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May 11, 2012, 2:10 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 6: Apple drops Google Maps, debuts in-house ‘Maps’ with incredible 3D mode  —  Rough mockup showing the user-enabled 3D mode (on the right)  —  According to trusted sources, Apple has an incredible headline feature in development for iOS 6: a completely in-house maps application.
Yoni Heisler / Network World:
Apple accuses Samsung of purposefully destroying evidence  —  On May 1, Apple filed a motion in the Northern District of California alleging that Samsung intentionally destroyed documents it was obligated to hand over as part of the discovery process, an act referred to as “spoilation of evidence” in the legal parlance.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Apple's Siri: the ‘best smartphone ever’ is the Nokia Lumia 900.  Wait, what?  —  When you break out your iPhone 4S and ask Siri what the ‘best smartphone ever’ is, your humble virtual assistant will recommend you to buy Nokia's Lumia 900.  —  Which is, of course, a decent phone indeed.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pay To “Highlight” Your Facebook Status Updates To More Friends - A Reckless New Ads Test  —  Only 12% of your friends see your average status update, but Facebook is testing an option called “Highlight” that lets you pay a few dollars to have one of your posts appear to more friends.
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
USPS To Stop Delivering iPads And Kindles To Troops And Overseas Consumers On May 16  —  The United States Postal Service has banned all international shipments of electronics with lithium batteries effective May 16.  The cost for families to send gadgets via private parcel service …
Business Week:
Apple, the Other Cult in Hollywood  —  For most of Gossip Girl's first four seasons, none of the hit show's glamorous teens carried the most talked-about smartphone of the last five years: Apple's (AAPL) iPhone.  Because of a product placement deal, they could only be seen with phones chosen by Verizon Wireless.
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Dan Seifert / MobileBurn.com:
Samsung: PenTile AMOLED displays last longer, that's why we use them  —  Samsung announced its new Galaxy S III smartphone to great fanfare last week, though some observers weren't terribly happy with one particular feature: the 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display uses a PenTile(INFO) …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Fleshes Out Privacy Policy To Comply With Data Protection Audits  —  Today Facebook will start sending the first of three billion notices to users about proposed changes to its privacy policy, which were made to comply with a Spring deadline for implementing recommendations from an audit …
Reuters:
AT&T, Leap talked merger in recent months: sources  —  (Reuters) - AT&T Inc (T.N) has held talks to buy smaller rival Leap Wireless International (LEAP.O) in recent months, according to people familiar with the matter, in the latest sign U.S. carriers are looking at acquisitions as a way to grow in a mature market.
Kathryn Zickuhr / Pew Internet:
Three-quarters of smartphone owners use location-based services  —  A new report finds that 74% of smartphone owners use their phone to get real-time location-based information, and 18% use a geosocial service to “check in” to certain locations or share their location with friends.
Reuters:
LinkedIn, others weigh Monster deal-sources  —  LinkedIn Corp and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners are among a number of parties that have expressed interest in a potential deal for Monster Worldwide Inc, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet jobs-search company is preparing data for potential buyers.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Dropbox fixes app rejection issue, complies with Apple's rules  —  Applications using the Dropbox development kit for iOS are no longer being rejected from the App Store by Apple after links to an external purchase option were removed.  —  Filip Radelic, developer of the Cambox application for iPhone …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Droplr Pro: file-sharing service goes big-time with 100GB of cloud storage for $3 a month  —  There are lots of options out there for quickly sharing files, blocks of text, screenshots, and the like, but several of us at The Verge are big fans of Droplr.  It's a great free service …
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Video-sharing sensation Viddy rockets toward 30M users, banks $30M  —  Smoking-hot mobile video-sharing startup Viddy has closed a $30 million financing round and is fast-approaching 30 million registered users.  —  If you've taken a two-month hiatus from the Internet, then you've most certainly missed Viddy's overnight comeuppance.
AppleInsider:
Foxconn chief says company is preparing for Apple television - report  —  Foxconn is preparing to manufacture Apple's anticipated television set, the manufacturing company's chairman reportedly said in a speech.  —  The comments allegedly made by Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou were summarized …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Verizon Refuses to Identify Alleged BitTorrent Pirates  —  Last fall, John Wiley and Sons became the first book publisher to go after BitTorrent users in the US.  —  By filing a mass-BitTorrent lawsuit the company became one of the many copyright holders who together have sued a quarter million people in the country since early 2010.
More: WebProNews and CNET
Gina Trapani / CNN:
In war for talent, ‘brogrammers’ will be losers  —  CNN) — Start-ups are fighting a war for talent in Silicon Valley, and the companies that actively welcome men and women are going to win it.  Smart companies don't recruit “brogrammers.”  The term brogrammer is a joke, of course.
More: Smarterware and Z Trek
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Yahoo CEO says never provided resume: source  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Scott Thompson never provided a resume or incorrect information to Yahoo, he told top executives at a meeting on Thursday, according to a source familiar with the matter.  —  Thompson held a meeting …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
7-Inch iPad with Retina Display Coming in October Priced at $200-$250?  —  iMore reports that Apple is “currently targeting” an October launch for a smaller iPad, with the device carrying a display of roughly 7 inches and being priced in the $200-$250 range.

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