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2:25 PM ET, May 21, 2011

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to Update ‘Apple Store’ iOS App With Full Build-to-Order Mac Customization Options  —  It is becoming clear that Apple is planning to roll out a number of changes to its store functionalities this weekend, including both online and brick-and-mortar purchasing platforms.
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Rapid-release idea spreads to Firefox 5 beta  —  Mozilla released a beta version of Firefox yesterday, its first on a new quick-release plan intended to bring features to browser users and Web developers sooner.  —  Firefox 5 beta's big new feature is support for CSS animations …
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.
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.
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.
Jasmin Melvin / Reuters:
U.S. lagging in broadband adoption, speed: FCC report  —  The United States continues to lag behind other countries in broadband adoption and download speeds, according to a report released by the Federal Communications Commission on Friday.  Based on broadband data from Organization …
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
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 …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
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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.
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.
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 …
 
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James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Some Sprint customers seeing overage charges due to Google Voice integration
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
On Copyright, Eric Schmidt Is Right and Britain Is Wrong
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter's First CTO Greg Pass Steps Down
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Scrollability, New iOS Physics Project from Facebook for iPhone Creator, Joe Hewitt
Discussion: MacStories and Electronista