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Krista Pappas / Bing:
Bing Welcomes KAYAK  —  Since the launch of Bing, our goal has been to create a new and different search experience focused on helping you make faster, more informed decisions.  We set out to do this by delivering great results, organizing the results in more visual and useful …
Brennon Slattery / PC World:
Will Microsoft Beat Google in the Travel Search Wars?  —  As Google continues to slog it out with the Justice Department over its pending acquisition of travel search company ITA Software, Microsoft continues to improve Bing's travel functionality.  In doing so, Microsoft is sending …
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Samsung Chief Calls Galaxy Tab 10.1 ‘Inadequate’  —  The “inadequate” Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona.  Photo: Charlie Sorrel  —  Samsung's mobile VP Lee Don-Joo has taken a look at the iPad 2 and decided that his own Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't up to scratch.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung finds parts of Galaxy Tab 10.1 ‘inadequate’ compared to iPad 2, reconsiders pricing
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Conan Roasts iPad 2: You'll Buy It No Matter What We Say [Video]  —  With every new Apple product launch, there's now an expectation that we're going to get a video made by Apple to help explain the product.  You know the ones.  They feature Apple executives (though, oddly, never CEO Steve Jobs) …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:   The Chair  —  intEven the chair on the stage was the same.
Apple Negotiating Unlimited Usage of Music Downloads  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is in talks with record companies to give iTunes customers easier access to music they've purchased across multiple devices, said three people with knowledge of the plans.  —  Apple is negotiating …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google issues Android anti-fragmentation tool  —  Google has made good on a promise to release technology it hopes will curtail Android's fragmentation problem, a complication for programmers who want their software to run on a diversity of devices.  —  Yesterday, the company released a …
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Just How Bad Is the iPad 2 Camera?  —  The iPad 2's camera shoots at less than one megapixel.  Jon Snyder/  —  It seems impossible for Apple to put a decent camera into anything but the iPhone, and despite many hopes, both cameras in the iPad 2 are about as rudimentary …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Buys Outside.In, Less Than $10 Million  —  AOL will announce today that it has acquired “hyper-local” blog aggregator startup Outside.In, an industry source tells us.  —  We don't know if AOL will announce how much it is paying for the company — probably not — but we're told that it is less than $10 million.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
This Man Is Putting Millions In Startups' Pockets — And Scaring VCs To Death  —  AngelList is turning Silicon Valley upside down.  It's basically for startups and business angels, and startups are raising millions from angels on the site almost every day, leaving VCs to scramble for dealflow and paying higher valuations.
Discussion: Sramana Mitra
Kellex / Droid Life:
WiFi-only Motorola XOOM Headed to Sam's Club, Possibly Priced at $539  —  Been a lot of talk about a wifi-only Motorola XOOM lately and thanks to our friends at Sam's Club, we think it may be closer than anyone imagined and with a better-than-previously-advertised price tag.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
RBC: 185 million tablets sold by end of 2014, Android to dominate long-term  —  In a note to investors on Thursday, RBC Capital Markets General Manager Mike Abramsky reiterates the firm's belief that the tablet market is poised to explode over the coming years.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, Fonehome and TG Daily
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: 99.7% Of People Still Haven't Bought A Tablet Yet
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget
Darren Murph / Engadget:
AT&T Mobile Hotspot for iPhone 4 limited to just three WiFi devices (update: it's an iOS 4.3 thing)  —  Say it ain't so!  According to this here slide, which details a bit of insidery AT&T information about the impending release of iOS 4.3, Ma Bell's iPhone 4 will have its Personal Hotspot restricted to use with just three devices.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
CBS Acquires TV Guide For Online Video Clicker, Jim Lanzone Named President Of CBS Interactive  —  CBS has acquired Clicker, a TV Guide for internet programming, according to a release just issued by the companies.  Clicker's CEO Jim Lanzone has been named President of CBS Interactive.
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Bessemer Said to Be Raising $1.2 Billion to $1.5 Billion for Venture Fund  —  Bessemer Venture Partners, a century-old investment firm in Larchmont, New York, is aiming to raise as much as $1.5 billion for a fund to back technology startups, said two people familiar with knowledge of the deal.
David Zax / Fast Company:
The Echo Nest Makes Pandora Look Like a Transistor Radio  —  More cowbell!  Everyone from Christopher Walken enthusiasts to major record labels to Columbia University is excited about The Echo Nest.  The many uses, frivolous and non-, of Echo Nest's massive 30-million-song dataset.
Discussion: The Next Web
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AOL Tim Armstrong: After HuffPo deal closes ‘no way around’ layoffs  —  AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Huffington Post chief Arianna Huffington have finalized their integration plans and layoffs are on tap as the acquisition nears the finish line.  —  The news isn't unexpected.
Roger Capriotti / The Windows Blog:
Counting Down Internet Explorer 6 Usage Share  —  On this day a year ago, Aten Design Group hosted a funeral for IE6 in Denver, Colorado.  We heard about it and sent flowers.  While the funeral gave a strong indication of the desire to rid the world of IE6, the browser still has a presence.
Microsoft Is Said to Plan Windows Release for Tablets in 2012  —  Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, won't release a competitor to Apple Inc. and Google Inc.'s tablet operating systems until the 2012 back-to- school season, people with knowledge of the plans said.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Developers: why you should build for Android tablets  —  OK, maybe Steve Jobs' reality distortion field is wearing off a bit and I might feel differently in a week when I get my iPad 2, but after playing with my Motorola Xoom a lot more tonight and seeing just what “no apps” looks like, I got something to say to developers:
Discussion: IntoMobile and GottaBeMobile
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Preparing To Introduce New Broadband Plans, 20% Discount When Attached To Voice Accounts?  —  Based on information that just hit my inbox, T-Mobile is preparing to introduce new webConnect broadband rate plans some of which will qualify for a 20% discount when paired with a qualifying voice line.
Matt Asay / The Register:
From messiah to pariah: The death of open source on mobile  —  $0.99 beats free almost every time  —  Open...and Shut Open source has gone from pariah to messiah in the past decade, but it has yet to find a place at the mobile table, and risks being rendered obsolete.
Jesse Emspak / International Business Times:
Libya Blocks Internet Traffic  —  After slowly returning to the Internet, Libya has gone again.  —  At about 7 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday Internet traffic coming in and out of Libya dropped to nearly zero, where it remains, according to Google's Transparency Report.
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Michael Joseph Gross / Vanity Fair:
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Groupon sued over deal expiration dates
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