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3:35 PM 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.
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Trevor Mogg / Yahoo! News:
Rumor: over-the-air updates to Verizon iPhone coming with iOS 5
Discussion: PC World, Softpedia News and TiPb
NielsenWire:
Connected Devices: How We Use Tablets in the U.S.  —  With new entrants like the Samsung Galaxy and the Motorola Xoom, the market for tablet computers is heating up in the United States, even though iPad continues to dominate the conversation - and market.  That's the word from The Nielsen …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Nielsen: Apple's iPad still commands 82% of the U.S. tablet market  —  Also-rans from Samsung, Motorola and others don't seem to have made much of a dent  —  “Despite the addition to the market of new tablet computers like the Samsung Galaxy and the Motorola Xoom, in the United States …
Discussion: @jowyang, MacStories and Electronista
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
Discussion: GigaOM and New Scientist
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Anonymous denies involvement in Playstation Network credit card theft  —  Hacktivism group Anonymous, which routinely attacks major corporations and takes up political causes, said today it is not responsible for the theft of sensitive information and credit card data from Sony's Playstation Network (PSN) online gaming network.
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Marc Perton / The Consumerist:
Security Expert: Sony Knew Its Software Was Obsolete Months Before PSN Breach  —  In congressional testimony this morning, Dr. Gene Spafford of Purdue University said that Sony was using outdated software on its servers — and knew about it months in advance of the recent security breaches …
Discussion: Geek.com and Electronista
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 …
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Service launched for publishers to evade Apple cut  —  (Reuters) - Digital technology company Yudu launched a service on Thursday to help magazine publishers evade the 30 percent commission that Apple charges to deliver content to iPhones and iPads through its App Store.
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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.
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 …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The Wall Street Journal Launches a WikiLeaks Competitor, SafeHouse  —  The respected Washington, D.C.-based newspaper has built a site for securely uploading documents to its own internal servers  —  Once upon a time, WikiLeaks was just a place where a would-be whistleblower could submit documents …
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.
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Street View Goes Inside Businesses With Google Business Photos  —  Today at the Social-Loco conference in San Francisco, Google VP of Product Marisa Mayer announced the newest addition to Google Places and Street View - Google Business Photos.  —  With Google Business Photos …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
HTC Bliss: a Verizon Android phone for women?  —  An Android phone made especially for women.  It's an odd sentence to write, but believe it or not, that's exactly what we're hearing HTC has up its sleeve.  According to a source, the company is holding focus groups with women in their 20s …
Groklaw:
Oracle Ordered to Reduce Claims Against Google From 132 to 3  —  The judge handling the Oracle v. Google patent litigation, Hon. William Alsup, has issued his order [PDF] on how much each side must cut back its claims and/or defenses.  He didn't accept either side's numbers but came up with his own …
Discussion: Electronista
Royal Pingdom:
Apple now worth 5x more than in 2006, and nearly 2x as much as Google  —  Five years ago, Apple was a successful company.  But it had not yet launched the iPhone.  It had not yet launched the iPad.  Back then, Apple's yearly profit was $2.4 billion.  In 2010 that number had risen to $16.6 billion.
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 …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
A Tool to Harvest iPhone Location Data  —  A lot people got upset about Apple collecting location data on iPads and iPhones.  The company just issued an update to the devices' software in part to tamp down the reaction.  —  But that data could be as useful to regular people as it is to Apple.
Discussion: MacStories and textually.org
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson announces new generation of Xperia Mini and Mini Pro smartphones  —  Sony Ericsson has just outed a brand new pair of compact Xperia smartphones.  The new Xperia Mini will run Android Gingerbread (2.3) on a 3-inch multitouch, scratch-resistant display, which comes …
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.
Discussion: Bits, SAI, NetworkEffect and @amac
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Soliciting Customer Feedback With New ‘Pulse’ Program  —  Several MacRumors have informed us in recent days that they have received email invitations to join “Apple Customer Pulse”, a program designed to allow customers to provide survey feedback about their product purchases to Apple.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: IGN Buys UGO, Hearst Gets Equity In New Venture That Will Soon Spin Out  —  News Corp's IGN gaming and entertainment property has just acquired Hearst's gaming and entertainment property UGO, we've confirmed with the company.  And yes, the move is step one towards News Corp. spinning …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Search Globe Visualizes Daily Queries Around The World  —  Google has just released a new tool that visualizes search queries on its search engine from around the world.  Called the Search Globe, the browser-based tool shows you where searches are coming from in a given day across the world.
 
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Bloomberg:
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Electronista:
Sprint delays PlayBook launch indefinitely
Discussion: Ubergizmo and SAI
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble to release new e-reader, according to securities filing