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8:20 PM ET, May 2, 2011

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter To Buy TweetDeck For $40 Million - $50 Million  —  Twitter has acquired TweetDeck, we've heard from a source with knowledge of the deal, and the transaction will be announced in the next few days.  The $40 million - $50 million purchase price includes both cash and Twitter stock, says our source.
Sheldon Levine / Sysomos Blog:
How Fast the News Spreads Through Social Media  —  Unless you have been totally disconnected from any sort of news over the past 12 hours, you've no doubt heard that Osama Bin Laden has been found and killed.  Barack Obama, President of the United States, made the announcement late last night …
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Peter Kafka / All Things Digital:
Bin Laden Web Traffic Big But Not Historic  —  No debate that Osama bin Laden's death is one of the biggest news stories in years.  —  Except on the Web, where all of our tweeting and reading and live-streaming isn't generating nearly as much traffic as other big events of the last decade.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Hackers Hit Guy Who Live-Tweeted Bin Laden Raid  —  33-year-old IT consultant Sohaib Athar was just hanging out on Sunday at home in Abbottabad, Pakistan, when he heard an explosion and a helicopter hovering above.  He started tweeting what was going on, and ended up unwittingly live-blogging the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.
Discussion: Computerworld and Security Labs
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Bin Laden Announcement Has Highest Sustained Tweet Rate Ever, At 3440 Tweets Per Second  —  Twitter has just revised its preliminary measurements of 4,000 tweets per second from last night's announcement of Osama Bin Laden's death, tweeting out the new measurements below.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Here's the guy who unwittingly live-tweeted the raid on Bin Laden
Mike Gikas / Consumer Reports News:
Apple's White iPhone is not thicker than black version  —  Wearing black is the time-honored technique for appearing thinner without shrinking an inch.  Apparently it works for the iPhone 4, as well.  Recently an avalanche of news and tech sites reported that the white iPhone 4 was thicker …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Sony suffers another major security breach  —  Nikkei.com on Monday reported that an online Sony gaming network has once again fallen victim to a cyberattack.  This time, the attack may have exposed the credit card numbers of thousands of Sony customers from around the world.
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple to fix location tracking bug in iOS 4.3.3; due out soon  —  One of our Apple sources has just informed us that Apple isn't wasting anytime fixing the infamous location tracking issue in the iPhone and other iOS devices — it's going to be addressed in an update within the next two weeks, possibly sooner, in iOS version 4.3.3.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
RIM announces BlackBerry 7 OS with better browser and BlackBerry Balance, but no legacy support  —  The BB OS 6.1 update that grew too big for its name has just been made official by RIM as BlackBerry 7.  Its ambassador into the wide world of smartphones will be the newly minted BlackBerry Bold Touch …
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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry Bold 9900 / 9930 gets official, finally touch and type
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
BlackBerry Bold 9900 hands-on (update: video)
Discussion: Technologizer and BGR
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Wikileaks Founder: Facebook is the most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented  —  Despite awaiting extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is still the subject of much media interest.  —  Russia Today (RT) interviewed Assange …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Fired Facebook Acquisitions Exec Lands at Twitter  —  Mike Brown, the former Facebook corporate development executive who was dismissed for buying its stock on secondary markets, has taken a similar job at Twitter.  —  Brown, who had helped negotiate many of Facebook's so-called …
Discussion: All Facebook
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google takes top spot in reputation rankings; Apple, Intel, Amazon close behind  —  Google ranked highest in corporate reputation, according to a Harris Interactive survey.  Among tech companies, Apple, Intel and Amazon also rated highly.  —  According to the 12th Annual Harris Interactive …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's plan to increase its focus on developers: The full internal memo  —  The move of Microsoft Corporate Vice President Scott Guthrie from the .Net developer platform to heading up the newly created Azure Application Platform team is just one part of the Server and Tools Business reorg announced on May 2 inside Microsoft.
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
AT&T to Take On Groupon With $10 Promotion for Daily Deal Site  —  AT&T Inc. (T), aiming to tap the billion- dollar market for online coupons dominated by Groupon Inc., will introduce its own discount site within the coming weeks in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth.
Discussion: NewsGrange, @jspepper and Pulse2
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Chrome Canary About To Hit OS X — Chrome 16 Due Before End Of Year  —  Users of Google Chrome are probably aware of the three channels you can use depending on how cutting edge you want to be (and how much you mind bugs): Dev, Beta, Stable.  But ever since last year …
Gizmodo:
The New Essential Apps April 2011: iPhone, Android, iPad and Windows Phone  —  iPhones. iPads.  Android.  And Windows Phone 7!  We've updated all of our essential apps lists to include a few forgotten favorites, some long awaited arrivals and, as always, even more amazing apps.
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Apple's iOS doubles operating system market share  —  iPad and iPhone growth give Apple larger share of OS market  —  Apple's iOS, the mobile operating system that powers the iPad and iPhone, has more than doubled its share of the worldwide operating system market over the past 10 months.
Discussion: CNET News and Hardware 2.0 Blog
Cody / iPhone Download Blog:
Lima is a New Browser-Based Cydia Alternative  —  After Cydia was crippled by the the recent Amazon EC2 outage, jailbreakers have been seeking out alternative options to get their favorite iOS extensions.  Currently, Cydia is widely known as the “only” jailbroken app store …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple now world's second-largest buyer of accelerometers, gyroscopes, microphones  —  The multitude of sensors found in devices like the iPhone 4, iPad and iPod touch have made Apple the second-largest buyer of microelectromechanical sensors, with the company positioned to overtake market leader Samsung.
Discussion: DigiTimes and SlashGear
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Sony Declines to Testify at Congressional Hearing  —  Sony has declined to testify at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, “The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers,” that seeks to understand how consumers' private data is protected by corporations.  —  Last week Sony's PlayStation Network …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Gamasutra
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Pandora Is Now 10 Billion Thumbs Strong  —  Personalized radio service Pandora has reached a major milestone: last week it recorded its 10 billionth thumb (and it was a thumbs up).  —  Avid fans of the popular service already know what that means — for the rest of you …
Discussion: Pandora and ReadWriteWeb
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Google's Eric Schmidt Pours $1.5 Million Into An Online Ad Startup  —  Google chairman Eric Schmidt just invested into Eyeview Digital, an Israeli startup that helps advertisers deliver highly personalized video ads, Globes reports via investor Ouriel Ohayon.
Discussion: Globes Online
Abhiram Nandakumar / Reuters:
Nortel gets court nods for Google's “stalking horse”  —  (Reuters) - Nortel Networks Corp, the fallen Canadian telecom giant, said it had received court approvals for the “stalking horse” bid made by a unit of Google Inc for its portfolio of technology patents for $900 million.
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Peel Raises $16.7M To Turn Your Smartphone Into Your Television's Best Friend
Discussion: VatorNews and Electronista
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Group wants Google Buzz settlement to apply more broadly
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Closes $326M Acquisition Of Social Media Monitoring Company Radian6
Sean Milliken / MissionFish:
Exciting News - MissionFish acquired by eBay
Discussion: eBay Ink and TechCrunch
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Boingo IPO to Test the Strength of Wireless Boom
Discussion: Renaissance Capital
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Ex-Gaia Online CEO joins VC firm
 Earlier Items: 
John Boudreau / Seattle Times:
Despite friction in China, Google digs in
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Brightcove Streaming 700 Million Videos A Month; Granted Broad Patent For Online Video
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:beet_tv
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook to get Video Chat and Facebook apps in May
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
How to Find Love on Facebook