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9:55 AM ET, May 30, 2011

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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
ASUS announces the Padfone (update: eyes-on!)  —  If pads and phones are the fastest growing categories in consumer tech, surely a Padfone would be the ultimate combo?  That's what ASUS thinks, and it's just introduced an Android smartphone device that comes with a tablet it can dock into.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Android Market's most popular emulators disappear without a trace (update)  —  If you're an Android gamer, chances are you've heard of Nesoid, Snesoid, Gensoid, N64oid, Ataroid, Gearoid and Gameboid: they're all video game console emulators developed by yongzh, and many ranked among the most popular paid apps on the Android Market.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
NVIDIA's quad-core Kal-El used to demo next-gen mobile graphics, blow minds (video)  —  You might think yourself too grown-up to be wowed by shiny, glittery things, but we doubt many will be able to watch NVIDIA's new Glow Ball tech demo without a smidgen of childlike glee.
Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Expands Ties to Android on Tablets  —  Samsung plans more tablets despite ongoing legal battles with Apple, and Computex, Asia's answer to Las Vegas's Consumer Electronics Show, starts this week, with Acer and Intel expected to make a splash.  WSJ's Andrew LaVallee and Jake Lee discuss.
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Amber Karnes / My Aim Is True:
Anatomy of a trending topic: How Twitter & the crafting community put the smackdown on Urban Outfitters  —  Today has been a fun ride.  Behold the power of social media muscle.  —  This morning, online buddy Gayla Trail (also known as You Grow Girl) posted a link to her Facebook page.
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
PBS hacked in retribution for Frontline Wikileaks episode  —  The PBS.org website, and data associated with the PBS television network, its programs, and its affiliate stations, appear to have just been hacked by an entity calling itself LulzSec (or “The Lulz Boat").
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Richard Lai / Engadget:
Gigabyte announces S1080 Windows 7 tablet with USB 3.0 and optical drive dock  —  We're here at Computex's pre-show event to get some hands-on time with a few new products.  As expected many tablets are present, and one such device is Gigabyte's S1080 Windows 7 tablet, which we almost mistook as Viewsonic's Viewpad 7.
Discussion: Electronista
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro boots an Intel Oak Trail CPU into either Android or Windows 7 Pro  —  The ViewPad 10 era is over, here comes the epoch of the ViewPad 10Pro.  Beyond the introduction of Intel's Oak Trail Z670 1.5GHz processor, the new Windows 7 Pro / Android 2.2 dual-boot tablet throws in a 3G radio …
Zee / The Next Web:
Ultra-minimalist writing app iA Writer now available for Mac  —  If you're a minimalism freak you've come to the right place.  Today marks the release of iA writer for Mac, a writing app or rather “digital writing tool” with so much minimalism, there's barely anything there.
Ethan McKinney / Conceivably Tech:
Linus Torvalds Approves Linux 3.0 RC1  —  Nearly 20 years after Linus Torvalds' first Linux post and after 39 major releases for the Linux 2.6 kernel, the OS inventor signed off on Linux 3.0.  The new kernel is now available as RC1.  Torvalds posted the 3. RC1 as a 93 MB download …
Bradley Wint / BlogTechnical:
[Update] Skype installs EasyBits Go CrapWare on your systems without users' prior knowledge  —  It seems that Skype is automatically installing crapware called EasyBits Go without informing or asking users for installation permission.  —  This morning I was notified that Skype needed third-party access …
 
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
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Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
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Zee M Kane / The Next Web:
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Bethany Overland / TechFlash:
E-sales to imprints: Amazon's ambitious publishing plan
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Tom Espiner / CNET News:
Zuckerberg: Privacy anxiety is fleeting