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4:00 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.
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Responds To PayPal Lawsuit: People Have The Right To Seek Better Jobs  —  Yesterday, PayPal filed a lawsuit against Google and two of its executives for stealing trade secrets.  The lawsuit came on the same day that Google announced its mobile wallet plans involving Android phones with NFC chips.
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Bloomberg:
PayPal Sues Google, Saying It Misappropriated Trade Mobile-Payment Secrets
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Bit More On WWDC, The Mythical iPhone “4S”, and iOS 5  —  With WWDC quickly approaching, the rumor mills are heating up with what we should expect at Apple's annual conference known for big announcements.  We've learned a little bit more that speaks to what to expect — including a couple of big, widely-requested things.
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?
Discussion: PhoneDog.com and Computerworld
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple to announce back to school special at WWDC?  $200 off an iPad or free iPod touch?  —  One of our Apple sources has informed us that they've been hearing Apple's yearly back-to-school special will be announced at WWDC next month.  We have been told Apple will continue to offer educational discounts …
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.
Reuters:
Microsoft not too late for tablet party: Citigroup  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft is still not too late for the tablet party.  And with its Next operating system closer than most expect, the software maker could corner meaningful market share in 2013 and beyond, Citigroup said.
John Leyden / The Register:
Google Chrome OS: Too secure to need security?  —  Confident anti-virus-less chocolateers may be repeating Apple's mistakes  —  A leading security researcher has warned that Google risks repeating Apple's mistakes on security with its new Chrome OS.  —  Google Chrome OS is a Linux-based …
Discussion: CrunchGear and CounterMeasures
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Marvin Ma / DigiTimes:
Google confident of Chrome OS business prospects, says executive chairman
Discussion: TechSpot and DisplayBlog
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
No More Offline Gmail in Google Chrome
Discussion: PC World
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 …
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.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Teen Who Sold White iPhone Kits Reveals How Apple Hunted Him Down  —  One of the last followers of tech news to hear the reports Thursday that Apple had sued Fei Lam, the 17-year-old Queens high school student who infamously sold White iPhone conversion kits to eager buyers tired of waiting on Apple's release, was Fei Lam.
Discussion: Betabeat, MacRumors, IntoMobile and TUAW
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 …
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 …
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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.
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Zack Sheppard / Flickr Blog:
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Google, Facebook lose social network patent ruling
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Senior Defense Official Caught Hedging on U.S. Involvement in Stuxnet
Discussion: Naked Security
Richard Lai / Engadget:
ASUS to unveil a phone-docking tablet at Computex?
Paul Boutin / Gadgetwise:
If Twitpic's New Deal Troubles You, Here Are Some Options
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
How Yelp Crushed Citysearch & Yahoo Local ... & Why Google Is Stealing Yelp's Playbook
Discussion: SAI and Screenwerk
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Reply.com acquires MerchantCircle for $60 million
Discussion: PR Newswire
 Earlier Items: 
Agence France Presse:
Google's Street View starts mapping India
Discussion: Search Engine Land and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:hornokplease
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Nokia Gets Partial Review of ITC Patent Case Against Apple
Discussion: AppleInsider and Electronista
Mary Ann Azevedo / bizjournals:
Microsoft confirms move to Moffett
Discussion: WinRumors
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)
Marketwatch:
Obama to name Twitter CEO to advisory committee
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Aims to Support Higher Prices for Window Phone Applications
Discussion: SocialTimes.com