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7:55 AM ET, May 7, 2011

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Joe Hewitt:
Creative Tools  —  Today was my last day at Facebook.  Normally when I leave a job I go out cursing the management and wishing I had left much sooner.  In the case of Facebook, I sent heartfelt emails to all of my managers thanking them for the privilege of letting me work there, and I genuinely meant it.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Joe Hewitt, Mobile Guru Leaves Facebook  —  On paper, he was just another developer at Facebook.  In reality, his influence on Facebook and its future is much larger.  Joe Hewitt, who built the initial version of Facebook for the iPhone, left the Palo Alto, Calif.-based social networking company Friday.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Esteemed Mobile Developer Joe Hewitt Leaves Facebook
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple May Not Have Bought Nuance But...  This past November, the blogosphere was briefly set on fire when a comment Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak made in passing stated that Apple had acquired the voice recognition company Nuance.  Wozniak quickly came out and corrected that comment …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Appears To Be Testing A Sparse, Ugly New Results Page  —  Whoa there tipsters, slow down.  We've just been bombarded with tips coming our way that Google has rolled out a new-look search results page.  Scanning Twitter, it looks like there are in fact a lot of people seeing this.
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Windows Phone 7 starting to reverse Microsoft's mobile slide?  —  Microsoft's share of the U.S. smart-phone market is still in decline, but the rate at which it is happening may be slowing, according to a new report from comScore.  —  In the first three months of 2011 …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Apple Moving Macs to ARM?  If History is Any Guide, That's...Entirely Plausible  —  A Web site with the wonderful name SemiAccurate is reporting that it's a “done deal” that Apple will dump Intel chips for ones based on the ARM architecture used in most smartphones and tablets …
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
No, Apple won't be dumping Intel chips for ARM, you crazies
Adrian Asher / Skype Security:
Security Vulnerability in Mac Client Has Been Addressed  —  Last month, we were contacted by Pure Hacking, a group of ethical hackers in Australia, who reported what they believed to be a zero-day vulnerability in Skype for Mac 5.x.  This vulnerability, which they blogged about earlier today …
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SocialFlow Company Blog:
Breaking Bin Laden: visualizing the power of a single tweet  —  A full hour before the formal announcement of Bin-Laden's death, Keith Urbahn posted his speculation on the emergency presidential address.  Little did he know that this Tweet would trigger an avalanche of reactions …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Google News “Osama Death” Sample Highlights Some News Coverage Woes  —  Today, Google News did a post about the death of Osama bin Laden.  Disappointingly, it offered no statistics on what was most read, shared, topics most covered.  The post did share a “sample” of 100 links to coverage …
Discussion: WebProNews and HEXUS.channel
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Google, Facebook: “do not track” bill a threat to California economy  —  Google and Facebook are warning legislators of dire consequences if California passes a “do not track” bill.  The proposed law would require companies doing online business in the Golden State to offer an “opt-out” privacy mechanism for consumers.
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Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
The value of Google Maps directions logs  —  Ooo, this one is important.  A clever and very fun paper, “Hyper-Local, Direction-Based Ranking of Places” (PDF), will be presented at VLDB 2011 later this year by a few Googlers.  —  The core idea is that, when people ask for directions from A to B …
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Recent Zynga Filing Shows $490 Million in Funding  —  Following reports in February that Zynga was raising a new round of funding of up to $500 million at a $10 billion valuation, a new filing has emerged showing what appears to be a sale of $490 million in Series C Preferred shares, that had been slated to take place in early March.
Discussion: eMoney and VentureBeat
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
56% of Americans have Internet data caps; FCC asked to investigate  —  Two prominent Washington DC tech policy groups have asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate Internet data caps in the US—with a special focus on AT&T.  —  New America Foundation and Public Knowledge say in a letter …
JC Fletcher / Joystiq:
PSN reactivation delayed for ‘further testing,’ likely not coming back this week  —  On Sunday, Sony announced that “some” PSN services, including online play, would come back this week.  With very little of this week remaining, you might be wondering if it's still going to happen.  Well, it isn't.
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Sprint and AT&T take merger battle to print: ‘Competition is American, Competition plays fair’  —  Sprint's battle to stop AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile USA dead in its tracks is officially at a fever pitch ahead of next Wednesday's congressional hearing on the matter — the first of likely many over the next several months.
Discussion: TmoNews
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Report: Condé Nast Springs Ahead of Hearst With iPad Subscription Pact  —  Welcome to the future — it only costs $19.99.  —  Condé Nast, the publisher of Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ and Wired, is on the verge of announcing a pact with Apple to begin selling digital subscriptions …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Impacted By Google's Panda Update?  Google Asks You To Consider This...  Amit Singhal, Google's head of search, published a blog post on the Google Webmaster Central blog named More guidance on building high-quality sites.  —  Amit's goal with this post is to have those webmasters impacted …
Matt Zimmerman / Canonical Blog:
Matt Zimmerman leaving Canonical  —  I joined Canonical in June of 2004 as a member of the founding team, before we even had a name for the company.  In June 2011, after just over seven years as Ubuntu CTO, I will be leaving Canonical in search of new challenges.
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Google and Sprint respond to Google Voice integration issues  —  You may recall from yesterday that early adopters were having a variety of issues after activating (or attempting to activate) Sprint's new Google Voice integration feature.  Well, a full day has passed, and we've had several calls …
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Dan Sabbagh / paidContent:
UK Journalists' Tweets To Be Regulated
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Bin Laden's computers will test U.S. forensics
Discussion: The Register
Tom Espiner / ZDNet:
W3C to develop peer-to-peer browser standards
Sara Forden / Bloomberg:
Google Seeks Antitrust Lawyer as It Faces Regulatory Scrutiny
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Leaked “ACTA” Lobby Letter Reveals Hollywood Pressure On EU
Discussion: Techdirt
Matt McLernon / YouTube Blog:
You old romantics you...72 million live streams in 188 countries for the Royal Wedding on YouTube
Discussion: PC Magazine, TechCrunch and paidContent
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPad 2 launch in China draws crowds, scalpers
Nicole Scott / netbooknews.com:
ASUS HQ Makes Official Statement on Transformer Tablet Shortages
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Why malware for Macs is on its way  —  Oh, the rationalizations …
Discussion: Pulse2, Neowin.net and blog.chron.com