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12:20 AM ET, June 14, 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
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iCloud.com to Offer at Least Some of MobileMe's Web Functionality
Discussion: MacNN and The Next Web
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple to Offer Unlocked U.S. iPhone 4s Starting at $649?  —  We're not sure the motivation behind it, but it appears that Apple will be launching unlocked version of the iPhone 4 to Apple Retail stores sometime this week.  The rumors started with some confusion over the weekend when there was a claim …
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 Data Central
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: AppleInsider, SAI, MacNN, TUAW and MacStories
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, Thanks:alexia
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Why Kevin Systrom Turned Down Zuckerberg, Left Twitter To Start Instagram
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 …
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 …
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.”
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 …
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
New York City Is The Twitter “Capital Of The World”  —  On per capita use, New Yorkers use Twitter more than anyone else.  —  That's an interesting tidbit from a NYT blog post on how the Anthony Weiner scandal reverberated through Twitter.  —  Also, New York state residents use Twitter 30% more than the national average.
Discussion: Opinionator, Gizmodo and Inc.com
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 …
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.
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
Microsoft objects to Nortel patent sale terms  —  (Reuters) - Google should not be able to buy thousands of patents belonging to bankrupt Nortel Networks under current sale terms, Microsoft said on Monday, the deadline for bids in an closely watched auction.
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.
Todd Haselton / BGR:
New HP TouchPad video highlights webOS 3.0 features  —  HP has posted a new video for its highly anticipated TouchPad tablet on YouTube, and it highlights several of the tablet's distinguishing features.  In the three minute clip, HP demos the ability to manage tasks simultaneously …
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 …
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.
Shmulik Shelah / Globes Online:
VMware set to buy SaaS co Digital Fuel for $85m  —  Sources inform “Globes” that VMware is about to announce its second Israeli acquisition.  —  Sources inform “Globes” that VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) will announce in the coming hours that it has acquired Israeli SaaS company Digital Fuel Ltd. for $85 million.
 
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Amazon plans to stream movies to own-branded tablets, researchers claim
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
LulzSec Strikes Again, Hits Bethesda Softworks And U.S. Senate
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
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Samsung's Galaxy Tab Joins Pretzels and Pillows Among American Airlines' In-Flight Amenities
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iOS developer survey: 47% are on Android too, only 7% on Mac
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Expected To File For $100 Billion IPO This Year
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