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5:20 PM ET, May 16, 2011

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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Next iPhone Will NOT Have NFC Mobile Payments, Says Bernstein  —  Apple's next iPhone, said to be called the 4S, will not have the mobile payment support through NFC (near field communication) says Bernstein in a note this morning.  —  We don't have the full note, just highlights from a Bloomberg terminal.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
NFC Might Not Make It Into iPhone 5
Discussion: Edible Apple and MacStories
Yusuf Mehdi / Bing:
Facebook Friends Now Fueling Faster Decisions on Bing  —  At Bing, our mission is to help you make faster, more informed decisions.  We designed a new way to experience search, focusing on great design, task completion, instant answers, and vertical categories like shopping and travel to help you make decisions faster.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Post-Disney Miramax Signs First Major Digital Deal With Netflix  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) continues to add programming strength to its digital service.  Starting next month Netflix subscribers will have instant access to hundreds of Miramax titles from Oscar winners like The English Patient …
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Miramax brings its movies to Netflix streaming in June
Chase Hensel / The Official Google Blog:
Expanding Google News for more variety and multimedia  —  (Cross-posted from the Google News blog)  —  Every day, Google News crawls through thousands of news articles to present you with the most relevant and recent stories.  For a long time, we've realized that bringing relevant news …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Seagate's GoFlex Satellite portable hard drive streams content over WiFi (review)  —  Seagate just took the wraps off what's likely the niftiest portable HDD to cross our path in a long, long while.  The GoFlex Satellite is part storage device, part wireless media streamer …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Android 3.1 Honeycomb hands-on  —  Well, it sure did take a few days for Verizon and Motorola to roll out the Android Honeycomb 3.1 update to the majority of Xoom owners, but as they say, better late than never.  Yes, my very own Xoom finally received the over-the-air update early Saturday morning …
Discussion: IntoMobile and TG Daily
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy S II US carrier names revealed: AT&T Attain, Verizon Function, and Sprint Within  —  Anticipation, thy name is Galaxy S II.  Or is it Galaxy S 2 Attain?  Perhaps it's Galaxy S 2 Function or Within, it all depends on what carrier you prefer, really.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple planning major product launch for 10th retail anniversary?  —  We have just received some information from a solid Apple source, and if they're right, Apple may be planning something big for its 10th retail anniversary this Thursday the 19th.  Here's what we've been told:
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
AOL launches professional division  —  (Reuters) - AOL Inc is launching a professional division called AOL Industry on Monday aimed at government, energy and defense executives.  —  The idea is to bring the use of social media, video and design from consumer-oriented sites and apply it to media for business professionals.
Sapna Maheshwari / Bloomberg:
Google Makes $3 Billion Bond-Market Debut  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), whose shares have dropped 9 percent this year, is making its first foray into the bond market with a planned $3 billion sale to pay back short- term borrowings.  —  “People aren't going to do very much credit analysis …
Vanessa Grigoriadis / Vanity Fair:
Ol' Mark Pincus Had a Farm...  Zynga—the company behind such Facebook games as FarmVille, CityVille, and Zynga Poker—is the hottest topic in Silicon Valley: valued at $10 billion, with 250 million users and a rumored I.P.O. next year.  Its C.E.O., Mark Pincus, takes fun very, very seriously.
Discussion: Gawker
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Skype-Style Calls Force Wireless Carriers to Adapt  —  Today, long-winded talkers need to worry about running out of minutes on their cellphone plans.  But someday there will be no minutes to run out of — just megabytes.  —  Wireless carriers now funnel voice and data traffic …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Lodsys explains in-app patent warning letters sent to iOS developers  —  On Friday, news broke of a number of warning letters sent to application developers for iPhone and iPad applications, warning them that by using Apple's in-app payment mechanism, they were violating a patent issued to “inventions” firm Lodsys.
