones that have been jailbroken, something that voids typical warranties.  Third-party gadget warranty service SquareTrade today expanded its coverage, and now supports jailbroken iPhones.

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