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10:50 AM ET, May 12, 2011

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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: Geekosystem and FT Tech Hub
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Smear Story Source Speaks: Facebook Wanted to Stab Google in the Back
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.
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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 …
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.
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.
Nilay Patel / This is my next:   Chrome OS file manager and media player hands-on
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Updates Mac Client With Multiple Timelines, Cleaner Design, Auto-Complete And More
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Twitter Rolls Out Slick Mobile Web App: It's Like Twitter For iPhone But Upside Down
DigiTimes:
Supply chain may not be able to satisfy demand from Apple  —  Taiwan-based electronics manufacturing service (EMS) provider Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is reportedly facing a shortage of both labor and materials at its plants in Chengdu, China, which is likely to affect shipments …
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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.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Surprise: 50% of iPad subscribers click “Allow”
Discussion: GigaOM
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
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?
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Is Comcast blocking the Pirate Bay? (updated: it isn't just Comcast)  —  We've received numerous reports this morning from users indicating that good 'ol Comcast is at it again.  Word on the web is that Comcast ISP subscribers are unable to access torrent site the Pirate Bay, a situation that we've been able to confirm internally.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How Amazon Controls Ecommerce (Slides)  —  When you think about ecommerce, you think about Amazon.  But how did a company that started with online books come to dominate an estimated one third of ecommerce in the U.S.?  In the 72 slides above, global consulting boutique faberNovel breaks down Amazon's business and strategy.
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
CBSNews.com to debut social show 'What's Trending'  —  Next week, CBSNews.com will debut a new show called “What's Trending” that bridges a live, weekly webcast with social media interaction.  “What's Trending fills the gap as a broadcast show for the internet generation,” explains host and executive producer Shira Lazar.
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Group Commerce Raises More Funding to Ramp Up Daily Deals Platform for Publishers  —  New York-based Group Commerce, which came out of stealth only two months ago, has raised an additional $10 million in funding to help quickly ramp up a platform that enables publishers and media partners to get into the daily deals market.
Discussion: SAI, Xconomy and VatorNews
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
 
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Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
ESPN Balks at Sprint's New Text Fee
Discussion: DSLreports
Phil Muncaster / V3.co.uk:
Apple's 64GB 3G iPad 2 continues to dominate tablet sales
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Open source foiled Microsoft antitrust case
Discussion: BetaNews and 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
 Earlier Items: 
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
PayPal is top brand for mobile payments: survey
Aaron Greenspan / Quora:
In Fifty Days, Payments Innovation Will Stop In Silicon Valley
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Bing Hits 14 Percent, Google And Yahoo Flat: comScore
Discussion: CNET News and comscore.com
International Business Times:
Kindle to Generate $5.42 bln Revenue in 2011 for Amazon: Analyst
Discussion: SocialTimes.com and paidContent
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Danger of Playing in Apple's Walled Garden
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook reportedly disables account of attorney Mark S. Zuckerberg [Updated]