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May 11, 2012, 11:20 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 6: Apple drops Google Maps, debuts in-house ‘Maps’ with incredible 3D mode  —  Rough mockup showing the user-enabled 3D mode (on the right)  —  According to trusted sources, Apple has an incredible headline feature in development for iOS 6: a completely in-house maps application.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iCloud beta website reveals plans for Notes and Reminders web apps, affirms iOS 6 beta coming soon  —  We know that Apple has been busy tweaking their iCloud.com website and testing new features like iOS 5-like notification banners, and now it appears that Apple is expanding the website's web-application library.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's Coming Map App Will “Blow Your Head Off”  —  A 3-D view of San Francisco from C3 Technologies  —  Between 2009 and 2011, Apple acquired three mapping companies in quick succession: Placebase, in 2009; 3-D mapping outfit Poly9 in 2010; and in 2011, C3 Technologies, a second 3-D mapping company.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iOS 6 “Sundance” And The Sunsetting Of Google Maps  —  For Google Maps, winter is coming.  Potentially.  —  As you've undoubtedly seen by now, with the upcoming iOS 6 software, Apple intends to replace the Google Maps aspect of their default Maps application with their own, in-house version.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Fleshes Out Privacy Policy To Comply With Data Protection Audits, Will Hold Q&A On Monday  —  Today Facebook will start sending the first of three billion notices to users about proposed changes to its privacy policy, which were made to comply with a Spring deadline …
Bloomberg:
Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Gives Up U.S. Citizenship Before IPO  —  Eduardo Saverin, the billionaire co- founder of Facebook Inc. (FB), renounced his U.S. citizenship before an initial public offering that values the social network at as much as $96 billion, a move that may reduce his tax bill.
Bangkok Post:
HP restarts tablet manufacturing  —  SHANGHAI : Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced it will resume production of consumer tablets but says it will run them on Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system.  —  The world's largest technology firm suspended its touchPad WebOS tablet production line last year on poor sales.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Sources: Google Is Close to Buying Meebo  —  Google is in talks to acquire Meebo, according to two sources close to the situation.  —  The price for the company would be about $100 million, according to one of the sources.  —  Meebo's latest product promises to help users cut through information overload.
More: The VergeTweets: @mathewi and @mike_ftw
Yoni Heisler / Network World:
Apple accuses Samsung of purposefully destroying evidence  —  On May 1, Apple filed a motion in the Northern District of California alleging that Samsung intentionally destroyed documents it was obligated to hand over as part of the discovery process, an act referred to as “spoilation of evidence” in the legal parlance.
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
USPS To Stop Delivering iPads And Kindles To Troops And Overseas Consumers On May 16  —  The United States Postal Service has banned all international shipments of electronics with lithium batteries effective May 16.  The cost for families to send gadgets via private parcel service …
Brian X. Chen / Bits:
Facebook Is Killing Text Messaging, Report Says  —  Apple's iMessage, the free, Internet-based text-messaging service, isn't the only thing AT&T's chief executive should lose sleep over.  Facebook is also eating into text-messaging revenues for carriers, according to a report.
More: CNET and BGR
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
LinkedIn Is NOT Buying Monster: Here's The Real Story  —  Just got off the phone with a source close to LinkedIn.  —  LinkedIn is not going to buy Monster, and it was never particularly interested in doing so.  —  Basically, a little while back, Monster's Bank of America bankers called LinkedIn …
Reuters:
Insight: Salesforce's plan for opulent campus a costly debacle  —  (Reuters) - In early 2010, Marc Benioff, founder and chief executive of Salesforce.com, summoned several of his top real estate and finance executives to his San Francisco home to float a bold idea.
Karen Weise / Business Week:
On Diaspora's Social Network, You Own Your Data  —  Sitting along Yankee Stadium's third base line during New York University's rainy graduation two years ago, Max Salzberg couldn't focus.  The phone in his pocket wouldn't stop buzzing.  With each notification, the NYU senior wiped water off …
More: AllThingsDTweets: @dpritchett
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Apple's Siri: the ‘best smartphone ever’ is the Nokia Lumia 900.  Wait, what?  —  When you break out your iPhone 4S and ask Siri what the ‘best smartphone ever’ is, your humble virtual assistant will recommend you to buy Nokia's Lumia 900.  —  Which is, of course, a decent phone indeed.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
My own private Internet: .secure TLD floated as bad-guy-free zone  —  A venture with $9 million in backing wants to establish a locked-down domain.  —  A security researcher has won investments of more than $9 million to incorporate a tightly policed section of the Internet reserved for banks …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Mobile devices account for nearly 10 percent of internet traffic, according to StatCounter  —  On April 7th, web analytics firm StatCounter recorded a milestone event: for the very first time, mobile devices reportedly accounted for over 10 percent of traffic on the global internet.

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