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2:45 PM 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 …
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.
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Samsung Demoes Retina-Resolution Tablet Display
Discussion: Business Wire and PhoneArena
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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Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
The PR Hacks Behind Facebook's Google Smear
Eddie Kessler / Blogger Buzz:
Blogger is back  —  What a frustrating day.  We're very sorry that you've been unable to publish to Blogger for the past 20.5 hours.  We're nearly back to normal — you can publish again, and in the coming hours posts and comments that were temporarily removed should be restored.
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Google's Blogger outage makes the case against a cloud-only strategy
Discussion: NetworkEffect, Geek.com and PC World
Navneet Singh / Google News Blog:
Introducing “News near you” on Google News for mobile  —  Google News for mobile lets you keep up with the latest news, wherever you are.  Today we're excited to announce a new feature in the U.S. English edition called “News near you” that surfaces news relevant to the city you're in and surrounding areas.
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 …
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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 …
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: Daring Fireball and 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Om Malik / Om.Is.Me:
Skype and Story of My life  —  I has been nearly six years since I first fell in love with Skype.  It was a tiny little company with a buggy software and a few thousand users.  I liked it so much that I started forcing my friends to sign up for it.  Many of them resisted, but I persisted.
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.
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: All Facebook, GMSV, LAW.com and Pulse2
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Your Marital Status Is Worth $0.01 To Data-Buyers, Your Smartphone Is Worth $0.03  —  We often hear about how our personal information is being bought and sold on the Internet on a regular basis.  So you probably won't be surprised to get another reminder of that.
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.
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 …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FCC's Meredith Baker goes on the defensive  —  Federal Communications commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker defended her decision to join Comcast NBC Universal just months after voting in favor of the company's joint venture.  —  Under heavy criticism this week for her decision to leave the FCC …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Senate bill amounts to death penalty for Web sites  —  A new bill backed by movie studios and other large copyright holders takes a novel approach to curbing access to piratical Web sites: an Internet death penalty.  —  That's the best way to describe the approach adopted …
 
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Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
AOL offers video chat with no log-in, download
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Stock Auctions Are No Longer “Significantly Oversubscribed"*
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Adobe Flash update puts users in charge of privacy
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Fantastic Insight Into The Closed Box Google Culture From A Recent Xoogler
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 Earlier Items: 
DigiCha:
Have Facebook Executives Used The Media To Ruin Mark Zuckerberg's China Dream?
Phillip Torrone / Make:
Why Google Choosing Arduino Matters and is This the End of “Made for iPod” (TM)?
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and InfoWorld
Wall Street Journal:
Google Near DOJ Settlement Over Online Drug Ads