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7:50 AM ET, May 19, 2011

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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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google And Amazon May Have Just Handed Apple The Keys To The Cloud Music Kingdom  —  With regard to their cloud music offering, it looks like Apple is now just about ready to rock and roll.  It would seem that this is now coming together even faster than they anticipated.
Walt Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:   For a Song, Online Giants Offer Music In a Cloud
SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Where LinkedIn's Revenue Comes From  —  LinkedIn is ready to hit the public markets tomorrow, raising $274 million.  —  So, what exactly is LinkedIn's business?  —  Last year it generated $243 million in revenue through the first nine months of the year from three categories …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
LinkedIn Will Price at $45 a Share (Yes, That Would Be a $4.5B Valuation)
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).
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
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb, TiPb, SAI and PC Magazine
Matt Warman / Telegraph:
Google warns against facial recognition database  —  Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has warned Governments against ‘foolish’ legislation - and said facial recognition is too creepy even for Google  —  Eric Schmidt: 'I am incredibly optimistic about what is going to be possible in the next decade …
Discussion: BBC and Bloomberg
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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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple's retail stores turn 10: Crow for sale  —  Apple's retail stores turn 10 and what looked like a boondoggle—and potentially a disaster in the making—has turned out to be one of the company's most brilliant moves.  —  On May 19, 2001 Apple opened stores in Glendale, Calif. and McLean …
Discussion: eWeek and I4U News
Ross Miller / This is my next:
Sony pulls PlayStation Network login pages after password recovery exploit found  —  No, Sony wasn't hacked again, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to double check for any erroneous emails about your PlayStation Network password being changed.  First reported by Nyleveia (as best as I can tell …
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Patrick Seybold / PlayStation Blog:
Update on PSN Password Reset Process
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
‘Like’ Button Follows Web Users  —  Internet users tap Facebook Inc.'s “Like” and Twitter Inc.'s “Tweet” buttons to share content with friends.  But these tools also let their makers collect data about the websites people are visiting.  —  These so-called social widgets …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Crying wolf?  Apple support forums confirm malware explosion  —  On May 5, John Gruber, the proprietor of the world's number-one Mac site, Daring Fireball, added my name to a long-running post titled Wolf!  The quoted text was taken from my post, Coming Soon to a Mac Near You: Serious Malware.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
WordPress iOS App Updated with Stats, Quick Photo, Fixes  —  The official WordPress app for iOS, available for iPhone and iPad and often criticized by many (including me) for its proverbial instability and lack of poweruser-oriented features, has been updated earlier today to include a new button …
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: Associated Press and PE Hub Blog
Nia Williams / Reuters:
UK backs revamp of 300-year-old copyright laws  —  (Reuters) - Britain's 300-year-old copyright laws look set for a shake-up after the government welcomed proposals to put the country on a par with international competitors.  —  Key recommendations of the Digital Opportunity review included …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Tyler Hall / Click On Tyler:
Experimenting with Piracy - An Indie Mac Developer's Perspective  —  For the last twelve months I've been keeping detailed records regarding the number of users pirating my Mac apps and toying with different ways of converting those users into paying customers.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Baidu, China sued in U.S. for Internet censorship  —  (Reuters) - Eight New York residents sued Baidu Inc and the People's Republic of China on Wednesday, accusing China's biggest search engine of conspiring with the country's government to censor pro-democracy speech.
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 …
Omar El Akkad / Globe and Mail:
Google's big bet on Canada  —  KITCHENER, ONT.  —  Google Inc. GOOG-Q unveiled its new Kitchener-Waterloo offices to the public, completing the transformation of what was once a tiny corporate outpost into perhaps the search engine's most important hub outside the United States.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Video: Omniture Founder Josh James Talks About $10M Funding of Hot, New Start-Up-and Hotter Legal Cat Fight With Adobe  —  Earlier this week, I headed over to a fancy hotel dining room in San Francisco to meet with Josh James, the founder of the Web analytics powerhouse Omniture …
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Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Intel's Sean Maloney comes back to tackle mobile
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
SCADA hack talk canceled after U.S., Siemens request
Discussion: Threat Level and PC World
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
1.65 Billion Likes of TV Shows Indicates Facebook's Importance to Television
Discussion: Lost Remote
Financial Times:
Apple and Android phones face tighter laws in Europe
Discussion: Reuters
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Lawsuit accuses Apple of violating patented Wi-Fi antenna designs
Discussion: Electronista
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Shopkick Scores A Big Deal With The CW
Discussion: New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Will Work for Bitcoin Coder Says Most People Just Using It as an Investment Vehicle
James Temple / SFGate:
Microsoft bests Google, IBM to land S.F. email deal
Discussion: Microsoft, Thanks:techchronicle
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Apple Adding Data Center in Silicon Valley
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Twitter Trap  —  Last week my wife and I told our 13-year …