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8:15 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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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.
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.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
How your Web browser rats you out online
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.
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 …
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.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Foursquare Growing Like Crazy: Up To 600,000 Check-Ins Per Day
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
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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 Somasegar's WebLog
Ben Hardwidge / THINQ.co.uk:
Exclusive: Seagate confirms 3TB drive  —  Needs UEFI, 64-bit OS and new partition table  —  Facebook  —  Print Favourite Zoom Out Font Zoom In Font  —  After a few weeks of rumours, Seagate's senior product manager Barbara Craig has confirmed to Thinq that “we are announcing a 3TB drive later this year …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon to offer ‘up to’ five LTE handsets by next May, Android tablets from HTC and friends  —  Verizon had already said that it anticipated launching its first LTE handsets in the first half of 2011, but as we're rounding third base toward the launch of Big Red's first commercial 4G markets …
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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 …
Reuters:
Apple's iPhone replaces Blackberry for some bankers  —  * Singapore's OCBC gives staff choice of iPhone or Blackberry  —  * RIM teams up with China Telecom for Blackberry service (Adds comments from RIM, OCBC)  —  British bank Standard Chartered is replacing the Blackberry …
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.
Discussion: Electronista
Bob Warfield / SmoothSpan Blog:
Amazon Stealing the Cloud  —  I saw a spate of recent articles that had some pretty amazing statistics and news bits on Amazon Web Services and competitors.  In no particular order:  — A survey of 600 developers by Mashery reported that 69% of respondents said Amazon, Google …
Financial Times:
Google set for probes on data harvesting  —  By Joseph Menn in San Francisco, Daniel Schäfer in Frankfurt and Tim Bradshaw in London  —  Authorities on both sides of the Atlantic on Monday moved towards investigating Google following the internet group's disclosure …
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.
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 …
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Louis Gray:
Seesmic Integrates Foursquare Updates In Web Client
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Jason Grigsby / O'Reilly Radar:
Mobile operating systems and browsers are headed in opposite directions
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Start-ups are searching for users, not a fight with Google
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Echofon On FTC's Google/Admob Inquiry: I Felt Pressured To Say Things …
Discussion: Echofon Blog
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Official: Acer will not launch Chrome OS devices at Computex
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Increasingly Grouping News Feed Stories from Apps and Sites
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Gilt Groupe, Groupon, and avoiding SEO
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James DeTar / IBD Click:
Intel Infineon Deal Iffy, But Rumor Is Sign Of Times
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Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Android Comes of Age at Google Developer Conference