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10:05 PM ET, May 30, 2011

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Launching Its Own Photosharing Service  —  Twitter has been completely emphatic about where developers should stake a claim, with Twitter Platform Lead Ryan Sarver warning the ecosystem to stay away from building “client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience.”
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Confirmed: Twitter Plans to Announce Photo-Sharing Service This Week  —  Twitter will announce a photo-sharing service at the D9 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., this week, according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  The news was first reported today by TechCrunch's Alexia Tsotsis.
Discussion: Gizmodo, SAI and ReadWriteWeb
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.
Dan Webb:
It's About The Hashbangs  —  Before I get started here's the disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this rant are my own personal opinions on web development and do not represent the views of my employer, its engineering organisation or any other employees.  —  A few months back there was a flurry …
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Microsoft's Future in Data-as-a-Service?  —  The “realist” view on Microsoft's future is that Windows and Microsoft Office licenses will continue to be the company's bread and butter, and that enterprise-focused cloud initiatives like Azure and Office 365 will supplement this growth.
Om Malik / GigaOm:
Why Instagram Can Become The Mobile Social Hub  —  Trey Ratcliff, creator of 100 Cameras and I  —  Of all the apps on my iPhone, the ones that get most attention for me involve photos — from the built-in Camera app to Camera+ to photo filter apps such as Noir, ColorBlast and Hipstamatic.
Discussion: App Advice and MacNN
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
TouchPad to launch June 12?  —  Thanks to an enterprising tipster, we've managed to get our hands on HP's “QuickSpecs” technical specifications sheet for the TouchPad webOS tablet.  The four-page document is something that HP puts together for their business customers and resellers (see examples here and here).
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Close To Acquiring AdGrok  —  We're hearing from multiple sources that Twitter is in talks to acquire Y Combinator-backed key word bidding platform AdGrok, in a deal that is less than $10 million.  It's still unclear where exactly they are in the closing process or whether this is a tech acquisition or an acqui-hire.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 Electronista
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Next 6 Months Worth Of Features Are In Facebook's Code Right Now (But We Can't See)  —  A few days ago, Facebook held a tech talk at their headquarters.  The topic of the talk was pushing changes — bug fixes, new features, product improvements, etc.  Every day, Facebook engineers push hundreds of these; some big, some little.
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hits Best Buy's site, decorative Androids fall off in the process  —  Remember the Android tablet we said might be the first real competitor to the iPad 2 earlier this month?  Well, it just made its debut on the Best Buy site, and while the big “Coming Soon” …
Discussion: SlashGear, LaptopMemo and Crave
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
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.
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Samsung: 1 million Galaxy S II units sold  —  Samsung announced on Monday that it has sold more than 1 million of its new Galaxy S II handsets, and that the phone has been “selling like [hotcakes].”  The Korean company said the time it took for sales to pass the 1 million milestone was the fastest …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Brian Benchoff / Hack a Day:
Hidden device distorts news on wireless networks, brews beer, is time machine  —  We covered the Newstweek, a wall-wart sized box that injects fake news stories over public WiFi connections last February, but now there's a great walk through and it seems our doubts about this project were disproved.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
NFC Digital Payments - what's in it for consumers?  —  Changing consumer behavior is very difficult.  Making things more efficient, easier, faster, or more convenient isn't enough if it requires a change in normal consumer behavior.  Many tech startups fail because they don't consider …
Discussion: Boris Mann's Blog, Thanks:dondodge
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Ivy Bridge chips pushed to 2012, Macs will have to wait  —  Intel's Sandy Bridge chips, which are ticking inside 2011 MacBook Pro and iMac computers, are all the rage in the chips business at the moment.  However, the pundits are already watching closely a next-generation Sandy Bridge successor code-named Ivy Bridge.
Discussion: Gadgetsteria, RazorianFly and SlashGear
 
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
From Danger to Android: The saga of the T-Mobile Sidekick
Discussion: msnbc.com, Thanks:johnhcook
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Nielsen: Android's lead over iOS may have stopped growing
Discussion: 9to5 Google
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Pew: A Quarter Of American Internet Users Have Placed Phone Calls Online
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Geoff Duncan / Digital Trends:
VeriSign: Internet has almost 210 million domains
Serkan Toto / MobileCrunch:
Video: NTT Docomo's Mobile, Simultaneous Translation System
Discussion: The Next Web and DigInfo
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Seagate, Western Digital Hard-Disk Drive Deals Face EU Scrutiny
Louis Gray:
Quora Makes It Harder to Hurt People's Feelings
Discussion: Quora
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
 Earlier Items: 
James Ball / Guardian:
Give Twitter credit for trying to stand up to the courts - unlike others
Discussion: The Next Web, ITProPortal and PSFK
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Phishing Sites Hosted on Google's Servers
Discussion: Examiner and ReadWriteWeb
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Online Personalization Creates Echo Chamber to Affirm Biases
Discussion: Steve Rubel
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Arrested File-Sharing Admins Face Jail, $700,000 Fines
Amber Karnes / My Aim Is True:
Anatomy of a trending topic: How Twitter & the crafting community put the smackdown on Urban Outfitters
Discussion: Pitos Blog and Conversation Agent
Ethan McKinney / Conceivably Tech:
Linus Torvalds Approves Linux 3.0 RC1