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1:00 AM ET, May 3, 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.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Looks like Twitter won the battle for TweetDeck
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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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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.
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.
Peter Kafka / All Things Digital:
Bin Laden Web Traffic Big But Not Historic
Ben Gilbert / Joystiq:
Sony Online loses 12,700 credit card account numbers, 24.6 million accounts compromised [update]  —  Following up on this morning's news that Sony Online Entertainment servers were offline across the board, SOE announced that it has lost 12,700 customer credit card numbers as the result of an attack …
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 …
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 …
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.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Carriers crack down on Android tethering apps, rain on our mobile hotspot parade  —  Well everybody, it looks like the free ride is over: carriers in the US have started to seriously crack down on Android tethering apps.  Head on over to the Android Market site and try to install an app …
Electronista:
Samsung takes 200K Galaxy S II pre-orders, passes iPhone 4  —  Samsung claimed an at least initial win for the Galaxy S II.  The company took over 200,000 pre-orders across all three major Korean carriers between Monday of last week and the launch on Friday.  About 160,000 of those were at the country's largest carrier, SK Telecom.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yep, Google Just Pushed Chrome Canary For Mac Out Of The Nest  —  This morning, we noted that Google was getting ready to release an OS X version of the Chrome Canary build.  Sure enough, just hours later, here it is.  —  Canary is the pre-Dev build of Chrome meant for users who enjoy testing …
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
DigiTimes:
Quanta receives tablet PC orders from Amazon, say upstream sources  —  Taiwan-based notebook maker Quanta Computer has recently received OEM orders from Amazon for its reported tablet PC and the device will also receive full support from Taiwan-based electrophoretic display (EPD) …
Discussion: Electronista and netbooknews.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Nabs Jai Singh From AOL's HuffPo as Editor-in-Chief  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo has grabbed one of Huffington Post's top editors, Jai Singh, to become its editor-in chief.  —  The move is a big one in the online editorial arena.
Discussion: paidContent
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Lion to Bring iOS-Like Uninstall Process for Mac App Store Apps  —  As noted by Apple iGuide (via TUAW), the latest developer build of Mac OS X Lion seeded last Friday brings a new iOS-like mechanism for deleting applications installed via the Mac App Store.
Discussion: MacNN and AppleInsider
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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook for the PlayBook is Here  —  This morning, at the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Florida, RIM announced the forthcoming availability of a native Facebook application for its PlayBook tablet computer.  Since no specific launch date was given at the time …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook to get Video Chat and Facebook apps in May
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Peel Raises $16.7M To Turn Your Smartphone Into Your Television's Best Friend  —  Peel, a startup that's looking to turn your iOS device into a super-powered universal remote (among other things), has some big news: it's just closed a $16.7 million Series B funding round led by Ravi Mhatre …
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
No Improved Displays This Year, Says E Ink  —  One of the main features of the latest version of the Kindle was its new “Pearl” E Ink screen.  It offered better contrast, faster response, and so on.  And since we've gotten so used to new stuff being given to us every year …
Discussion: CNET News and Electronista
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.
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
South Korea police say probing Google over private data  —  (Reuters) - South Korean police said on Tuesday they had raided Google Inc's Seoul office on suspicions the Internet search firm's mobile advertising unit AdMob had illegally collected data, the latest setback to its operations in the country.
 
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Mark LaPedus / EE Times:
Intel vying for Apple foundry business
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Experimenting With Voice Search on Google.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Pandora Is Now 10 Billion Thumbs Strong
Discussion: Pandora and ReadWriteWeb
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Group wants Google Buzz settlement to apply more broadly
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Apple's iOS doubles operating system market share
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog and CNET News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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 Earlier Items: 
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Sony Declines to Testify at Congressional Hearing
Sean Milliken / MissionFish:
Exciting News - MissionFish acquired by eBay
Discussion: eBay Ink, TechCrunch and WebProNews
Abhiram Nandakumar / Reuters:
Nortel gets court nods for Google's “stalking horse”
Discussion: Electronista
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Fired Facebook Acquisitions Exec Lands at Twitter
Discussion: All Facebook and Pulse2
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Google's Eric Schmidt Pours $1.5 Million Into An Online Ad Startup
Discussion: VentureBeat, GigaOM and Globes Online