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May 8, 2012, 5:10 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 …
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).
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.
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.
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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 …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
MasterCard jumps into mobile payments with own digital wallet  —  Think there are too many digital wallets out there?  MasterCard would disagree.  The No. 2 payments processor today unveiled PayPass Wallet Services, its own take on the digital wallet.  Initially, it will pop up in the form of a payment icon at merchant Web sites.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Nielsen: Smartphones Used By 50.4% Of U.S. Consumers, Android 48.5% Of Them  —  Nielsen today became the latest analyst house to call it for smartphones outnumbering more basic devices in the U.S. The company says that in March 2012 smartphones were in use by 50.4 percent of consumers in the country …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Judge scolds Microsoft and Motorola for ‘hubris’ and arrogance in patent case  —  After listening to three hours of arguments from Microsoft and Motorola in a patent dispute today, a federal judge in Seattle deferred his rulings on the motions before him but leveled sharp criticisms at both companies in the case.
Bloomberg:
Zuckerberg Grip Becomes New Normal in Silicon Valley  —  Mark Zuckerberg's majority control over Facebook Inc. (FB), a model adopted by founders of Zynga Inc. and Groupon Inc. (GRPN), has become the new normal in Silicon Valley as entrepreneurs' desire to hold sway trumps shareholder power.
Klint Finley / DevOpsANGLE:
Dell Announces A Linux Laptop Designed for Developers  —  A few years ago Dell began offering the Ubuntu distribution of Linux on its desktops and laptaps, but quietly dropped the option from its online store in 2010 (though it's still possible to order certain machines with Ubuntu).
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple improves AirPlay playback, iPad network switching, HDR with iOS 5.1.1  —  Apple has released an update to iOS that fixes a number of minor (but annoying) bugs within the operating system.  The update was just released on Monday afternoon (at least for those of us on the eastern half of the US) …
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Kodak Gallery set to go offline July 2nd after federal judge approves sale to Shutterfly  —  Kodak will take its online photo hosting service offline July 2nd after a federal judge approved the sale of that business to Shutterfly — seemingly the only interested buyer — for $23.8 million.
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Microsoft creates Kinect-like system using your laptop's built-in speaker & microphone  —  Not one to be outdone by Disney's any-surface touch interface, Microsoft Research, working with the University of Washington, has developed a Kinect-like system that uses your computer's built-in microphone …

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