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4:55 PM ET, June 13, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Next iPhone reaches final testing stage, Verizon likely won't support 3G FaceTime this year  —  A previously accurate Apple source has told 9to5Mac some interesting information regarding what 2011 holds for the iPhone and Apple's popular FaceTime video chat service.
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
iCloud and Apple's truth: can you win if you don't play?  —  Last Monday, Steve Jobs debuted one of Apple's boldest products to the world, iCloud.  At long last, the brains in Cupertino seemed as if they were set to fully embrace the internet and its inherent, omnipresent power.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Confirms Discontinuation of iWeb in iCloud Transition  —  Since last week's unveiling of Apple's new iCloud service and the transitioning of the company's existing MobileMe service into iCloud, many users have been wondering about the fate of some of the MobileMe services that were not mentioned in the transition discussion.
BBC:
Spanish police website hit by Anonymous hackers  —  A member of Spain's Technological Investigation Board displays an Anonymous mask  —  The website of Spain's national police force has been briefly knocked offline by hacker collective Anonymous.  —  The attack on the site was carried …
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Mike Lennon / SecurityWeek:
Turkish Police Detain 32 Suspects Allegedly Linked to Anonymous  —  Following the arrest of three alleged “Anonymous” members by Spanish authorities on Friday, Turkey's state-run news agency has reported that police have detained 32 individuals allegedly linked to the hacktivist group.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Union Square Ventures Leads $3M Round In 4chan Founder Moot's New Startup Canvas  —  Exclusive: 4chan founder Christopher Poole (a.k.a. Moot) is announcing a round of funding today for his new startup, Canvas.  Union Square Ventures led a $3 million series A round of funding …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Samsung to end 14-year Nokia smartphone reign: Nomura  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will become the world's largest smartphone maker this quarter, overtaking struggling Nokia Oyj which has lead the market since 1996, Nomura said on Monday.  —  In the next quarter Nomura also sees …
Ed Christman / Billboard.Biz:
Is Hewlett-Packard Launching Its Own Cloud Service?  —  While the music industry focuses on Apple, Google and Amazon, Hewlett-Packard is quietly making plans-again-for its own locker-based service.  Multiple sources at the major labels report that the discussions are heating up.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Why Microsoft has made developers horrified about coding for Windows 8  —  When Microsoft gave the first public demonstration of Windows 8 a week ago, the reaction from most circles was positive.  The new Windows 8 user interface looks clean, attractive, and thoughtful …
Neal Mohan / The Official Google Blog:
Helping publishers get the most from display advertising with Admeld  —  (Cross-posted on the DoubleClick Publisher Blog)  —  It's now clear that investments in new technologies, new ad formats and improved buying and selling processes are helping to grow the display advertising pie.
Rocky Agrawal / TechCrunch:
Why Groupon Is Poised For Collapse  —  Editor's note:This guest post is part of an in-depth series looking at the daily deal industry written by Rocky Agrawal, an entrepreneur who has worked on local products since 1995.  Read Part I, Part II, and Part III also.  He blogs at reDesign and Tweets @rakeshlobster.
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Welcome to a Faster Web  —  The first commercial deployment of SPDY, a protocol designed by Google to make websites faster, launches today. … SPDY, a protocol Google revealed in late 2009, dramatically speeds up Web page loading by changing the way that browsers communicate with servers.
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee for PC, Mac, Ubuntu Getting Fall Update  —  Good news for PC/Mac/Linux users - we are working to update the downloadable software version of Boxee and hope to have builds available this fall so you can enjoy the updated browser, improved playback, and lots more content that are currently available on the Boxee Box.
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Expected To File For $100 Billion IPO This Year  —  The long-awaited Facebook IPO looks like it will come as early as the first quarter of 2012, CNBC's Kate Kelley reports citing sources.  —  Facebook could file its S-1 to the SEC in October.  —  Goldman is in the “pole position” to underwrite the IPO, says Kelly.
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Available Data Shows Facebook User Numbers Growing Quickly, or Slowly, or Falling  —  Did Facebook have fewer monthly active users in the United States at the start of June than it did at the start of May?  What about user counts in other early-adopter countries like Canada and the United Kingdom.
Discussion: AllThingsD and CNN
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
If Something On Twitter Seems Too Bad To Be True, It Probably Is  —  Anyone else seeing an influx of blog headlines that go “Updated: [Thing That We Just Wrote About] Is A Hoax”?  —  While Internet hoaxes have been around since the Soviet Union wanted to join Usenet in 1984 (remember LonelyGirl15? …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Former Googlers Raise $13 Million From Bain And Greylock For Personalized Ad Solution  —  TellApart, a startup that enables eCommerce companies to use customer data to offer more personalized display advertising to both their loyal and potential customers alike, today announced that it has closed a $13 million series B round of funding.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
AOL's Patch Takes on Groupon with Patch Deals, Powered by AmEx's Serve Platform  —  The recently launched digital payment and commerce platform from American Express known as Serve has just announced a new partnership with Patch, AOL's big bet on hyperlocal news and content.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Rojadirecta Sues US Government, Homeland Security & ICE Over Domain Seizure  —  This morning, we wrote about the list of sites that ICE knew was challenging its domain seizures, and some people complained that there still were no details.  There's been a lot happening behind the scenes …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iOS developer survey: 47% are on Android too, only 7% on Mac  —  Perhaps not surprisingly, because they were all at an Apple conference, 100% prefer iOS  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Piper Jaffray  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster attended Apple's (AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Brings On Alumni To Be “Part Time Partners”  —  YCombinator has just announced its “Part Time Partner” program, which will bring in former YC alumni to mentor the most recent cohort of startups, like regular partners, but only 1/5 of the time.  —  Joining the prestigious ranks …
Lauren Dugan / AllTwitter:
Twitter Goes After “Twiter.com” Cybersquatters  —  Twitter has filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization against an alleged cybersquatter who owns the domain “twiter.com” (note the single “t” that would probably scoop up a fair number of speed typers who make a mistake when trying to reach Twitter.com).
Discussion: The Register
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Verizon Wireless Partners with Payfone, Makes Carrier Billing an Option for Online Purchases
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
eBay's Acquisition Costs Soar Following Settlement With GSI Shareholders
Discussion: TechCrunch
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
How Twitter + Apple Will Help Both Twitter and iOS Apps Grow (Q&A)
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Ex-Googler Calls Out Google Infrastructure as Obsolete
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Network For Kids Everloop Lands $3.1 Million In New Funding
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Camcorder Piracy Epidemic Forces Studios To Delay Screenings
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Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Surprise: iOS 5 bumps up video exports in apps from 720p to 1080p
Vikas SN / The Next Web:
Anonymous' Operation India removed from Facebook and Twitter
Discussion: PC World, MediaNama and Fast Company
Anna Mulrine / Christian Science Monitor:
CIA chief Leon Panetta: The next Pearl Harbor could be a cyberattack
Discussion: The Next Web
Lauren Fisher / The Next Web:
Only 30% of YouTube Users Skip Pre-Roll Ads
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
French Government Creates Its Own Giant Patent Troll
Discussion: Slashdot
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
The multilingual web: A year of non-Latin script domain names
 

 
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