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May 7, 2012, 7:35 PM

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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 …
More: Engadget
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Loeb Lobs Lawsuit, As Expected, at Yahoo's Borked Bio Mess  —  Botched CEO bio.  Activist shareholder.  Screwy board of directors.  Mix it all together and what do you get?  —  More legal filings, natch!  —  This — as I reported this weekend would happen today — from Dan Loeb of Third Point …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Amazon Plans Its Next Conquest: Your Closet  —  SEATTLE — Amazon is so serious about its next big thing that it hired three women to do nothing but try on size 8 shoes for its Web reviews.  Full time.  —  The online retailer is shooting 3,000 fashion images a day in a photo studio using patent-pending technology.
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.
John Pletz / Chicago Business:
Google makes plans to move Motorola Mobility to Chicago  —  (Crain's) — Google Inc. is shopping for more than 500,000 square feet of office space downtown for Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. once it completes its $12.5 billion takeover of the mobile phone maker.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
MasterCard jumps into mobile payments with own digital wallet  —  Think there are too many digital wallets out there?  MasterCard would disagree.  The No. 2 payments processor today unveiled PayPass Wallet Services, its own take on the digital wallet.  Initially, it will pop up in the form of a payment icon at merchant Web sites.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Google gets license to test drive autonomous cars on Nevada roads  —  On Monday, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles approved Google's license application to test autonomous vehicles on the state's roads.  The state had approved such laws back in February, and has now begun issuing licenses based on those regulations.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Gumroad Gets $7 Million Series A From Kleiner Perkins For Indie E-Payment Platform  —  Gumroad, the startup that lets individuals receive e-payments through a simple URL link, has received $7 million in new funding led by Silicon Valley venture capital stalwart Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers.

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