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11:35 PM ET, May 18, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
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.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple to overhaul retail operations with iPads running new RetailMe software  —  Apple stores have been receiving stockpiles of iPad 2 units with magnetic Smart Covers, as Apple is prepared to equip its retail specialists with tablets for on-the-job use, AppleInsider has learned.
Jodi Olson / Twitter Blog:
Mission: Permission  —  The Twitter ecosystem contains hundreds of thousands of interesting third-party applications designed to enhance your Twitter experience.  Third-party apps let you do things like automatically share your Tweets on other networks, connect to other players on gaming platforms …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Twitter's S**t Sandwich  —  Twitter today announced new finer-grained control over third-party API access to direct messages: … That's good news on the surface — it means you can use services and apps that require your Twitter credentials without granting those services/apps access to your private direct messages.
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb and SAI
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.
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Nick Bilton / New York Times:   This Is Your Brain on Twitter
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple signs EMI, cloud-music deals nearly done  —  Apple is closing in on obtaining the necessary agreements with the top four record companies that will enable the company to launch a fully licensed cloud-music service, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.
Discussion: TechCrunch, MacRumors and The Next Web
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.”
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Crying wolf? Apple support forums confirm malware explosion
Discussion: blog.chron.com and I4U News
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How To Party Your Way Into a Multi-Million Dollar Facebook Job  —  If you want Facebook to spend millions of dollars hiring you, it helps to be a talented engineer, as the New York Times today suggests.  But it also helps to carouse with Facebook honchos, invite them to your dad's Mediterranean party palace …
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Will Pay $500,000 To $1,000,000 To “Buy” An Engineer
Discussion: VentureBeat, Bits, USA Today and TechFlash
Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Update on PSN Password Reset Process  —  We temporarily took down the PSN and Qriocity password reset page.  Contrary to some reports, there was no hack involved.  In the process of resetting of passwords there was a URL exploit that we have subsequently fixed.
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Ross Miller / This is my next:
Sony pulls PlayStation Network login pages after password recovery exploit found
Ellis Hamburger / SAI:
Trade In All Your Old Gadgets For Cash At Amazon  —  Hot on the heels of T-Mobile's new trade-in program, Amazon just announced that it's expanding its trade-in business to include electronics like tablets, phones, cameras, MP3 players, and more.  —  All you need to do is head to Amazon's trade …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Apple Adding Data Center in Silicon Valley  —  Apple is expanding its Internet infrastructure with a new data center in Silicon Valley, as it prepares to bring additional server and storage capacity online later this year.  The new server space, housed in a third-party facility …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
LinkedIn Will Price at $45 a Share (Yes, That Would Be a $4.5B Valuation)  —  According to a press release about to post, LinkedIn will price its shares at $45 each in its IPO tomorrow.  —  The price, at the top of its range, will give the Silicon Valley business networking company a $4.5 billion valuation.
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Gary Rivlin / The Daily Beast:
Is LinkedIn's Initial Public Offering a Rip-Off?
Discussion: The Register
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Says Intel Exec Was Wrong About Windows 8  —  Yesterday, Intel senior vice president Renee James spilled some details about Microsoft's next version of Windows, claiming that the ARM version won't run legacy Windows apps (which were designed only to run on Intel's x86 family of processors).
Discussion: Digits and Neowin.net
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Attn Entrepreneurs: Mark Zuckerberg Isn't the Role Model.  Reid Hoffman Is.  —  Forty-plus weeks traveling the emerging world has taught me many things.  Chief among them is that most entrepreneurs outside Silicon Valley learn the wrong lessons looking in.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Bill Gates: “The PC Is The Tablet”  —  Bill Gates took to the BBC last night to talk about his philanthropic efforts, but the conversation naturally turned to Microsoft and Gates was quick to defend the company's mobile efforts.  —  When the interviewer suggested that we're in a post-PC era …
Discussion: WinRumors, bbc.co.uk and PC Magazine
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.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
PayPal Android App To Get Photo-Based Check Depositing Today  —  Back in October of last year, PayPal tucked a fancy new trick into their iPhone app: Photo-based Check Depositing (or, as they call it, “Mobile Check Capture”.)  You know the idea: snap a picture of a check's front and back …
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
“Will Work for Bitcoin” Coder Says Most People Just Using It as an Investment Vehicle  —  Nick Carlson, Bitcoin-aire.  —  Colorado-based developer Nick Carlson came to our attention when he was mentioned in a splashy story about the Bitcoin project, an initiative in which savvy techies trade …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
250,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets sold to date, RBC says  —  RBC Capital Markets Managing Director 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 …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Angry Birds Tops 200 Million Downloads; More Than Double Its “Crazy” Forecast (TCTV)  —  BERLIN- Yesterday at the Next 11 conference, I interviewed Rovio's Mighty Eagle Peter Vesterbacka on stage.  You may know him as the man who brings us all different versions of Angry Birds, Angry Birds toys …
Walt Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
For a Song, Online Giants Offer Music In a Cloud  —  Once again, the way to buy music is changing.  —  For years, the legal digital music world has seemed relatively simple to grasp.  There were two basic models: the online stores, where you bought singles or albums and stored …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Yahoo Buys Advertising Platform 5to1 For $28 Million  —  Yahoo has just announced that it will be acquiring advertising platform 5to1 for $28 million.  We originally broke the news of the acquisition last week.  —  5to1 first launched at TechCrunch50 in September 2009 …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple, not Intel, filed for Thunderbolt trademark  —  Counter to early indications that Intel already owned the trademark for the Thunderbolt high-speed I/O technology, recently discovered applications with the U.S. and Canadian trademark offices reveal that Apple has filed for the mark.
Discussion: Electronista and CrunchGear
Reuters:
Intel eyes Apple as it plans future chips  —  (Reuters) - Trend-setting products launched by Apple Inc (AAPL.O) are a key factor in Intel Corp's (INTC.O) plans for new processors, a senior executive of the world's top chipmaker said.  —  Tom Kilroy, a senior vice president at Intel …
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Google Works to Make Android Less Vulnerable to Wi-Fi Snooping  —  Google said on Wednesday that it is changing the way its Android services work to ensure that calendar and contact information isn't vulnerable to snooping when a user connects to an open Wi-Fi network.
 
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Music Beta invites now flying to Xoom owners, Google's server farms seen weeping in the distance
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Points Out That PROTECT IP Would Be A ‘Disastrous Precedent’ For Free Speech
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
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Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Has Twitter Eclipsed 300 Million Users?
Discussion: SAI, Gawker, AllTwitter and PC Magazine
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Toshiba declares victory in pixel density war: 367ppi coming to a phone this year (video)
Discussion: Crave, BGR, Crave and 9 to 5 Mac
Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Google Grabs Huge Office Space In London
Discussion: The Next Web
Arik Hesseldahl / NewEnterprise:
Amazon to Run SAP Applications in the Cloud