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1:25 PM ET, May 24, 2011

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Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Windows Phone ‘Mango’ search offers location-specific results, app integration (video)  —  Windows Phone's latest iteration (codename Mango) is all about keeping it in the hood.  We had a chance to sit down with a Windows Phone rep before today's big reveal, and they let us in on a couple …
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Matt Bencke / Windows Phone Developer Blog:
Developer News: Beta Mango Tools Available Today  —  Today Microsoft is showing off many of the new features coming in the next version of Windows Phone, code named Mango.  We highlighted a few features like hardware accelerated IE9 with HTML5, increased multitasking capabilities and the addition …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's iTunes store: 500,000 iOS apps and counting  —  Less than three years after it opened for business, the App Store hit the half-million mark  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: 148Apps, Chomp and Chillingo  —  Here's a nice round number likely to be trotted out at the Apple's (AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble announces new touch-enabled Nook for $139 (video)  —  Not to be outdone by Kobo which just unleashed it's latest E Ink reader yesterday the folks at Barnes & Noble are back with the latest update to their line of Nook devices.  The “all new” Nook is boast the same Zeforce infrared touch layer …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Little divides Apple, music publishers on cloud deal  —  Hopes are high in the music sector that Apple will have all the licenses it needs to launch a cloud-music service in time for the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, which starts on June 6.  —  Negotiations between Apple …
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
The Truth About Square  —  There's lots of talk today on mobile payment processor Square's outstanding results.  500,000 readers shipped, 1 million transactions so far this month, $3 million in transactions per day.  —  That's impressive.  There really is a real need out there for the everyday consumer …
Discussion: PC World, eWeek and Softpedia News
Paul Hontz / The Startup Foundry:
Why two engineers left Apple to build a Flash alternative: The Hype (YC W11) story  —  Hype is an HTML5 Animation Builder for Mac OS X. It allows you to build interactive sites in HTML5 that rivals Flash.  Hype launched last Friday and they are already the top grossing app on the mac app store.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Hurt Locker Makers Target Record Breaking 24,583 BitTorrent Users  —  March last year the law firm Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver imported the mass litigation “pay up or else” anti-piracy scheme to the United States.  —  The initial customers of the lawyers - who are also known as the U.S. Copyright Group …
Rich Trenholm / Crave:
Apple forces Samsung to hand over Galaxy prototypes in legal spat … Apple's legal battle with Samsung has taken a new twist.  The California outfit is suing the Korean corporation over alleged copying of Apple products in Samsung's Android range, and a federal court is forcing Samsung …
Naked Security / Sophos:
Sony Music Japan hacked through SQL injection flaw  —  Another day, another attack on Sony.  I reported yesterday on the SQL injection attack exposing user information on SonyMusic.gr and today attackers have found flaws in SonyMusic.co.jp.  —  The Hacker News sent us a tip this evening documenting …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
AirPlay for Windows Media Center does exactly what you're thinking it does  —  This isn't the first time Windows has been invited to the AirPlay party, but Thomas Pleasance's AirPlay for Windows Media Center addin seems to already be one of the smoother combinations we've seen and it's still in beta.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
80% of Mobile Video Views Happen on Apple Devices  —  Mobile video is still a small part of overall online viewing, but it's a part that Apple dominates, according to a new report by video monetization startup FreeWheel.  In its Q1 2011 Video Monetization Report, FreeWheel said the vast majority …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yandex Opens At $35 Per Share With A $11.2B Market Cap (Bigger Than LinkedIn)  —  After pricing its IPO at $25 per share a few hours before the market opened, the Russian search giant's share price jumped close to 40% immediately after its flotation.  —  The price per share opened this morning at $35 …
Discussion: SAI, Bloomberg and Tech Trader Daily
Laurie Segall / CNN Money:
Twitter acquires TweetDeck  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Twitter has acquired TweetDeck, an application for organizing the display of tweets, for more than $40 million in a mix of cash and stock, according to sources close to the deal.  —  TweetDeck has been the subject of speculation about deals for months.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Apple continues to tell support reps: do not help with Mac malware  —  How is Apple responding to the flood of customer calls about installations of the Mac Defender malware?  —  According to multiple tech support insiders, the company has doubled down on its policy of denying any help to affected customers.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Oh, @#$%, Half Of Facebookers' Walls Have Profanity  —  Oh, golly!  About half of Facebookers' walls have cuss words on them.  —  That comes from scans of the 30,000-plus Facebook members' walls by Reppler over the past two months.  The company found:  — 47 percent of users have profanity on their Facebook wall.
