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May 7, 2012, 8:55 PM

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John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Social Readers Are All Collapsing  —  Are you annoyed by all those automatic Facebook news apps?  Apparently you're not alone.  They're falling off a cliff right now.  —  The Washington Post was the first publication to experiment with a “frictionless” social reader app, which launched last year.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Apple reportedly to release US$799 MacBook Air in 3Q12  —  Apple is reportedly considering responding to the upcoming second-generation ultrabooks by launching a US$799 MacBook Air in the third quarter of 2012, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Apple making a $799 Air in fear of ultrabooks?  Nope.  —  With the next iPad model at least a year away and the next iPhone a few months off, the Apple rumor mill is pondering a new Apple product line: the MacBook Air.  On Monday, Digitimes reports that Apple is considering selling a MacBook Air for $799 …
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Google infringed on Oracle copyrights, jury finds  —  SAN FRANCISCO - A federal jury on Monday found that Google's (GOOG) popular Android mobile software infringes on copyrights held by tech rival Oracle (ORCL), in a closely watched case that may have broad implications for Silicon Valley …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
CEO Says Sorry to Yahoos for Borked Bio “Distraction” — But Will Mea Culpa Work Without an Apology and Explanation for Actual Error?  (Memo)  —  He's sorry.  Deeply regrets.  Apologizes.  Take full responsibility for the unfortunate distraction to the people.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Our Source Has Seen The Apple HDTV, Here's What It Looks Like  —  We have a source who claims to have seen a prototype Apple high-definition television set in action, indicating that Apple is readying the long-awaited device for market.  —  According to our source, who has asked …
Chee Chew / The Official Google Blog:
Google+ Hangouts On Air: broadcast your conversation to the world  —  Last year we introduced Hangouts On Air to a limited number of broadcasters, enabling them to go live with friends and fans, for all the world to see.  Since then, this small community has grown the feature in lots of creative ways.
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Amtrak to Use iPhones to Streamline Service  —  Old-school train conductors are finally ready to give up their hole punchers to try something new: the iPhone.  —  Amtrak, the government-owned corporation that oversees the nation's railroad train services, has been training conductors since November …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Amazon Is Taking a Leap Into the High End of the Fashion Pool  —  The online retailer is now using its vast resources to become a major seller of high-end clothing.
Jason Pontin / Technology Review:
Why Publishers Don't Like Apps  —  The future of media on mobile devices isn't with applications but with the Web.  —  By the time Apple released the iPad in April of 2010, just four months after Steve Jobs first announced his “magical and revolutionary” new machines in San Francisco …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Cable Fee Fight Takes Another Turn as Dish Networks Uses iTunes, Netflix and Amazon as Weapons  —  The basic contours of the TV programmer versus pay-TV provider fight are fundamental and unchanging: The programmer tries to get more money for his stuff, the pay-TV provider says that's too much, and the two sides chest-bump for a while.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Payment Processing Giant Verifone Strikes Back Against Square  —  Tomorrow, Verifone will introduce a mobile credit card reader, the SAIL, that plugs into the iPhone and iPad to let very small businesses and sole proprietors take credit card payments.  —  If that sounds familiar, it should.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Evernote acquires iPad app Penultimate to boost its handwriting recognition capabilities  —  Fresh from its $70m funding round last week, note-taking service Evernote is looking to expand its handwriting recognition capabilities with the announcement today that it has acquired San Francisco …

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