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7:20 PM ET, May 17, 2011

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Dan Goodin / The Register:
99% of Android phones leak secret account credentials  —  The vast majority of devices running Google's Android operating system are vulnerable to attacks that allow adversaries to steal the digital credentials used to access calendars, contacts, and other sensitive data stored on the search giant's servers …
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Universitat Ulm:
The Insecurity of Google's ClientLogin Protocol  —  In a recent blog post Dan Wallach outlined some of the risks of using Android smartphones in open Wifi networks.  He found that some Android applications transmit data in the clear, allowing an attacker to eavesdrop any transmitted information.
Kyle / iFixit Blog:
Unveiled: Audience powers iPhone 4′s impressive noise cancellation  —  When we analyzed the Nexus One last January, the big news was its Audience voice processor.  The Audience chip takes advantage of two microphones (if you're counting, that's one more than most cell phones) to cancel out ambient noise.
BBC:
Microsoft's Bill Gates says he advocated Skype takeover  —  Bill Gates says Microsoft's decision to buy Skype will provide better video conferencing opportunities  —  Microsoft's founder, Bill Gates, has said he advocated the company's takeover of Skype, and urged other board members to support the move.
Discussion: SAI, The Next Web, PE Hub Blog and WinRumors
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netflix Now The Largest Single Source of Internet Traffic In North America  —  Netflix video streaming is now the single largest source of peak downstream Internet traffic in the U.S., according to a new report by Sandvine.  The streaming video service now accounts for 29.7 percent …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Apple studies infringement claims by Lodsys  —  Patent holding firm Lodsys claims revenue from iPhone app developers, but critics say it is abusing the patent system  —  Apple's legal department is understood to be “actively investigating” claims by Lodsys, a patent holding company based in Texas …
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Files “Noteworthy” Trademark for New iPhone App  —  It appears that Apple may want to drum up a little more mystery and excitement going into this year's WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference) on June 6, 2011.  Today, the European Trademark Office has revealed Apple's latest “Noteworthy” trademark filing.
Discussion: MacRumors, App Advice, Pulse2 and 9 to 5 Mac
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Nokia N9 Teaser Ad Appears (Video) [Update x2]  —  Less than a week after we saw it unexpectedly pop up in the FCC database, the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 (N950?) has appeared in a professional-looking teaser commercial (clip embedded below), further suggesting that not only is this handset still destined …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
NFC payment systems coming to Apple Store locations?  —  While it seems that most are flipping a coin as to whether or not the upcoming iPhone will have NFC capabilities, BGR has just been given some information from multiple Apple sources that could possibly sway the argument in favor …
Royal Pingdom:
Apple staff raking in the cash: $419,528 profit per head  —  Apple earned a massive profit of $419,528 per employee in the past 12 months.  That beats Google, Microsoft, Intel and a bunch of other big tech companies by quite some margin.  —  One reason (of several) that profit per employee …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Agam Shah / PC World:
HP Picks USB 3.0 Over Intel's Thunderbolt for Desktops  —  Hewlett-Packard considered using Intel's Thunderbolt interconnect in new desktop PCs announced Monday, but is sticking with USB 3.0 because of wider support, a company official said.  —  “We did look at [Thunderbolt].  We're still looking into it.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Guess Who's Exhibiting At BookExpo America For The First Time?  Apple  —  Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), which almost never appears at industry conferences unless it is doing the hosting, will exhibit this year at BookExpo America, the largest trade book fair in the United States.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Proposes Standard for Smaller SIM Cards to Make Even Thinner iPhones  —  Current micro-SIM (bottom right) punched out of a full-size SIM card (top right)  —  Reuters reports that Apple has submitted a proposal for a standardized SIM card design smaller than the micro-SIM currently used …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
US warns: hack us, and we might bomb you  —  The US revealed its “International Strategy for Cyberspace” (PDF) yesterday.  It's mostly blather about how terrific “cyberspace” is, but it gets more specific on a few key issues like national defense.  Could our next war start because of a hack?
