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May 11, 2012, 10:55 AM

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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.
Reuters:
Facebook's IPO already oversubscribed: source  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's record initial public offering is already oversubscribed, a source familiar with the share listing said, days after the world's largest social network embarked on a cross-country roadshow to drum up investor enthusiasm.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to bring full Internet Explorer browsing to Xbox 360 with Kinect controls  —  Microsoft is currently testing a modified version of Internet Explorer 9 on its Xbox 360 console, according to our sources.  The Xbox 360 currently includes Bing voice search, but it's limited to media results.
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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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 …
Mary Jo Foley / CNET:
Microsoft's Windows 8 upgrade offer: What's coming when  —  It's just about time for Microsoft to launch its expected Windows 8 upgrade program.  —  For the past several years, in order to keep PC sales from falling off a cliff in the months shortly before Microsoft and partners are poised …
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.
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
OMG, is Amazon going to kill tech blogs too?  —  Is Amazon seriously launching a tech blog that aims to compete with gadget blogs like the Verge and Gizmodo?  According to a new report from “The Daily,” yes.  The funny thing is that Amazon already has a gadget blog called End User …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Google, Twitter quizzed on Facebook-Instagram: source  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has reached out to Google Inc and Twitter in an investigation into Facebook Inc's $1 billion acquisition of photo-sharing service Instagram, a source familiar with the probe told Reuters.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Gina Trapani / CNN:
In war for talent, ‘brogrammers’ will be losers  —  Editor's note: Gina Trapani, a web and mobile app developer, is the creator of ThinkUp, a social media insights engine.  Follow her on Twitter: @ginatrapani  —  (CNN) — Start-ups are fighting a war for talent in Silicon Valley …
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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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Intel CEO says Windows on ARM will struggle without legacy support  —  During Intel's annual investor meeting today, CEO Paul Otellini wasted no time in emphasizing the major advantage x86 architecture support will offer when it comes to choosing between Windows 8 hardware powered by Intel chipsets …
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.
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Broadcasters Warn of Huge Industry Shakeup If Barry Diller's Aereo Isn't Stopped  —  After filing a copyright lawsuit against Aereo in March, broadcasters on Wednesday detailed why a preliminary injunction is warranted.  —  All of the major TV broadcasters are fighting a legal battle against Aereo …
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.
Kathryn Zickuhr / Pew Internet:
Three-quarters of smartphone owners use location-based services  —  As smartphone ownership rises, almost three-quarters of smartphone owners use their phone to get real-time location-based information, and almost one in five use a geosocial service like Foursquare Almost three-quarters (74%) …
Kym McNicholas / PandoDaily:
Office Crashers: Zynga Overcomes A Bad Reputation, Touts Less Than 3 Percent Attrition  —  Three years ago, I met with a couple of now ex-Zynga employees who confided in me about how tough it was to work at the online video game giant.  They told me stories of how CEO Mark Pincus …

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