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11:40 AM ET, May 13, 2011

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John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Indie iOS Devs Under Legal Fire For Offering In-App Purchases [Breaking]  —  The lead developer behind the popular Mac dock replacement DragThing and the fantastic iOS scientific calculator app pCalc is about to be sued for patent infringement because his software uses Apple's own in-app purchasing mechanism.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Lodsys Threatens to Sue App Store Developers Over In-App Purchases and Upgrade Links  —  Yesterday, we received word from Rob Gloess of Computer LogicX, the company behind the Mix & Mash and Mix & Mash LITE applications for iOS, that he had received legal documents threatening a patent lawsuit …
Discussion: TUAW, MacStories and Cult of Mac
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
Samsung announces 2560 x 1600 display, could pave the way for iPad 3  —  Samsung will demonstrate an all-new 10.1-inch display at the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium next week.  Samsung's new display will have a 2560 x 1600 resolution, far in excess of anything on the tablet market today.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook, You're Going To Need A Better Answer For Your Slimeball Stunt  —  At this point, I think it's pretty clear what Facebook's strategy for this whole Burson-Marsteller caught-with-their-pants-down situation is going to be: say as little as possible and move on.  And it will work.
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Paul Reynolds / Consumer Reports News:
Will Amazon make a tablet?  ‘Stay tuned,’ says Jeff Bezos  —  Asked today about the possibility of Amazon launching a multipurpose tablet device, the company's president and CEO Jeff Bezos said to “stay tuned” on the company's plans.  In an interview at Consumer Reports' offices …
Ben Brooks / The Brooks Review:
The Ballmer Days Are Over  —  Disclaimer: I own Microsoft stock.  Yes, this is not pro-Microsoft but I feel the need to be very open about this.  —  He's employee number 30 and has been with Microsoft since mid-1980.  In 2000, after nearly 20 years of service, Microsoft promoted Steve Ballmer to Chief Executive Officer.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
John Boudreau / Seattle Times:
Young Chinese developers hit jackpot via App Store  —  Lu Miao speaks very little English.  He's never traveled outside Asia.  He's not a software engineer.  But in a few short months, he became the founder of a successful software company selling apps in the U.S. and Europe.
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Cisco braces for biggest layoffs in its history  —  * Could be biggest layoff in company's 26-year history  —  Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) is expected to cut thousands of jobs in possibly its worst-ever round of layoffs to meet Chief Executive John Chambers' goal of slashing costs by $1 billion.
Kellex / Droid Life:
DROIDX2 Launching May 26th with Dual-core Processor, qHD Screen and Gingerbread  —  The Motorola DROIDX2 was rumored to originally be scheduled to release today, but with the push back of the DROID Charge, we were wondering if it hadn't been pushed back as well.  According to Verizon, that is definitely the case.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Google's Blogger outage makes the case against a cloud-only strategy  —  The same week that Google made its strongest pitch ever for putting your entire business online, one of its flagship services has failed spectacularly.  —  Earlier this week, Google rolled out a maintenance release for its Blogger service.
Discussion: NetworkEffect and PC World
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple to Advance iPhone with both Text-to-Speech & Speech-to-Text Converters  —  According to a new Apple patent application that was published this morning by the US Patent and Trademark Office, future iPhone's are likely to provide end users with effective new ways of communicating …
Discussion: Mashable!, TUAW and WebProNews
Kelly Hodgkins / Gizmodo:
Samsung's Foldable Display Will Let You Stuff Giant Tablets in Your Pants  —  Tiny tablets' major advantage over the 10-inch crowd: They'll fit in your pocket (especially if you're the type of person who wears cargo pants).  Samsung's latest foldable, creaseless AMOLED display will let you fold …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu, Networks Close To New Deal  —  Hulu and its network TV owners are close to a new deal that will keep programs from NBC, Fox and ABC on the Web video site.  —  An agreement to extend the content licenses that owners News Corp., Disney and NBCUniversal signed two years ago …
Nathan Brown / Edge Online:
PSN Outage Begins To Hit Retail  —  Gamer patience begins to wear thin as retailers report increased trade-ins of PS3 consoles for Xbox 360s.  —  The ongoing PlayStation Network outage is beginning to have an effect on the high street, Edge can reveal.  —  Our sources indicate a growing trend …
John Cook / GeekWire:
A Twitter crime thriller, and why laptop tracking could save you some heartache  —  I got hooked tonight on an amazing Twitter drama, watching in real time as Sean Power live Tweeted about his attempts to recover his stolen laptop from a guy in a bar in New York City.
