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5:35 PM ET, May 2, 2011

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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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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Here's the guy who unwittingly live-tweeted the raid on Bin Laden  —  Yesterday Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual on Twitter) was just “an IT consultant taking a break from the rat-race by hiding in the mountains”, specifically Abbottabad, northern Pakistan.  —  The IT contractor and graduate …
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.
Discussion: Softpedia News and ITworld.com
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Bin Laden Announcement Has Highest Sustained Tweet Rate Ever, At 3440 Tweets Per Second
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Just Had Its CNN Moment
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.
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Ricardo Bilton / The Toybox Blog:
IPhone location bug fix coming within next two weeks
Discussion: FreakGeeks
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 …
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, BGR and Gizmodo
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, Pulse2 and SAI
Electronista:
Sony says PSN passwords had been put through crypto hash  —  Sony has once again commented on the longest PlayStation Network outage to date, assuring users their passwords were protected, if not encrypted.  The method used instead was called a cryptographic hash function and Sony has provided …
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Sony suffers another major security breach
Discussion: BBC, Bloomberg and VentureBeat
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 …
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
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.
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.
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. in iPad Deal With Apple  —  Time Inc., the country's largest magazine publisher, has reached a deal with Apple Inc. to make all its iPad editions free for print subscribers, marking a break in the impasse between publishers and Apple and lending support to Time's contention …
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:   All Time Inc. iPad Magazine Apps Now Free for Print Subscribers
Sean Milliken / MissionFish:
Exciting News - MissionFish acquired by eBay  —  We're taking the next step in expanding our impact.  — Today I am pleased to announce that MissionFish has been acquired by eBay from the Points of Light Institute.  This is a big step in the evolution of MissionFish …
Discussion: eBay Ink, TechCrunch and WebProNews
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.
Discussion: Electronista
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, SlashGear and Neowin.net
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DISH And EchoStar Settle Patent Litigation With TiVo, Agree To Pay $500 Million  —  DISH Network and EchoStar this morning announced that they've agreed to pay TiVo $500 million to settle all of their ongoing patent litigation with the digital video recorder company.
 
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
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Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
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