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9:20 PM ET, May 7, 2011

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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
“Inside Apple” Reveals Steve Jobs Anecdotes, Apple's Little Known Facts  —  In Adam Lashinsky's latest feature story on Fortune magazine's new issue — available now on the iPad at $4.99 as single in-app purchase, and free for Fortune subscribers — the author reveals several unknown anecdotes …
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
What It's Like When Steve Jobs Chews You Out For A Product Failure  —  In 2008, when Apple launched MobileMe, its own advanced email system, it was dud.  —  It cost $100 annually, but there were syncing issues, and emails were being lost.  The Wall Street Journal's legendary tech guru …
Discussion: Macgasm
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon Cloud Player Quietly Begins Working On iOS Devices!  —  Back in March, alongside the roll out of Amazon's new cloud-based music upload/player service, we noted one glaring problem: it didn't work on iOS devices.  You might think this had to due with Flash or another technology that iOS wasn't compatible with, but it wasn't.
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
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 …
Umika Pidaparthy / CNN:
What you should know about iTunes' 56-page legal terms  —  Updates to Apple's iTunes mean users must agree to new legal terms over and over.  But does anyone actually read them?  —  (CNN) — During Saturday's White House correspondents dinner, “Saturday Night Live's” Seth Meyers jokingly scolded members …
Discussion: Techland
Louis Gray:
Quora Opens Doors to Self Promoters, Bias and Marketeers  —  Quora's differentiation from more established but less respected question and answer forums has typically centered around the quality of the discussions and those participating.  It's not too infrequent that one finds …
Discussion: Quora
Takeshi Numoto / The Microsoft Office Blog:
Email: So yesterday?  —  According to some news reports, teens and the tech-savvy don't care for email so much these days.  Some recent headlines may even have you think that the death of email is imminent, now that social networking, instant messaging, texting, and other tools are ever-present.
David Segal / New York Times:
Trying to Game Google on 'Mother's Day Flowers'  —  Mother's Day flowers.  —  Those words have been typed into search engines by countless Americans in the lead-up to Sunday.  What few realize is that an online war over this endearing phrase is being waged by the country's largest flower sellers …
Discussion: Gawker
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Microsoft Patents 3-D Desktop to Compete With Apple  —  In a TR exclusive, a patent reveals one possible way Microsoft's future OSes will add depth to their interface.  —  If you thought Apple's purported 3D interface was intriguing, wait until you see Microsoft's.
Discussion: Engadget and Neowin.net
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast's new mobile 3G/4G hotspot: cheaper, no 4G caps  —  Comcast is extending its broadband reach with the announcement of a new 3G/4G mobile hotspot.  The Xfinity MiFI lets up to five users connect via WiFi to whatever flavor of mobile broadband is handy.  In much of the US, that will be fairly vanilla 3G.
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 …
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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