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May 8, 2012, 9:10 AM

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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.
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Google infringed on Oracle copyrights, jury finds, but deals a blow to Oracle's quest for $1 billion  —  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 …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
T-Mobile: iPhone network compatibility coming this year  —  T-Mobile's network will be compatible with the iPhone later this year — even if it isn't selling it, the company said today.  The wireless carrier added that it had tapped Ericsson and Nokia-Siemens for its $4 billion 4G LTE deployment.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Google: AT&T's CEO doesn't understand how Android phones get updated  —  In response to last night's report—where AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson told a questioner that the fault of Android smartphones not receiving updates is Google's.  —  Stephenson blamed Google, claiming …
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.
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 …
Satya Patel / Twitter Blog:
A new standard for the mobile web  —  Today we're updating Twitter for mobile web (mobile.Twitter.com) in an effort to give every person on the planet a consistent Twitter experience.  People who access Twitter from feature phones, low-bandwidth networks or older browsers can now enjoy …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Amazon Leaps Into High End of the Fashion Pool  —  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.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
On Thneeds and the “Death of Display”  —  It's all over the news these days: Display advertising is dead.  Or put more accurately, the world of “boxes and rectangles” is dead.  No one pays attention to banner ads, the reasoning goes, and the model never really worked in the first place (except for direct response).
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Viddy hits 26M users, consistently registering over 500K a day  —  On April 16th, I wrote an article about how popular video sharing app Viddy had hit 6.5M users.  Less than a month later, the company tells me that it's starting to consistently sign up over 500K new users a day, and currently boasts a userbase of 26M.
Thanks:@alex
Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
Comcast Prioritizing Their Video Content Over Competitors Traffic, Here's The Proof  —  Last year, when Comcast acquired NBC Universal they had to agree to terms as set forth by the Department Of Justice and the FCC regarding how they would treat competitive content delivered over their network.
David Kravets / Wired:
Seized Hip-Hop Site Lashes Out At Feds, RIAA  —  The hip-hop music site the authorities shuttered for more than a year without explanation lashed out Monday at the recording industry and the federal government, likening the taking of the site to a “digital Guantanamo.”
Wall Street Journal:
The Race: Build the Instagram of Video  —  Newest App Phenomena Draw Big Money From Investors, Film Stars and Even Laurene Powell Jobs  —  Facebook Inc.'s $1 billion acquisition of photo-sharing start-up Instagram has shifted the spotlight to the newest phenomena in mobile apps: uploading personal videos from smartphones.
More: Mashable!Tweets: @stevecheney
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
TuneCore Chief Shakes Up Music With His Own Words  —  Like any big music company, the offices of TuneCore, a digital distributor in Brooklyn, are lined with official-looking plaques certifying blockbuster record sales.  —  But rather than the industry's standard gold and platinum records …
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 …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Lenovo K91 Android 4.0 smart TV launches in China for $2,378  —  Lenovo's K-series smart TV range has officially launched in China.  We got details last month of the 6,499 yuan ($1,030) 42-inch K71's release, but the range goes all the way up to the 55-inch K91 which retails for 14,999 yuan ($2,378).
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
ITC judge throws out 3,000+ pages of attachments filed by Apple to challenge Samsung's patents  —  While the ITC is slow compared to German courts, it adjudicates patent infringement complaints faster than most U.S. district courts, and in order to be able to do so, it has strict timelines and page limits.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Luxembourg official sticks up for Apple's iTunes operations in EU  —  Responding to a The New York Times report on Apple's efforts to reduce its tax bill, a Luxembourg trade official has spoken up in defense of the company's operations.  —  Georges Schmit, executive director of the Luxembourg Trade …
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Hulu To Users: Connect Your Facebook Account Or No Social For You  —  Some angry Hulu users created this logo to protest a push to integrate their accounts with Facebook  —  Last month, video provider Hulu made changes to its social sharing features.  For Facebook users, it was great …
Thanks:@kashhill
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Free calling app Viber hits BlackBerry, Windows Phone (but without the free calling)  —  Viber Media, the company that it is challenging Skype and a plethora of cross-platform communication app makers with its free calling, texting and photo sharing application for mobile phones, is doubling the number of platforms it supports.

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