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12:25 PM ET, June 9, 2011


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Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Reverses Course On In-App Subscriptions  —  Apple has quietly changed its guidelines on the pricing of In-App Subscriptions on the App Store.  There are no longer any requirements that a subscription be the “same price or less than it is offered outside the app”.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Steve Jobs Blinks!  Apple Backs Down On App Subscription Rules  —  Apple appears to have backed down on a major component of its new in-app subscription rules, which should provide a big boost to content companies: It has scrapped a rule requiring apps that play content like music, movies …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Stephen Elop: Android's Success Is Apple's Fault, And Beware The Boxes  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) may be on the ropes, but CEO Stephen Elop is still slugging away in the handset maker's comeback strategy.  Today, he laid out some of Nokia's biggest challenges and opportunities …
Matthew Saltmarsh / New York Times:
Nokia's Chief Technology Officer Departs  —  PARIS — The struggling Finnish cellphone maker Nokia said Thursday that its chief technology officer had taken a leave of absence and would be temporarily replaced by head of the company's research center.  —  News of the departure of Richard Green …
Citi says hackers access bank card data  —  (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc said computer hackers breached the bank's network and accessed data on hundreds of thousands of bank card holders in the latest of a string of cyber attacks on high-profile companies.  —  Citigroup said about 1 percent …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Cupertino To Jobs: There's No Chance We're Saying No To The Apple Spaceship Campus  —  While he's no Steve Jobs, Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong has his unique charm.  In a press conference today responding to yesterday's amazing Steve Jobs pitch, Wong said emphatically, “Cupertino is ready for this” …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch: Raises $200 Million At A Whopping $1 Billion Valuation  —  It looks like may have just become the Airbnb of mega-million dollar raises at billion dollar valuations.  Today,, the largest provider of digital coupons, announced that it has received …
Apple shows off its networking savvy at WWDC  —  After building a temporary network of WiFi hotspots to provide coverage for the 5,200 attendees at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple has set up a graphic visualization of the network itself.  —  Depicted within the Moscone West …
Discussion: TUAW
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
How Apple Feeds Its Army of App Makers  —  Let them make money, ensure the coding tools are easy to use, and keep out the riffraff  —  As he has for each of the past 14 years, Andrew Stone woke at 3:45 on the morning of Apple's (AAPL) annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 6 in San Francisco …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
HP TouchPad launches July 1st, starts at $499.99  —  HP on Thursday announced that its HP TouchPad tablet will become available on July 1st.  The TouchPad, which was first unveiled at a media event this past February, is the first webOS-powered tablet offering from HP.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
A Launchpad for Watching TV, Movies on the iPad  —  Watching movies and TV shows on an iPad is a pleasure.  Deciding what to watch, and then figuring out which iPad app offers which film or show at that moment, isn't.  —  [ See post to watch video ]  —  There is a growing crop …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Jeff Bezos-backed Doxo puts a digital filing cabinet in your iPhone  —  Doxo is a service designed to act as a ‘digital file cabinet’ for your household bills and important documents.  You can even sign up to get bills from participating companies sent paper-free to your Doxo locker.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch, Thanks:sidharthdassani
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
All four Lodsys patents under invalidation attack in federal court  —  I have news concerning Lodsys because a Michigan company named ForeSee Results Inc. has filed a declaratory judgment suit against Lodsys's four patents with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple Asks Developers About App Legal Issues
Discussion: MacNN, The Next Web and MobileCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
“It Just Works.”  —  Amid all the big announcements at this year's WWDC keynote, there was an undercurrent that was subtle, but important.  —  “It just works.”  Steve Jobs kept saying this over and over again on stage.  When Jobs does this, it's never an accident.  It's a message.
Discussion: The Download Blog, @stevecla and @juney
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Fusion-io Opens At $25 Per Share With A $1.9 Billion Market Cap  —  As we heard yesterday, Fusion-io, the developer of flash- memory technology for companies, upped the opening price of its IPO to $19 per share, valuing the company at $1.5 billion.  Earlier in the week …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Dell spurns U.S. in launch of Android tablet in China  —  Current stable of Dell tablets.  Dell will launch its 10-inch competitor to Apple's iPad in China first, citing ‘barriers and inhibitors’ in the U.S. and ‘upside-down’ pricing at U.S. carriers.  —  Dell will launch its highly …
Thomas Lowenthal / Ars Technica:
Bitcoin: inside the encrypted, peer-to-peer digital currency  —  Bitcoin—a pseudonymous cryptographic currency designed by an enigmatic, freedom-loving hacker, and currently used by the geek underground to buy and sell everything from servers to cellphone jammers.
Discussion: Tech Europe
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Google doodle lets you play a recordable guitar ditty in honor of Les Paul  —  Have you been to Google's US home page recently?  Do it, you've got less than 24 hours to check out its guitar-inspired doodle celebrating the birthday of Les Paul.  The “Google” script is highly interactive thanks …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Safari's New Reading Lists Are Glorified Bookmarks - Not Instapaper Killers  —  Apple's Reading Lists are basically just glorified bookmarks.  While Instapaper lets you save articles in its easy to read text-only view, Reading Lists don't make use Reader, Apple's new text-only mode for Safari at all.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Foxconn chief: iPads would be more profitable if they weren't so hard to make  —  Foxconn, a subsidiary of the Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, is being forced to find more efficient means of manufacturing Apple devices if it is to increase profit and increase its annual sales growth forecast, says company chairman Terry Gou.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Bank Not Responsible for Letting Hackers Steal $300K From Customer  —  A judge in Maine has ruled that a bank that allowed hackers to steal more than $300,000 from a customer's online account isn't responsible for the lost money, saying the customer should have done more to protect the account credentials.
Discussion: Techdirt and Softpedia News
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Court: Passwords + Secret Questions = ‘Reasonable’ eBanking Security
Discussion: The Register
Matt Hartley / Financial Post:
U.S. Supreme Court sides with Toronto's i4i in Microsoft patent battle  —  UPDATE (11:16 a.m. ET): You can read the entire judgement here.  —  The United States Supreme Court ruled against software giant Microsoft Corp. and in favour of Toronto's i4i Inc. on Thursday, bringing an end …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
The Future Of Mobile Advertising: Less Annoying, More Useful  —  As mobile phones evolve, mobile advertising is evolving, too.  —  Already, we've seen a shift from tiny text and banner ads to more sophisticated efforts.  Some are trying to captivate you with mini-games, interactive widgets, and contests.
Discussion: The Business Insider
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Meet The Man Behind Twitter's HUGE Integration With Apple  —  The big hero at Twitter this week is a guy named Raffi Krikorian.  —  Because it's talked about on TV all the time by people who work for media companies that would like you to follow them and consume all of their content, Twitter is very well known in the mainstream.
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Business Insider
Spencer Ante / Digits:
Apps From Foursquare, LinkedIn, Netflix Put Data at Risk, Firm Finds  —  You'd think the spate of Internet security breaches this spring would have companies on their toes.  But when it comes to wireless apps, some are still making rookie mistakes.  —  Computer security firm viaForensics …
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
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