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12:50 PM ET, May 18, 2011

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DigiTimes:
Apple to launch new MacBook Air in June-July  —  The Taiwan-based supply chain for Apple products will begin shipments of new 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch MacBook Air models featuring Sandy Bridge platform and Thunderbolt interface in late May for launch in June or July, according to makers in the supply chain.
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt MacBook Airs coming in June or July
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Webomatica
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Will Pay $500,000 To $1,000,000 To “Buy” An Engineer  —  Facebook has found that one of the best ways to bring new talent into the company is to acquire small, failed startups and put their entreprenurial employees in charge of products.  —  These are called “talent acquisitions” or “acqui-hires.”
Discussion: All Facebook and USA Today
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
For Buyers of Web Start-Ups, Goal Is Corralling Young Talent  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Sam Lessin sold his Web start-up to Facebook for millions last year, and Facebook promptly shut it down.  All Facebook wanted was Mr. Lessin.  —  That is what it has come to in bubbly Silicon Valley.
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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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple LTE-enabled iPhone Due in 2012, iPhone 4S Preparations for September 2011  —  Though not a particular surprise, Digitime's sources claim that the LTE-enabled “iPhone 4S” is unlikely to launch until 2012. … LTE is the next generation data transfer technology beyond 3G and is frequently labeled 4G.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple slows iPhone 4 production ahead of iPhone 4S (with 8MP camera, no LTE) production in August?
Nyleveia:
Warning All PSN Users: Accounts are still not safe.  —  I want to make this clear to ALL PSN users.  Despite the methods currently employed to force a password change when you first reconnect to the PlayStation network, your accounts still remain unsafe.  —  A new hack is currently doing …
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Ross Miller / This is my next:   Sony pulls PlayStation Network login pages after password recovery exploit found
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony's Stringer: No Network ‘100% Secure’
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Intel: Windows on ARM won't run ‘legacy apps’  —  Waves flag for ‘traditional’ Windows 8  —  Microsoft may be porting Windows 8 to the ARM architecture, but the general manager of Intel's software and services group insists she's not losing any sleep over a bruising battle in a more-competitive arena.
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
More app developers sued over patent claims  —  Fears that smartphones are becoming new hunting ground for so-called ‘patent trolls’ as 10 more app developers sued over infringement claims  —  Another patent-owning company has targeted app developers on both Apple and Android platforms …
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Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Intel rewrites Atom road map  —  Updated: Intel rewrites Atom road map  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - Intel will quicken the pace at which it rolls out new Atom core designs, drive down the target power of its notebook chips and expand the thermal range of its SoCs.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Intel promises more than 10 new tablets at Computex, including Android and MeeGo versions
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
An AppleCare support rep talks: Mac malware is “getting worse”  —  Over the weekend, I got an e-mail from an AppleCare support rep, who was responding to my recent reports of Mac malware being found in the wild.  At least one prominent voice in the Mac community dismisses these reports as “crying wolf.”
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?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
“Hulu For Magazines” Opens Its Android Newsstand  —  Apple has won over some of the big magazine publishers, who have reached deals to sell subscriptions via iTunes.  But it's not an exclusive arrangement: Now the magazine guys are starting to sell on Google's Android, too.
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Twitter Trap  —  Last week my wife and I told our 13-year-old daughter she could join Facebook.  Within a few hours she had accumulated 171 friends, and I felt a little as if I had passed my child a pipe of crystal meth.  —  I don't mean to be a spoilsport, and I don't think I'm a Luddite.
Discussion: SAI, Betabeat and @mathewi
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
Investment firm launches Twitter-based hedge fund  —  An investment company has launched a £25 million hedge fund that will use the sentiment of Twitter messages to help guide its trading strategy.  —  The idea is not as outlandish as it might seem.  Last year, Johan Bollen …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Eventbrite Raises $50 Million to Tackle Ticketmaster  —  Eventbrite, a ticketing start-up based in San Francisco, got its start by offering to help any event organizer peddle tickets — whether it be for a yoga class or an indie comedy show.  —  Now the company is looking to tackle ticketing …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Next Web
Pablo Villalba / Teambox Blog:
Why Google's hiring process is broken  —  Some context...  Google is one of today's top companies, thanks to their continued efforts in building the best and fastest algorithms.  —  They have put together a yet-to-be-matched team of engineers, and I enjoy using their search and Google Apps every day.
Discussion: SAI and Bloggasm
Mark Gurman / 9to5 Mac:
Apple Store 2.0 revealed: Startup Sessions, interactive iPad signage, new sound/display systems, new app?  —  A source has just dropped a load of unconfirmed information on us for what is being internally referred to as “Apple Store 2.0.” Apple Store 2.0 is a major makeover for the Apple retail store experience.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
HTC to tap tablet boom with many models  —  (Reuters) - Smartphone maker HTC plans to roll out a range of different tablet computers to gain a foothold in the fast-growing market, a company executive said on Tuesday.  —  The global market for tablets, started only last year with Apple's iPad …
Discussion: SlashGear and MacNN
Eric M. Jackson / GigaOM:
Why Matt Drudge Still Beats Mark Zuckerberg  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg might be Time's reigning Person of the Year, but when it comes to influencing the distribution of online news, he's still no match for Matt Drudge.  —  Facebook is closing in on 700 million users …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
250,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets sold to date, RBC says  —  RBC Capital Markets General Manager Mike Abramsky believes RIM has sold approximately 250,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets to date.  In a note to investors on Wednesday, the analyst points to channel checks in stating PlayBook sales …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Nielsen: Tablets Are Money Spinners, But Less Than 5% Use Them Today  —  Of all the wireless devices that have hit the market in the past several years, tablets present the biggest commercial opportunity for media owners, in terms of what consumers are willing to pay for and consume on the devices.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Deal Journal, Thanks:ingridlunden
Sarah Rotman Epps / Forrester Blogs:
The “Post-PC” Era: It's Real, But It Doesn't Mean What You Think It Does  —  Computing is changing.  The news last week showed that loud and clear, as Microsoft bet big on Skype's voice and video technology and Google announced partnerships with Samsung and Acer to build laptops running its Chrome operating system.
 
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Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
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Discussion: Betabeat, Thanks:devindra
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Facebook Gets Broad Patent on Digital Media Tagging
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Quora:
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Joshua Munoz / Android Central:
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