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6:10 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”.
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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 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple Changes In-App Subscriptions Rule: Selling Outside App Store for Less is OK, Conditions Apply
Discussion: Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires AdMeld For $400 Million  —  AdMeld, an advertising optimization platform for publishers, has been acquired by Google for around $400 million according to multiple sources.  The company, which launched in 2007, has raised just $30 million in venture capital from Foundry Group …
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 …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Sprint Motorola Photon 4G hands-on: 4.3-inch qHD display, Gingerbread, WiMAX, and Tegra 2  —  Don't you just love when things come together just as planned?  That's right, just as we had heard, Motorola's Sanjay Jha and Sprint's Dan Hesse took the stage this morning in NYC to announce a brand …
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Sprint unveils Motorola Photon 4G global smartphone, Triumph for Virgin Mobile
Nigel Mabandla / Chrome OS Site:
Chromebooks Go On Sale - Finally!  —  A tweet from Google a few minutes ago revealed everything!  Yes, Chromebooks are now finally selling; on pre-order ofcourse.  This is the moment most of us have been waiting for since November 2009!  Here's what Google had to say: … Pre-order from Best Buy or Amazon
YouTube Blog:
The next step in embedded videos: HD preview images and a logoless option  —  It may be hard to imagine, but YouTube's video preview images represent to many the ultimate deciding factor as to whether or not to watch a video.  If a preview image looks interesting, it can mean the difference between someone pressing the play button.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and WebProNews
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Myspace in Advanced Deal Talks With Investor Group, Possibly Including Activision's Kotick  —  And then there was one.  —  According to sources close to the situation, News Corp. is down to one possible investing group in its quest to make lemonade out of the lemon that its Myspace social entertainment hub has become.
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” …
Maria Aspan / Reuters:
Regulators pressure banks after Citi data breach  —  (Reuters) - Major U.S. banks came under growing pressure from banking regulators to improve the security of customer accounts after Citigroup Inc became the latest high-profile victim of a cyber attack.  While Citigroup insisted the breach …
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Anonymous warns NATO not to challenge it  —  Responding to a recent report from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization condemning Anonymous, the online “hacktivist” group has issued a public response warning the global organization not to challenge it.  —  Claiming that the NATO report singled …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
New Nook Touch has hidden Web browser  —  When Barnes & Noble launched its new Nook e-reader a couple of weeks ago, we asked why it didn't include such features as a built-in Web browser or an e-mail app.  After all, it is an Android-based device, so we assumed it could do a bit …
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 …
Discussion: @joshconstine
Ville Heiskanen / Bloomberg:
AT&T to Offer Free Wi-Fi Web Access in New York City Parks  —  AT&T Inc. (T), the second-largest U.S. mobile carrier, will offer free wireless-Internet access in New York parks in cooperation with the most populous U.S. city.  —  The Wi-Fi service will be available in 20 parks across …
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: Macworld, TUAW, GigaOM and Softpedia News
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.
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 …
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
A Russian A.T.M. With an Ear for the Truth  —  MOSCOW — Russia's biggest retail bank is testing a machine that the old K.G.B. might have loved, an A.T.M. with a built-in lie detector intended to prevent consumer credit fraud.  —  Consumers with no previous relationship with the bank …
Discussion: Techland
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Postagram Captures Android And Facebook For More Mobile Photo Postcard Fun  —  When we first covered Postagram in April, there was a lot of excitement about it.  They take your Instagram photos and turn them into postcards that you can send right from your iPhone — who wouldn't love that?
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Dell's prototype 7-inch tablet touts slide-out split QWERTY keyboard (update: just a concept)  —  Whoa.  Every so often, a giant in Round Rock pokes it head up above water long enough to put forth a truly mesmerizing design, and while it's no Adamo, this is most definitely the freshest …
Discussion: SlashGear, GottaBeMobile and Geek.com
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Zwapp builds a social network for app discovery  —  Appsfire and others have helped tackle the issue of mobile app discovery by bringing new social and sharing tools to bear on the task.  Now, Zwapp, a new startup, is trying to go one step further by building essentially a social network around app discovery.
Discussion: @vanelsas, Thanks:zwapp
Caleb DanielsX / CDFXapps::Figure It Out:
ICloud Allows For Apps That Apple Removed From The AppStore To Be Re-Downloaded  —  The purchased apps section of the iPad and iPhone appstore allows for apps to be downloaded that Apple has already removed from the Appstore.  For example, if you downloaded iDos before Apple removed it from the store …
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.
Discussion: Ars Technica
 
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Russ Shaw / The Big Blog:
Skype joins forces with TELUS to bring affordable international calling rates to customers in Canada
Maria Kiselyova / Reuters:
Intel invests in two Russian internet firms
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Is The Federal Government Running Ads Secretly Created & Owned By NBC Universal?
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
500 Startups Unveils 2nd Batch: 21 Startups, From “Foodspotting For Fashion” To “Iron Chef In Your Living Room”
Matt Hartley / Financial Post:
U.S. Supreme Court sides with Toronto's i4i in Microsoft patent battle
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Dell spurns U.S. in launch of Android tablet in China
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
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 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
VideoGenie Scores $2M From Eric Schmidt, Others For Video Testimonials Platform
Discussion: VatorNews and GigaOM
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
How Apple Feeds Its Army of App Makers
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Meet The Man Behind Twitter's HUGE Integration With Apple
Thomas Lowenthal / Ars Technica:
Bitcoin: inside the encrypted, peer-to-peer digital currency
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
A Launchpad for Watching TV, Movies on the iPad
Discussion: App Advice
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
“It Just Works.”  —  Amid all the big announcements …
Discussion: Fortune