Discussion: MediaPost and WebProNews
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Output May Drop 500,000 IPads  —  Apple Inc. may face a production loss of 500,000 iPad 2 tablets after the explosion at Foxconn Technology Group's plant in Chengdu, China, according to research firm IHS ISuppli.  —  The drop in manufacturing will depend on how long the plant …
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Sony shows off, folds up super flexible organic TFT display  —  E-reader manufacturers are doing their darnedest to get their devices to behave more like the old fashioned books we've all since abandoned, but we won't be happy until we can roll one up and stuff it in our back pockets, paperback-style.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Why The New York Times replaced its Twitter ‘cyborg’ with people this week  —  The New York Times is turning off the automatic feed for its main Twitter account this week in an experiment to determine if a human-run, interactive approach will be more effective.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Microsoft appeals against EU antitrust fine  —  (Reuters) - An 899 million euro ($1.3 billion) antitrust fine imposed by EU regulators was excessive, Microsoft told an EU court on Tuesday, in a case expected to draw a line under its decade-long battle in Europe.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Opera Mini for iPad Now Available  —  A few months after the first teaser shots and previews that confirmed Opera was working on an iPad version of its alternative browser featuring visual tabs and updated sharing options for the larger screen, the Norwegian company has finally released …
Cortney Fielding / GigaOM:
At Dropbox, Over 100 Billion Files Served-And Counting  —  Once upon a time, in the year 2007, Dropbox consisted of two engineers coding in their boxers out of a shared apartment in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.  To co-founder and CEO Drew Houston, launching a successful company …
Discussion: Mashable! and Softpedia News
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Dell XPS 15z review  —  For years, Dell's been teasing supermodel-thin laptops, each one flawed out of the gate: too pricey, too underpowered, and with underwhelming battery life.  This time, Dell told us we'd get something different — a laptop without compromise.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Ballmer says next-gen Windows systems due in 2012  —  During remarks at a developers conference in Japan on May 23, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer referred to the next version of Windows as “Windows 8.”  He also said the next generation of Windows systems will be out next year.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: France Telecom CEO on Apple, Android and How You Can Kiss Your Unlimited Plan Goodbye  —  Stephane Richard knows a thing or two about the iPhone.  —  In addition to carrying one of Apple's iconic smartphones, Richard is also the CEO of France Telecom, whose networks carry traffic …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Revamped Yahoo Mail Peels Off Beta Stamp  —  Yahoo announced late on Monday that it is ready with a final version of its updated mail software in an effort to regain momentum in the free Webmail arena, where it competes with Google and Microsoft.  —  In addition to offering speed improvements …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lark's Silent Alarm And Sleep Monitoring System Lands At Apple Retail Stores  —  Lark, a silent waking system that wakes you silently and naturally, is announcing big news today.  After launching at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco last Fall, the company is announcing the public availability …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
T-Mobile doubles 4G network speed to 42Mbps in 55 markets, launches Rocket 3.0 data stick  —  T-Mobile has just announced that the carrier is doubling the 4G network speed to a whopping 42Mbps in 55 markets.  In addition to bumping the network's speed, T-Mobile is also launching a new product, the Rocket 3.0 USB data stick.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Ahead Of IPO, Brightcove Launches A Whole New Business Making Apps  —  Brightcove, the online video hosting company, is widely expected to go public sometime in the next couple of years, if someone doesn't buy it first.  —  Ahead of that, it's launching an entire new business today …
Discussion: GigaOM, mocoNews, Beet.TV and TechCrunch
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
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Discussion: BBC
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Motorola confirms Gingerbread for Droid X, Droid Pro, Droid 2, and Droid 2 Global
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Wall Street Journal:
Liberty Says Nook Inspired B&N Bid
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Dennis Crouch / Patent Law Blog:
Apple Buys 200+ Patents from Freescale Semiconductor
Discussion: AppleInsider and IntoMobile