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12:45 AM ET, May 25, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Google to Unveil Mobile Payments Platform  —  Google Inc. on Thursday is expected to disclose details about how consumers will be able to make store purchases, redeem coupons, and get loyalty points by waving Android-powered smartphones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter, said people familiar with the matter.
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Bloomberg:
Google to Unveil Mobile-Payment Service
Apple:
How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware  —  A recent phishing scam has targeted Mac users by redirecting them from legitimate websites to fake websites which tell them that their computer is infected with a virus.  The user is then offered Mac Defender “anti-virus” software to solve the issue.
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Steven Sande / TUAW:
Apple: Mac OS X update coming to block MacDefender malware
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Zynga About to File for IPO  —  Zynga is poised to file for its initial public offering, according to sources close to the situation.  —  The filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission could come as early as this week, or next week at the latest.
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Ari Levy / Bloomberg:   Zynga Is Said to Plan an Initial Share Sale by End of June
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Exclusive: Microsoft loses last Xbox founder, mobile PC visionary  —  It's the end of an era at Microsoft today.  —  Otto Berkes, the last of the original Xbox founders still at the company, submitted his resignation this afternoon.  —  Berkes went on to lead development of a new category …
Microsoft:
A First Look at the Next Release of Windows Phone  —  Windows Phone “Mango” connects smartphone users to people, apps and the Internet faster and easier.  —  Microsoft today provided the first official look at the next release of Windows Phone, code named “Mango.”
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Matt Bencke / Windows Phone Developer Blog:
Developer News: Beta Mango Tools Available Today
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Windows Phone ‘Mango’ search offers location-specific results, app integration (video)
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Sony Goes Silent As Its Hacking Spree Snowballs … Sony seems to have run out of apologies.  —  When the company's unprecedented string of security breaches began last month, a spokesperson for Sony's PlayStation network was tasked with repeatedly thanking users for their patience during the tech giant's network outage.
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Naked Security / Sophos:
Sony Music Japan hacked through SQL injection flaw
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Apple's First CEO Michael Scott  —  When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple in 1976, they couldn't be trusted to run the company.  —  So, Mike Markkula, Apple's first backer, and the man that guided the company early on, brought in a CEO to do the adult things needed to keep a company running.
Discussion: App Advice and TUAW
Dan York / Disruptive Telephony:
Skype Kills Off “Skype For Asterisk” - A Sign of the New Microsoft Era?  —  Word breaking out right now from multiple sources is that Skype has killed off the Skype for Asterisk product developed in conjunction with Digium.  In an email sent by Digium product management that was subsequently posted …
Discussion: Digium and Skype Journal
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Latest Data Center Is Cooled Entirely With Ocean Water  —  Google has opened the kimono a little bit on its data center design since Facebook launched its open-source data center project a couple months ago.  —  First, there was an unprecedented video showing how Google handles security at its data centers.
Tim Bradshaw / FT Tech Hub:
Sarkozy riles Internet CEOs at e-G8  —  The opening address at the e-G8 conference in Paris from the French president certainly woke up the assembled digerati.  —  John Perry Barlow, co-founder of open-internet campaigner Electronic Frontier Foundation, set the tone when he tweeted …
Discussion: The Next Web, Telegraph and @jpbarlow
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Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
EXPOSED: The Sleazy Tactics Brokerage Firms Are Using To Make Silicon Valley Employees Rich  —  Employees at hot Silicon Valley companies are once again getting rich selling stock.  —  This time, they're doing it even without their companies - Facebook, Groupon, Twitter and others - going public.
Wall Street Journal:
Lady Gaga Becomes Weapon in Amazon's Music War With Apple  —  Amazon's 99-cent promotion of Lady Gaga's album resulted in downloading delays on the retailer's website due to high volume.  Peter Kafka tells digits why this was a missed opportunity for Google, who is showcasing her music in their Chrome TV ads.
DealBook:
Yandex's Surge on Debut Stirs More Talk of Tech Bubble  —  Shares of Yandex, a Russian search engine barely known in the United States, surged by more than 55 percent on Tuesday, signifying the latest multibillion-dollar technology offering and stoking the debate about whether this market has the makings of a bubble.
Discussion: Reuters and Tech Trader Daily
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yandex Opens At $35 Per Share With A $11.2B Market Cap (Bigger Than LinkedIn)
Discussion: Bloomberg, Reuters and PE Hub Blog
Sean P. Aune / TechnoBuffalo:
Verizon Droid 3 Details Leak  —  Rumors of the Motorola Droid 3 has been floating around for a while now, and while pictures have been nice, what's been lacking confirmation on the spec details.  Now, thanks to a reliable tipster with a history of providing us with confirmed information …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Instagram Surpasses 4 Million Registered Users, Is Now Posting 10 Photos A Second  —  Here at TechCrunch Disrupt Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom has just announced a new milestone for photo service Instagram, at 10 user photos posted per second, up from 6 photos per second officially announced couple of months ago.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and PetaPixel
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Getaround, The AirBnb For Cars, Finally Launches  —  In the collaborative consumption space with startups like AirBnb and TaskRabbit, Getaround is a car rental market place where you can rent a car by the day, hour or week through a smartphone app.  Getaround's all inclusive package …
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 …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
If You Don't Mind the Ads, Amazon Offers 3G Kindle for $164  —  Trying hard to stand out from all the e-reader news from the past two days, Amazon says it is cutting the price of its 3G Kindle to $164.  —  The $25 price difference is being made possible through the introduction of advertising on the platform.
 
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Reuters:
Analysis: Sony Ericsson needs Sony firepower for Android war
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft backpedals from Ballmer's Windows 8 comments
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Cox Abandoning Effort for Own 3G Network; Sticking With Sprint Reseller Deal Instead
Discussion: FierceWireless and PC World
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Eat Your Cookies: EU Privacy Directive Takes Effect Wednesday
Discussion: Digits
AdAge:
More Shoppers Trust the Internet Than TV
Jesse Hicks / Engadget:
Entourage shuts down Edge content store, devices reportedly discontinued
Discussion: ZDNet and GottaBeMobile
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Tests User Page Recommendations
Discussion: The Next Web and Inside Facebook
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel offers cloud service for small businesses
 Earlier Items: 
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Cray launches XK6 “hybrid” supercomputer, 50 petaflops on tap
Discussion: The Register
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
SV Angel Partners with Lerer Ventures to Cross Syndicate Valley/NYC Deals
Discussion: NYConvergence.com
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Why The New York Times replaced its Twitter ‘cyborg’ with people this week
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's Paul Graham: We're Looking For People Like Us
Discussion: AllThingsD and SAI
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Barnes & Noble announces new touch-enabled Nook for $139 (video)