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11:05 AM ET, May 5, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple and Verizon to deliver over-the-air iOS updates to Verizon iPhone  —  Apple has long used the proxy of iTunes to push updates to its iOS devices: when a new software update is available, users need to plug their device in via USB, click update, and the new software version is downloaded and installed.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook, Google considering Skype deals  —  (Reuters) - Facebook and Google Inc (GOOG.O) are separately considering a tie-up with Skype after the web video conferencing service delayed its initial public offering, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions told Reuters.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook And Google Ready To Battle Over Skype
Joe Siegrist / LastPass:
LastPass Security Notification  —  We noticed an issue yesterday and wanted to alert you to it.  As a precaution, we're also forcing you to change your master password.  —  We take a close look at our logs and try to explain every anomaly we see.  Tuesday morning we saw a network traffic anomaly …
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
LastPass potentially hacked, users urged to change master passwords  —  Free password management program LastPass, a browser extension that manages passwords and automates form filling, has been subjected to an external attack which could see user email addresses, their server salt and salted password hashes stolen by attackers.
Discussion: GigaOM and New Scientist
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.
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Ellis Hamburger / SAI:
Apple Is Killing Discs In Favor Of The Mac App Store For OS X Lion
Discussion: Electronista and I4U News
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Anonymous denies involvement in Playstation Network credit card theft scandal  —  Hacktivism group Anonymous, which routinely attacks major corporations and takes up political causes, said it is not responsible for the theft of sensitive information and credit card data from Sony's Playstation Network …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft tries luring iOS devs as Windows Phone 7 dev interest falters  —  In an effort to drum up support for its smartphone platform among existing smartphone developers, Microsoft has released a raft of information to help iOS developers find their feet on Windows Phone 7.
Chris Dixon / cdixon.org:
Best practices for raising a VC round  —  Having raised a number of VC rounds personally and observed many more as an investor or friend, I've come to think there are a set of dominant best practices that entrepreneurs should follow.  —  1. Valuation: Come up with what minimum valuation …
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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Tim Stevens / Engadget:   Microsoft confirms WP7 handsets updated using ‘unofficial mechanisms’ cannot get latest update
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Calls Out Rivals' Web Benchmark Tools, Rebuilds Them To Better Gauge Chrome  —  When it comes to Chrome, Google has long been addicted to speed.  And for many tasks on the web today, that speed is related to how fast your JavaScript engine is.  Google has long held that their's is the fastest.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Has Facebook Become The Master Key To Unlocking The Web?  —  When Facebook rolled out its Send button last week, I laughed.  I even mocked on Twitter that Facebook wouldn't be happy until our pages were full of buttons.  But the Send button, as well as integrating other aspects of Facebook into websites, does make a lot of sense.
Discussion: Datamation, Thanks:dannysullivan
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
RIM to launch 10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook this fall; OS 7 devices delayed?  —  With BlackBerry World 2011 coming to a close, you knew there had to be some unannounced news waiting to come out of the conference, right?  We have been told by multiple sources that RIM is planning on releasing …
MG Siegler / parislemon:
On Bin Laden Killing Tech Blogging  —  The information in the image above is not surprising at all.  But still pathetic.  —  Imagine that, you write 35 200-word posts featuring the words “Bin Laden” in the headline and they pull in traffic on the day it's one of the most searched terms ever.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Android To Surpass Apple's App Store In Size By August 2011: Report (Exclusive)  —  There's no doubt Android Market will at some point offer more applications for download and/or purchase than Apple's App Store, as the latter's growth has been slowing down of late, while the Android application store's growth rate has been accelerating.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Tim Armstrong's Rambling Explanation Of What He's Getting For Plowing $40 Million Into Patch  —  During AOL's earnings call, one of the top questions from analysts was what is AOL's plan with Patch?  —  AOL dumped $40 million into the hyper local network for the second quarter in a row, and it didn't generate much revenue.
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble to release new e-reader, according to securities filing  —  It's not often that we get word of a new gadget by way of an SEC filing, but Barnes & Noble has broken with tradition with an 8-K report that reveals its intentions to introduce a new e-reader.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice CEO Craig Walker Launches Firespotter, A Google Ventures Funded Incubator  —  When Google Voice (previously GrandCentral) cofounder and CEO Craig Walker left Google last year, he didn't go far.  In fact, he just went across the street to set up a desk at Google Ventures as an entrepreneur in residence.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Begins Sending @ Replies to Users - Not All of Which Are SFW  —  Twitter has created a new official account called @TwitterSuggests and is using it to send public replies to other Twitter users.  What does Twitter want to say to its users?  How to use the service, of course, and more specifically whom they should follow.
Discussion: louisgray.com, @pankaj, @znmeb and SAI
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Just Leaked Their +1 Chrome Extension On National Television  —  If you haven't seen Google's new “Dear Sophie” video, I highly recommend you check it out.  It's brilliant.  —  And watch closely.  —  At various points in the video, the Chrome browser in use reveals an unreleased product: a Google +1 extension.
Electronista:
Sprint delays PlayBook launch indefinitely  —  Sprint has reportedly delayed its PlayBook launch, according to an internal document that was allegedly circulated to dealers.  The carrier and RIM initially promised an April 19 launch date for the CDMA variant, however the schedule was later pushed back to May 8.
Discussion: SAI, Ubergizmo and BriefMobile
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft attacks Google Apps with “Google Tax” claim  —  Microsoft is on the Google attack once again this week.  —  The software giant has created an iceberg info-graphic (see below) that reveals Google's hidden costs.  Tom Rizzo, senior director of Microsoft Online Services …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
IDC lists ARM with Intel as PC chips  —  Intel's power-efficient 3D transistor couldn't have come any sooner.  IDC on Thursday, in its quarterly forecast, is listing not just Intel-compatible PC chips but other categories of processors, namely ARM—the power-frugal silicon of choice in the tablet and smartphone world.
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
Grouponomics  —  18 months ago, Groupon didn't exist.  Today, it has over 70 million users in 500-odd different markets, is making more than a billion dollars a year, has dozens if not hundreds of copycat rivals, and is said to be worth as much as $25 billion.  What's going on here?
Discussion: broadstuff
Mercury News:
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg buys house in Palo Alto  —  Long after he became a billionaire, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg still rented modest digs.  But now one of Silicon Valley's top tech celebrities has become a first-time homeowner, recently buying a large house in Palo Alto that is a 10-minute drive …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
 
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: DSLreports
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
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Joanna Glasner / PE Hub Blog:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Francis Tan / The Next Web:
Baidu reveals revamped legal music platform
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Head Of Flickr On New Mobile App: “We're Going To Nail It”
Discussion: The Business Insider