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2:50 PM ET, May 30, 2011

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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Has Arrived: Raising Mega-Round at a $1 Billion+ Valuation  —  According to several sources Airbnb is in the process of closing a whopper of a funding round: $100 million or more at a $1 billion-plus valuation.  The round is being lead by Andreessen Horowitz, and includes participation from DST, say our sources.
Discussion: SAI
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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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Samsung Seemingly Unconcerned Over Apple Lawsuit, Hints Dispute Could Continue to Escalate
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and AndroidOS.in
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.
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James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Pros and cons of the Asus Padfone modular approach
Discussion: netbooknews.com
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
As RIM struggles, talk of a change at top surfaces  —  (Reuters) - The two men who made BlackBerry a household name may not have the luxury of time to fix Research In Motion's flagging fortunes.  —  Investors are clamoring for RIM to come up with a credible response to Apple's iPhone …
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Phishing Sites Hosted on Google's Servers  —  Google Docs allows users to create documents, spreadsheets, et cetera at google.com (hosted in Google's cloud):  —  Spreadsheets can even contain functionality, such as forms, and these can be published to the whole world.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Martyn Williams / PC World:
ARM Expects Half of Mobile PC Market by 2015  —  ARM Holdings hopes to wrestle dominance of the mobile PC market from Intel and have ARM-based processors in more than half of all tablets, mini-notebooks and other mobile PCs sold in 2015, the company's president said Monday.
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
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Online Personalization Creates Echo Chamber to Affirm Biases  —  ON the Web, we often see what we like, and like what we see.  Whether we know it or not, the Internet creates personalized e-comfort zones for each one of us.  —  Give a thumbs up to a movie on Netflix or a thumbs down to a song on Pandora …
James Ball / Guardian:
Give Twitter credit for trying to stand up to the courts - unlike others  —  Its recent bad publicity has only come about because it has a more transparent approach to privacy than Facebook or Google  —  Isn't Twitter terrible?  Breezily handing over user information with barely a hint of resistance at the first sign of legal action.
Discussion: The Next Web, ITProPortal, PSFK and Examiner
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Seagate, Western Digital Hard-Disk Drive Deals Face EU Scrutiny  —  Seagate Technology Plc (STX) and Western Digital Corp. (WDC) face extended antitrust scrutiny from European Union regulators into separate deals to expand their hard-disk drive businesses amid a demand slump.
 
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Louis Gray:
Quora Makes It Harder to Hurt People's Feelings
Discussion: Quora and TechCrunch
Leo Lewis / The Australian:
China's Blue Army of 30 computer experts could deploy cyber warfare on foreign powers
Discussion: The Next Web and Security Watch
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Arrested File-Sharing Admins Face Jail, $700,000 Fines
Zee / The Next Web:
Ultra-minimalist writing app iA Writer now available for Mac
 Earlier Items: 
Ethan McKinney / Conceivably Tech:
Linus Torvalds Approves Linux 3.0 RC1
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Google Wallet: Big Deal or another Buzz?
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
NVIDIA's quad-core Kal-El used to demo next-gen mobile graphics, blow minds (video)
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
As Zynga Looks to IPO, Its Traffic on Facebook Stays High
Discussion: Softpedia News
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Android Market's most popular emulators disappear without a trace (update)