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11:30 PM ET, May 17, 2011

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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.
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:   Gates defends Ballmer's Skype gamble
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.
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:   The secret behind the iPhone 4′s noise cancellation technology revealed
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Exclusive: T-Mobile's 2011 roadmap includes HTC ‘G-Infinity,’ LG Optimus II, three new BlackBerrys, and more  —  The Samsung Hercules is far from the only device in T-Mobile's pipeline for the next few months, of course — and we've got some insight into what's coming next.  HTC G-Infinity?
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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Exclusive: Samsung ‘Hercules’ for T-Mobile is like a dual-core Infuse 4G
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:
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 …
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Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Intel says smartphones to be on sale early in 2012
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
What app developers need to know about Lodsys and the in-app upgrade button patent problem  —  I previously commented on the fact that Lodsys contacted various iOS app developers with claims of patent infringement and published a rebuttal of Lodsys's defense of its business model.
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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 …
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
Joshua Munoz / Android Central:
AT&T confirms to devs: Sideloading from here on out  —  When we broke the news that AT&T is pushing updates to older Android devices to finally enable sideloading, and with the Infuse 4G being its first phone to sideload out of the box, we naturally assumed AT&T will continue to leave its future phones open.
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: 9 to 5 Mac, Pulse2, MacRumors and App Advice
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 …
Scott McMullan / Google Enterprise Blog:
Introducing TRUSTe data privacy certification for Apps Marketplace apps  —  Over a year ago, we created the Google Apps Marketplace to help you easily discover, evaluate, and deploy integrated web applications for your business or school.  In that time, many of you have told us that evaluating apps …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google leases new campus across Hwy. 101 in Mountain View  —  Google (GOOG) will complete the biggest hiring year in its history by occupying a new campus of up to nine buildings, extending its growing real estate footprint for the first time across Highway 101 in Mountain View as it leases …
Discussion: SAI
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 …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Mini Moguls Fight Over Control of a Twitter Account  —  It's the most adorable tech lawsuit ever!  The family of the teenage founder of a popular Twitter account is suing his business partner for squeezing him out.  Kids these days.  —  17-year-old Adorian Deck (left, above) …
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 and Pulse2
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
All Of July 2009: Tumblr Did 250 Million Pageviews.  May 16, 2011: Tumblr Did... 250 Million Pageviews  —  Two years ago, Tumblr founder David Karp shared some impressive numbers.  In July 2009, Tumblr had 50 million visitors, 255 million pageviews, and 650,000 new posts per day.
Discussion: Tumblr Staff, Betabeat and Techie Buzz
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony's Stringer: No Network ‘100% Secure’  —  The hacker attack that crippled Sony Corp. (SNE)'s PlayStation Network and Qriocity entertainment services was “a hiccup” in the company's online strategy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard Stringer said.
Mat Honan / Epicenter:
The Lost Origin of Twitter  —  Before Twitter was public, it was just an AIM hack on Jack Dorsey's pager.  —  Twitter founder Jack Dorsey had a background in messenger culture.  He had even launched a dispatch software startup called D-Net, back in 1999.  He was also captivated …
Discussion: The Next Web and ReadWriteWeb
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.
 
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Owns 90% Of Search Market In Latin America, comScore Says
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Discussion: SAI and @timoreilly
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Brian Heater / Engadget:
Google adds Kansas City, MO to list of Kansas Cities covered by ultra high-speed internet (video)
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Verizon sues FCC on data-roaming rule
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft customer satisfaction hits new high as Windows 7 takes hold
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Proposes Standard for Smaller SIM Cards to Make Even Thinner iPhones
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Leads $3M Round in Onavo, The Must-Have Data Shrinking iOS App
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Lauren Dugan / AllTwitter:
Advertisers Speak Up About Twitter Ads: “The click-through rates were paltry.”
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
How Facebook Brings a New Data Center Online