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12:40 PM ET, June 10, 2011


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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple enters the fray against Lodsys, files motion to intervene  —  Nine days after Lodsys sued seven little app developers in the Eastern District of Texas, Apple filed a motion to intervene in the proceedings.  I have uploaded the motion and its attachments (except for a sealed one) to this Scribd folder.
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 …
Google may have developed Android rival to BBM, iMessage  —  Google has at least at one point been developing an equivalent to BlackBerry Messenger and Apple's iMessage, an insider mentioned Thursday.  Details of the system were few, but it's implied it would be much more than just the existing Google Talk and other IM apps.
Discussion: and PhoneArena, Thanks:allen099
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Apple [pilfers] rips off student's rejected iPhone app  —  iOS 5 lifts idea, name, even logo  —  Apple is famous for going to absurd lengths in its effort to enforce patents and trademarks.  It recently sued Amazon for calling its app store Appstore.  And it has publicly lectured competitors to …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Is Apple recalling Verizon iPad 2s?  —  Update: We've heard this from an Apple Store employee and have an updated post: … We've gotten numerous tips over the past few hours that Verizon iPads being shipped from China are being being returned to Apple mid-shipment.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Just Handed Twitter The Keys To The iOS Kingdom — Here's Twitter's Take  —  When we first broke the news that iOS 5 would come with Twitter integration, I wasn't thinking big enough.  Based on the fairly vague (but credible) information I had, I figured it was mainly based around …
Sara Yin / PC Magazine:
Are the Carriers Strangling Windows Phone 7 at Retail?  —  Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is just getting started as a platform, but the people actually selling the phones may be favoring its competitors.  —  Going Shopping for Windows Phone 7  —  I did some mystery shopping of my own …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge furious at “inexcusable” P2P lawyering, nukes subpoenas  —  There are three quick steps to angering a federal judge: first, launch the country's largest file-sharing lawsuit against 23,322 anonymous defendants, even though most of them don't live where you filed the suit.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Electronista and Techdirt
Rocky Agrawal / TechCrunch:
Groupon Was “The Single Worst Decision I Have Ever Made As A Business Owner”  —  Editor's note:This guest post was written by Rocky Agrawal, an entrepreneur who has worked on local products since 1995.  He blogs at reDesign and Tweets @rakeshlobster.  —  “How much is your average sale here?”
Discussion: Screenwerk and reDesign
New York Times:
Spain Detains 3 in PlayStation Cyberattacks  —  PARIS — The Spanish police said Friday that they had apprehended three people suspected of computer hacking in connection with recent cyberattacks on Sony's PlayStation Network as well as corporate and government Web sites around the world.
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Is It Really Safe to Use a Cellphone on a Plane?  —  Like most airline passengers, you probably have serious doubts about those pre-flight announcements asking you to turn off your cellphones, blackberries, iPods and anything else electronic.  —  The announcements are flat-out ignored …
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
iMessage, Skype, Google Voice, and the death of the phone number  —  I hate phone numbers.  They're a relic of an outmoded system that both wireless and wireline carriers use to keep people trapped on their services — a false technological prison built of nothing but laziness and hostility to consumers.
Worldwide Smartphone Market Expected to Grow 55% in 2011 and Approach Shipments of One Billion in 2015, According to IDC  —  The worldwide smartphone market is forecast to grow 55% year over year in 2011 as a growing number of users turn in their feature phones for more advanced devices.
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Charges Dropped In Facebook Spy Vs. Spy Case  —  Suspect knew ex-wife was behind teen girl's phony online profile … In an embarrassing about-face, federal prosecutors yesterday abruptly dropped criminal charges against an Indiana man who they accused of bugging his ex-wife's automobile.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Pandora Ups Price Of IPO To $10 To $12 Per Share, Now Valued At $1.9 Billion  —  Music streaming service Pandora has just filed a new version of its S-1 that indicates the company will be upping the price range of its stock to $10 to $12 per share, giving the company a valuation of $1.9 billion.
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.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Getting to one billion iTunes accounts  —  There are 225 million iTunes account holders. 25 million joined in the three months.  As the iTunes store has been operating since April 2003 it's possible to step back and look at its history and measure the rate of growth relative to other ecosystems.
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
iOS 5: Know when wife is calling - customize vibration patterns  —  Custom vibrations in Settings (left) and the new interface to customize vibration patterns (right)  —  iOS 5 comes with a bunch of accessibility improvements, like the AssistiveTouch feature that lets you use your device …
Discussion: Edible Apple
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Location-based services worth $10B by 2016  —  Location-based services are expected to bring in $10 billion in revenue by 2016, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.  The biggest chunk, just over 50 percent, will come from location-based search advertising.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Inside the US-Anglo-French plan to civilize the Internet  —  Get ready for international Internet regulation; top leaders from the US, UK, and France are making increasingly public statements about their plans to draft new rules that will make the 'Net more secure and will crack down on copyright infringers.
Discussion: TechEye and OSNews
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Facebook begins testing new real-time “Happening Now” feed [Updated]  —  Updates at the foot of the post.  —  Facebook has begun testing a new real-time feature on a small number of user's home feeds, displaying at-a-glance a list of what their friends are sharing, who they are adding as friends and displaying checkin notifications.
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Two government agencies say LightSquared's network interferes with GPS  —  A government agency that conducted tests with proposed wholesale network operator LightSquared's base station said Thursday that it found interference in the higher portion of LightSquared's spectrum bands …
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple ‘spaceship’ site is Steve Wozniak's former HP stomping grounds  —  Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs, has some history with the parcel of land that the iPad maker is looking to build its new “spaceship” headquarters on — he used to work there as an employee of Hewlett-Packard.
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