David Zax / Fast Company:
How Viral PDFs Of A Naughty Bedtime Book Exploded The Old Publishing Model  —  The party line on piracy is that it's bad for business.  But what to make of the case of “Go the F**k to Sleep,” the “children's book for adults” whose viral-pirate PDF launched the book to the number-one spot on Amazon.com a month before its release?
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
StackMob Grabs $7.5M to Offer Backend Support for Mobile Devs  —  Stackmob, a cloud platform for mobile developers built in the mold of Heroku, has raised $7.5 million in a Series A round as it ramps up its offering for mobile developers.  The new money, led by Trinity Ventures …
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Former Yahoo CTO Ari Balogh Joins StumbleUpon  —  Former Yahoo CTO and EVP Products Ari Balogh is to become StumbleUpon's VP of engineering, the company said this morning.  —  Balogh said in an interview that his projects will include “a continuing and unrelenting focus on the recommendation technology …
Discussion: paidContent
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Japan won't allow Sony to turn PSN back on until it's assured it's safe  —  Sony may be busy flipping the PlayStation Network switch back to the “on” position around the globe, but one locale where it won't be doing so just yet is its homeland of Japan.  The Dow Jones newshounds report …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
LinkedIn Shares Start Trading Thursday  —  LinkedIn shares are going to hit the public markets starting on Thursday, the WSJ reports.  LinkedIn is looking to raise $274 million with the offering.  It is pricing its shares at $32 to $35, and is looking at a $3 billion valuation.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
VMware Buys Cloud-Based IT Management Service Provider Shavlik Technologies  —  Virtualization software giant VMware this morning announced that it has agreed to acquire Shavlik Technologies, a provider of cloud-based IT management solutions for small and medium businesses.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Leads $9M Round In Apache Hadoop-Based Analytics Platform Datameer  —  Datameer, a startup that offers a big data analytics solution built on Apache Hadoop, has raised $9.25 million led by Kleiner Perkins with participation from Redpoint Ventures.  Kleiner partner Ellen Pao will be joining Datameer's board.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Bit.ly Hires Peter Stern as CEO  —  Bit.ly has raised $14 million in a few years, and shrinks more than 8 billion Web addresses a month.  And it's done all that without anyone running the company full time.  —  Until now.  Technology vet Peter Stern, whose last startup ended up being acquired by Facebook …
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
One Twitter account.  One RSS feed.  Firehoses, but not in name.  —  Once upon a time, two days ago, Techmeme maintained not one, but two Twitter accounts.  Our intention for this was noble: flexibility for the user.  One Twitter account, “Techmeme Firehose” (@TechmemeFH) …
Groklaw:
As of Today, It's Mark Webbink's Groklaw 2.0 - Updated  —  I announced in April that as of today, I wouldn't be writing any more articles for Groklaw.  I intended to finish the Comes v. Microsoft exhibits as text and perfect some of our other collections and then I would retire from Groklaw …
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
AT&T plans consumer security service for 2012  —  (Reuters) - AT&T Inc plans to launch a wireless security service for consumers next year to help combat a big rise in cyber attacks on mobile devices, a top executive said.  —  As more people use smartphones like Apple Inc's iPhone …
 
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Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
AOL expands local news network in U.S.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss lose federal appeals court bid for a rehearing in Facebook case
Discussion: Reuters
Reuters:
France wants $3.5 billion for its 4G frequencies
Discussion: Electronista
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 7.5 business features, email conversation view on tap
Sean Michael Kerner / internetnews.com:
Why Cloud is Like Email in the 1980's
 Earlier Items: 
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nokia slams door on Ovi label, rebranding everything to Nokia Services
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Google Turns On Charm to Win Over Europeans
Discussion: Reuters and Search Engine Land
Paul Lamere / Music Machinery:
How good is Google's Instant Mix?
Discussion: Tools, Evolver.fm and hypebot
Niall Harbison / The Next Web:
Entering The Minority Report Era: A Video Series
Zuupy Official Blog:
3 Reasons that We are Moving Away from Facebook as a Platform
Discussion: I4U News, @jason and Marketing Pilgrim