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3:10 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: MacRumors and Softpedia News
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.
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 …
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 …
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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iCloud's Missing Web Interface
Discussion: MacStories
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.
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.
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?
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Taking A Special Interest In RockMelt's Social Browser  —  Ever since RockMelt launched its social browser, it's been known unofficially as the Facebook browser.  Facebook chat, status updates and sharing are all built right into the browser.  Now Facebook and RockMelt …
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: Betabeat
Neil Stevens / The Big Blog:
Skype announces partnership with Comcast to bring Skype (HD) video calling to more living rooms  —  We're excited to announce a partnership with Comcast, the largest provider of internet and cable service in the U.S. We see a lot of synergies in teaming up with Comcast to enable their customers …
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 …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Winklevoss vs Facebook court clash lives on  —  (Reuters) - It may take the U.S. Supreme Court to end a years-long battle between a pair of Olympic rowing twins and Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg.  —  Zuckerberg has lost a court ruling that he hoped would lead to the end of litigation …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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 …
 
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
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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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Wayne Lam / iSuppli:
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Discussion: GigaOM, Betabeat and SAI
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Kobo eReader Touch Edition review
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