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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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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Situation Room Meme: The Shortest Route From Bin Laden to Lulz  —  The photo of the White House Situation Room during the operation that killed Osama bin Laden stunned the world when it was released.  The photo is powerful, and the response to it has been strong.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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Todd Haselton / BGR:
RIM to add foursquare support to BBM
Discussion: IntoMobile and PC World
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Next Web and parislemon
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 …
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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Erik Sherman / BNET:
Facebook's Giant Marketing Mistake: It Works Backwards  —  Facebook's daily deals are up and running, through from a marketing perspective, “limping” might be a better word.  The company has already made a number of mistakes that are likely to numb its users to the very deals it's trying so hard to promote.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Gloria Sin / ZDNet:
American Airlines to offer in-flight streaming to personal devices  —  Flying on American Airlines just got a little more comfortable for passengers like me, who have a hard time sleeping thanks to those flickering LCD screens embedded into the back of seats on most aircrafts.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Amazon Announces Its Gilt And Vente Privée Killer, MyHabit.com  —  The private sales market is really heating up.  Amazon has just announced MyHabit.com, a private sales site that's going to compete directly with the likes of Gilt Groupe and RueLaLa, which is soon to be owned by eBay.
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 …
Discussion: Guardian, Thanks:stuartdredge
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
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
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: SAI, GigaOM and paidContent
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 …
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 …
Discussion: thechromesource and Computerworld
John Cook / GeekWire:
The Woz to Paul Allen: Stop patent trolling, start innovating  —  In the annals of tech history, Paul Allen and Steve Wozniak will likely be remembered as the forgotten co-founders.  Each has done a bit to reinvent themselves recently.  Allen wrote a memoir called “Idea Man.”
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The Register
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 …
Discussion: Digits, Electronista, Geek.com and SlashGear
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple No Longer Accepting App Store Reviews for Redeemed Promo Codes  —  As noted in the forums at our sister site Touch Arcade, Apple has apparently made a change to its App Store app review policies, no longer permitting users who have obtained applications via promo code to leave reviews for them.
 
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Anand Rajaraman / Datawocky:
Goodbye, Kosmix. Hello, @WalmartLabs
Discussion: @jason, @walmartlabs and MarketingVOX
Lee Spears / Bloomberg:
Renren Seeks Twice Facebook Valuation in Social-Media IPO
Music Ally:
RIAA figures reveal US music revenues for 2010
Discussion: VatorNews
Zee / The Next Web:
Rackspace to Shut Down Slicehost
Discussion: InfoWorld, GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb and rc3.org
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Ownership of TV Sets Falls in U.S.