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5:55 PM ET, May 17, 2010

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DigiTimes:
Foxconn to ship 24 million iPhone 4G in 2010, says Digitimes Research  —  Foxconn will ship 24 million units of Apple's latest iPhone 4G with shipments starting in June, according to Digitimes senior analysts Ming-Chi Kuo citing sources from Taiwan-based component makers.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Goes Down Following Legal Pressure  —  A few days ago we exclusively revealed that several major Hollywood movie studios had obtained a preliminary injunction against CyberBunker operator CB3ROB Ltd. & Co. KG from the Regional Court of Hamburg.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
U.S. Mac sales up 39% in April  —  Based on NPD data, iPods, not Macs, are being cannibalized by the iPad, says an analyst  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster has looked at the NPD Group's data for the month of April and concluded that it's good news for Apple (AAPL).  How so?
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPad Already Taking Away iPod Sales (AAPL)  —  After analyzing newly released data from the NPD group, Gene Munster at Piper Jaffray thinks the iPad's early success is already affecting iPod sales.  —  This afternoon NPD reported Apple's iPod sales are down 17% year-over-year for April.
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Google and Intel in web TV launch  —  Google and Intel are expected to announce a significant breakthrough into consumer electronics and the broadcast industry this week with the launch of a “Smart TV” platform.  —  Top executives from the Silicon Valley companies are reported to be ready …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Twitter engineer, former API lead Alex Payne departs to co-found BankSimple  —  Alex Payne, who was one of Twitter's early engineers and was the lead on its application programming interface, has left the company to co-found a financial startup, BankSimple.  He'll be the company's chief product …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
After 3+ Years, Alex Payne Quits Twitter To Create “A Bank That Doesn't Suck”  —  A couple years ago when Twitter was having major scaling issues, engineer Alex Payne was able to work through them to help create the Twitter API.  That API, of course, is now one of the most important on the web.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Twittercism
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Web Browsers Leave ‘Fingerprints’ Behind as You Surf the Net  —  San Francisco - New research by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has found that an overwhelming majority of web browsers have unique signatures — creating identifiable “fingerprints” that could be used to track you as you surf the Internet.
Reuters:
Apple's iPhone replaces Blackberry for some bankers  —  British bank Standard Chartered is replacing the Blackberry, currently its standard corporate communications device, with the iPhone, a move that could eventually result in thousands of bankers switching to the Apple (AAPL.O) device for business communication on the go.
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Michael Gartenberg / Computerworld:
Can RIM make the transition from enterprise to consumer?
Discussion: Electronista
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft puts more oomph into technical computing  —  Microsoft on Monday launched an expanded push into technical computing that it says is needed to solve ever more complex scientific challenges.  —  “Recent world events clearly demonstrated our inability to process vast amounts …
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Bill Hilf / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Modeling the World  —  Technology is transforming our ability …
Discussion: TechFlash and The Microsoft Blog
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Prepares To Announce 500 Million Users  —  Facebook is working on plans for their 500 million user celebration, projected to take place at some point before the end of June.  While we'd expect Facebook to make an announcement in the next couple weeks, an announcement should be expected …
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Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
What backlash? Facebook is growing like mad
Discussion: ITworld.com and PC World
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Mayors of Starbucks Now Get Discounts Nationwide with Foursquare  —  Starbucks, a company that already rewards frequent customers with the Barista badge on social gaming app Foursquare — is officially turning on the rewards side of its experimental Foursquare loyalty program with the first-ever nationwide mayor special.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Foursquare Growing Like Crazy: Up To 600,000 Check-Ins Per Day
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Five Years In, YouTube Is Now Streaming Two Billion Views Per Day  —  It's hard to believe, but it's been five years since YouTube launched and changed the way people share video online (it was acquired by Google a year and a half later).  To celebrate its birthday, YouTube has just announced …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Don't Kid Yourself, Mobile Ad Companies: Apple Really Does Want to Lock Up the App Market  —  Is Apple really trying to shut out other ad networks from its iPhones and iPad apps?  That's what it looked like at first blush last month.  —  Recently, though, I've talked to some mobile ad companies that are more hopeful.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
With a Kindle Hiring Spree, Amazon Gears Up for Battle With Apple  —  Since Apple announced its plans for the iPad, Amazon has shared few details about how it would respond to the competition for its Kindle.  But over the past few weeks, it has offered some more clues.
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Dive deeper into Techmeme's top sources and introducing the Mediagazer Leaderboard  —  For over two years, Techmeme's Leaderboard has ranked the sources making headlines on Techmeme most frequently over the past month.  While the Leaderboard has represented different things to different people …
Discussion: TNW Apps and Mediagazer News, Thanks:megan
Mike Jones / MySpace:
MySpace Empowers Users With New, Simpler Privacy Setting  —  The last few weeks have been fraught with discussion around user privacy on social networks.  We want to take this opportunity to discuss our view of user privacy on MySpace and some of the core features that made MySpace unique from its inception.
 
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David Olmos / Bloomberg:
Cell Phones, Cancer Not Conclusively Linked in Biggest Test Yet
Discussion: Guardian, PC World and Associated Press
James DeTar / IBD Click:
Intel Infineon Deal Iffy, But Rumor Is Sign Of Times
Discussion: eWeek
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Android Comes of Age at Google Developer Conference
Justin / Mobile Marketing Watch:
U.S Mobile Data Exploding, Revenues Top $12.5B In Q1, Verizon …
Discussion: GigaOM and Chetan Sharma
Jay Walsh / Wikimedia blog:
Clarifying recent coverage of Wikipedia
Discussion: CNET News, Geekosystem and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Roku Claims Two-Hour Daily Consumption for Device Users
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Top U.S. carriers plot faster gadgets, services
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Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:
MobileMe Mail Beta Walkthrough
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
ReclaimPrivacy Bookmarklet Rates Your Facebook Exposure Levels
Discussion: VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and CloudAve
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
A New Social Workflow Patent from Apple Highlights Facebook
Bernard Condon / Associated Press:
Secretive speed traders in spotlight after crash
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Two tastes better together: Combining OpenID and OAuth with OpenID Connect