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6:50 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
Discussion: The Business Insider
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: 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 …
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Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Sony's Response to the U.S. House of Representatives
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.
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:
iPhone Location Update: All Users In 1 Week; Android 2.3 Update: 4% Of Users In 5 Months  —  Earlier today, Apple released the iOS update that resolves the location tracking issues that had the press in a tizzy over for the past couple of weeks.  For those keeping score at home …
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple has released an iOS 4.3.3 update, fixing location database issues
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.
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.
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
Nick Bilton / Bits:
White iPhone Versus White iPhone  —  For almost a year, the white iPhone has been as elusive as a double rainbow.  Sure, we knew they existed, but few people had seen one.  Now this sought-after device is available in stores.  But their existence just provokes more questions.  —  Like, what took Apple so long?
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 …
Discussion: TechNet Blogs, The Next Web and SAI, Thanks:nick_forster
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.
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.”
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?
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.
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
John Cook / GeekWire:
CityGrid Media buys social media monitoring service BuzzLabs  —  The consolidation continues in the social media monitoring space.  And now one of Seattle's upstarts is benefiting.  BuzzLabs, a 2-year-old startup founded by former Microsoft employees Philip Lee and Dou Shen …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
CNET Accused of Copyright Infringement for Distributing LimeWire  —  CBS Interactive, the owner of CNET, is being sued for facilitating “massive copyright infringement” for distributing the LimeWire software, a file sharing service a federal judge ruled illegal last year.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
And the leader in high speed fiber broadband is... Lithuania  —  Are you an AT&T residential broadband customer in the United States, grumbling over the inauguration of 150GB bandwidth caps for your pokey DSL connection?  Or maybe you're a Canadian—bitter over the low ceiling caps imposed …
Discussion: DSLreports
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 …
 
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Oracle U-turns on Hudson open source control
Discussion: Kohsuke Kawaguchi
Electronista:
Sprint delays PlayBook launch indefinitely
Joanna Glasner / PE Hub Blog:
Gilt Groupe Seeking $138M - Filing
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
100,000 Developers Strong, Mashery Nabs $11 Million To Push The Internet Beyond Websites
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
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Hearst Confirms They'll Implement Apple's Subscriptions In July
 Earlier Items: 
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Oracle Subpoenas Apache in Google Android Lawsuit
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
First look: Scrible, cool new web research, curation, collection tool
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch, Thanks:moehlert
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel will build next-generation chips with 3D structures