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4:30 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
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  —  Record traffic, plus a rush of people to make password changes is more than we can currently handle.  —  We're switching tactics — if you've made the password change already we'll handle you normally.  —  If you haven't the vast majority of you will be logged …
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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 Gene Spafford of Purdue University said that Sony was using outdated software on its servers — and knew about it months in advance of the recent security breaches …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: SiliconANGLE, Geek.com and Electronista
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Venrock Poaches a Principal From Alan Patricof  —  Here's another indicator of the Internet funding frenzy: Sharp-elbowed competition for not just investments, but investors.  —  That appears to be what happened in the case of Marissa Campise, who is joining VC shop Venrock as a vice president-days …
Discussion: SAI and Betabeat
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Marissa Mayer explains Google's social strategy, skeptical on Facebook  —  Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of location and local services, answered questions on-stage today at the Social-Loco conference in San Francisco, where interviewer John Battelle asked her directly: So what is Google's social strategy?
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.
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.
Peter Birch / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Earth optimized for Android-powered tablets  —  Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog  —  When we launched Google Earth in 2005, most of us were still using flip phones.  At the time, the thought of being able to cart around 197 million square miles of Earth in your pocket was still a distant dream.
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.
 
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Can Publishers Create a Business Class For News?
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Has Facebook Become The Master Key To Unlocking The Web?
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
Grouponomics  —  18 months ago, Groupon didn't exist.
Discussion: broadstuff
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice CEO Craig Walker Launches Firespotter, A Google Ventures Funded Incubator
Discussion: Bits, SAI and NetworkEffect
Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook, Google considering Skype deals