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May 5, 2012, 12:25 AM

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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 …
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:
Yahoo's Thompson Speaks: Asks Employees to “Stay Focused” — Except Not on Him!  (Memo)  —  Of course, the Yahoo internal memo!  —  Here is CEO Scott Thompson's memo today to employees about the controversy around the fact that he does not have a computer science degree, as described in his bio in Yahoo's regulatory filings.
John Paczkowski / 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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook Buys Location-Based Discovery App Glancee  —  A little under one month after its acquisition of Instagram, Facebook has acquired Highlight competitor and ambient location app Glancee.  —  The social network has already shut down the developer's passive location app and all three co-founders …
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 …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iOS app success is a “lottery”: 60% (or more) of developers don't break even  —  There is no shortage of stories about lone developers who made an app for the iPhone or iPad and had runaway success.  But in the real world, the majority of app makers struggle to break even, according to a recent survey by marketing firm App Promo.
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 …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Emergency Flash update fixes security bug being used to hijack PCs  —  Adobe has released an emergency update for its Flash Player that fixes a security bug that's being actively exploited to hijack Windows computers running the ubiquitous software.  —  The “object confusion vulnerability” …
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 …
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 …
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
EBay, Wal-Mart search for revved-up search engines  —  (Reuters) - EBay Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc are developing new Web search engines to better compete against Amazon.com Inc in the fast-growing e-commerce market.  —  As more people shop online, they often end up at the top of a website typing in a product name.
More: WebProNews
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
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Kickstarter of Doom: Hoax Site ‘Funds’ Torture Bus, Death Drones  —  Crowdsourcing a next-gen drone or a rolling torture center?  Uh, yeah, Kickstriker is a hoax.  —  Inspired by the Kony 2012 fad, a group of New York University grad students has set up the wartime version of Kickstarter …
More: Betabeat
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google's April Updates: Bigger & Tiered Index, Document Ranking, Sitelink Changes & More  —  If it's the first Friday of the month, it must be time for Google to share its latest list of search quality updates.  And, like clockwork, Google didn't disappoint today — the company has posted …

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