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8:35 AM ET, May 26, 2011

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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.
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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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.
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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Colleen Taylor / GigaOm:
Amidst Spotify Rumors, Facebook CEO Talks Music & Media
Discussion: Bloomberg, IBD Click and Lost Remote
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:   Chill Out! Spotify on Facebook Is Cool, Not a Game Changer.
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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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 …
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Rich Mogull / Macworld:
Mac Defender: Pay attention but don't panic
Discussion: TUAW and Shiny Objects
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 …
Martyn Williams / PC World:
North Korea Making Its Own PCs  —  North Korea might be an unlikely place to find a PC factory, but the country has started manufacturing three models of computers, according to a recent state TV report.  —  The report, on the country's main 8pm evening news, took viewers inside the factory that's making the computers.
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Who Belongs to the API Billionaires Club?  —  We write a lot about the growth in the number of APIs on ProgrammableWeb.  But how about usage?  Some APIs see so many requests that they measure in billions.  We refer to these companies as the API Billionaires Club.
Noah Davis / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Magazine Editors Are 100% Sure Tumblrs Are Driving Subscriptions, But They Can't Prove It  —  The stunning success of Tumblr continues to filter its way across the internet landscape.  —  The rapidly maturing microblogging platform recently passed 250 million page views per day, shocking even founder David Karp.
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.
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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Teri Evans / Entrepreneur.com:
Lessons Learned: How Tumblr Recovered from a Business Crisis  —  David Karp's blog platform has seen hockey-stick growth, and so has his learning curve as entrepreneur.  He shares how his company bounced back from the tech tumble that brought down millions of blogs last year.
David Lazarus / Los Angeles Times:
Bank of America data leak destroys trust  —  The far-reaching fraud serves as a cautionary tale for all consumers who entrust virtually their entire financial lives to major companies.  —  Andrew Goldstein has been a Bank of America customer for more than four decades.
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
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: Comcast Official Site and PC World
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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 …
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Absolute Must Watch: Office Hours With Paul Graham At TC Disrupt
Discussion: Betabeat
Derrick Harris / GigaOm:
Citrix Commercializes OpenStack & Takes on VMware
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Ashton Kutcher invests in, will advise travel booking start-up Airbnb
Peter Murray / Singularity Hub:
Robots, Not Humans, Retrieve Your Books at $81 Million “Library of the Future” (video)
Discussion: CNET News
Ayala Tsoref / Haaretz:
Israel preparing itself for Twitter war over Palestinian state
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Former Blockbuster CEO tells his side of Netflix story
 Earlier Items: 
Kellex / Droid Life:
New Blockbuster App for the DROID Charge Also Hates Rooted Users, Blocks Movie Access
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and The Toybox Blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Top 10 VC Firms, According To InvestorRank
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Store Customers Satisfied Even If They Don't Buy Anything
Tim Bradshaw / FT Tech Hub:
Sean Parker, scourge of record labels, calls the bottom of the music industry
Discussion: Gawker and AllThingsD
Royal Pingdom:
Why email is crucial to Google, Microsoft and Yahoo
Discussion: Engadget and MediaPost, Thanks:pingdom