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1:30 PM 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 …
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
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  —  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.
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:
WE JUST GOT BOUGHT!  Here's The Internal Memo From The $60 Million Flixster Sale  —  Warner Brothers just bought Flixter for a price speculated to be around $60 million.  —  The internal memo announcing the deal just landed in our inbox:  —  All -  —  About ten minutes ago we entered …
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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.
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Sony's Response to the U.S. House of Representatives  —  Today, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing in Washington, DC on “The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers.”
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Reuters:
Sony blames “Anonymous” for stage-setting theft
Discussion: DailyTech and VG247
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel will build next-generation chips with 3D structures  —  Intel said today that it will build its next generation of chips with 3D structures, a move that will allow it to pack much more computing power in a given space and stay on the path of technological advancement for years to come.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: SlashGear and Electronista
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: GigaOM, Inquirer, WinRumors and The Next Web
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.
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 …
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
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.
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
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Disqus Raises $10 Million, Doubles in Size Despite Facebook Comments  —  Real-time commenting system Disqus came out this morning with a bunch of numbers, including one referring to the $10 million dollars it just secured, in a show that the battle for commenting solutions on the Web has not died …
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.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Pandora Internet Radio Service to Offer Large Archive of Comedy Clips  —  Since it began six years ago, the Internet radio service Pandora has changed the way millions of people listen to music online.  Now the company wants to do the same for comedy.  —  On Wednesday Pandora will add 10,000 clips …
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: Digits and broadstuff, Thanks:smalera
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Efficient Frontier Buys Context Optional for $50 Million  —  Online performance marketing firm Efficient Frontier is acquiring San Francisco-based social marketing software and services start-up Context Optional, the company said.  —  While terms of the deal were not revealed, sources said the price was $50 million.
Discussion: All Facebook
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
comScore: Facebook Now Serves One Third Of Online Ads In U.S.  —  Facebook is so large that it now accounts for about one out of every three ad impressions in the U.S., according to the latest statistics from comScore Ad Metrix.  In the first quarter of 2011, comScore estimates that 1.1 trillion ads …
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 …
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 …
 
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Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
LinkedIn IPO to List on NYSE: Big Win for Big Board
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Say What? High-Tech Messages Can Get Lost in Translation
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Latest GPU market numbers spell bad news for NVIDIA
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Chris Sacca: The Train Has Left The Station On Early Stage Valuations
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and SAI
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
.NET Android and iOS clones stripped by Attachmate
Discussion: Sean Michael Kerner and TechEye
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: OpenTable CEO Jordan Likely to Head to Silicon Valley VC Firm Andreessen Horowitz