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6:15 PM ET, May 4, 2011

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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple to release Mac OS X Lion through Mac App Store - sources  —  With the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion this summer, Apple will make the switch to a new kind of digital distribution for its operating system upgrades by releasing the software first through its new Mac App Store, AppleInsider has learned.
Brandon Watson / The Windows Blog:
All Updated Windows Phones Are Not Alike  —  Yesterday, Eric announced that there would be a new update for Windows Phone.  You can read his post to see what all is included, but I wanted to focus on a specific issue: phones “updated” using any unofficial mechanisms.
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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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: techPresident, Underwire and Pulse2
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple Said to Have Hired the Audio Genius Behind THX  —  Apple has reportedly hired Tomlinson Holman as its new audio chief, according to a tweet by Leo Laporte Wednesday morning.  Laporte said he had it “on good authority” that Holman “is joining Apple to run audio.”
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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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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
With A New API, Aviary Wants To Become The Twilio Of Photo Effects (Video)  —  Mobile apps like Instagram and PicPlz made photo filters popular, and now every photo app needs to have filters and effects.  But not every developer wants to spend the time and resources to come up with his own effects.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
A Writer's Astounding Self-Obituary  —  Derek Miller's public goodbye would properly be called an “auto-obituary,” but the title affixed to his final blog entry is plainer and more effective.  “The last post” is both a touching farewell and evidence that blogs can still surprise and move people.
Discussion: Daring Fireball, Penmachine and Reason
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Lawsuit Filed Against Apple and Other Tech Companies Over Anti-Poaching Agreements  —  Law firm Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein today announced the filing of a class-action lawsuit against Apple and other tech companies over “no solicitation” agreements that prevented the companies …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Hearst Confirms They'll Implement Apple's Subscriptions In July  —  The Wall Street Journal reports Hearst, one of the major magazine and newspaper publishers in the United States, has agreed to Apple's terms and will begin implementing iTunes subscriptions in three of its iPad apps starting with the July issues.
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.
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: MediaPost and The Business Insider
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp. Revenue, Earnings Miss; MySpace Still Burning Money  —  A first look at News Corp.'s March quarter earnings: Revenues of $8.26 billion and adjusted earnings of $0.26 per share.  Analysts were looking for revenue of $8.42 billion and earnings of $0.27 per share.
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
First look: Scrible, cool new web research, curation, collection tool  —  Just released today, Scrible (spelled weird), caught my eye at yesterday's Founder Conference in Mountain View, so I pulled CEO Victor Karkar aside into a noisy cafe to see more.  —  What does this do?  Well, it lets you markup the web.
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat, Thanks:moehlert
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 …
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.
 
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Xinhua News Agency:
China sets up office for Internet information management
Discussion: ITworld.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Socialcam's ‘Instagram for Video’ Is Now On The Web, Too
Discussion: New York Times and ReadWriteWeb
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Oracle Subpoenas Apache in Google Android Lawsuit
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
A New Location Services based Class Action Lawsuit has been Filed against Apple.
Discussion: WebProNews
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft promises OAuth 2.0 support in future version of Messenger Connect
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
LinkedIn IPO to List on NYSE: Big Win for Big Board
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MOL Red Paperclips Its Way To A Facebook Fortune
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AOL: The revenue slide continues, but display ads show signs of life
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Zynga blocks co-founder's stock sale
Discussion: SAI
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Latest GPU market numbers spell bad news for NVIDIA
Nick Clayton / Wall Street Journal:
Social Media Gets Professional
Thanks:joefahrner
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
US DVD sales plummet 20%
Chadwick Matlin / Fortune:
The Ayn Rand-loving, feet-baring, efficiency-obsessed savant behind SCVNGR
Discussion: Digits and broadstuff, Thanks:smalera
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Windows generates less than a third the profit of iOS + OS X
Discussion: GigaOM, Inquirer and WinRumors