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May 10, 2012, 7:00 AM

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Aaron Brady / Facebook Developer Blog:
Introducing the App Center  —  Today, we're announcing the App Center, a new place for people to find social apps.  The App Center gives developers an additional way to grow their apps and creates opportunities for more types of apps to be successful.  —  In the coming weeks …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Accused of Hindering Firefox Browser  —  The company behind the Firefox Web browser says Microsoft Corp. is limiting its ability to distribute its browser on some hardware being designed for the next version of the Windows operating system.  —  Mozilla Corp.'s contention focuses …
Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Google+: a mobile app with sense and soul  —  Sharing is deeply sensory.  From cooking a favorite meal to getting together with friends, it's the smells and the stories and the smiles that make human connections so essential.  With Google+ we want to extend these moments online …
TechCrunch:
Status Update  —  So first thing's first: We're not being sold!  Instead, we've just hired a bunch of brilliant writers and a new COO.  Also, we've seen a resurgence of community support (with over a thousand people attending our NYC meetup last night, for example), are back around 12% …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Was Zynga's Deal To Buy OMGPOP That Disastrous?  Here's Some Perspective.  —  Draw Something, the game that could do no wrong now seems like it can do little right, at least according to the blogosphere.  There's been a string of stories from virtually everyone saying that the OMGPOP acquisition is …
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Bloomberg:
Deutsche Telekom Said to Discuss MetroPCS Deal for T-Mobile  —  Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) is discussing a merger of its T-Mobile USA unit with MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) as it reviews options for the customer-losing business, according to people familiar with the matter.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
What's Behind the Drop in Kindle Fire Shipments?  —  Once hailed as the first true rival to the iPad, Amazon's Kindle Fire no longer seems to be much of a threat to Apple's tablet.  The Fire had no impact on Apple's March-quarter iPad sales.  Indeed, during the company's second-quarter earnings call …
More: TechFlash
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Apple releases OS X 10.7.4, FileVault bug gets addressed  —  Hey, Mac users: are you ready for an update?  Because Apple is dropping its latest OS version on your heads.  10.7.4 just hit, and it brings with it a number of small fixes to help improve things like security, stability and compatibility for your system.
Heather Kelly / VentureBeat:
Meet 500 Startups' new batch of startups  —  Startup accelerator 500 Startups announced its fourth batch of companies on Wednesday, a fun group that includes a necktie subscription service, a Dropbox-based collaboration tool for creatives, a consumer-action site currently trying to take down Big Cable …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
DVDs and Blu-rays will now carry two unskippable government warnings  —  The old FBI copyright warning gets an upgrade.  —  You know those FBI warning messages that appear at the beginning of DVDs and Blu-ray discs?  They're getting an upgrade—and they're multiplying.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
In a SoHo Lab, HuffPo Mafia rekindles the old magic  —  After the Huffington Post was acquired by AOL last year, HuffPo chief technology officer Paul Berry estimated 15 percent of his time was spent dealing with corporate politics.  A year later, that figure had zoomed to 85 percent …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Tech Nation's Gunn Says She and Yahoo CEO Discussed Their CS Degrees Before 2009 Show (Video and Audio)  —  Last week, I posted an audio recording of Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson, from a radio interview he did in early 2009, in which he did not deny he had a computer science degree when the host …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Evernote launches Yinxiang Biji, its dedicated service for China  —  Evernote has announced that it has launched a dedicated service for Chinese users, Yinxiang Biji, which will run completely separate of Evernote and its existing Chinese-language offering.  —  Last week, CEO Phil Libin revealed …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Oracle's request for fair use ruling denied, Google down to one count of infringement  —  Following the jury's inability to decide on the issue of fair use in the Oracle vs. Google trial, Oracle asked the judge to rule on the issue as a matter of law (JMOL).
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Pirate Bay Scolds Anonymous Hackers For Cyberattacks On Its Behalf  —  Some hackers aim to free the flow of information, while others aim to stifle it.  The Pirate Bay has taken a moment to remind the hacker group Anonymous of the difference.  —  Anonymous has been launching a series …
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
Results make up for awkwardness of iPhoto for iPad  —  Any review of iPhoto for iPad (released back in March, priced at just five tiny dollars) has to deal with an awkward truth: It isn't a terribly intuitive app.  During your first go, you'll find yourself feeling mystified about what certain buttons do …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Finally, Harry Potter Is Touching Down on Amazon's Kindle  —  J.K. Rowling has been one of the big holdouts, refusing to sell Harry Potter in electronic form through booksellers like Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  —  That is apparently about to change, according to Amazon.com …
More: Guardian and The Verge
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Final Nail In The Joost Coffin: Adconion Rebrands, Folds Video Service Into Smartclip  —  Looks like the final frame has been reached for Joost, the online video service originally started by Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis and then eventually sold to the Adconion Media Group …

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