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8:50 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.
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
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
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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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.
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: mocoNews and louisgray.com
Reuters:
LinkedIn sees IPO of up to $274 mln  —  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 …
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.
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 …
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Cisco and Xerox partner on cloud computing, print services  —  (Reuters) - Cisco (CSCO.O) and Xerox (XRX.N) are partnering to provide cloud computing and print products in a bid to bolster the amount of services and hardware they can each offer to their corporate clients.
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
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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
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Discussion: @tcarmody and TechCrunch
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Now, to Find a Parking Spot, Drivers Look on Their Phones
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Intel 3-D Transistors: Why and When?
Discussion: MacRumors Page 2
Jesse Stay / Stay N Alive:
Twitter and Facebook Both Quietly Kill RSS, Completely
Amit / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
How People Share Content Online and With Whom?
William Quigley / TechCrunch:
The Next 10 Years Will Be Great For Both Founders And VCs
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and PE Hub Blog
Quora:
What are some startup ideas that persistently fail?
Discussion: StartupMuse