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May 8, 2012, 3:55 PM

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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:
Apple and Samsung drop claims against each other but disagree more than ever on key issues  —  Late on Monday by local time, Apple made a filing in its first California litigation with Samsung that offers a truly impressive narrowing of its infringement claims in that action …
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.
Aden Fine / ACLU:
BREAKING NEWS: Twitter Stands Up For One Of Its Users  —  Twitter has filed a motion in state court in New York seeking to quash a court order requiring it to turn over information about one of its users and his communications on Twitter.  This particular case involves a Twitter user …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sean Parker's Stealth Video Startup Airtime Ready For Launch At June 5th Press Event  —  Airtime looks to be finally ready for takeoff, as Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning's stealth video startup just put up a blog stating “We look forward to saying hello on June 5th.  Sign up to be first in line.”
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.
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 …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
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 …
Zohair Hyder / Gmail Blog:
A better Google+ notification experience in email  —  Notification emails are a great way to keep up with what's happening in the Google+ stream: whether someone mentions you, comments on your post, or shares with you directly.  It's not always enough to just read these updates, however …
Fortune:
How Hewlett-Packard lost its way  —  Léo Apotheker's disastrous tenure as HP's CEO revealed a dysfunctional company struggling for direction after a decade of missteps and scandals.  Can his replacement, Meg Whitman, fix the tech giant?  —  By James Bandler with Doris Burke
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Vaibhav Sharma / The Handheld Blog:
A Detailed Look At Tizen on Samsung's First Prototype Device  —  Tizen just hit the 1.0 release last week (codenamed Larkspur), and at the Tizen Conference I've had the chance to play with the prototype device that Samsung has been handing out to developers to test their applications.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple says lack of multi-user support on iPad is a ‘known issue,’ ‘being investigated’  —  Apple has signaled that it is aware of a desire to support multiple users on one iPad, and that the issue is “currently being investigated” by the company's engineering team.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
FCC Chairman: Rejection of AT&T's T-Mobile Deal Isn't Causing Higher Prices  —  AT&T has recently made the case that the failure of its effort to buy T-Mobile is behind recent price hikes.  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski isn't buying it.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
RIM Names Kristian Tear COO, Frank Boulben CMO  —  Research In Motion this morning announced two addition to its management team.  —  The company named Kristian Tear as chief operating officer.  Tear has been with Sony Mobile Communications, where he served as executive VP.
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 …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Toshiba Excite 10 Android 4.0 tablet now available for $449.99  —  Last month we managed to check out a trio of upcoming Toshiba tablets, and today one of them is finally available to purchase: the Excite 10.  The 16GB version of the slim, 10.1-inch tablet is listed as in stock at a few online retailers …
Google Developers Blog:
Experience Google I/O 2012 anywhere  —  In 2011, Google I/O hosted 5,500 developers from 65 countries in San Francisco, but this audience was dwarfed by the more than 1 million developers from 161 countries tuning in via livestream.  Next month developers worldwide will come together …
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AppleInsider:
Apple accidentally reveals iCloud.com banner notifications  —  A test of a new banner notification feature at Apple's official iCloud website was mistakenly made public on Tuesday, revealing a forthcoming feature for the service.  —  Users who visited the iCloud.com website could find …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Crowdfunding: $1.5B Raised, 1M Campaigns Funded In 2011; Figures Set To Double In 2012  —  Well, it's been quite a year already for the crowdfunding industry.  With the JOBS Act becoming law, the tech industry (and the economy at large) are headed for some big changes.
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).

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