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8:15 PM ET, June 9, 2011

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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 …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Will Keep Washington Regulators Busy With $400 Million AdMeld Deal
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple Changes In-App Subscriptions Rule: Selling Outside App Store for Less is OK, Conditions Apply
Discussion: Engadget
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
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.
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Carriers Sweat as Texting Cools Off  —  New Messaging Apps from Apple, Others May Hit Fees  —  Growth in the volume of text messaging is slowing sharply, just as new threats emerge to that lucrative source of wireless carrier profits.  —  While U.S. cellphone users sent and received …
Discussion: Betabeat
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
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Coming Soon: Google Panda Update 2.2  —  One of the bigger pieces of news — certainly for webmasters and SEOs — from our SMX Advanced conference this week is that Google will soon be releasing version 2.2 of the Panda algorithm update.  —  Google's Matt Cutts confirmed …
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
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Apple's iTunes in iCloud 'won't launch in the UK this year'  —  Apple's cloud music service will not launch in the UK until 2012, according to record label executives and music analysts.  —  Earlier this week Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, returned from sick leave to announce the company's new cloud storage service, iCloud.
Discussion: MacRumors, Gizmodo, MacStories and TUAW
Mujahid Hasan / Bing:
iPhone Mobile App Discovery with Bing  —  There are more than half a million apps on the market.  If you know exactly which app you are looking for, finding it can be relatively easy; however, sifting through the volume of apps one by one to find the right one for the right task can be overwhelming.
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: Examiner and Gizmodo
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.
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 …
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 …
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” …
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
 
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
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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
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Zwapp builds a social network for app discovery
Discussion: @vanelsas, Thanks:zwapp
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Is The Federal Government Running Ads Secretly Created & Owned By NBC Universal?
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Dell spurns U.S. in launch of Android tablet in China
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Jeff Bezos-backed Doxo puts a digital filing cabinet in your iPhone
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
How Apple Feeds Its Army of App Makers
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Safari's New Reading Lists Are Glorified Bookmarks - Not Instapaper Killers
Discussion: Ars Technica
AppleInsider:
Apple shows off its networking savvy at WWDC
Discussion: Macworld, TUAW, GigaOM and Softpedia News
Thomas Lowenthal / Ars Technica:
Bitcoin: inside the encrypted, peer-to-peer digital currency
Maria Aspan / Reuters:
Regulators pressure banks after Citi data breach