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11:10 AM ET, May 4, 2011

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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 …
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews, Laughing Squid and Gizmodo
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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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Osama bin Laden raid yields trove of computer data
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 …
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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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
New iMacs get benchmarked, as fast as expected
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: 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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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: SlashGear, SAI and virtualization.info
 
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Latest GPU market numbers spell bad news for NVIDIA
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: The Next Web
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
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Discussion: Uber Blog, Xconomy and VentureBeat
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chris Sacca: The Train Has Left The Station On Early Stage Valuations
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Feedly taps HTML5 to bring cross-platform news reading to iOS, Android
Discussion: Scobleizer, GigaOM and ReadWriteWeb
Chadwick Matlin / Fortune:
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 Earlier Items: 
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
Novell Antitrust Suit Against Microsoft Over WordPerfect Revived by Court
Discussion: TechFlash, Inquirer, Reuters and thinq_
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: OpenTable CEO Jordan Likely to Head to Silicon Valley VC Firm Andreessen Horowitz
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Senator Presses Sony on Theft of Customer Data
Discussion: CNET News
Erik Sherman / BNET:
Facebook's Giant Marketing Mistake: It Works Backwards
Discussion: @joshconstine and Bloomberg