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7:10 PM ET, May 25, 2011

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Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Facebook To Launch Music Service With Spotify  —  .  —  Facebook has partnered with Spotify on a music-streaming service that could be launched in as little as two weeks, sources close to the deal have told Forbes.  —  The integrated service is currently going through testing …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Chill Out!  Spotify on Facebook Is Cool, Not a Game Changer.  —  Are Facebook and Spotify linking up?  Entirely possible.  —  But before we get too excited about the prospect, here's what a Facebook/Spotify pact would likely look like: Instead of using Spotify's software to play music …
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Iain Dodsworth / The TweetDeck Blog:
Official: TweetDeck Has Been Acquired By Twitter  —  I am extremely happy and proud to let you know that TweetDeck has been acquired by Twitter.  We completed the deal on Tuesday and are now in the process of “joining the flock”.  —  The past three years have been an epic journey …
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Dick Costolo / Twitter Blog:
All Decked Out  —  In early 2008, a London-based programmer named Iain Dodsworth began thinking about how to organize everything happening on Twitter.  His answer was TweetDeck, a groundbreaking dashboard for monitoring what people are saying in real-time.  Today, we're pleased to announce that the TweetDeck team has joined Twitter.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Q&A With TweetDeck CEO Iain Dodsworth on His Sale to Twitter  —  Now it's a done deal.  Twitter has indeed purchased TweetDeck.  —  The deal closed last night, and Twitter has paid between $40 and $50 million in cash and stock for the startup.  —  But we knew all that …
Todd Brix / The Windows Blog:
Windows Phone Marketplace on the Web for Mango  —  Yesterday at events all around the world, Microsoft unveiled the key features of the next version of Windows Phone, code named Mango.  The demonstrations focused on Mango's ability to make it easier to connect and share with friends and family …
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Luis Sigal / Google Mobile Blog:
Check-ins and rating places get easier with Google Maps 5.5 for Android  —  We've made it easier to check in and out of places, rate various locations, and get transit information with Google Maps 5.5 for Android.  This release adds ‘check in’ and ‘rate and review’ buttons to Place pages …
Electricpig.co.uk:
iPhone 4S to be revealed at WWDC?  Invites appear to confirm it...  If you believe the rumours currently fizzing down Britain's broadband pipes, Apple has pretty much put the kibosh on iPhone 5 - at least for 2011.  —  But if that's the case, why is Apple's public relations department …
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Raises Another $6 Million At $40 Million+ Valuation
Discussion: SAI and paidContent
Matt Mohebbi / The Official Google Blog:
Mining patterns in search data with Google Correlate  —  It all started with the flu.  In 2008, we found that the activity of certain search terms are good indicators of actual flu activity.  Based on this finding, we launched Google Flu Trends to provide timely estimates of flu activity in 28 countries.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Top 10 VC Firms, According To InvestorRank  —  Any seasoned investor knows that past performance is not indicative of future returns.  That is as true with public stocks as it is with venture capital firms.  But if someone were to ask you to rank the top VC firms today based on their probability of success, how would you do it?
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Store Customers Satisfied Even If They Don't Buy Anything … -A 2001 prediction by David Goldstein, president of Channel Marketing, about Apple's then newly launched retail stores  —  In Apple's history, there are many come-from-behind, or out of nowhere, success stories-the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report Blog:
Mac malware authors release a new, more dangerous version  —  Yesterday, 25 days after the Mac Defender malware began to appear in the wild, Apple finally responded.  In a technical support note, “How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware,” the company posted instructions for users to follow …
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: WebProNews, Digital Trends and ZDNet, Thanks:pingdom
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube Is Six Years Old and Huge: Three Billion Views a Day  —  Last year YouTube made a big deal of its fifth birthday, with a special Web site, special messages from the likes of Conan O'Brien, etc.  —  This year's commemoration is more muted.  Basically, just a blog post that notes that the site is really, really big.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Maps For Mobile Crosses 200 Million Installs; In June It Will Surpass Desktop Usage  —  Today at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City, Google's Marissa Mayer sat down with our own Michael Arrington.  She's an old pro dealing with Mike — she's actually been to every event we've ever put on.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Senator Franken asks Apple, Google to require privacy policies for apps  —  U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) asked both Apple and Google to require “clear and understandable privacy policies for all of their apps.”  —  The Senator made the statements in a letter sent to both companies.
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Yahoo execs grilled of Alibaba investment disclosure  —  Yahoo's top brass set aside the first hour of its annual analyst day today to receive a public flogging for its missteps in handling the spinoff of one of the jewels in it's portfolio, the Chinese online payments group, Alipay.
Discussion: Bits, Crave and Reuters
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Gady Epstein / Beijing Dispatch:
Sources: Yahoo Spurned New Offer By Jack Ma For Part of Alibaba Stake
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Thanks:niubi
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPad 2, iPhone 4 set India, Ukraine and Russia on fire ahead of Friday launch (Brazil, Argentina and Chile, too)  —  With Russia from love.  Russian tourist Alex Shumilov camped outside New York's Fifth Avenue Apple Store to be the first to buy an iPad 2.  Image credit: PCMag.com
Tim Bradshaw / FT Tech Hub:
Sean Parker, scourge of record labels, calls the bottom of the music industry  —  Sean Parker - co-founder of Napster, backer of Spotify - is suddenly very bullish on the old-school record label business.  —  He believes the distribution system which he helped to break is “on the verge of being fixed” …
Discussion: AllThingsD, Filthy Rich and Gawker
Anya Kamenetz / Fast Company:
Peter Thiel Gives Whiz Kids $100K 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 24 people, picked to live among mentors and innovation experts …
Kellex / Droid Life:
New Blockbuster App for the DROID Charge Also Hates Rooted Users, Blocks Movie Access  —  Just after Google I/O finished and Android 3.1 started popping up on XOOMs across the nation, we quickly realized that its newly announced movie service was not so root-friendly.
Adriana Lee / TechnoBuffalo:
Behind the Verizon iPhone Veil of Secrecy  —  When the Apple iPhone came to Verizon earlier this year, it was big.  Huge, in fact.  After years of waiting, AT&T-spurning iPhone hopefuls were finally getting their due.  For the nation's largest network — a staunch Android supporter credited …
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Zuckerberg says not opening Facebook to under-13s  —  (Reuters) - Facebook is not working on opening up the world's biggest social network to children under the age of 13 in the short term, founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday, contradicting some media reports.
 
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Comcast Testing Live TV Using Internet Protocol*
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Wire
Matthew Lasar / Epicenter:
How Will States Tax Internet Downloads? Congress May Decide
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
HuffPo Lawyers Can't Get ‘Idea Stealing’ Lawsuit Thrown Out
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
AT&T rolling out 4G LTE in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio this summer, 10 more markets in H2 2011
Rachel Chitra / Reuters:
BofA, JPMorgan, Wells form JV for online banking services
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Shea Bennett / AllTwitter:
Twitter About To Hit 500 Employees (And 5% Of Them Still Have The Default Avatar)
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Sony says hacker stole 2,000 records from Canadian site
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
How Tech Legend Bill Gross Blew The TweetDeck Deal