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5:00 PM ET, May 14, 2011

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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
The Ad-Supported Kindle Is Amazon's Best Seller  —  Amazon's cheapest Kindle, the one supported by advertising and special offers, it its best-selling Kindle, if you can trust Amazon's best-selling Kindles list.  —  This tells us:  —  1) People don't hate advertising as much as some Internet wonks think they do.
Discussion: Kindle Review, Pulse2, BGR and Electronista
Electronista:
iPhone ‘5G’ case shows edge-to-edge screen, moved flash  —  Supposed iPhone 5G case tips up in China  —  A very early instance of a 2011 iPhone case has shown up in a listing at Asian trading site AliBaba.  Guangdong-based Kulcase is selling what it claims is a crystal case for an “iPhone 5G.”
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk:
Just how many people are using the iPad 2 camera?  (Answer: Not many)  —  So remember back when the iPad first launched, and everyone had a good old a moan about the the lack of a camera?  Yeah, here's Flickr's current daily average user stats for Apple's devices with cameras.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
The Bestsellers: Fortune Article ‘Inside Apple’ Beats Out Full-Length Books  —  Among the usual suspects like Michael Connelly and James Patterson on the top 10 list of paid Kindle bestsellers this week was something of a surprise: “Inside Apple—From Steve Jobs Down to the Janitor …
Discussion: TechCrunch and @jlanzone
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Six Reasons Why Chromebooks Are a Bad Idea  —  Not everyone thinks Google's attempt to reinvent the computer will work.  —  When it took the wraps off its stripped down, nothing-but-the-browser Chromebooks this week Google was attempting its own iPad moment.
Michael Geist Blog:
Forget the iPod Tax, Canadian Copyright Collective Demanding Memory Card Tax  —  During the most recent election campaign, there was no shortage of debate over the so-called iPod Tax, a proposed levy on iPods and similar devices to compensate for copies of sound recordings.
Discussion: Slashdot
Bloomberg:
Amazon Server Said to Be Used in Sony Attack  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)'s Web Services cloud- computing unit was used by hackers in last month's attack against Sony Corp. (6758)'s online entertainment systems, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Programming Error Invalidates U.S. Green Card Lottery Results  —  The U.S. State Department just announced that it has invalidated the results of this year's Green Card lottery (officially the 2012 Diversity Lottery), which gives a set number of randomly drawn winners a permanent residency card to live and work in the United States.
Discussion: Computerworld and Slashdot, Thanks:fredericl
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Dell video teases upcoming ‘ultrathin’ laptop  —  Dell has released some revealing multimedia as it prepares to announce a new 15.6-inch ultrathin laptop later this month.  —  As CNET reported earlier, the new ultrathin will be the first in a line of laptops designed in the spirit of the company's discontinued Adamo brand.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Pulse2, Ubergizmo and SAI
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Close To A Big Search Deal With Baidu, Says Chinese Press  —  Microsoft is close to announcing a partnership with Chinese search company Baidu, according to rumors in the Chinese press, via Bill Bishop on Twitter.  —  It looks like Baidu is taking over the paid ads on Bing China …
Discussion: LiveSide.net and WinRumors
Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Keynote and session videos from Google I/O now live  —  With Google I/O 2011 just two days behind us, we wanted to thank the nearly 1 million developers who joined us at Moscone Center, attended I/O Extended events and watched online via I/O Live from 161 countries around the world.
Steve Delahoyde / UnBeige:
Yale Opens Museum and Library Collections Online (Really, Really Open)  —  All other universities take note, particularly of the Ivy League variety: Yale is getting it done and making things happen.  Last year you might recall, we reported on their School of Architecture getting ultra-serious …
 
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Discussion: Electronista and Reuters
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Discussion: App Advice and MacNN
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Senators Who Say Merely Linking To Certain Sites Should Be A Felony
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and CNET News
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
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Discussion: Pulse2, VentureBeat, Digits and TechCrunch