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4:20 PM 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.
Amanda Chang / Inside Search:
Search by text, voice, or image  —  During our Inside Search press event in San Francisco today, we discussed how mobile search has inspired new ways to remove barriers to knowledge on the desktop and help you get to your results faster.  On a mobile phone, you're not limited to typing - you can search using your voice or a picture.
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Scott Huffman / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing new features to mobile search  —  Our thirst for knowledge extends beyond the time we spend in front of our desktop computers.  At Google, we are seeing mobile search grow at an exponential rate, increasing five-fold worldwide in just the past two years - a rate comparable to the early days of desktop Google Search.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Announces ‘Instant Pages,’ ‘Instant’ Image Search And ‘Instant’ Availability In 32 Languages  —  Google's launch of Google Instant last year was limited in its scope.  At today's event Google's Amit Singhal went through some recent developments in Instant Search, which currently saves users 2-5 seconds in search.
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 …
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 …
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
iPhone liquidity: Why an unlocked Phone in the US matters
Discussion: App Advice, TUAW and Daring Fireball
Dan Sung / Pocket-lint:
Apple iCloud vs Google vs Amazon Cloud Drive vs Dropbox vs Microsoft SkyDrive  —  It's been a busy time for cloud storage and music services and Apple's launch onto the scene with Apple iCloud has officially declared it global war.  The lines have begun to blur as to what you own …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple feels “harassed” by “copyist” Samsung's demands for early look at iPhone 5 and iPad 3; showdown on Friday  —  With all that's going on, this is already my third blog post within a few hours.  After reporting on The New York Times Company's and OpinionLab's declaratory judgment actions …
Wall Street Journal:
JC Penney Nabs Top Apple Executive  —  J.C. Penney Co. is tapping Ron Johnson, head of Apple Inc.'s iconic retail stores, as its new president and eventual chief executive, people familiar with the situation said.  —  The company is expected to announce Mr. Johnson's appointment later today.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
iCloud will have a Web-based interface  —  When Apple introduced iCloud at last week's Worldwide Developer Conference, there were no discussions about a Web-based interface for the service, which lead some to believe that there wouldn't be one.  I don't believe this is the case.
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Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
HTC's Not Updating the Desire With Gingerbread as Sense UI Is Too Big  —  Just a year after the former-flagship Desire was released, HTC's slammed any hopes of owners receiving a Gingerbread upgrade.  Writing on the HTC UK Facebook fanpage, they credited it to there not being enough memory for both Gingerbread and the Sense UI.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
BlackBerry teams up with HTC Sense creator
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Groupon Vice Chairman Leonsis Seen as Having Potential Conflict  —  Groupon Inc. Vice Chairman Ted Leonsis' venture firm is an investor in rival LivingSocial and has ties to its board, a relationship that could pose a conflict, according to corporate-governance experts.
Discussion: SAI and Pulse2
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?
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.
Discussion: Digital Trends and Betabeat
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 …
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Vizio tablet shows up in inventory systems, celebs' hands; release coming soon? (update: $349)  —  You may recall that Vizio bucked its reputation as a television maker at CES this year by showing off early prototypes of an Android-powered phone and tablet.  I'd personally forgotten …
Discussion: SAI, 9to5 Google, Engadget and Pocket-lint
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: New stock rules proposed  —  Private companies may be allowed to stay private longer.  —  Congress may soon change the law that is compelling Facebook to go public in early 2012, Fortune has learned.  —  Reps. David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Jim Himes (D-CT) are among those who plan …
Discussion: VatorNews, GigaOM and Betabeat
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.
Discussion: PC Magazine and Pulse2
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Angry Birds looks to conjure some location-based Magic [Video]  —  Rovio is looking to take Angry Birds local with location-based integration, which will now enhance the game play for users when they visit real-world locations.  The feature, called Magic, builds off a previously announced NFC feature …
Discussion: SlashGear and msnbc.com
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast Taps Facebook for Enhanced TV Experience … NEW YORK - Comcast Corp. is working with Facebook, Intel and other technology firms to create what it calls a next-generation TV experience, which will make the TV screen more interactive.  —  “This new experience transforms …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Investors Should Pass on Pandora's Radio Flier
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Google has applied for Google Maps license in China: report
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Dare Obasanjo / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live developer platform adds OAuth 2.0 and more, continuing to let users connect the devices …
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Keir Thomas / PC World:
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Winklevoss vs Facebook court clash lives on
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Samsung Chromebook Carries $332.12 Bill of Materials, IHS iSuppli Teardown Reveals
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Announces ‘Strategic Alliance’ With Yahoo Japan
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Brian Heater / Engadget:
Kobo eReader Touch Edition review
Discussion: Computerworld
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Signs Of What Could Have Been: iOS Hooked Up With Facebook Before Marrying Twitter
New York Times:
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