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1:55 AM ET, May 26, 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.
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Reuters:
Hedge fund star calls for Microsoft CEO to go  —  (Reuters) - Influential hedge fund manager David Einhorn called for Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer to step down, saying the software company's long-time chief was stuck in the past.  —  Einhorn, speaking at the annual Ira Sohn …
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Azam Ahmed / DealBook:
Ballmer Must Go, Einhorn Says  —  David Einhorn, the head of the hedge fund Greenlight Capital, called on Wednesday for the removal of Steven A. Ballmer as Microsoft's chief executive, telling an investor conference in New York that his leadership was the biggest overhang on the company's stock price.
Discussion: @katyawachtel and SAI
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
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Confirmed: Google Wallet NFC payment system launches tomorrow, retail partners in tow  —  We'd already guessed that tomorrow's Google event would be all about contactless payments, and we can now confirm that the system will be called Google Wallet and launch later this summer.
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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 …
Todd Brix / Windows Phone Developer 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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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC Is...Getaround!  —  Three days and 32 startup pitches later, the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt has been determined.  Out of the 30 startups and two audience choice winners, we whittled the list down to six finalists, which include Billguard, ccLoop, Do@, Getaround, InvoiceASAP, and Sonar.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Absolute Must Watch: Office Hours With Paul Graham At TC Disrupt
Discussion: Betabeat
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 …
Guardian:
China using prisoners in lucrative internet gaming scam  —  Labour camp detainees endure hard labour by day, online ‘gold farming’ by night  —  As a prisoner at the Jixi labour camp, Liu Dali would slog through tough days breaking rocks and digging trenches in the open cast coalmines of north-east China.
Discussion: Penn Olson, Gizmodo and Kotaku
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 …
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
Comcast Video-On-Demand Is Keeping Up With Netflix And Hulu  —  For all the talk about online video sites like Netflix and Hulu eating the cable companies' lunches, don't overlook the cable Video on Demand product, which is already hooked up to your TV, and typically includes thousands of free titles.
Discussion: PC World
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Comcast Testing Live TV Using Internet Protocol*
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Former Blockbuster CEO tells his side of Netflix story  —  One of the best stories in digital entertainment during the past decade was how Netflix wrested control of the home-video rental market from national chain Blockbuster.  —  Some of the main players in that race, including John Antioco …
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.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Ashton Kutcher invests in, will advise travel booking start-up Airbnb  —  Ashton Kutcher has made a “significant investment” in Airbnb, a website where people can list and book places and things (apartments, sailboats or even the occasional castle) for traveling and vacations.
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 …
Peter Murray / Singularity Hub:
Robots, Not Humans, Retrieve Your Books at $81 Million “Library of the Future” (video)  —  You enter the 8,000-square foot elliptical Grand Reading Room of the Joe and Rika Mansueto library, admiring the arched dome of glass panels overhead.  You walk past the circulation desk …
Discussion: CNET News
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?
Derrick Harris / GigaOm:
Citrix Commercializes OpenStack & Takes on VMware  —  It was just a matter of time before someone commercialized the open-source OpenStack cloud-computing software, and Citrix today became that someone with the launch of Project Olympus.  It's a bold move to announce an OpenStack distribution …
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.
 
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Store Customers Satisfied Even If They Don't Buy Anything
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Bradshaw / FT Tech Hub:
Sean Parker, scourge of record labels, calls the bottom of the music industry
Discussion: Gawker, AllThingsD and Filthy Rich
Jay Greene / CNET News:
Yahoo execs grilled of Alibaba investment disclosure
Discussion: Bits, Reuters, Crave and Beijing Dispatch
Marie Mawad / Reuters:
Twitter says to protect users' right to self-defence
Discussion: Reuters, @amac and BBC
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
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube Is Six Years Old and Huge: Three Billion Views a Day
Royal Pingdom:
Why email is crucial to Google, Microsoft and Yahoo
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