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May 14, 2012, 6:50 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple readies revamped 15-inch MacBook Pro: Retina Display, ultra-thin design, and super-fast USB 3  —  Mockup: New, thinner MacBook Pro on the left.  Current model on the right.  —  Apple is putting the finishing touches on an entirely new 15-inch MacBook Pro that is the outcome of years …
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Prepare Thinner Mac Laptops Sporting Intel Chips  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is preparing a new lineup of thinner MacBook laptops running on more powerful chips made by Intel Corp. (INTC), people with knowledge of the plans said.  —  The MacBook Pro machines, to be unveiled …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Preparing Upgrade to iCloud  —  Apple Inc. is preparing an upgrade of its online service iCloud that includes new photo-sharing features, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The new features, expected to be announced at Apple's world-wide developer conference beginning June 11 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple to announce photo-sharing, video syncing services for iCloud at WWDC  —  Apple is planning on adding photo-sharing features, as a part of an upgrade of the service, reports the Wall Street Journal.  The services, which would be announced at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference on June 11th …
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Harry McCracken / Techland:
Fact-Checking Digitimes, the Taiwanese Apple Rumor Source That Keeps Crying ‘Wolf!’  —  “It's key to note that the DigiTimes has a hit-or-miss track record for nailing predictions....”  —  “Digitimes has a spotty track record with regard to Apple rumors...”
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Anatomy of an iTV rumor  —  The latest “confirmation” that Apple is building a TV set turns out to be another soufflé  —  FORTUNE — It is perhaps a measure of how badly broken today's commercial TV viewing experience is — the cookie-cutter sitcoms, the ridiculous reality shows …
Othman Laraki / Twitter Blog:
The best of Twitter in your inbox  —  Starting today, you can discover the best of Twitter in a weekly email digest delivered to your inbox.  This summary features the most relevant Tweets and stories shared by the people you're connected to on Twitter.  —  Stories feature a design similar …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Here's Yahoo's Official Parting With Thompson Over ResuMess — No Severance, But Make-Whole Millions  —  As I reported earlier today, former Yahoo Scott Thompson left the Silicon Valley Internet giant with no severance.  —  The reason for the agreement was that the company was claiming …
Michael Bathon / Bloomberg:
LightSquared, Failed Wireless Venture, Files for Bankruptcy  —  LightSquared Inc. filed for bankruptcy after its plan to deliver high-speed wireless to as many as 260 million people ran afoul of U.S. regulators.  LightSquared, based in Reston, Virginia, listed debt and assets …
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
Head of Time Warner Cable Is Unfamiliar With Apple's AirPlay  —  AirPlay, a software tool included with Apple's iPads and iPhones, is widely viewed as being potentially disruptive to the cable industry, because it makes it easy for people to view a broad variety of Internet content on a television.
Nivedita Bhattacharjee / Reuters:
Amazon aims to launch front-lit Kindle in July: source  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will launch new versions of its Kindle e-reader and tablet, including a monochrome e-reader with front lighting, a source who has seen the prototype told Reuters.  —  The world's largest Internet retailer …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Takes A Cue From Instagram, Redesigns Mobile To Make News Feed Photos 3X Larger  —  If you're sick of interrupting your news feed reading to open and load photos, you'll like a new Facebook mobile site, iOS, and Android app redesign rolling out today that makes photos three times larger.
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Dawn of a new wireless: first 802.11ac router available today  —  Texas-based networking company Buffalo announced its first 802.11ac wireless router and wireless media bridge are available today for retail purchase.  The two networking products are backwards compatible with 802.11n devices …
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Intel Windows 8 tablets to hit retail stores in November  —  Intel ‘Clover Trail’ Atom Z2760-based Windows 8 tablet.  —  (Credit: Brooke Crothers)  —  The first wave of Intel-based Windows 8 tablets are expected to land in retail stores in November, a source familiar with device makers' plans told CNET.
Catherine Solyom / National Post:
Insider tells why Anonymous ‘might well be the most powerful organization on Earth’  —  Christopher Doyon, a.k.a. Commander X, sits atop a hillside in an undisclosed location in Canada, watching a reporter and photographer make their way along a narrow path to join him, away from the prying eyes of law enforcement.
More: Gawker
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Aviary debuts photo-editing SDK for Windows Phone  —  Aviary, the photo-editing technology company backed by investors including Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, today rolled out its new software development kit for Windows Phone apps, aiming to establish a beachhead on Microsoft's nascent mobile platform.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
LinkedIn releases official Windows Phone app, and it's beautiful  —  LinkedIn has quietly released an official Windows Phone 7.5 application over the weekend (picked up earlier by Guardian, Neowin and many others).  I gave it a quick whirl, and the verdict is that it looks really fast …
Rocky Agrawal / VentureBeat:
AmEx's new local offers pose threat to Groupon  —  American Express is releasing a new version of its iPhone app today that lets users find offers at nearby businesses.  The new feature, dubbed “My Offers,” represents a threat to Groupon, which has tried to entice merchants to market through its mobile product, Groupon Now.
More: GigaOM and Mashable!
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Foxconn says CEO Gou absolutely did not confirm work on an Apple television  —  Following speculation that suggested its CEO Terry Gou had confirmed was gearing up to start work on Apple's new television sets, Foxconn has moved to clarify its position by stating such reports are “not accurate.”

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