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11:25 AM ET, May 9, 2011

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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.
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 …
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
Journalism.org:
Navigating News Online  —  Whatever the future of journalism much of it depends on understanding the ways that people navigate the digital news environment—the behavior of what might be called the new news consumer.  —  Despite the unprecedented level of data about what news people consume online …
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Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Facebook's role in news is growing, Pew study says
Discussion: Agence France Presse
Richard Gray / Telegraph:
Mobile phones could be charged by the power of speech  —  Mobile phones could soon be charged by simply speaking into the handset.  —  Engineers have developed a new technique for turning sound into electricity, allowing a mobile to be powered up while its user holds a conversation
Mariko Yasu / Bloomberg:
Sony's PlayStation, Qriocity Services Remain Shut, ‘Uncertain’ on Restart  —  Sony Corp. (6758)'s PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services remain shut as of today, Shigenori Yoshida, a Tokyo-based spokesman said.  Sony is uncertain when it can resume the services, Yoshida said by phone today.
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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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Brings Conde Nast Aboard the Subscription Bandwagon, Starting With the New Yorker  —  Apple is winning over the big publishers.  Last week, Hearst Corp. said it planned to start selling its magazines using Apple's new iTunes subscription service.  Now rival Conde Nast is actually doing it, via the publisher's New Yorker title.
Reuters:
LinkedIn IPO price range values company at over $3 bln  —  LinkedIn Corp said it would offer 7.8 million shares in its initial public offering at between $32-$35 apiece.  —  At the high end of the price range, the company, which owns LinkedIn — the online social network for professionals and job seekers …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
GrouponLive: An Online Ticketing Deals Marketplace From Groupon, Live Nation  —  Local deals juggernaut Groupon and Live Nation have a formed a joint venture to develop a new online ticketing deals channel dubbed GrouponLive.  The site will serve as a local resource for Live Nation events …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why Fortune's Apple Story is AWOL From The Web - And Why You Can Buy It On Amazon  —  Last week Fortune published a deep dive into Apple, then made sure that many people who would care about it couldn't read it: The story was available in the magazine's print and iPad editions, but not on the Web.
Electronista:
Samsung Galaxy S II hits 3 million pre-orders  —  Samsung claimed unprecedented genuine demand for the Galaxy S II on Sunday night.  The electronics giant said it had picked up three million pre-orders worldwide for its dual-core Android phone by the end of April, when it went on sale in Korea.
Fortune:
How Apple works: Inside the world's biggest startup  —  From Steve Jobs down to the janitor: How America's most successful — and most secretive — big company really operates.  —  Apple doesn't often fail, and when it does, it isn't a pretty sight at 1 Infinite Loop.
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
HP unleashes new ProBook, EliteBook business laptops; starts at $799  —  Hewlett-Packard has been on a mission to revamp its business computers this year.  Today the computer maker is introducing two new EliteBook models (including one that doubles as a tablet) and the ProBook 5330m.
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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
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Turn-by-Turn directions, Voice to text, Bing Audio/Vision all coming to WP7 Mango  —  We kept emphasizing at MIX11 that the information revealed there was geared for developers, not so much consumers and that we expected more details to come forward over time.
 
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Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Al Jazeera, Now on Android and BlackBerry
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What I learned by interviewing 23 startups in past few weeks
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
NVIDIA Buys Baseband And RF Technology Company Icera For $367M In Cash
Terhi Kinnunen / Reuters:
Angry Birds developer eyes IPO in 3-4 years: report
Discussion: mocoNews
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Tabbedout Raises $4M For Restaurant Mobile Payments Platform
Discussion: alarm:clock, GigaOM and eMoney
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Cisco and Xerox partner on cloud computing, print services
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
Broadcom Acquires Security Software Developer SC Square For $42 Million
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Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Righthaven, Hoping To Turn Tide In Court, Hires Top NYC Copyright Lawyer
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
New UK programme joins the accelerator vogue, offers evergreen funding
Discussion: The Next Web
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Can You Really Incubate the Next Big Thing?
Ben Coxworth / Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine:
Thin-film flexible ‘Paperphone’ created
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Journalist or not? Wrong question
Jesse Stay / Stay N Alive:
Twitter and Facebook Both Quietly Kill RSS, Completely