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12:55 PM ET, May 27, 2011

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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
HTC Pays Microsoft $5 Per Android Phone, Says Citi  —  Microsoft gets $5 for every HTC phone running Android, according to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, who released a big report on Microsoft this morning.  —  Microsoft is getting that money thanks to a patent settlement with HTC over intellectual property infringement.
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
Microsoft has received five times more income from Android than from Windows Phone … HTC Pays Microsoft $5 Per Android Phone, Says Citi.  —  A rough estimate of the number of HTC Android devices shipped is 30 million.  If HTC paid $5 per unit to Microsoft, that adds up to $150 million Android revenues for Microsoft.
Business Week:
Apple's Deals May Transform Digital Music  —  The company's plan for “digital lockers” is winning over the major music labels  —  Compared with buying e-books, building a digital music collection is a hassle.  E-books zip directly to reading devices like the Kindle and Nook and are backed up …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple's iCloud music service will automatically mirror your iTunes library using ‘high-quality’ tracks?  —  There's been so much chatter about Apple iCloud that you'd think the streaming music service had already been announced and the deals inked.  But it's still just a rumor until …
Bloomberg:
PayPal Sues Google, Saying It Misappropriated Trade Mobile-Payment Secrets  —  PayPal Inc., the fastest-growing unit at online marketplace EBay Inc. (EBAY), sued Google Inc. claiming it misappropriated trade secrets from PayPal's mobile-payment business.  —  Osama Bedier, a former PayPal executive …
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GigaOM:
Et Tu Bedier?  Why PayPal is Suing Google, Execs  —  PayPal, the e-payments subsidiary of eBay has sued two of its former executives — Stephanie Tilenius and Osama Bedier — who defected to Google and have helped the search giant ramp up its mobile payments offering including its newly announced Google Wallet NFC platform.
Discussion: parislemon, SAI and PhoneArena
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Google Responds To PayPal Lawsuit: People Have The Right To Seek Better Jobs
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Why it's harder to make money on Android than on Apple's iOS  —  Out of 72,000 paid apps in Google's Android Market, only two have sold more than 50,000 copies  —  80% of Android paid apps have sold fewer than 100 copies.  Source: Distimo  —  The Utrecht-based analytics company Distimo generated …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Starts Adding Flight Schedules And Airline Routes In Search  —  We know that Google has big ambitions for flight search, as the search giant dropped $700 million on travel search software developer ITA Software.  Today, the company just announced a few new flight search features …
New York Times:
Facebook Is Developing Ways to Share Media  —  Facebook is developing features that will make the sharing of users' favorite music, television shows and other media as much a part of its site as playing games or posting vacation photos.  —  The company is in discussions with several online music services …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Tech Boom Hits New York Start-Ups  —  Two years ago, the founders of eyewear company Warby Parker entered their idea in a business-plan contest—and lost.  —  This spring, the 15-month-old New York venture had to fight off would-be investors jockeying to write it a check.
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:beet_tv
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Lodsys Also Targeting Android Developers with Patent Infringement Claims  —  Patent holding firm Lodsys made news two weeks ago when they sent patent infringement notices to several small iOS developers over the use of In-App purchases and upgrade links in their apps.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
ASUS to unveil a phone-docking tablet at Computex?  —  We love teasers, but the wait can be unbearable sometimes.  Luckily, all it takes is a tweak in the URL to uncover ASUS' upcoming Computex teaser pics ahead of time, as discovered by our eagle-eyed reader Anas.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
How Yelp Crushed Citysearch & Yahoo Local ... & Why Google Is Stealing Yelp's Playbook  —  A fascinating study published last year compares the reviews and reviewers at three local business websites: Yelp, Citysearch and Yahoo Local.  And, in explaining how Yelp overtook the other two …
Discussion: SAI and Screenwerk
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Senior Defense Official Caught Hedging on U.S. Involvement in Stuxnet  —  If you want to see a top Pentagon official squirm, tune into CNBC's cyberwar documentary Thursday night, and watch Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn face an uncomfortably direct question about the Stuxnet worm.
Discussion: Naked Security
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
AppleCare under fire by Italian regulators  —  AppleCare, a paid support service from Apple, has found itself under fire in Italy where government regulators are probing the company over a possible noncompliance with the European Union's consumer laws.  Setteb.it explains that EU consumers …
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Facebook Admits It Doesn't Know Whether The Emails From The Guy Who Says He Owns 50% Of The Company Are Fake  —  Facebook has filed its response to the lawsuit from an upstate New York wood-pellet salesman named Paul Ceglia who says he owns half the company.
Discussion: Bits
Mary Ann Azevedo / bizjournals:
Microsoft confirms move to Moffett  —  It's official.  After weeks of speculation, Microsoft has signed a lease for 237,000 square feet at Moffett Towers in Sunnyvale.  —  The tech giant will be taking space at 1020 Enterprise Way, which is part of phase one of the development, in January 2012 …
Discussion: WinRumors
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Rumor: Apple testing new MacBook Air powered by same A5 processor as iPad 2  —  A new report claims that Apple has built a test MacBook Air powered by the same low-power A5 processor found in the iPad, and the company was impressed by the results.  —  The claims came on Friday from Japanese site Macotakara.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
No More Offline Gmail in Google Chrome  —  Chrome 12, the upcoming version of Google's browser which is likely to be released today, removes a useful feature: the built-in Gears plugin.  While most Google services dropped support for Gears and removed offline access, Gears is still being used in Gmail.
Discussion: PC World, The Register and Macworld
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Flickr now stores your photos for 90 days after you've deleted your account  —  Flickr today announced that it has implemented a change to its policy on deleted accounts, saying it will keep photos and associated content for 90 days before erasing them for good.
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Microsoft board backs Ballmer over Einhorn  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's board stood behind Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer on Thursday, defending its longtime leader after influential hedge fund manager David Einhorn touched off a debate by calling for his dismissal.
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Ryan Block / gdgt:
It's time for Bill Gates to come back to Microsoft.
Discussion: SAI, SAI and The Microsoft Blog, Thanks:rockbandit
Bloomberg:
Sony Chief Stringer Blindsided by Hackers  —  Sony Corp. (6758), besieged by hackers since April, considered its PlayStation Network an unlikely target even after threats by the online collective Anonymous and three separate security incidents in 2008.  —  The hacker group declared in April …
Marketwatch:
Obama to name Twitter CEO to advisory committee  —  LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — The chief executive at social media site Twitter is among the technology sector executives U.S. President Barack Obama plans to appoint to an advisory committee, according to a statement from the White House late Thursday.
Paul Boutin / Gadgetwise:
If Twitpic's New Deal Troubles You, Here Are Some Options  —  Word got out this week that Twitpic, the most popular service used by Twitter users to upload and post photos, had struck an exclusive partnership with World Entertainment News Network, a news and photo agency that specializes in celebrity stories and pictures.
 
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Marvin Ma / DigiTimes:
Google confident of Chrome OS business prospects, says executive chairman
Discussion: DisplayBlog
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Reply.com acquires MerchantCircle for $60 million
Agence France Presse:
Google's Street View starts mapping India
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Nokia Gets Partial Review of ITC Patent Case Against Apple
Discussion: AppleInsider and Electronista
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Special Stickers Will Bring Google Wallet To Android Phones That Lack NFC
Mike / Understanding Google Maps & Local Search:
The Growth of Reviews In Google Places (aka Hotpot)
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Aims to Support Higher Prices for Window Phone Applications
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
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