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7:50 PM ET, June 13, 2011

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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.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iCloud.com to Offer at Least Some of MobileMe's Web Functionality
Discussion: The Next Web and TUAW
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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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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
At 5 Million Users, It's Hard Not To View Instagram Through A Rose-Colored Filter  —  When we first previewed Instagram nine months ago, most of the initial comments predicted it would be dead on arrival.  To say those people were wrong is a vast understatement.  And Instagram now has five million ways to prove it.
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Why Kevin Systrom Turned Down Zuckerberg, Left Twitter To Start Instagram  —  Kevin Systrom launched popular photo-sharing app Instagram in October—and already it boasts around 4.5 million users.  By comparison, it took years for startups such as Facebook and Twitter to reach that growth.
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 …
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Comcast Bringing Skype To Some Of Your TVs, “Soon”  —  Interesting.  Comcast plans to let some of its customers use Skype on their TV sets.  —  The two companies say Comcast subscribers equipped with special gear will be able to use the Web video messaging service on their HD sets “soon.”
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP's Big Shakeup: Bocian and Mott Out; Livermore Steps Down, Joins Board  —  Our sources telling us that Hewlett-Packard was on the verge of a another big executive shake-up were correct, but they only had part of the story.  As reported earlier today, Peter Bocian, the chief administrative officer is out, effective immediately.
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 …
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.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
50% of iPhones Brought to Genius Bar Have Never Been Synced  —  Fifty percent of iPhone owners who have iPhones swapped at the Genius Bar have never plugged them into a computer to backup or sync.  That's according to a “little birdie” that former Macworld Associate Editor David Chartier (now at AgileBits) knows.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Samsung's Galaxy Tab Joins Pretzels and Pillows Among American Airlines' In-Flight Amenities  —  American Airlines said Monday that it plans to deploy about 6,000 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices for use as in-flight entertainment in premium cabins on select flights.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
All four Lodsys patents now also challenged in Southern California by anti-virus software maker ESET  —  There are now five Lodsys-related lawsuits.  Lodsys itself has already filed three infringement lawsuits against a total of 27 defendants (against Brother, HP, Samsung others in February …
 
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Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
Microsoft objects to Nortel patent sale terms
Lauren Dugan / AllTwitter:
Twitter Goes After “Twiter.com” Cybersquatters
Discussion: The Register
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Brings On Alumni To Be “Part Time Partners”
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Available Data Shows Facebook User Numbers Growing Quickly, or Slowly, or Falling
Discussion: SFGate and Guardian
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
eBay's Acquisition Costs Soar Following Settlement With GSI Shareholders
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
How Twitter + Apple Will Help Both Twitter and iOS Apps Grow (Q&A)
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Former Googlers Raise $13 Million From Bain And Greylock For Personalized Ad Solution
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
If Something On Twitter Seems Too Bad To Be True, It Probably Is
Google Watch:
Ex-Googler Calls Out Google Infrastructure as Obsolete
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Network For Kids Everloop Lands $3.1 Million In New Funding
Discussion: lalawag, VatorNews and FT Tech Hub
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Surprise: iOS 5 bumps up video exports in apps from 720p to 1080p
 

 
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