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3:30 PM ET, May 4, 2011

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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.
Discussion: Pulse2 and techPresident
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  —  (Reuters) - Sony Corp blamed the well-known Internet vigilante group Anonymous for indirectly allowing a hacker to gain access to personal data of more than 100 million video game users.  “Sony now faces a large-scale cyber-attack involving …
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
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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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.
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Intel will mass produce 3D transistors for all future CPUs, starting with 22nm Ivy Bridge (video)  —  Looks like 3D isn't just a fad, folks, so long as we're talking about silicon — Intel just announced that it has invented a 3D “Tri-Gate” transistor that will allow the company to keep shrinking chips, Moore's Law naysayers be darned.
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 …
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.
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
WE JUST GOT BOUGHT! Here's The Internal Memo From The $60 Million Flixster Sale
Discussion: iClarified
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple has released an iOS 4.3.3 update, fixing location database issues  —  Apple has just released the iOS 4.3.3 update for iDevices.  It's available now on iTunes, just plug in your device and hit update to get the update.  The biggest change in this new update is of course …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
Mike Helmick / Gmail Blog:
Store up to 25,000 contacts  —  Gmail used to have a limit of 10,000 contacts.  For most of us, this was way more than enough, but we heard from some of you who use Gmail to communicate with more than 10,000 people.  We want you to be able to store all of your contacts in a single place …
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
Ronny Kerr / VatorNews:
Renren IPO raises $743 million  —  The first social networking site to go public in the United States sees its shares surge to $24  —  Chinese social networking website Renren went public on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, raising $743 million for the Beijing-based company.
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
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, WinRumors and Inquirer
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
LinkedIn IPO to List on NYSE: Big Win for Big Board … New in today's updated LinkedIn IPO filing: the social networking company for business professionals has decided to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange.  —  The LinkedIn IPO — one of the most high profile tech-stock debuts of 2011 …
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.
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 …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft promises OAuth 2.0 support in future version of Messenger Connect  —  Microsoft revealed on Wednesday that it plans to support OAuth 2.0 in the next-version of Messenger Connect.  —  Messenger Connect is a collection of APIs and controls that developers can use to access data from the Windows Live network.
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 …
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Lawsuit Filed Against Apple and Other Tech Companies Over Anti-Poaching Agreements
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple Said to Have Hired the Audio Genius Behind THX
Amy Martinez / Seattle Times:
Amazon to open new Sumner warehouse, hire several hundred
Discussion: TechFlash, Amazon.com and The Register
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
AT&T Veer 4G available May 15th for $99 on contract
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Say What? High-Tech Messages Can Get Lost in Translation
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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
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
.NET Android and iOS clones stripped by Attachmate
Chadwick Matlin / Fortune:
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Discussion: Digits and broadstuff, Thanks:smalera