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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
AT&T Rep: Apple Has Told Us No New iPhone in June or July  —  While increasing numbers of reports are pointing to a later-than-usual introduction for the fifth-generation iPhone, potentially with an unveiling at Apple's traditional September iPod-focused event, some observers have still …
Daniel Ek / Spotify:
Spotify says hello to the iPod  —  At Spotify it's always been our mission to provide you with the best all-round music experience on the planet.  For Spotify Premium subscribers, a huge part of that experience is taking your playlists with you wherever you go.
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify takes on iTunes with new music downloads store and iPod syncing  —  Is streaming music service Spotify a direct rival to Apple's iTunes?  If it wasn't before, it certainly is now.  Today, Spotify is launching its own music downloads store, adding iPod syncing to its desktop client …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Obama ‘Situation Room’ Photo Is Already Half Way To Becoming Flickr's Most Viewed Pic  —  If you ever wanted a glimpse of what the Spiderman “With great power comes great responsibility” quote looks like actualized, take a second to digest the above photo of President Obama …
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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Situation Room Meme: The Shortest Route From Bin Laden to Lulz
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Osama bin Laden raid yields trove of computer data
iFixit:
iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2428 Teardown  —  We got up this morning to news that the new iMacs were out, so we knew what we had to do: start sharpening our suction cups!  Thankfully, this iMac model opens in the same way as previous generations.  All you have to do is pull off the magnetically-held display glass …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Suddenly, Top Facebook Employees Are Quitting Again  —  Facebook director of business development Jim Midgal has quit the company.  —  On LinkedIn, he lists his current job as “baggage handler” and his company as “traveling.”  —  Gone too is Marcel Laverdet, one of the three Facebook's employees …
Discussion: TechEye and The Business Insider
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Aftab Ahmed / Reuters:
Wireless carriers scale down scope of mobile payment system  —  (Reuters) - The biggest U.S. wireless carriers, AT&T Inc, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA, are not setting up a separate network for payments on transactions done by phones, the Wall Street Journal said.
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Carriers Downsize Isis Plans, Reach Out to Credit Card Companies
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Warner Bros. Acquires Social Movie Site Flixster (And Rotten Tomatoes)  —  Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has acquired social movie discovery site Flixster.  The acquisition also includes Rotten Tomatoes, a movie review site Flixster acquired from News Corp. last year.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
US DVD sales plummet 20%  —  Hollywood studios feel impact of rapid shift to online film and TV viewing  —  DVD sales plunged 20% in the US in the first quarter of 2011, with Hollywood studios blaming the timing of Easter and a glut of blockbuster releases in the same period last year for the $500m …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Windows generates less than a third the profit of iOS + OS X  —  While a lot of the credit for Apple's success is rightfully assigned to the iOS franchises, the OS X business has more than quadrupled in five years.  This has happened without drastic price fluctuations.
Nick Clayton / Wall Street Journal:
Social Media Gets Professional  —  SOCIAL MEDIA: Online networking is transforming the way businesses operate but few understand its true implications  —  If you want an example of the power of social media, consider this.  Starbucks gets 1.8 million visitors to its website every month, Coca Cola some 270,000.
Thanks:joefahrner
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Zynga blocks co-founder's stock sale  —  Social gaming leader Zynga hasn't even gone public and already it's facing legal problems over its hot stock.  —  The company is blocking attempts by former executive Andy Trader, who left the company last year, to sell $12.8 million of his private Zynga shares …
Discussion: SAI
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Google Takes to TV to Promote Browser  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google is once again taking up arms in the browser wars, in the belief that people who use its Chrome Web browser will be more likely to keep using Google search.  —  The company is taking the battle to mainstream America …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AOL: The revenue slide continues, but display ads show signs of life  —  AOL revenue continues to decline at a double-digit clip.  —  The company reported first quarter earnings of $4.7 million, or 4 cents a share, on revenue of $551.4 million, down 17 percent from a year ago.
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
AT&T Veer 4G available May 15th for $99 on contract  —  AT&T and HP have just announced the Veer 4G will be available on May 15th for $99 with a two-year contract.  It will be available in both black and white variations onilne and in AT&T stores.  Running webOS, the Veer 4G …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MOL Red Paperclips Its Way To A Facebook Fortune  —  In 2005 Kyle MacDonald made a series of fourteen trades, beginning with a red paperclip and ending with a house.  It took him less than a year.  You all know the story.  The Office did even an episode this year about the idea as well.
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 …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Gigwalk Launches: Wanna Get Paid for Taking Pictures with Your iPhone?  —  In the 1990s, peer-to-peer networks were a revelation.  They allowed people to pool together tiny parts of their computers, and those pooled together parts could do far more together than the average computer or connection could do on its own.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Google TV Aims to Turn the Channel With New Release Later This Year  —  Google TV may not have won over many critics or fans with its first season, but Google still thinks it could be a long-term hit.  —  Before renewing the product for another season, though, Google is making a number of changes to the script.
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.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
ASUS planning quad-core Tegra 3 tablet, yet another Intel slate  —  The Eee Pad Transformer may be wowing tablet lovers with its unbeatable price-to-features ratio today, but ASUS looks to have its sights set on even mightier devices for the future.  DigTimes reports that the Taiwanese company …
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 …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
.NET Android and iOS clones stripped by Attachmate  —  Open source Mono suffers layoffs  —  The fate of an open-source version of Microsoft's .NET running on iOS and Android is unclear after Novell's new owner Attachmate laid off members of the project, according to reports.
Chadwick Matlin / Fortune:
The Ayn Rand-loving, feet-baring, efficiency-obsessed savant behind SCVNGR  —  Who is Seth Priebatsch?  How did his tiny company, based on turning life into a video gaming experience, wind up with a $100 million valuation?  —  Seth Priebatsch, left  —  FORTUNE — As I walked through …
Discussion: broadstuff, Thanks:smalera
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo confirms it will cut Wii price to $149 and reduces some games to $19.99  —  Trying to revive sales, Nintendo said it will cut the price of its Wii video game console to $149.99 on May 15 and also chopped the prices of some games to $19.99.  —  The price cut, which was rumored …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Latest GPU market numbers spell bad news for NVIDIA  —  It's Intel's fifth consecutive quarter of producing CPUs with GPUs integrated into the same package (if not on the same die), and, predictably, the shift has not been kind to NVIDIA.  The latest numbers from JPR show the increasing bind …
 
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chris Sacca: The Train Has Left The Station On Early Stage Valuations
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
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Erik Sherman / BNET:
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Sponsored Stories Ads Have 46% Higher CTR, 18% Lower Cost Per Fan Says TBG Digital Test
Discussion: All Facebook, Thanks:joshconstine