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9:35 AM ET, May 12, 2011

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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung Series 5 Chrome OS laptop hands-on at Google I/O (update: video!)  —  We never had much doubt about what Samsung would be showcasing at tonight's finale event at Google I/O 2011, but now it's official — the outfit's first-ever Chrome OS ultraportable is making its debut in San Francisco …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Google clarifies Chromebook subscriptions, might have just changed the industry  —  Following Google's second I/O keynote, we were ushered into a room where a number of the company's executives were on hand to field questions from the press.  Or in other terms, dodge bullets and tell us what we're probably not looking to hear.
The Official Google Blog:
A new kind of computer: Chromebook  —  A little less than two years ago we set out to make computers much better.  Today, we're announcing the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer.  These are not typical notebooks.  With a Chromebook you won't wait minutes for your computer to boot and browser to start.
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Microsoft could lose billions in sales to Google's Chromebook  —  Google's Chromebook subscription program could seriously pinch Microsoft enterprise licensing revenue.  The $28 per month per, user fee is bargain-basement pricing compared to what businesses now pay Microsoft for software and OEMs for supporting hardware.
Discussion: Computerworld, mocoNews and SAI
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Chrome OS file manager and media player hands-on
Discussion: VentureBeat
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Chromebooks Out June 15, $349 For Consumers, $20-$28 Monthly For Educators/Business
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Facebook Busted in Clumsy Smear on Google  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  The social network secretly hired a PR firm to plant negative stories about the search giant, The Daily Beast's Dan Lyons reveals—a caper that is blowing up in their face, and escalating their war.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Loses Much Face In Secret Smear On Google  —  Facebook secretly hired a PR firm to plant negative stories about Google, says Dan Lyons in a jaw dropping story at the Daily Beast.  —  For the past few days, a mystery has been unfolding in Silicon Valley.
Discussion: FT Tech Hub
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Why Facebook Needs Sheryl Sandberg  —  Mark Zuckerberg's No. 2 provides “adult supervision” at the company, trying to keep growth at an optimum level  —  On a Tuesday afternoon in late April, 30 managers of Facebook's various business units come together to discuss a matter that preoccupies …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Zuckerberg And Sandberg “Fundamentally Disagree” Over Whether Facebook Should Go To China
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
A better app for your mobile browser  —  We want you to be able to access Twitter no matter where you are; regardless of what device you use; or, whether you prefer to access Twitter through a mobile application or the browser.  Today, we're starting to roll out a new version of twitter.com for mobile devices.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Rolls Out Slick Mobile Web App: It's Like Twitter For iPhone But Upside Down
Discussion: BGR
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
The Surprising Reason Publishers Are Finally Saying Yes to Apple  —  Earlier this week, I asked what had changed in the standoff between Apple and magazine publishers, who want to sell subscriptions to iPad editions in the iTunes store but, until last week, weren't prepared to accept Apple's rules.
Fernando Delgado / Google Mobile Blog:
New ways to discover great apps on Android Market  —  We've seen tremendous growth in Android Market lately.  With over 200,000 apps supporting over 300 Android devices, we've had 4.5 billion applications installed to date.  But with so many apps available, how do you find the ones you really want?
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Commissioner To Join Comcast  —  WASHINGTON - Four months after the Federal Communications Commission approved the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the commissioners who approved the deal said she would join Comcast to oversee its government affairs office.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
After approving NBC buyout, FCC Commish becomes Comcast lobbyist
Nat Ives / AdAge:
New York Times' Share of Newspaper Sites' Traffic Hits 12-Month Low  —  April Was a Quieter Month for News Than March, but Other Newspaper Sites Maintained Traffic Better  —  The paywall introduced by The New York Times at the end of March is hurting traffic to its website, as expected, but perhaps within acceptable levels.
Phil Muncaster / V3.co.uk:
Apple's 64GB 3G iPad 2 continues to dominate tablet sales  —  The 64GB 3G iPad 2 continues to be the most popular version of Apple's best-selling tablet, although Android devices have begun to make in-roads into Apple's massive market share, according to the latest report from Context.
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
WikiLeaks Threatens Its Own Leakers With $20 Million Penalty  —  Julian Assange.  Photo: Wikimedia Commons  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange now makes his associates sign a draconian nondisclosure agreement that, among other things, asserts that the organization's huge trove of leaked material is …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Andy Rubin gets Danger back together at Google to work on Android hardware  —  Cell phone hardware innovators are gathering at Google.  That could mean big changes for Android.  —  Joe Britt at Google I/O  —  FORTUNE — Matt Hershenson and Joe Britt, two legendary figures in mobile phone development …
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
ESPN Balks at Sprint's New Text Fee  —  Sprint has quietly raised its messaging rates for companies that distribute texts, leading ESPN and other content providers to stop delivering free messages to the carrier's subscribers.  —  Beginning April 1, Sprint began charging an additional toll …
Discussion: DSLreports
Agam Shah / PC World:
Consumer SSDs to Break out in 2012, Gartner Says  —  Consumer solid-state drives will have a break-out year in 2012 due to falling prices, which will make SSDs a primary storage option for mainstream users, Gartner said this week.  —  By the second half of 2012, prices of mainstream PC SSDs …
Electronista:
Google threatens to pull Street View from Switzerland  —  In March, a Swiss court ruled that Google must blur out all faces and license plates that were captured in Google's Street View application.  Today, Google advised it would appeal the decision to Switzerland's highest court.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Lenovo's LePad going global with IdeaPad Tablet K1 moniker?  —  At last, here's a sign of Lenovo's Android tablet making its way out of the fertile land of China.  While there's no direct mention in this FCC application, the speakers at the bottom suggest that this slate …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Electronista
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Danger of Playing in Apple's Walled Garden  —  Every so often a news item comes along that reinforces the downside of building your business on someone else's platform, and this week's poster child is iFlowReader, an e-book app for the iPhone and iPad.  The company behind the app announced Wednesday …
 
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Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
CBSNews.com to debut social show 'What's Trending'
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Open source foiled Microsoft antitrust case
Discussion: TechEye
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Future Of Chrome: Synced Tabs, Profiles, Native Client, And Chrome OS On ARM
Discussion: The Register
Wall Street Journal:
SEC Is Pressed on Firms' Disclosures of Cyberattacks
Discussion: SAI
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yelp Moves To Spain As International Traffic Doubles
Discussion: PR Newswire and Screenwerk
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
PayPal is top brand for mobile payments: survey
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Greenspan / Quora:
In Fifty Days, Payments Innovation Will Stop In Silicon Valley
Discussion: Betabeat
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Bing Hits 14 Percent, Google And Yahoo Flat: comScore
Discussion: comscore.com
International Business Times:
Kindle to Generate $5.42 bln Revenue in 2011 for Amazon: Analyst
Discussion: SocialTimes.com and paidContent
Sarah Clark / Near Field Communications World:
Google raises concerns over the viability of NFC card emulation mode for mobile payments
Discussion: Fast Company and Android and Me
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Social networking behind the corporate firewall increases 500%, creates big vulnerabilities
Discussion: paidContent
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook reportedly disables account of attorney Mark S. Zuckerberg [Updated]