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechCrunch
Ariel Schwartz / Fast Company:
Cell Phones Are Killing The Bees: Study  —  New experiments find that cell phone signals don't just confuse bees, they off them.  What does this mean for our food supply?  —  Do you enjoy eating?  Then you may not be too happy if bee populations plunge.  That's because out of the 100 crops …
Jon Boone / Guardian:
Taliban join the Twitter revolution  —  Tweets about attacks on ‘infidel forces’ give Taliban new weapon in Afghanistan's information war  —  When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, they eschewed most modern technology, including television and music players.  —  But in the latest sign …
Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Fantastic Insight Into The Closed Box Google Culture From A Recent Xoogler  —  Douwe Osinga, a software engineer, recently left Google after seven years.  He's written a series of blog posts explaining why he left and also describing what it was like working there, and he dispels some of the many myths about Google.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Boston developer wants cut of Winklevoss twins' $65-million Facebook settlement  —  A Boston software developer has been awarded a day in court to make his case for a cut of the Winklevoss twins' $65-million settlement with Facebook, according to a report.  —  Developer Wayne Chang has argued …
Discussion: LAW.com and Pulse2
David Segal / New York Times:
Online Seller Who Bullied Customers Pleads Guilty  —  The online eyeglasses seller who terrified customers in the hopes of creating buzz about his Web site, and raising its profile in Google searches, pleaded guilty on Thursday to two counts of sending threatening communications, one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud.
Associated Press:
How bin Laden emailed without being detected by US  —  WASHINGTON - Despite having no Internet access in his hideout, Osama bin Laden was a prolific email writer who built a painstaking system that kept him one step ahead of the U.S. government's best eavesdroppers.
DigiCha:
Have Facebook Executives Used The Media To Ruin Mark Zuckerberg's China Dream?  —  Brad Stone of BusinessWeek has written a long and glowing profile of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in which Stone reveals that Sandberg and CEO Mark Zuckerberg disagree on the wisdom of entering China:
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft apologizes for Online Services glitches, massive email delays  —  Microsoft tonight detailed and apologized for a series of glitches that caused a huge email backlog in its cloud-based Microsoft Exchange Online subscription service — in some cases delaying messages for as long as three to nine hours.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Partners with Web of Trust to Protect Users From Malicious Outbound Links  —  Web of Trust, a crowd-sourced website reputation rating service, has partnered with Facebook to protect user from clicking malicious outbound links on the social network.  When users click a link to a site …
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Andrew Song / Facebook:
Introducing Login Approvals
Discussion: Geek.com
 
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Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Adobe Flash update puts users in charge of privacy
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Apple needs to press play on Game Center
Telegraph:
First injunction specifically bans Facebook and Twitter
Discussion: Wired.co.uk, Guardian and The Next Web
Phillip Torrone / Make:
Why Google Choosing Arduino Matters and is This the End of “Made for iPod” (TM)?
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and InfoWorld
Erik Sherman / BNET:
Facebook Seeks Patent on Passing Personal Info Between Users
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Jillian York / Aljazeera:
Africa's cascade of Internet censorship
Discussion: Black Web 2.0
Antony Bruno / Hollywood Reporter:
Why Record Labels and Google Music Couldn't Agree on the Cloud
Discussion: Digital Trends, SlashGear and Engadget
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Lime Wire to pay record labels $105 million, ends suit
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast Offers Help to The Pirate Bay, Problems Fixed
Discussion: Gizmodo, Inquirer, Boing Boing and thinq_
Wall Street Journal:
Google Near DOJ Settlement Over Online Drug Ads
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Netflix releases Android app for select HTC phones, Samsung Nexus S