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4:50 AM ET, May 13, 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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Examining Facebook's “Smear Campaign” Concerns About Google Social Circles  —  I read the news today, oh boy.  The Facebook army had just declared a war.  Well, a smear campaign against Google.  For the record, Facebook denies that it actually ran such a campaign, but it does confirm …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook, You're Going To Need A Better Answer For Your Slimeball Stunt
Discussion: Silicon Valley Watcher and Bits
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How Facebook Enables The Google Social “Scraping” It's Upset About
Discussion: Daring Fireball and msnbc.com, Thanks:sidharthdassani
Beth Krietsch / PRWeek US:   Burson-Marsteller and Facebook part ways
Tonya Garcia / PRNewser:
B-M Says Facebook Assignment “Should Have Been Declined”
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and PC Magazine
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Near DOJ Settlement Over Online Drug Ads  —  Google Inc. is close to settling a U.S. criminal investigation into allegations it made hundreds of millions of dollars by accepting ads from online pharmacies that break U.S. laws, according to people familiar with the matter.
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: Pulse2 and LAW.com
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.
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 …
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.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Netflix releases Android app for select HTC phones, Samsung Nexus S  —  Well, it looks like the LG Revolution won't be the first Android phone to get Netflix after all.  The app has just hit the Android Market and is apparently available for HTC Incredible, Nexus One, Evo 4G, and G2 …
Phillip Torrone / Make:
Why Google Choosing Arduino Matters and is This the End of “Made for iPod” (TM)?  —  This week is the yearly Google I/O at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  It's a meet and greet for lots of people and companies, a big dot-com over-the-top party, and most of all it's geared towards “web …
Discussion: InfoWorld and Hack a Day
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.
Reuters:
AT&T, T-Mobile USA break-up is $6 billion: sources  —  (Reuters) - AT&T Inc (T.N) has promised to give Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE) $6 billion in assets, services and cash as a break-up fee if U.S. regulators reject its proposed $39 billion purchase of the German company's T-Mobile USA, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Antony Bruno / Hollywood Reporter:
Why Record Labels and Google Music Couldn't Agree on the Cloud … Google's decision to launch a music locker service was a big topic of discussion on the sidelines of the NARM conference in Los Angeles this week.  The reaction from the more veteran music industry attendees is simply anger.
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Pulse2
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Blogger Goes Down, Taking 30 Hours of Posts and Comments With It  —  Google's Blogger service has been offline or unreliable for much of the day, with Blogger-hosted blogs changed to read-only mode, and posts and comments made after 7:37 a.m. PDT on May 11, 2011, removed.
Andrew Song / Facebook:
Introducing Login Approvals  —  Facebook has always been committed to both protecting our users' account and information, as well as giving them more control over their Facebook experience.  From our User Operations team, who work to re-secure compromised accounts, to the Engineering team …
Discussion: Geek.com and All Facebook
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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 …
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
How Google controls Android: digging deep into the Skyhook filings  —  You might remember that a company called Skyhook Wireless sued Google back in September for business interference and patent infringement — the Skyhook XPS WiFi and cell tower positioning system was all set to ship …
Telegraph:
First injunction specifically bans Facebook and Twitter  —  The first injunction specifically banning the publication of information on Facebook and Twitter was issued yesterday amid growing fears about the culture of secrecy in courts.  —  The far-reaching order was issued in the Court …
Discussion: The Next Web
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Introduces us to a Live Chameleon-Like Screen Saver Designed Specifically for iOS Devices & Fashion Accessories  —  Apple filed for the “Apple” trademark in China this week which we noted as carrying a twist.  We noticed that Apple had, for the first time, emphasized fashion accessories …
Erik Sherman / BNET:
Facebook Seeks Patent on Passing Personal Info Between Users  —  Buying Friendster's patents and patent applications was one of the smartest moves Facebook ever made.  Today brought publication of another Facebook patent application (filed December 2010) based at least in part on Friendster's original filings.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast Offers Help to The Pirate Bay, Problems Fixed  —  Starting 24 hours ago, nearly all Comcast subscribers were unable to access The Pirate Bay.  Although Comcast is not the only ISP affected by the connectivity issue, the problems appear to be most widespread in their network.
Discussion: thinq_
Francis Tan / The Next Web:
600,000 developers, 13 Billion API requests a day, 900,000 applications... the Twitter ecosystem is huge  —  Twitter's #devnest event in San Francisco is under way, and some incredible stats about the Twitter ecosystem are coming to light.  —  There are 600,000 developers working on apps …
Discussion: @fredericl and The Next Web
 
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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Alibaba Transferred Alipay Ownership Without Board Approval
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
TomTom offering real-time traffic data to partners
Discussion: Engadget
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
MPAA v. Zediva Is Shaping Up To Be Quite The Legal Showdown
Discussion: TorrentFreak and Techland
Jillian York / Aljazeera:
Africa's cascade of Internet censorship
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to accelerate its CRM release schedule
Discussion: MSDN Blogs and The Next Web
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Could BitTorrent Be The Distributed Social Network People Have Been Clamoring For?
Discussion: @xamat, GigaOM and L.A. Times Tech Blog, Thanks:alliewag
Peter Delevett / Mercury News:
Wiretap: Google's Eric Schmidt chooses Palo Alto penthouse for his venture capital operation
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
RON CONWAY: The Scariest Man In Silicon Valley
Discussion: @eghosao
Nielsen Wire:
Cue the Music: Driven by Digital, Music Sales up in 2011
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Is Google's Chromebook The Death Knell For Antivirus?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Updates Mac Client With Multiple Timelines, Cleaner Design, Auto-Complete And More