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8:05 AM ET, May 27, 2011

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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.
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 …
The Official Google Blog:
Coming soon: make your phone your wallet  —  Today in our New York City office, along with Citi, MasterCard, First Data and Sprint, we gave a demo of Google Wallet, an app that will make your phone your wallet.  You'll be able to tap, pay and save using your phone and near field communication (NFC).
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Gives Everyone $10 to Try New Google Wallet...but There's a Catch … Google's NFC-enabled mobile wallet was announced this morning in partnership with mobile operator Sprint, issuing bank Citi and payment network MasterCard.  But did you know that you don't have to be a Citi card holder to try the service?
Discussion: MediaPost, Softpedia News and @graywolf
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Special Stickers Will Bring Google Wallet To Android Phones That Lack NFC  —  We're here at Google's NFC payments announcement, where the search giant has announced a new, important product called Google Wallet (see our comprehensive post on the announcement here).
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 …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Gmail's ‘People Widget’ Takes On Rapportive, No Browser Plugin Required
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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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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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
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 …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Amazon launches Mac Download Store  —  Amazon already has a mobile App Store, but the company on Thursday launched the Mac Download Store.  —  Competing directing with Apple's Mac Store, Amazon says its store has 250 of the biggest software and game titles available for Mac.
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 …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook Slams Man Who Claims Ownership  —  Facebook on Thursday answered the New York wood pellet salesman who claims he owns a good part of Facebook.  And it doesn't mince words.  —  On the heels of the Winklevoss twins, who have claimed for years that they came up with the idea for Facebook …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Ballmer Details China Piracy Problems  —  BEIJING—Microsoft Corp.'s revenue in China this year will be about 5% of what it gets in the U.S. even though personal-computer sales in the two countries are almost equal, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said in remarks that offer new details on the software giant's struggle with piracy.
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.
Discussion: Pocket-lint
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Now You Can See Twitter The Way I See Twitter  —  Twitter has just rolled out a nifty little feature.  Now on anyone's profile, when click on the “Following” link, you'll be able to see exactly how they see Twitter.  In other words, you can see the same timeline of tweets that they see when they're looking at their main feed.
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: Computerworld
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 …
Patricia Sellers / Fortune:
Mark Zuckerberg's new challenge: Eating only what he kills (and yes, we do mean literally...)  —  Last year Mark Zuckerberg set out to learn Chinese.  Now he's determined to get in touch with his food.  If the goats, lobsters and chickens of Silicon Valley aren't trembling, they should be.
 
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