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May 8, 2012, 5:00 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 …
Yahoo! Pressroom Home:
Yahoo! Board of Directors Forms Special Committee to Review CEO Academic Credentials  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. — The Board of Directors of Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) today announced that it has formed a special committee to conduct a thorough review of CEO Scott Thompson's academic credentials …
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.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Nokia City Lens arrives for trials on Lumia devices, augments your reality (video)  —  Nokia's rolling more of its experimental Symbian projects out to its Windows Phone hardware and City Lens is the latest to arrive in its immaculately-kept Beta Labs.  It throws together an augmented reality interface …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.”
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: Business InsiderTweets: @gartenberg and @boingboingThanks:@jpmanga
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.
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
New iPad Coming to 30 Additional Countries Including Brazil on May 11 and 12  —  As revealed by Apple's iPad selection page for Latin America, the new iPad will be launching in 13 new countries in that region this Friday, May 11.  The most significant new addition is Brazil …
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 …
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 …
More: Tip Desk
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
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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Microsoft:
Seattle Sounders score with SQL Server and fitness-tracking technology  —  Just in time for the 2014 MLS Cup Conference Finals, get a glimpse behind the scenes of the Seattle Sounders FC preparation …
Amazon Cognito:
Sync your app data seamlessly with Amazon Cognito  —  Amazon Cognito helps you sync your app data across a user's devices even when they are offline.  Get started with 10GB of free storage.
SimilarWeb:
Panda 4.1 Deeper Analysis - Positive & Negative Impact  —  Last week we took a look at some of Panda 4.1′s biggest winning and losing websites in terms of change in actual traffic referred by Google.
Zoho:
Boost your holiday sales with these 5 email marketing tips  —  For many businesses, the holiday shopping period is critical for generating revenue and garnering brand awareness.  With the annual sales spike quickly …
Igloo:
All the coding ladies  —  Much has been said about women in technology this week as a result of Barbie once again, letting down the female population (or more appropriately, humankind as a whole) …
 

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