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11:00 PM ET, May 16, 2011

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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:
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iPodNN:   Apple planning ‘major’ product launch later this week?
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.
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Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Bing Debuts Social Search with New Facebook Integration  —  Microsoft's search engine is about to tie its search results to the Facebook social graph in a move that will come as a blow to Google and its +1 initiative.  Where Bing will be able to take existing “likes” from friends and integrate …
Discussion: Mashable!, Betabeat and LiveSide.net
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Amazon prepping dual-core ‘Coyote’ and quad-core ‘Hollywood’ tablets for 2011  —  We received word from a tipster that Amazon, practically confirmed to be entering the tablet market in the near future, isn't planning just one device, but is planning on releasing at least two before the end of the year.
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
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 …
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Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Details for PlayStation Network and Qriocity Customer Appreciation Program in North America  —  Now that some PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been restored and you're once again enjoying online gaming and entertainment, we're happy to provide details about the “Welcome Back” …
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss lose federal appeals court bid for a rehearing in Facebook case  —  A federal appeals court has declined to review a legal challenge from Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who claim that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for the social networking site.
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Winklevii Go for Gold: Say They'll Take Facebook Case to the Supreme Court
Discussion: All Facebook
Om Malik / GigaOM:
On T-Mobile, All Wi-Fi Calls Are Free  —  It is one of those things that make you ask the question: what took you so long, guys?  If you are a T-Mobile USA subscriber and use one of the mobile phones that support UMA, now all your calls made over the Wi-Fi are free.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Eldar Murtazin: Microsoft will enter negotiations to buy Nokia's mobile division next week  —  Yes, this is a rumor, and by golly it strains the limits of credulity, but take note of its source.  Firstly, the details: according to Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft and Nokia will enter talks next week …
Shareen Pathak / Tech Job Watch:
The Facebook Job Engine  —  With job growth ticking up in 2011, some credit should go to Mark Zuckerberg.  Facebook employs about 2,000 workers and has grown headcount by about 50% a year since it was founded in 2004, a spokesperson says.  —  The real action, however …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Anti-Facebook Startup Diaspora Promises to “Go Faster”  —  Diaspora, the open source social networking service offering an alternative to Facebook's closed platform, has just provided an update on its development status.  Via a blog post on the company's homepage, Diaspora founder Maxwell Salzberg …
Discussion: join diaspora and Betabeat
Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard CEO Girds for ‘Tough Quarter’  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker told top executives that he's bracing for “another tough quarter” in the period that ends in July and urged deputies to “watch every penny and minimize all hiring.”
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Samsung postpones May 24th New York City press event  —  Samsung has just confirmed that it is postponing a press event that was originally scheduled for May 24th in New York City.  It's unclear what Samsung was scheduled to announce, although we suspect it could have been a Galaxy S II U.S. announcement …
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 …
Pamela Parker / Search Engine Land:
Google Boasts Of $64 Billion In Economic Impact  —  In conjunction with National Small Business Week, Google is trying to burnish its image by touting the economic impact that its programs, including AdWords and AdSense, have had on the U.S. economy.  According to the company …
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Groupon Sees Half of All Sales Coming From Mobile in Two Years  —  Mobile, along with social and local, will be one of the largest drivers for Groupon's deals business over the next few years.  —  Groupon VP Mobile Partnerships Michael Shim said: “Mobile is huge for Groupon …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
Discussion: Pulse2
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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
New bill upgrades unauthorized Internet streaming to a felony  —  Two months ago, US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel produced her wishlist of changes to US law.  One item in particular caught our interest—the suggestion that the online streaming of copyrighted content be bumped up to a full-scale felony.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Senate Not Done Questioning Apple and Google on Privacy  —  If you missed Apple and Google being grilled in Washington over privacy issues last week, you are in luck.  —  The two tech giants are due back on Capitol Hill on Thursday to appear before a different Senate subcommittee.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Toshiba enters pixel density fray with 367ppi LCDs for cellphones  —  Toshiba just fired its own salvo in the pixel density wars at SID 2011.  The company is showing off a range of LCDs for cellphones that top out at an almost imperceptibly fine 367ppi on its 4-inch HD (720 x 1280) model.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Own (Smaller) “OAuthpocalypse”: Devs Have 48 Hours To Secure Apps
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Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Former Yahoo CTO Ari Balogh Joins StumbleUpon
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Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
AOL launches professional division
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Post-Disney Miramax Signs First Major Digital Deal With Netflix
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Skype-Style Calls Force Wireless Carriers to Adapt