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2:15 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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Nokia likely netted $600 million plus in Apple patent settlement
Discussion: Softpedia News
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Live Blog: Google Unveils Voice Search & Search By Image For Desktop, “Google Instant Pages”  —  Everyone ready?  Because the big day has arrived!  Google's “Inside Search” event begins today at 9:30am Pacific Time.  OK, reset your expectations.  It might not be that big.
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Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Knocking down barriers to knowledge  —  As much as technology has advanced, there are still many barriers between you and the answers you're looking for—whether you're juggling a clunky mobile keyboard or waiting for a website to load.  Today we held a media event in San Francisco where we talked …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google announces Voice Search, Search by Image for desktop
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Announces ‘Instant Pages,’ ‘Instant’ Image Search And ‘Instant’ Availability In 32 Languages
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
Keir Thomas / PC World:
Steve Jobs the Comic Book Hero: An Exclusive Look  —  A new biography of Steve Jobs will be published in August but with a difference: it's a 32-page comic book.  —  “Steve Jobs: Co-Founder of Apple” portrays the life of the irascible genius behind the Mac and iPhone in drawings, from his birth to modern day.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs comic book biography coming in August
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.
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
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Announces ‘Strategic Alliance’ With Yahoo Japan  —  Twitter has just announced a partnership with Yahoo Japan, according to a blog post on the company's site.  —  As part of the partnership Twitter says that “Tweets will be integrated into various services on Yahoo Japan, beginning with real-time results pages.
Discussion: Twitter and Mobile Marketing Watch
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Gawker, Techland and GMSV
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
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.
 
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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 …
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Winklevoss vs Facebook court clash lives on
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Wayne Lam / iSuppli:
Samsung Chromebook Carries $332.12 Bill of Materials, IHS iSuppli Teardown Reveals
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: New stock rules proposed
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Brian Heater / Engadget:
Kobo eReader Touch Edition review
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House Bill Would Require Companies to Report Privacy Breaches
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Signs Of What Could Have Been: iOS Hooked Up With Facebook Before Marrying Twitter
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Moving Into Social Web, Menlo Ventures Adds Shervin Pishevar
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