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9:50 AM ET, May 25, 2011

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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
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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Commerce Chief: We're Making A Huge Bet On NFC As A Company
Discussion: Android and Me and I4U News
Om Malik / GigaOm:
Reed Elsevier Leads $6M Investment in GigaOM  —  Reed Elsevier Ventures — the London-based venture arm of Reed Elsevier, one of the largest publishing companies — is leading a $6 million investment in the parent company behind GigaOM, GigaOM.tv, GigaOM Events and GigaOM Pro.
Discussion: VentureBeat and silicontap.com, Thanks:sameerpatel
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Raises Another $6 Million At $40 Million+ Valuation  —  Tech blog and research startup Giga Omni Media (GigaOm) has raised another $6 million in venture capital, on top of the $8.33 million previously raised.  New investor Reed Elsevier Ventures led the round, with participation …
Discussion: paidContent
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.
Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Nokia's Smartphone Chief On Microsoft Alliance, Future Windows Devices  —  Ask Jo Harlow how it feels to have one of the most difficult jobs in the mobile industry and you're likely to get a good-natured laugh in return.  As Nokia's recently-appointed head of Smart Devices …
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 …
Royal Pingdom:
Why email is crucial to Google, Microsoft and Yahoo  —  Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.  These three companies rule webmail with Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo Mail, the three largest email services on the Internet.  —  What might escape a lot of people, though, is just how important email services …
Discussion: ZDNet, eWeek, silicontap.com and MediaPost, Thanks:pingdom
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Sony says hacker stole 2,000 records from Canadian site  —  IDG News Service - The problems keep coming for Sony.  On Tuesday the company confirmed that someone had hacked into its website and stolen about 2,000 customer names and e-mail addresses.  —  Close to 1,000 of the records …
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Shea Bennett / AllTwitter:
Twitter About To Hit 500 Employees (And 5% Of Them Still Have The Default Avatar)  —  Back in February I wrote about Twitter's escalating employee count, which back then was closing in on 400 members of staff.  Way back in May 2009 - when Twitter was black and white and made out of wood - that number was just 69 (dude).
Discussion: Gizmodo
Gregg Keizer / InfoWorld:
Microsoft backpedals from Ballmer's Windows 8 comments  —  One analyst, betting on late 2012, early 2013 release, says Microsoft has “one chance” to get next version of Windows right  —  Microsoft backed away from comments made yesterday by CEO Steve Ballmer, who had told Japanese software developers …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Russian forensic experts break iOS 4 encryption  —  Apple has worked hard to gain the trust of its smartphone users, introducing a number of tighter security measures on its iPhone OS.  But a crack team from Russia has found a way to circumvent Apple's iOS force field, though …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
How Tech Legend Bill Gross Blew The TweetDeck Deal  —  With today's news that Twitter has acquired TweetDeck for ~$40 million, it has become clear: UberMedia's Bill Gross - the Bill Gross who's famous for inventing search advertising as we know it - seems to have blown it this time around.
Discussion: BGR India, lalawag and IntoMobile
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple MacBooks top all Consumer Reports laptop categories  —  If you were wondering how good Apple's MacBook line of portable computers are, the answer is simple — they are the top computer every category on Consumer Reports.  —  Apple's 11-inch MacBook Air scored a 62 out of 100 taking the top spot in the small laptop section.
Anya Kamenetztoday / Fast Company:
Peter Thiel Gives Whiz Kids $200K To Quit College, Start Businesses  —  It sounds like a reality show pitch: The legendary Facebook investor, PayPal founder, and thorn in the side of college deans everywhere announces what happens when 20 people, picked to live among mentors and innovation experts …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Start-Up BlueStacks Raises Cash to Bring Android Apps to Windows PCs  —  A couple years back, Rosen Sharma, Suman Saraf and colleagues had founded a startup, BlueStacks, to work on virtualization.  They just hadn't figured out the right use of the technology on which to focus.
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
Exclusive: SEC wasted $1 million on data storage, watchdog says  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Securities and Exchange Commission wasted $1 million on virtual data storage it bought in 2008, the agency's internal watchdog said, part of a series of investigations into the agency's procurement practices.
Discussion: TechEye
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sequoia's Roelof Botha: R.I.P. Good Times Was No Mistake (And Yes, They Do Read Their Email)  —  Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, Sequoia Capital partner Roelof Botha took the stage for an interview with Michael Arrington, where they discussed everything from startup valuations to Sequoia's biggest misses.
Discussion: @sequoia_capital and VentureBeat
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copyfight: EFF co-founder enters e-G8 “lion's den,” rips into lions  —  “I just arrived at the Tuileries for the #eG8, already a hoot.  Unfounded smugness to rival the World Economic Forum.”  —  John Perry Barlow—EFF co-founder, Grateful Dead lyricist, and, improbably, now a rancher …
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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.
 
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Brazil Cuts Tablet Makers A Tax Break, As China's Foxconn Eyes A Move
Discussion: Electronista
Reuters:
Analysis: Sony Ericsson needs Sony firepower for Android war
Discussion: TechEye
Dan York / Disruptive Telephony:
Skype Kills Off “Skype For Asterisk” - A Sign of the New Microsoft Era?
Discussion: Digium and Skype Journal
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Cox Abandoning Effort for Own 3G Network; Sticking With Sprint Reseller Deal Instead
Wall Street Journal:
Lady Gaga Becomes Weapon in Amazon's Music War With Apple
 Earlier Items: 
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
If You Don't Mind the Ads, Amazon Offers 3G Kindle for $164
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Eat Your Cookies: EU Privacy Directive Takes Effect Wednesday
Discussion: BBC, Digits and The Register
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
EXPOSED: The Sleazy Tactics Brokerage Firms Are Using To Make Silicon Valley Employees Rich
Microsoft:
A First Look at the Next Release of Windows Phone
 

 
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar lays off ~175 employees, or around 14% of its workforce, the biggest restructuring in Pixar's history, and plans to stop making original shows for Disney+

Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Amid a dispute between music publishers and Spotify, the NMPA asks Congress to change copyright law to give rights holders more options to negotiate royalties

Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Russian state-run channel Rossiya24 is broadcasting days-old episodes of Tucker Carlson's show with a Russian voiceover

 
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