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11:25 AM ET, May 27, 2011

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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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Special Stickers Will Bring Google Wallet To Android Phones That Lack NFC
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 …
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.
Discussion: BGR and SlashGear
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 and Inquirer
Zohair Hyder / Gmail Blog:
Introducing the people widget  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Enterprise Blog)  —  Email is just as much about the people you communicate with as it is what you communicate about.  We think it can be helpful to view relevant information in context, which is why over the next two weeks we're rolling …
Agence France Presse:
Google's Street View starts mapping India  —  BANGALORE, India — Google launched its “Street View” project in India on Thursday aiming to collect panoramic images of the vast country ranging from its palaces to its slums.  —  The 360-degree photographic mapping service …
Electronista:
HTC confirms: Android bootloaders will stay unlocked  —  HTC tonight followed up on its policy rethink with an official statement on Facebook that it would no longer lock bootloaders on its phones.  CEO Peter Chou acknowledged criticism and vowed that customers could more easily modify Android devices' firmware from now on.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring improved outdoor LCD viewing with sunglasses-friendly screens  —  Apple has shown interest in creating an improved LCD display for devices like the iPhone and iPad that is not distorted when viewed by a user wearing polarized sunglasses outdoors.
 
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Marvin Ma / DigiTimes:
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Nokia Gets Partial Review of ITC Patent Case Against Apple
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The Growth of Reviews In Google Places (aka Hotpot)
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