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May 8, 2012, 2:10 PM

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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.
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 …
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:
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.
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
More: BuzzFeedTweets: @boingboing and @gartenbergThanks:@jpmanga
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.
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.
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.”
More: AllThingsD and GigaOM
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.
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 The Blog HeraldTweets: @stevecheney
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).
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 …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: Kinect Play Fit to offer universal exercise tracking with ‘Joule’ heart rate monitor  —  Microsoft is preparing to update its Xbox 360 dashboard software to include a cross-application exercise tracking system, according to our sources.  Kinect Play Fit will allow Xbox gamers …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Apple's reputation untarnished by tax issue, study says  —  Apple's use of various tax loopholes to save money, as chronicled in a recent New York Times story, has not damaged the company's reputation, according to a new study.  —  Polling firm YouGov — which we've previously mentioned …
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.

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