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10:20 AM ET, June 14, 2011

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Nokia:
Nokia enters into patent license agreement with Apple  —  Apple payments to Nokia settle all litigation and have positive financial impact  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with Apple.  The agreement will result in settlement …
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple and Nokia settle patent dispute — see I told you so: Apple pays  —  Nokia just announced the settlement of its wide-ranging patent disputes with Apple that kept various courts in the United States and in Europe busy and in which either of the two litigants asserted dozens of patents.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iCloud.com to Offer at Least Some of MobileMe's Web Functionality  —  While Apple's iCloud introduction at WWDC offered a lot of new information, Apple has been quiet as to exactly what this means to the future of MobileMe's web apps such as email and calendar.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iCloud's Missing Web Interface  —  Josh Topolsky questions the lack of a web interface in Apple's iCloud announcement: … I think that's a bad assumption.  I would wager that, sometime between now and 30 June 2012, iCloud will offer a web interface just as good as if not better than MobileMe's …
Discussion: @boygenius
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
iCloud and Apple's truth: can you win if you don't play?
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Apple to sell new Macbook Air late this month: report  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc will start selling its latest Macbook Air in late June with 380,000 units as the first shipment, Taiwan's Economic Daily said on Tuesday quoting industry sources.  —  The newspaper said together with the existing model …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple now selling unlocked GSM iPhone 4 in US, starting at $649  —  Apple updated its online store on Tuesday to begin offering unlocked models of the iPhone 4, starting at $649.  —  Both the white and black versions of Apple's bestselling smartphone are available, with the 16GB …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Duke Nukem Forever: barely playable, not funny, rampantly offensive  —  In the first few moments of Duke Nukem Forever, your character pees in a urinal and then earns an achievement for reaching into a toilet and extracting a piece of human excrement.  Why does the game reward you for doing this?
Hamed Aleaziz / Mother Jones:
Why Google Earth Can't Show You Israel  —  Since Google launched its Google Earth feature in 2005, the company has become a worldwide leader in providing high-resolution satellite imagery.  In 2010, Google Earth allowed the world to see the extent of the destruction in post-earthquake Haiti.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Amazon plans to stream movies to own-branded tablets, researchers claim  —  Amazon has plans to offer a streaming movie service tied to its forthcoming own-branded tablets, researchers at Detwiler Fenton claim.  According to the research team, Amazon's streaming movie service will be available …
Daniel Amitay / amitay.us:
Most Common iPhone Passcodes  —  In my last update to Big Brother Camera Security (Free), I added some code to record common user passcodes (completely anonymous, of course).  Because Big Brother's passcode setup screen and lock screen are nearly identical to those of the actual iPhone passcode lock …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
BlackBerry teams up with HTC Sense creator  —  Research In Motion, the company behind the iconic BlackBerry line of smartphones is rumored to be hiring YOU i Labs, an Ontario-based design firm that helped develop the front-end user experience for Taiwan's HTC.
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear and Electronista
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
AMD's Fusion A-Series chips official: 10.5-hour battery life, DirectX 11 graphics, and USB 3.0 support (video)  —  AMD's Llano platform has been on our radar for more than two years, and finally, the company has come clean with its latest class of hybrid CPU / GPU chips, officially dubbed the Fusion A-Series.
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.
Discussion: digiday:DAILY, SAI, Mashable! and SocialTimes.com, Thanks:alexia
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Why Kevin Systrom Turned Down Zuckerberg, Left Twitter To Start Instagram
New York Times:
Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry  —  Think of it as a mansion with a high-tech security system — but the front door wasn't locked tight.  —  Using the Citigroup customer Web site as a gateway to bypass traditional safeguards and impersonate actual credit card holders …
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Moving Into Social Web, Menlo Ventures Adds Shervin Pishevar  —  Menlo Ventures had brought in a partner from the outside the firm just twice in its 35-year history.  —  Shervin Pishevar — an entrepreneur and angel investor with no formal venture capital experience …
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Kobo eReader Touch Edition review  —  When it first announced the launch of its eReader Touch Edition late last month, Kobo referred to itself again and again as the “David” in a reader market full of “Goliaths.”  It's not difficult to see why — the company's chief competition in the space is Amazon …
Discussion: Engadget and DisplayBlog
Horace Dediu / asymco:
iTunes now costs $1.3 billion/yr to run  —  The iTunes store continues to grow.  The data that Apple published in the last event included the following:  — 15 Billion iTunes song downloads  — 130 million book downloads  — 14 billion app downloads  — $2.5 billion paid to developers
Discussion: SlashGear, MacNN, AppleInsider, SAI and TUAW
Anupreeta Das / Wall Street Journal:
Ericsson to Buy Telcordia for $1.15 Billion  —  Swedish telecommunications-gear giant Ericsson has agreed to buy privately owned telecom-software company Telcordia Technologies Inc. for $1.15 billion, people familiar with the matter said.  —  Telcordia's owners, private equity firms Providence …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Signs Of What Could Have Been: iOS Hooked Up With Facebook Before Marrying Twitter  —  It's easy to take Twitter's deep integration on iOS 5 and go nuts with speculation surrounding its symbolism; “Twitter is the new Facebook,” whatever that means!  “Apple chose Twitter over Facebook!”
Discussion: Sramana Mitra
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.
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Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
Top Executive at H.P. Steps Down
Discussion: HP and TechCrunch
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
LinkedIn-Led Web IPO Boom Separates Venture Capital Haves From Have-Nots  —  LinkedIn Corp. and Groupon Inc. are leading a surge in Web-company initial share sales that underscores a deepening chasm between the venture-capital industry's haves and have-nots.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft's Xbox 360 rules the U.S. console market, again  —  In a down month for video games, Microsoft's Xbox 360 continued to buck the trend in May, according to new data out this afternoon.  —  Microsoft sold 270,000 Xbox 360s in the U.S. in May, up 39 percent over the same month last year …
 
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Todd Haselton / BGR:
New HP TouchPad video highlights webOS 3.0 features
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New York City Is The Twitter “Capital Of The World”
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