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4:50 PM ET, June 3, 2011

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Ilya Grigorik / PostRank Blog:
PostRank has been acquired by Google!  —  From the seed of an idea in late 2006, to the launch of PostRank in mid 2007, and an incredible four years of continuous learning, iteration, and developing and launching new products—what an amazing experience it has been.  And yet, the best is still yet to come.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires PostRank, An Analytics Service For The Social Web  —  In another move that makes it clear that Google is putting a much greater focus on ‘social’, the search giant has just acquired PostRank.  Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.  —  PostRank is a service that helps measure …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Apple pays music bigs $100M+  —  Apple will fork over between $100 million and $150 million in advanced payments to the four major music labels in order to get its iCloud off the ground, three separate sources told The Post.  —  The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant has agreed to pay …
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James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Syrian Internet Shutdown  —  Starting at 3:35 UTC today (6:35am local time), approximately two-thirds of all Syrian networks became unreachable from the global Internet.  Over the course of roughly half an hour, the routes to 40 of 59 networks were withdrawn from the global routing table.
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Elizabeth Flock / Washington Post:
Syria internet services shut down as protesters fill streets
David Heinemeier Hansson / Short Logic:
Groupon IPO: Pass on this deal  —  Groupon has filed its S-1 and hopes to raise $750M in its initial public offering.  Given they're currently losing a staggering $117M per quarter, despite revenues of $644M, they'll be burning through that cash almost as soon as it hits their account.
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Matthew Fraser / This Much I Know:
YOU DON'T SAY: WORDS “FACEBOOK” AND “TWITTER” ARE BANNED FROM FRENCH AIRWAVES  —  The French are notorious for their obsession with maddening, micro-meddling rules and regulations.  —  Anglo-Saxons who live in France, as I do, constantly struggle with the puzzling paradox in a society universally admired …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Xbox LIVE Diamond subscription TV service to debut at E3  —  Microsoft is planning to reveal its Xbox LIVE subscription TV service at E3, WinRumors has learned.  —  The software giant is close to finishing a key number of components for its full Xbox LIVE subscription TV service.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Android Share Surges Again, Apple Gains A Bit, RIM Destroyed  —  New data from comScore on the U.S. smartphone market shows Android share is still surging, while Apple is just barely growing share.  —  Research in Motion and Microsoft, on the other hand are being destroyed.
Susan Panico / PlayStation Blog:
Welcome Back Program Available Now - Details Inside  —  We're so excited to welcome you back to PlayStation Network.  With the PlayStation Store back online, we've been getting all caught up this week, having launched an abundance of amazing content for download on PlayStation 3 …
Wall Street Journal:
Gmail Hack Targeted White House  —  People who work at the White House were among those targeted by the China-based hackers who broke into Google Inc.'s Gmail accounts, according to one U.S. official.  —  The hackers likely were hoping the officials were conducting administration business …
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Adobe CEO: Android Will Overtake iPad Just Like it Did the iPhone (Video)  —  Adobe's Shantanu Narayen debunked a myth today at D that there's an ongoing feud between it and Apple over running Flash on iOS.  —  Still, he didn't hesitate downplaying Apple's early lead in the tablet market …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google's CEO steps into spotlight  —  In his most extensive public comments since becoming Google's (GOOG) CEO, Larry Page on Thursday delivered a carefully crafted response to critics who say the company is too free-spending, too unfocused and too aloof to investors and Wall Street.
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Windows 8: The Beginning of the End of Windows  —  I have a longstanding rule for evaluating new tech products: Don't judge anything by the demo.  I've seen far too many product previews that hid fundamental flaws in usability.  Until you can touch and play with the product on your own …
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Start-up Offers New Hires $10,000, and All the Accoutrements of Hipsterdom  —  Earlier this year, my colleague Claire Cain Miller and I reported on the fierce recruiting wars among tech companies as they competed to hire and retain talented software developers and engineers.
Discussion: Digital Trends, MediaPost, @dondodge and SAI
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook VP Chamath Palihapitiya Forms New Venture Fund, The Social+Capital Partnership  —  Facebook vice president Chamath Palihapitiya will leave the company as he launches a large new venture fund called The Social+Capital Partnership, with backing from some of the worlds leading business and technology leaders.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Retail 10th Anniversary Poster: “We've learned a lot.”  —  Click for larger.  —  The most public celebration of Apple Retail's tenth anniversary was the rollout of iPad interactive shopping guides, something Apple calls the “Smart Sign”.  But behind the scenes, in the retail back-of-house area …
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Zynga Said to Be Close to Hiring Goldman Sachs to Lead IPO, Extend Credit  —  Zynga Inc. is in talks to have Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) lead its initial public offering and provide a credit line of more than $1 billion to help make acquisitions, said a person with knowledge of the matter.
Discussion: Inside Social Games, GigaOM and SAI
Manan / I'm Just Being Manan:
“Chatter” A Unified Voice & IM App In Windows 8  —  Yesterday, when I pointed out that the Windows 8 lock screen had a video chat icon, I wasn't sure what it was.  The icon seemed interesting and my initial thoughts were that it could be signs of Skype integration or Windows Live Messenger video calling.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry Bold 9900 won't launch until September  —  BlackBerry fans will just have to keep waiting for the company's latest and greatest handset.  We have confirmed with multiple sources that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 won't be launching until September globally.
Nathan Hodge / Wall Street Journal:
Killer App: Army Tests Smartphones for Combat  —  The Army plans to hold desert trials in the U.S. next week to test off-the-shelf iPhones, Androids and tablet computers for use in war.  —  Starting Monday, the Army will also stress-test a variety of applications that could allow troops …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Microsoft sells 55 million Xbox 360 consoles, claims that's console history  —  If you work for Sony you might want go watch TV right now — there's something on Discovery about ostriches and sand.  Meanwhile, Microsoft just let us know that it's sold 55 million Xbox 360s globally …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Amazon May Soon Need to Collect Sales Tax  —  A proposal in the U.S. Senate aims to end the longtime exemption for e-commerce  —  California visitors to Wal-Mart Stores' (WMT) website must pay $214 to buy a Philips Electronics (PHG) 22-inch LCD HDTV, one of the hottest-selling flat-panel televisions on the Web.
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Photos Live For Twitter Employees, User Roll-Out Begins Next Week
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Anonymous steals 10,000 Iranian government emails, plans DDoS attack
Christian Zibreg / 9to5 Google:
Google confirms phone support for publishers and advertisers “within next quarter”
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
EBay's PayPal to stop service on Alibaba site
Bloomberg:
Nokia Breakup Worth 52% Gain: Real M&A
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Note to Self: If the Halls Clear at Conferences, IPOs Are Near
Klint Finley / ReadWriteHack:
Github Has Surpassed Sourceforge and Google Code in Popularity
Discussion: All Facebook, Inquirer and 451 CAOS Theory, Thanks:arpitnext
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Motorola CEO: Open Android Store Leads to Quality Issues