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11:05 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.
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 …
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
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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 …
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?
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs comic book biography coming in August  —  A comic book biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs is headed to stores in August.  —  Entitled “Steve Jobs: Co-Founder of Apple” and published by Bluewater Productions, the comic book will be the latest in a series of profiles on contemporary figures …
Discussion: MobileSyrup.com
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
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 …
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: SAI, Mashable!, SocialTimes.com, digiday:DAILY and PSFK, Thanks:alexia
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Why Kevin Systrom Turned Down Zuckerberg, Left Twitter To Start Instagram
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 …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
What's Next For Google Docs: Better Android App, Offline Caching, And More  —  Five members of the Google Docs team are held an open Q&A session on Reddit today and talked about what's coming next to the product:  — A much better Android app.  This was the most common question …
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
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
 
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