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May 25, 2012, 12:50 PM

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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Exclusive: HP's webOS Enyo team is going to Google  —  The HP team responsible for Enyo — webOS's HTML5-based application framework that debuted on the TouchPad — will be leaving the company and starting at Google shortly, The Verge has learned.  What this means for the future of Open webOS is unclear …
Scott Lowe / The Verge:
Apple introduces ‘editors’ choice' and free ‘app of the week’ on the Mac App Store and iTunes  —  Apparently we weren't the only ones excited about the release of Cobook, as today Apple began promoting the intelligent contact manager on the Mac App Store with its new “editors' choice” branding.
Brad Sams / Neowin:
This is Dell's Windows 8 tablet  —  Dell is working on a Windows 8 tablet; we know this because Dell told us that they are planning to launch a Windows 8 tablet, easy enough.  What we did not know is what will be driving the tablet under the hood, at least, until now.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Odd That Microsoft Demands Google Take Down Links That Remain In Bing  —  We just wrote about Google's very cool, new copyright transparency tool, which lets you dig into the details of all the search takedowns that Google gets.  As people start to play around with the site, some interesting things are coming to light.
More: GeekWire and The Verge
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
First video sample from Google's Project Glass  —  Although we're still not sure exactly how Google's Project Glass wearable glasses work, the company has been testing them in very public ways over the past couple of months.  Google co-founder Sergey Brin showed off the glasses at a charity event …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
More on Apple's Removal of Airfoil Speakers Touch From the App Store  —  After some interesting back-and-forth with a few informed sources, I think Apple's removal of Airfoil Speakers Touch from the iOS App Store is not as mysterious or capricious as I first thought.  The key is to focus on what's new in version 3 of the app:
Mike Shields / Adweek:
NBCU Exploring Buyback of MSNBC.com  —  Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O' Donnell and Chris Matthews Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images  —  Chris Matthews must be getting that tingling feeling down his leg again.  He and his colleagues may soon have a giant news site to call their own.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
How Google Can Beat Facebook Without Google Plus  —  Look, Google, we've got a plan to help you win on social.  There's only one catch: you have to give up the notion that animates Google Plus.  —  Out in the Mojave Desert, there's a place called California City that's fascinated …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Why Facebook Needs Two Photo Apps  —  Facebook released Camera today, an iPhone app that lets you take photos, add filters to them, and share them on Facebook.  —  Hey, wait a second.  Isn't that what Instagram does, which Facebook just smartly agreed to acquire for $1+ billion?  —  Yes and no.
Rocky Agrawal / VentureBeat:
Groupon is testing a payments offering to compete with Square and PayPal  —  Groupon is testing out an offering of its own in the increasingly crowded payments space, according to an email I was forwarded by a business that was solicited for the service.  (Disclosure: I have various puts against Groupon.)
Pino Bonetti / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia brings live traffic advice and geocoding to Bing  —  As you all know, our partnership with Microsoft goes beyond Windows Phone on our Nokia Lumia smartphones.  We're also teaming up with Bing to offer the best location-based services and apps.  —  One of the results of this partnership …
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
Meth Labs and Dead Dogs: How the Founder of McAfee Antivirus Went on the Run in Belize  —  It's been a while since I've posted anything.  “I've been busy” is everyone's excuse for laziness, but I can't come up with a better one.  For those of you who follow the news in Central America …
Thanks:@leshorn
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Silicon Valley's In Crowd Just Lost BetterWorks, A $10 Million Startup  —  BetterWorks, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based startup with a who's-who of Silicon Valley behind it, just announced it's shutting down at the end of the month.  —  The company had raised $10 million from Redpoint Ventures …
More: AllThingsD
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Google prepping ‘Events’ and ‘Local’ features for Google+?  —  Google rolled out version 2.6 of the Google+ app for Android today, updating its UI and adding several new features, but it appears to have left something hidden under the hood as well.  A source informed us — and we have confirmed …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Techdirt:
Broadband In Crisis: Does The US Need Regulation To Force Meaningful Competition?  —  Susan Crawford believes telecommunications in America are going through the biggest crisis ever, and this is just as bad as the banking crisis was.  Monday, at the Freedom 2 Connect conference …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
Meet the tireless entrepreneur who squatted at AOL  —  19-year-old entrepreneur Eric Simons spent two months secretly living at AOL's Palo Alto, Calif. campus, sleeping each night on a couch like this one.  —  (Credit: Eric Simons)  —  It was 6 a.m. when Eric Simons was jolted awake by the yelling.
Bloomberg:
Dell Said To Weigh Buying Quest To Add Computer-Management Tools  —  Dell Inc. (DELL) is in discussions to acquire Quest Software Inc. (QSFT), a maker of tools that help companies manage their computer systems, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

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