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May 8, 2012, 11:55 AM

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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.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Yahoo Employees Are Angry At Thompson: ‘How angry?  LIVID!’  —  Yahoo employees are angry, disappointed, and feeling pushed to the limit because of CEO Scott Thompson's resume scandal.  —  For at least eight years, Thompson allowed people - employers, employees, and shareholders of eBay and Yahoo …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo Director in Charge of Botched CEO Vetting to Step Down From Board  —  CSLie has claimed its first victim, although the mystery is still unsolved.  —  Patti Hart — the Yahoo director in charge of the search that resulted in the hiring of Scott Thompson as its CEO …
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.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Want To Know What Apple Will Do Next In Mobile Commerce?  Check Out The Pirq It's Giving To Employees  —  As device makers like RIM, Samsung and Nokia incorporate NFC technology into their mobile devices, Apple has been radio silent on what its plans will be in mobile commerce and payments.
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.
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Skype killing Windows Phone: Nokia responds  —  Summary: Nokia responds to a recent article about Nokia's partnership with Microsoft and how it is hurting Lumia sales.  The transcript and video of CEO Elop's comments are included here.  —  Nokia has responded to a recent ZDNet Mobile News article …
More: Network WorldThanks:@jkendrick
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.
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).
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: BuzzFeed and Mashable!Tweets: @stevecheney
Kent German / CNET:
Wireless charging to get a boost from Samsung, Qualcomm  —  At CTIA in New Orleans, Samsung and Qualcomm debut an industry group formed to create and promote a new wireless charging standard.  —  Follow @KentGerman  —  Wireless charging isn't new, but the technology soon will get a new push …
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.
More: Mashable!Thanks:@alex
Roger Cheng / CNET:
AT&T Mobility CEO: Family data plan coming soon (scoop)  —  AT&T's Ralph de la Vega says he feels good about the plan, a reversal of the uncertainty he expressed just a few months ago.  NEW ORLEANS—AT&T's version of the family data plan may be coming sooner than you think.
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 …
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.
Federal Trade Commission:
Myspace Settles FTC Charges That It Misled Millions of Users About Sharing Personal Information with Advertisers  —  Settlement Will Require Regular Privacy Assessments for the Next 20 Years  —  Social networking service Myspace has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Singtel's Amobee Buys AdJitsu To Take Mobile Ads Into The Third Dimension  —  Another bit of consolidation in the mobile advertising space — this time with an ad-tech twist: Amobee, the mobile ad company that itself was the subject of a takeover by Singtel only two months ago …

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