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12:00 AM ET, June 10, 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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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 …
Stefano Elia / Neowin.net:
IDC predicts WP7 to overtake iPhone by 2015  —  Believe it or not, IDC, which claims to be a premier global market intelligence company has predicted in its latest research that the Windows Phone 7 platform will overtake the market share of the iPhone by 2015.
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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.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Huffington Post Traffic Zooms Past The New York Times  —  The Huffington Post has zipped past the New York Times in monthly uniques, according to data from comScore.  —  It's an impressive feat.  As AOL employee Brad Garlinghouse put it on Twitter, “Six years to disrupt 100 years.”
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 …
Stephen Chapman / SEO Whistleblower Blog:
Great news: Promoted Trends on Twitter now cost only $120,000 per day!  —  You know, I remember a time when Twitter was trying hard to find itself a monetization model.  Ads were apparently out of the question, celebrities were cashing in with sponsored tweets, and spammers... well …
Discussion: ClickZ, Technology News and Poynter
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
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 Top Technology Officer Departs, Maybe for Good
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.
Bloomberg:
Groupon Said to Offer Role to Six More Banks in Initial Offering  —  Groupon Inc., seeking to raise $750 million in an initial public offering, asked six more banks to help underwrite the sale, including Barclays Plc and JPMorgan Chase & Co., said two people with knowledge of the situation.
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.
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, Gizmodo and PC Magazine
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Facebook acquires Dutch software house Sofa  —  Facebook has acquired the Dutch software development firm Sofa, the smaller company announced in a blog post today.  —  Sofa is an Apple Design Award winner and is behind the popular Mac applications Kaleidoscope and Versions.
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Congress Members Produce 30% Fewer Tweets After Weinergate [INFOGRAPHIC]  —  On the evening of May 27, Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York accidentally posted a lewd photo to Twitter, deleted it and claimed that his Twitter account had been hacked.  Two weeks later, we're still embroiled …
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 …
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 …
 
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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Two government agencies say LightSquared's network interferes with GPS
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
A Russian A.T.M. With an Ear for the Truth
Discussion: Techland and Gizmodo
Russ Shaw / The Big Blog:
Skype joins forces with TELUS to bring affordable international calling rates to customers in Canada
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Postagram Captures Android And Facebook For More Mobile Photo Postcard Fun
Discussion: GigaOM
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
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Is The Federal Government Running Ads Secretly Created & Owned By NBC Universal?
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Jeff Bezos-backed Doxo puts a digital filing cabinet in your iPhone
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch, Thanks:sidharthdassani
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
How Apple Feeds Its Army of App Makers
Zach Epstein / BGR:
HP TouchPad launches July 1st, starts at $499.99
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Safari's New Reading Lists Are Glorified Bookmarks - Not Instapaper Killers
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