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1:40 PM ET, May 7, 2011

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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 …
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.
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 …
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Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Report: Next-Gen Xbox Already at EA; EA: That's a ‘Total Fabrication’  —  Now that Nintendo has revealed its plans to jump into the next-generation with a successor to the Wii, will Microsoft and Sony follow suit?  A report earlier today from Develop says that not only is Microsoft working …
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Exclusive: Sony Considers Offering Reward To Help Catch Hackers  —  Still coping with the after-effects of a pair of attacks that has compromised as many as 100 million accounts and which caused two online gaming services to be taken offline, the Japanese electronics giant Sony …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
The Class That Built Apps, and Fortunes  —  ALL right, class, here's your homework assignment: Devise an app.  Get people to use it.  Repeat.  —  That was the task for some Stanford students in the fall of 2007, in what became known here as the “Facebook Class.”  —  No one expected what happened next.
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.
Michael Kan / PC World:
Lenovo-backed Video Game System Unveiled in China  —  A video game system backed by Lenovo is scheduled to be launched in China in the second half of this year.  —  It will target the local game console market that is barred to the popular devices that foreign companies like Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft sell worldwide.
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 …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
US Cellular To Launch 4G LTE Network By The Holidays  —  Man, it's been a good week for U.S. Cellular customers.  First you guys go and nab the LG enV Pro (albeit renamed as the “LG Genesis") out from under Verizon's nose, and now it looks like you're getting an LTE network to call your own.
Discussion: ITworld.com and CNET News
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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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Sprint and AT&T take merger battle to print: ‘Competition is American, Competition plays fair’
Discussion: TmoNews
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Recent Zynga Filing Shows $490 Million in Funding
Discussion: eMoney and VentureBeat
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Esteemed Mobile Developer Joe Hewitt Leaves Facebook
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
The value of Google Maps directions logs
Adrian Asher / Skype Security:
Security Vulnerability in Mac Client Has Been Addressed
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Google and Sprint respond to Google Voice integration issues
Discussion: Neowin.net, DSLreports and VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Zimmerman / Canonical Blog:
Matt Zimmerman leaving Canonical
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Swears He's Not Going to Kill HBO: “We Compete Like Football and Baseball”
Discussion: GigaOM
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Flipboard Triples Daily Usage in Two Months After Speed Improvements
Discussion: SAI, more at Mediagazer »
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