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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”.
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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 …
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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 …
Reuters:
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” …
AppleInsider:
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: GigaOM and TUAW
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Visa Acquires Mobile Financial Services Company Fundamo For $110M In Cash  —  Visa this morning announced that it has agreed to acquire Fundamo, a specialist mobile financial services provider to network operators and financial institutions in developing economies, for $110 million in cash.
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Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Visa Still Weighing Its Mobile Payments Options
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Coupons.com Raises $200 Million At A Whopping $1 Billion Valuation  —  It looks like Coupons.com may have just become the Airbnb of mega-million dollar raises at billion dollar valuations.  Today, Coupons.com, the largest provider of digital coupons, announced that it has received …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Facebook's face recognition strategy may be just the ticket  —  Most of the commentary on Facebook's new face-recognition strategy has been negative, with many folks posting instructions on how to opt out.  I, on the other hand, think that Facebook may have come up with a great strategy …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple Asks Developers About App Legal Issues
Discussion: MacNN and The Next Web
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Is The Federal Government Running Ads Secretly Created & Owned By NBC Universal?  —  We certainly suspected this when New York City first announced that it was running a series of silly and misleading videos as part of a media campaign to “Stop Piracy in NYC,” but now it's been confirmed …
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
500 Startups Unveils 2nd Batch: 21 Startups, From “Foodspotting For Fashion” To “Iron Chef In Your Living Room”  —  Investor Dave McClure and his wily bunch of scrappy startups are at it again this time almost doubling up on startups, going from 12 in first cohort to 21 in its latest batch and bringing the accelerator's total to 140.
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
VideoGenie Scores $2M From Eric Schmidt, Others For Video Testimonials Platform
Discussion: VatorNews and GigaOM
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Six Apart Releases Movable Type Updates To Plug Security Holes, Following PBS Hack
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
The Future Of Mobile Advertising: Less Annoying, More Useful
Discussion: The Business Insider
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide.net:
Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace to shut down, MyPhone moving to SkyDrive
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP Demands Oracle Reverse Course on Itanium Support
Discussion: eWeek, The Register and TechEye
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Salesforce.com Pays Over $1.5 Million for Data.com Domain Name
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