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10:50 AM ET, May 21, 2011

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Herman Lai / M.I.C. Gadget:
Breaking: Foxconn Chengdu Manufacture Plant Explosion! (videos)  —  At around 19:00 in China, Foxconn Chengdu manufacture plant got an explosion, we are not sure actually what cause the explosion and how many casualties had resulted.  At the scene, there are currently more than 10 fire engines …
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Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Apple Says Working With Foxconn To Explore Cause of China Explosion  —  Apple said on Friday that it is working with contract manufacturer Foxconn to understand what caused an explosion at a China factory where Foxconn makes goods for Apple.  —  At least two people died in the explosion …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
What the Foxconn explosion means for Apple
James T. Areddy / Wall Street Journal:
Explosion Kills 2 at Foxconn Plant
David Talbot / Technology Review:
Anatomy of a Spam Viagra Purchase  —  A sample of spam transactions finds most pass through just three banks, study finds.  —  What happens if you buy something advertised on a spam email?  This graphic shows the flow of Internet traffic and money following a purchase of Viagra from a spam email.
Alireza Ali / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Maps on your mobile browser  —  With 40% of Google Maps usage on mobile devices, we want you to have a consistent Google Maps experience wherever you use it.  So, today we're announcing our updated Google Maps experience for mobile browsers on Android and iOS.
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:   Google Maps Mobile Matches Pace With the Web
Kevin Fogarty / CoreIT:
Netflix isn't swamping the Internet; ISPs are overstating their congestion problems  —  Netflix is popular, but almost all its traffic is last mile — not the backbone ISPs whine about  —  A report issued Tuesday showing Netflix makes up a third of total Internet traffic is inaccurate enough …
Electronista:
Intel preps 1.7GHz, 1.8GHz Core i5, i7 ideal for MacBook Air  —  Intel is gearing up a new round of ultra-low voltage processors based on Sandy Bridge that would be an ideal fit for a new MacBook Air.  A leak this week has shown a trio of Core i5 and i7 models that would all be faster than the 1.4GHz to 1.6GHz chips on offer now.
NielsenWire:
In the U.S., Tablets are TV Buddies while eReaders Make Great Bedfellows  —  The Nielsen Company's most recent research on mobile connected devices sheds new light on how consumers are using their tablets, eReaders and smartphones - and where they are using them, too.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Was Warned on Rogue Drug Ads  —  WASHINGTON—Google Inc. was warned repeatedly by a group of state regulators and industry watchdogs that many of the online drugstores advertising on its network were violating U.S. laws, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Kyle Orland / Gamasutra:
Microsoft To Offer Students Free Xbox 360 With Windows 7 PC Purchase  —  Microsoft today announced it will start offering a free, 4 GB Xbox 360 S — a roughly $200 value — to qualifying students who purchase a Windows 7 PC for $699 or more over the summer.  —  The offer, which runs …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Congress probes FCC Commissioner's departure to Comcast  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a key investigative body of Congress.  This afternoon, Issa finally decided that the committee would probe FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker's move …
Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard's Haas, Iannotti Depart Amid Management Shuffle  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. senior vice presidents Marius Haas, Tom Iannotti and Gary Budzinski are departing, people familiar with the matter said, adding to an exodus of managers from the computer maker.
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Some Sprint customers seeing overage charges due to Google Voice integration  —  Sprint sent a ripple through the mobile phone world recently by teaming up with Google to allow customers to integrate phones with the Google Voice (GV) service.  Google Voice is the free service that assigns …
Discussion: Examiner, Thanks:arkanciscan
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Groupon's New Partnership With Loopt: Is This How Location Will Be Monetized?  —  Mobile, location based social networking is a young but exciting field.  How will it gain mainstream adoption and how will it become a viable business, though?  A new partnership announced today between notable …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter's First CTO Greg Pass Steps Down  —  We're hearing rumors that Twitter CTO Greg Pass has as of today left his post at Twitter, according to a source familiar with the company.  —  Prior to becoming CTO, Pass held the VP of Engineering position at Twitter, after being CTO and co-founder at Summize …
Discussion: Neowin.net, ReadWriteWeb and SAI
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
Zuckerberg: Kids under 13 should be allowed on Facebook  —  Facebook's founder sees the social networking site as a tool with educational potential.  That of course means getting kids Facebooking at an early age.  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg  —  FORTUNE — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg …
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Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:   Facebook executive takes heat in hearing on privacy
 
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
IBM Ups Big Data Bet with New Software, $100 Million in Research
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On Copyright, Eric Schmidt Is Right and Britain Is Wrong
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Judge has “serious questions” about Righthaven, halts all Colorado cases
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Needs Music Publisher Deals Before Launching Cloud Service
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry PlayBook sales miss targets by over 90% at major retailer, ‘much higher’ return rate than XOOM
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
Sony Hit with Two New Cyber Attacks