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4:15 AM ET, May 8, 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.
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
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple May Not Have Bought Nuance But...
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  —  From the ‘Onion Router’ files:The Tor onion router, privacy project is planning its own version of Firefox.Some people may call this a fork - I don't.Tor as an onion router (or set of chained, private, maybe-anonymized proxies, if you're...
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) …
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
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
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 …
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
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.
 
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John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Chinese entrepreneurs see Apple's App Store as entryway to global market
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Microsoft Patents 3-D Desktop to Compete With Apple
Discussion: Engadget and Neowin.net
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Report: Next-Gen Xbox Already at EA; EA: That's a ‘Total Fabrication’
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