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11:35 AM ET, May 8, 2011

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Tech Press: Screw Them All  —  Last week I wrote a post about my current investment policy at TechCrunch, and pointing out already disclosed financial conflicts of interest.  Our primary duty to readers, as I've said many times, is transparency.  To that end we will (as we always have) …
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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.
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
Discussion: Macgasm
The H Security:
The Tor Project plans a Firefox fork  —  The Tor project has announced that it is to launch its own fork of Firefox that will include Tor integration.  At present, users who want to use the decentralised Tor network to browse the internet anonymously install the Firefox extension Torbutton and additional Tor software.
Discussion: Engadget and OStatic blogs
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Sean Michael Kerner:   A Firefox Tor Fork? I don't think so
Tony Bradley / PC World:
Skype's Dangerous Exploit: What You Need to Know  —  What is the vulnerability?  —  PureHacking, an Australian security research firm published a blog post describing a vulnerability and proof of concept exploit affecting Skype for Mac.  —  The researchers at PureHacking and the developers …
Discussion: RazorianFly, MacNN and AppleInsider
John Gaudiosi / Game On:
Gamers Can Kill Osama Bin Laden in New Video Game Recreation of Assassination  —  New York-based online game publisher Kuma Games is allowing gamers to assassinate Osama Bin Laden and experience what the brave Navy SEALs went through in Pakistan through a new free PC video game.
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
Quora:
What are some startup ideas that persistently fail?  —  Answer (1 of 49): * Anything that makes programming “easy for non-programmers or businesspeople”  —  * Micropayments  —  * T-Shirts (except Threadless (and Busted Tees ... thanks Adam Kazwell))  —  * Recommendations based on what your friends like
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Long-Prized Tech Visas Lose Cachet  —  Firms Make Only 8,000 H-1B Immigration Petitions as Weak Economy, Higher Fees and Jobs Overseas Depress Demand  —  A visa program designed to supply skilled foreign workers to companies in the U.S. has slowed sharply, attracting about 50% fewer petitions …
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Chinese entrepreneurs see Apple's App Store as entryway to global market  —  BEIJING — Lu Miao speaks very little English.  He's never traveled outside of Asia.  He's not a software engineer.  But in a few short months, he became the founder of a successful software company selling apps in the United States and Europe.
Discussion: Brij Singh's Blog
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Apple Moving To Close Gap With Android On Speech, Navigation  —  As a long-time Android user I can tell you two specific areas where Android beats the iPhone's otherwise superior user experience hands down: speech and navigation.  —  All text fields on Android devices are speech-enabled …
Discussion: I4U News, TUAW and TechCrunch
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
 
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Takeshi Numoto / The Microsoft Office Blog:
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