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6:25 PM ET, June 10, 2011

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Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Microsoft's big plans for Xbox Live  —  LOS ANGELES — Microsoft will partner with regional cable companies to bring live TV onto the Xbox, a new feature that it announced Monday at the Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3).  —  That means the TV services will be provided through cable …
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft reveals Xbox LIVE will be built into Windows 8 … Microsoft has revealed that its Xbox LIVE service will be built into PCs in the future.  —  Mike Delman, Microsoft's vice president of global marketing in the interactive entertainment business unit, revealed the company's plans in an interview this week.
Discussion: I4U News, SlashGear and StartupLocker
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.
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple antes up in Lodsys developer lawsuits
Discussion: GMSV
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.
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Tom Brewster / IT PRO:
Anonymous warns of Spain arrest revenge  —  Anonymous warns of Spain arrest revenge  —  Spanish police arrest three men suspected of being involved in the Anonymous hacking group, which has told the world to expect a response.  —  Anonymous has warned about repercussions following arrests …
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify Signs Universal Music, May Really Get to U.S., After All  —  Spotify has signed an American distribution deal with Universal Music Group, the world's largest music label.  The pact means that the streaming music company now has U.S. deals in place with three of the four largest labels …
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: reDesign and Screenwerk
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Apple sued by iCloud Communications over iCloud trademark  —  Well that didn't take long.  In a suit filed yesterday in the US Disctrict Court in Arizona, a company named iCloud Communications, LLC has claimed trademark infringements against Apple over the use of the name iCloud.
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Kevin Kelleher / Fortune:
The checkered past of Groupon's chairman  —  Groupon's largest shareholder and chairman, Eric Lefkofsky, has a back story investors might want to know.  FORTUNE — “Lets start having fun... lets get funky... let's announce everything... let's be WILDLY positive in our forecasts …
Discussion: VentureBeat and SAI
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.
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple slams Amazon's Android e-store as ‘inferior’  —  In legal clash, also calls out Android security gaffes, including malicious apps infiltrating Google's download center  —  Computerworld - Apple this week called Amazon's Appstore for Android “inferior” as it urged a federal court …
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.
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
John Markoff / New York Times:
I.B.M. Researchers Create High-Speed Graphene Circuits  —  I.B.M. researchers said Thursday that they had designed high-speed circuits from graphene, an ultra-thin material that has a host of promising applications from high-bandwidth communication to a new generation of low-cost smartphone and television displays.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cafepress IPO Filing Gives A Glimpse At A Crowdsourced Business Model  —  Another day, another tech company is filing for a public offering.  This time it's Cafepress, which allows users to design, buy and sell merchandise such as t-shirts, hats, bags, mugs, bumper stickers and more.
Discussion: SAI
Erin Lindsay / White House Blog:
What Our Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers Told Us  —  Over the past few months, we've been working to improve the White House's social media presence to provide our Facebook fans and Twitter followers with timely, relevant and interesting updates about what's happening at the White House and around the Administration.
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Third-Party Twitter Apps Can Access Your Private Messages Without Authorization  —  Any third-party Twitter app developer can currently ask you to authorize software using OAuth under the pretense that they will not be able to access any of your private - both sent and received - messages, while in fact they easily can.
Discussion: SlashGear, Mashable! and Techie Buzz
Rahul Vohra / The Rapportive Blog:
Follow, Reply, and Retweet from Gmail!  —  We want Rapportive to be the best way for you to connect with your contacts.  This is why, since our accidental launch, we've shown your contacts' recent tweets:  —  Our Twitter widget has always given you valuable context at a glance …
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.
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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Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Samsung Chromebook Series 5 review
Discussion: This is my next and StartupLocker
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Shareholder Calls for Separation of Chairman, CEO Roles
Discussion: Reuters
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Web Security Start-Up Cloudflare Gets Buzz, Courtesy of LulzSec Hackers
Discussion: Inquirer
Christopher Le Coq / Reuters:
EU states agree on tougher sanctions on cybercrime
Tim Greene / Network World:
Avaya sets $1 billion public offering
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Eric Mack / CNET News:
FCC report: Net has helped suffocate local news
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
iOS 5: Know when wife is calling - customize vibration patterns
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk and Edible Apple
comScore, Inc.:
Greater China Internet Usage Led by Web Portals as Social Networking Remains Smaller Segment of the Market
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Inside the US-Anglo-French plan to civilize the Internet
Discussion: TechEye
Electronista:
Google may have developed Android rival to BBM, iMessage
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
iMessage, Skype, Google Voice, and the death of the phone number