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12:50 AM ET, May 1, 2011

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple preparing to introduce Sandy Bridge iMacs early next week - sources  —  Apple as early as next week will deliver a much-needed refresh to its iMac line of all-in-one desktops, adopting Intel's newest family of Core processors and the latest in personal computing I/O technology, AppleInsider has learned.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Hey Apple, Sony and Amazon: Crisis Response is Real Time Now Too  —  We've seen a trifecta of failures and/or screwups over the past couple of weeks, from three of the world's technology giants: Apple was shown to be keeping a log of the location of millions of iPhone users …
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Jason Snell / Macworld:
Apple's unique brand of crisis management  —  I knew for certain that Apple had a public-relations problem on its hands with iOS location tracking when I got the e-mail from my mom: … My mother is not a follower of technology news.  She lives in a retirement community out in the middle of the Arizona desert.
Discussion: TUAW
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Opponents: kill AT&T bid for T-Mobile, Qualcomm licenses at same time  —  The Federal Communications Commission has launched the pleading cycle for the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile.  The union would make AT&T the nation's largest wireless carrier, with over 41 percent of wireless subscriber market share.
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
FCC opens floor for public comment on AT&T / T-Mobile deal
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Barack Obama Wants You To Watch His Funny YouTube Video  —  The White House Correspondent's Dinner, an annual tradition where the media and political elite meet to roast each other, with mixed results, just finished up.  Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers hosted the event …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
What Safari's “Reading List” in Lion means for Instapaper  —  Mac Rumors reports on a new Safari feature in Lion called Reading List: … I've known about this for a little while (I'm not privy to the Lion betas since I only have the iOS developer membership, but friends have told me), and I'm not worried about it.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's Upcoming ‘Reading List’ for Safari to Compete with Instapaper and ReadItLater
Spencer Ackerman / Wired.com:
Unfollowed: How a (Possible) Social Network Spy Came Undone  —  It started out with a leggy, bikini-clad avatar.  She said she was a missile expert — the “1st Lady of Missiles,” in fact — but sometimes suggested she worked with the CIA.  With multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts …
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Rumor: Evidence for a Castle in the ‘iCloud’ for Lion  —  French blog Consomac sent us a heads-up that they've done a bit of digging in the current developer preview, searching for further evidence of the suggested Find My Mac feature in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and the fabled iCloud domain name.
Discussion: MacRumors and 9 to 5 Mac, Thanks:miketrose
Lee Mathews / Geek.com:
Leaked Windows 8 builds reveal Windows Store and its logo  —  While those screenshots of the supposed “Windows App Store” turned out, as expected, to be fakes, there's no doubt Microsoft is working on something along those lines to deliver in Windows 8.  In fact, some of the bits are already …
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
How Like.com Shut Down A Competitor-And Broke Up Its Funding Round  —  Updated: The tech press is chock full of stories of benevolent companies and entrepreneurs helping each other out—"helping the ecosystem."  This often results in venture funding, which is the outcome of friendly deal-making between investors.
Discussion: K9 Ventures
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Google's Secret Class System  —  Life in the Googleplex has a fairy tale allure: gourmet food!  Ski trips!  Giant dessert statues popping up out of nowhere every six months!  And if working for the company seems like some alternaworld fantasy dreamscape, well, it kind of is.  Just not, it turns out, for everyone.
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Trying to Stir Up a Popular Protest in China, From a Bedroom in Manhattan  —  From a pair of computer screens in a lime green bedroom in Upper Manhattan, a 27-year-old man from China is working to bring about a popular uprising.  —  Two months after calls shot across the Web for a Tunisian …
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Is Wireless Tether About to Get the Android Axe? Carriers Finally Starting to Block it?
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Jeff Hecht / New Scientist:
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Discussion: GigaOM