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Apple:
Apple Announces New iMac With Next Generation Quad-Core Processors, Graphics & Thunderbolt I/O Technology  —  Apple® today updated its signature all-in-one iMac® with next generation quad-core processors, powerful new graphics, groundbreaking high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime® HD camera.
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Apple iMac hands-on, with dual 30-inch displays! (video)  —  One Thunderbolt port on your new MacBook Pro?  Pah.  The new 27-inch iMac has twice that many — two.  When we got ours out of the box we just had to do the natural thing: fire up as many pixels as possible.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Osama bin Laden raid yields trove of computer data  —  The assault force of Navy SEALs snatched a trove of computer drives and disks during their weekend raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, yielding what a U.S. official called “the mother lode of intelligence.”
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Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
What's on Osama bin Laden's Hard Drive?  Hopefully a Lot.  —  Can you imagine what evil yet useful informational treasures might be found on Osama bin Laden's computer?  —  As details about the daring raid on Abbottabad continue to emerge, we're learning more not only about how Navy Seals found …
Discussion: MediaPost, PC World and MarketBeat
BRYCE DOT VC:
Ten Years of Innovation Highlighted in One Night
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Dissolves Search Group Internally, Now Called “Knowledge”  —  Google has seven major product groups.  Advertising, Commerce & Local, Mobile (Android), Social, Chrome, YouTube and Search.  Search is, of course, Google's first and most important product.  But that group actually no longer exists internally.
Discussion: SAI
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Ownership of TV Sets Falls in U.S.  —  For the first time in 20 years, the number of homes in the United States with television sets has dropped.  —  The Nielsen Company, which takes TV set ownership into account when it produces ratings, will tell television networks and advertisers …
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Henry Blodget / Yahoo! Finance:
Apple Will Become A Trillion-Dollar Company, Says Altucher — $1,000 A Share  —  Apple recently blew past Microsoft, Cisco, and other companies to become the most valuable tech company in the world.  —  But that's just the beginning, says investor James Altucher of Formula Capital.
Discussion: App Advice, MacNN, 9 to 5 Mac, BGR and I4U News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook's Infrastructure Czar Jonathan Heiliger Leaves  —  Jonathan Heiliger, Facebook's vice president of Technical Operations, has been the Palo Alto-based web giant's public face when it comes to all things infrastructure.  And today (May 3rd), he announced that he would leave the company at the end of the summer.
Discussion: All Facebook and SAI
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
Bing meets BlackBerry; Microsoft's baby will be default search engine on RIM devices  —  Steve Ballmer just took the stage at BlackBerry World 2011 to let all of humanity know that the new default maps and search options on future (and present?)  BlackBerry devices would be Bing.  Yes, Bing.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IP-Address Is Not a Person, BitTorrent Case Judge Says  —  In the last year various copyright holders have sued well over 100,000 alleged file-sharers in the United States alone.  The purpose of these lawsuits is to obtain the personal details of the alleged infringers …
Jack Kent / iSuppli:
Revenue for Major Mobile App Stores to Rise 77.7 Percent in 2011  —  Combined revenues from the four major mobile application stores run by Apple Inc., Google Inc., Nokia Corp. and Research In Motion Ltd. will leap 77.7 percent in 2011 to $3.8 billion, with the Apple App Store projected to eat …
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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:   Apple Leads App Market That May Bring In $3.8 Billion in '11
Lee Spears / Bloomberg:
Renren Seeks Twice Facebook Valuation in Social-Media IPO  —  Renren Inc., China's biggest social- networking website by page views, is seeking a valuation more than double that of Facebook Inc. as it aims to raise as much as $743.4 million in a U.S. initial public offering today.
Cade Metz / The Register:
HP engineering veep spills cloud plans onto LinkedIn  —  Ruby, Java, open source, [Microsoft Azure]  —  HP is building a wide range of public cloud services, including Amazon-like “infrastructure clouds” offering instant access to readily scalable processing power, storage …
Discussion: SAI
Patrick Moor / Google Voice Blog:
Google Voice and Sprint integration is live  —  It's official, the Google Voice integration with Sprint is now live!  —  As we mentioned when we first announced the integration, there are two ways to bring Google Voice to your Sprint mobile phone:  —  Option 1: Keep your Sprint number …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Adapteva Pitches A Supercomputer For Your Phone  —  The brains inside your smartphone are getting more power with the latest application processors having two processing cores to help speed up the delivery of web site load times and mobile gameplay.  That's pretty awesome, but Adapteva …
Music Ally:
RIAA figures reveal US music revenues for 2010  —  Music subscription services had 1.5 million paying users in the US last year, up from 1.2 million in 2009.  That's according to new figures from the RIAA, which says revenues for these services still fell from $213 million in 2009 to $201 million in 2010.
Discussion: VatorNews
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Facebook Responds To Julian Assange's ‘Spying Machine’ Allegations  —  It's possible that Julian Assange has been watching too much of the Onion News Network while cooling his heels in Britain.  The ONN recently satirically reported about how the “CIA's invention of Facebook has saved the U.S. government millions of dollars.”
Zee / The Next Web:
Rackspace to Shut Down Slicehost  —  In a letter to its customers, Rackspace VP of Product Mark Interrante has announced that Slicehost, the IT hosting company Rackspace acquired in 2008 will be shut down.  —  Interrante gives the complexities of managing “two brands, two control panels …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
Arianna Huffington's Legitimacy Problem  —  For months, Arianna Huffington's been trying to convince The New York Times and the general public that The Huffington Post is just as legitimate as its mainstream media counterparts.  But this week, her journalistic credibility has taken a blow …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
PC rental store accused of using webcams, keyloggers on customers  —  Built-in webcams are becoming more and more common in computers these days, and in turn, they are becoming more and more of a liability.  A Wyoming couple is now accusing national rent-to-own chain Aaron's Inc. of spying …
Anand Rajaraman / Datawocky:
Goodbye, Kosmix.  Hello, @WalmartLabs  —  Two weeks ago, I announced the exciting news that Kosmix had agreed to be acquired by Walmart, the world's largest retailer.  At that point, the deal was signed but subject to customary closing conditions.  Today, I'm delighted to announce …
Discussion: @walmartlabs
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
EA Acquires Firemint to Bulk Up Mobile Gaming Talent  —  Electronic Arts is acquiring Firemint, the independent mobile development studio in Melbourne, Australia, known for such hits as Flight Control and Real Racing.  —  The game company is characterizing the acquisition as bringing …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Sponsored Stories Ads Have 46% Higher CTR, 18% Lower Cost Per Fan Says TBG Digital Test  —  Facebook Ads API service provider TBG Digital has revealed that in a 10-day, 3-client, 2 billion impression test, Facebook's new Sponsored Stories ad units received a 46% higher click through rate …
Discussion: All Facebook, Thanks:joshconstine
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Comcast Profit Rises on Broadband Gains, NBC Universal Deal  —  Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable company, reported an increase in first-quarter revenue and profit with the addition of broadband subscribers and the completion of a deal for control of NBC Universal.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: In Ten Years, “We Will All Have A Gigabit To The Home”  —  Netflix is blowing the doors off its business, with $3 billion in annualized revenue and a $12 billion market cap driven by the transition to streaming online video.  In terms of hours watched …
Discussion: paidContent and SAI
 
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Reuters:
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Mark Milian / CNN:
Game developer braces for fight with Apple over name
Discussion: App Advice
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
JQuery Creator John Resig Leaves Mozilla, Joins Khan Academy
Discussion: John Resig and Pulse2
DigiTimes:
Quanta receives tablet PC orders from Amazon, say upstream sources