Discussion: Gizmodo, Bloomberg, Pulse2 and ZDNet
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft customer satisfaction hits new high as Windows 7 takes hold  —  Have we finally witnessed the death of the Blue Screen of Death?  —  OK, so that's still a bit of a reach, but new numbers this morning from the American Customer Satisfaction Index show satisfaction …
Matt Ziegelbaum / Docs Blog:
Summarize your data with pivot tables  —  Starting today, we're rolling out pivot tables in Google spreadsheets.  Pivot tables make it easy to process and summarize large data sets in seconds.  Check out the video below for a look at how pivot tables work in Google spreadsheets:
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Intel says smartphones to be on sale early in 2012  —  (Reuters) - Smartphones using Intel's mobile processors will go on sale early next year and the world's biggest chipmaker is also on track with processors for tablets, Chief Executive Paul Otellini said on Tuesday.
Pete Warden / O'Reilly Radar:
Why you can't really anonymize your data  —  One of the joys of the last few years has been the flood of real-world datasets being released by all sorts of organizations.  These usually involve some record of individuals' activities, so to assuage privacy fears, the distributors will claim …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
How Facebook Brings a New Data Center Online  —  For Facebook, bringing its Prineville, Ore., data center online last month required more than building a specialized facility with customized servers.  According to a post today on the Facebook Engineering blog, the social networking leader …
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
LunaTik and TikTok Hit the Big Time With Apple Store Availability  —  The iPod nano wristband accessories Scott Wilson designed shortly after Apple introduced a new model of its smallest-screened iPod have gone from community-funded success to Apple Store shelves.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft to Make a Few Versions of New Windows, Intel Says  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will make multiple versions of its next Windows operating system, with four that work on ARM Holdings Plc (ARM) technology, according to an Intel Corp. (INTC) executive.  —  The version designed for Intel chips …
Discussion: SAI
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Ups Price Of IPO To $42 To $45 Per Share, Valuation Now Over $4 Billion  —  Wow.  According to this filing, professional social network LinkedIn has just upped the pricing of its IPO from between $32 and $35 per share to $42 to $45 per share.  This latest pricing …
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Exclusive: Samsung ‘Hercules’ for T-Mobile is like a dual-core Infuse 4G  —  T-Mobile prides itself on a wide, deep selection of Android devices (then again, so do all carriers these days) — and the selection's going to get better later this year with the introduction of a Samsung model codenamed “Hercules.”
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
French 3 Strikes Suspended Due To Anti-Piracy Security Alert  —  On Saturday evening, with the invaluable assistance of blogger and security researcher Olivier Laurelli, aka Bluetouff, TorrentFreak first reported that Trident Media Guard (TMG), the private company entrusted to carry …
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Leads $3M Round in Onavo, The Must-Have Data Shrinking iOS App  —  It was only a few shorts weeks ago that we reviewed Onavo, the must-have iOS app that significantly shrinks data consumption.  We were so impressed with the app's ability to save users money on their data usage plans …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What Happens When It's Google/Android Vs. Amazon/Android?  —  Reading the news in recent weeks, it's becoming increasingly clear that there are the early signs of a new war brewing in the mobile computing space.  And it's a war that promises to be the most fascinating one yet.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Verizon sues FCC on data-roaming rule  —  Verizon Wireless sued the Federal Communications Commission to overturn a recent data-roaming rule, saying the agency overstepped its jurisdiction with the order.  —  The wireless giant filed its appeal last Friday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit …
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
Lauren Dugan / AllTwitter:
Advertisers Speak Up About Twitter Ads: “The click-through rates were paltry.”  —  Twitter is focusing on generating revenue this year, as it rolls out geotargeted Promoted Products like Tweets, Accounts and Trends, and more affordable ads for smaller businesses.
 
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Associated Press:
FCC, FTC seek explanations on phone location data
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
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Bloomberg:
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Nick Judd / techPresident:
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
iPhone share of phone market in Q1: 5% volumes, 20% revenues, 55% profit
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Fortune and pocketnow.com
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Rolls Out Places Functionality and Checkin Deals to Pages With Street Addresses
Discussion: WebProNews
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome OS 12 — AKA: The Shipping Version — Hits Beta
Discussion: BetaNews and Softpedia News
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Sprint's Most Likely Buyer May Be CenturyLink
Discussion: PhoneArena and dailywireless.org