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5:00 AM ET, May 9, 2011

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Mike Elgan / Cult of Mac:
Why Every Child in America Needs an iPad  —  My wife and I sat down at a nice restaurant last week.  Our table was right next to a larger party of four adults and two young children — both girls under the age of 7 years old or so.  —  Each of the girls had her own iPad …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google to build its own office space  —  With the Googleplex already straining at the seams and the company preparing its biggest hiring surge ever, the Mountain View Internet giant is about to do something it's never done before — build its own office space.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Adam Hartung / Growth:
Why Not All Earnings Are Equal; Microsoft Has the Wal-Mart Disease  —  For the first time in 20 years, Apple's quarterly profit exceeded Microsoft.  Thus, on the face of things, the companies should be roughly equally valued.  But they aren't.  This week Microsoft's market capitalization is about $215B …
Discussion: Guardian and @offsiteguy
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Skyhook Wireless v. Google Case Yields E-Mail Insight  —  A stack of internal e-mail messages from Google, which a Massachusetts state court made public last week, provide a glimpse into the competitive tactics and decision-making inside a business that is crucial to the company's growth — its Android software for smartphones.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
By Way Of Lawsuit, The Location FUD Creeps Up On Android As Well
Discussion: Reuters
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Journalist or not?  Wrong question  —  DougSaunders: “Journalist is a word like runner, not like engineer.  Any citizen who chronicles surroundings is a journalist.”  —  If you swim you're a swimmer.  If you keep a journal you're a journalist.  —  Permalink
Discussion: @tcarmody
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Tech Press: Screw Them All
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Apple Brand Value at $153 Billion Overtakes Google for Top Spot  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL), maker of the iPhone, iPad and iMac, overtook search-engine giant Google Inc. (GOOG) to become the world's most valuable brand, WPP Plc said in a report today.  —  Apple's brand value climbed 84 percent …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Where Are They Now?  Products Announced During Past Google I/O Keynotes  —  The keynotes at Google I/O — Google's developer conference — are always filled with such promise.  Google TV, Google Wave, music in the cloud!  But the products themselves haven't always gone on to meet expectations.
Discussion: louisgray.com
Ben Coxworth / Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine:
Thin-film flexible ‘Paperphone’ created  —  Researchers have created a thin film flexible smartphone, known as the Paperphone (Photos: Queen's University)  —  While we might or might or might not ever be reading flexible E-Ink newspapers, researchers from the Human Media Lab …
Jesse Stay / Stay N Alive:
Twitter and Facebook Both Quietly Kill RSS, Completely  —  Last year I shared how Twitter was moving more and more towards a closed, less-standards oriented model of sharing content as they upgraded their design to bring more people to the Twitter.com website.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Can You Really Incubate the Next Big Thing?  —  Now that we are smack in the middle of a technology up cycle, it isn't really a surprise that we're beginning to hear more and more about “incubators.”  If you've been around the block as many times as I have, you may remember the sharp increase in such experiments about a decade ago.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Publishers Make a Plan: A ‘One Stop’ Book Site  —  Publishers have spent a lot of time and money building their own company Web sites with fresh information on their books and authors.  The trouble is, very few book buyers visit them.  —  In search of an alternative, three major publishers …
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Brings Conde Nast Aboard the Subscription Bandwagon, Starting With the New Yorker
Discussion: Gizmodo, PC World and VentureBeat
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Now, to Find a Parking Spot, Drivers Look on Their Phones
Discussion: SocialTimes.com, Thanks:cltom
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Intel 3-D Transistors: Why and When?
Discussion: MacRumors Page 2
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
How People Share Content Online and With Whom?
 Earlier Items: 
William Quigley / TechCrunch:
The Next 10 Years Will Be Great For Both Founders And VCs
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and PE Hub Blog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
More Skype Rumors: Big News Soon, Microsoft In The Mix
Quora:
What are some startup ideas that persistently fail?
Discussion: StartupMuse
Tony Bradley / PC World:
Skype's Dangerous Exploit: What You Need to Know
Discussion: I4U News and RazorianFly