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7:10 AM ET, May 31, 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.  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is set to speak at D9 on Wednesday.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google To Begin Charging For Directions Location Extensions  —  Google announced they will begin charging for searchers clicking on the directions of the location extensions found on some AdWords ads.  —  Location extensions add an address and phone number to your Google AdWords ads.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon: Online Cyber Attacks Can Count as Acts of War  —  Pentagon Sets Stage for U.S. to Respond to Computer Sabotage With Military Force  —  WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens …
Discussion: Guardian, TechEye, The Next Web and @qthrul
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple launches worldwide MacBook Bottom Case Replacement Program  —  Per Apple's support document, they will now fix the issue with the rubber bottom on the white unibody MacBook coming off due to issues with glue.  This applies to any MacBook purchased between October 2009 and April 2011.
Wall Street Journal:
Hackers Broaden Their Attacks  —  Lockheed and PBS Join the Roster of Recent Victims as Motives Expand; ‘Almost Anyone Is a Target’  —  Hacking incidents at defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. and broadcaster PBS that surfaced over the past few days show how widespread corporate breaches …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Nielsen: Android's lead over iOS may have stopped growing  —  Google's OS is still more popular than Apple's, but no more than it was in March Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Research in Motion (RIMM) have reached something like a three-way stalemate in the battle for dominance of the U.S. smartphone market …
Discussion: App Advice and 9to5 Google
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Appsfire Scores $3.6M As App Discovery Demands Grow  —  With Apple's App Store hitting the half billion app mark and Android Market poised to overtake it later this year, it's a busy time to be in the app discovery business.  Appsfire, a France-based startup, is reaping the benefits …
Discussion: Pulse2 and TechCrunch
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 …
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.
Electronista:
Google preps iPhone search website revamp with app drawer  —  Google is reportedly preparing a large tweak to its iPhone-optimized search page that would put it much closer in line with the quality of the native mobile app.  A discovery on Saturday has shown a version with tabs on top that …
Liam Tung / iTnews:
HP recalls another 162,000 laptop batteries  —  More fire-hazard hardware.  —  Hewlett Packard has recalled a further 162,000 lithium-ion batteries after discovering a product model series that was missed in last year's worldwide recall.  —  The batteries, shipped with laptops …
Discussion: TechEye, Reuters, DigiTimes and ITProPortal
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
From Danger to Android: The saga of the T-Mobile Sidekick  —  An early promotional brochure for the Hiptop, the original name used by Danger for what became the T-Mobile Sidekick  —  One of the iconic devices of the mobile revolution, the T-Mobile Sidekick, will reach a milestone next Tuesday …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Technologizer, Thanks:johnhcook
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” …
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
The iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store is New York's top photo attraction  —  See the circle labeled “1″ on the image above?  Researcher Eric Fischer created this amazing heat map showing photo densities by using geotags that belong to millions of snaps publicly available on Flickr.
Discussion: ifoAppleStore and TUAW
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).
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.
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.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Pew: A Quarter Of American Internet Users Have Placed Phone Calls Online
Discussion: Pew Internet and ReadWriteWeb
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Next 6 Months Worth Of Features Are In Facebook's Code Right Now (But We Can't See)
Geoff Duncan / Digital Trends:
VeriSign: Internet has almost 210 million domains
Brian Benchoff / Hack a Day:
Hidden device distorts news on wireless networks, brews beer, is time machine
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
NFC Digital Payments - what's in it for consumers?
Discussion: Boris Mann's Blog, Thanks:dondodge
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Close To Acquiring AdGrok
Discussion: VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Serkan Toto / MobileCrunch:
Video: NTT Docomo's Mobile, Simultaneous Translation System
Discussion: Engadget, The Next Web and DigInfo
Martyn Williams / PC World:
ARM Expects Half of Mobile PC Market by 2015
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
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Phishing Sites Hosted on Google's Servers