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Johanna Wright / 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
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.
Lynn Cowan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Pandora IPO Prices At $16; Valued At $2.56 Billion  —  Interactive Internet radio company Pandora Media Inc. continued the trend of hot Internet-related IPOs by pricing its shares at $16 apiece Tuesday night, above expectations. … The company sold 14.7 million initial public offering shares …
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Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Investors Should Pass on Pandora's Radio Flier
Discussion: Deal Journal and AllThingsD
Horace Dediu / asymco:
iPhone liquidity: Why an unlocked Phone in the US matters  —  The iPhone is now available in the US unlocked.  Judging by the lack of reaction to the news, one would assume that this is not a significant event.  I would argue however that it's a very significant event.
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple now selling unlocked GSM iPhone 4 in US, starting at $649
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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It's All Software  —  Here's Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, writing about iCloud: … Many — maybe even most — observers share this view of the differences between Apple's and Google's approach to cloud-backed software.  I think this view is wrong.  Where Gobry writes “for Google …
Discussion: Mark Sigal's Blog
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
iCloud will have a Web-based interface
Discussion: iPhone Download Blog
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 …
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
DOJ Clears Google's Bid for Nortel Patents  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. antitrust enforcers have given Google Inc. the go-ahead to pursue its $900 million opening bid for a trove of high-tech patents being sold next week by Canadian telecommunications-equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp., people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: paidContent, ZDNet and Electronista
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, Betabeat and GigaOM
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Deborah Gage / Venture Capital Dispatch:   Read The Bill Designed To Loosen Private Stock Rules
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 …
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 …
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Facebook Hires Former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart  —  Joe Lockhart, who served as White House press secretary during President Bill Clinton's eventful second term, will join Facebook as VP of global communications next month.  —  Lockhart, currently founding partner …
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.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
The Slowest Loading Tech News Sites on the Techmeme Leaderboard: Scobleizer, PreCentral, Cult of Mac  —  With Instant Pages, Google launched a new product today that could significantly speed up page load times for sites that rank high in the company's search results.  There is a clear need for a product like this.
Joel Gunter / Journalism.co.uk:
BBC developing new iPhone app for field reporters  —  The BBC is developing an app that will allow its reporters in the field to file video, stills and audio directly into the BBC system from an iPhone or iPad.  —  The new app, due to be in use within a month or so, is also intended …
Discussion: The Next Web, MacStories and TUAW
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Investors Pump $90 Million Into Airbnb Clone Wimdu  —  Exclusive - TechCrunch has just learned that Wimdu, a recently launched Airbnb clone that has already managed to irk the latter, has raised a whopping $90 million round.  —  The capital injection comes from European investors Kinnevik …
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: Gizmodo, WebProNews and MobileSyrup.com
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter ‘Follow Recommendations’ Let You Make A Personalized ‘Suggested User’ List  —  Grace Chu Lee from Twitter's Business Development team earlier tweeted out and then deleted a Twitter feature that has as of yet gone unheard of beyond a select few, “Follow Recommendations.”
Discussion: The Next Web
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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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Facebook juror guilty of contempt
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
iPad 3 rumors in 2011 persist
Discussion: AllThingsD
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Judge Approves $2.4 Million Quantcast Privacy Settlement
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
LinkedIn Grows More Popular With Web Users Following IPO
Discussion: AllThingsD and Marketing Pilgrim
Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Jack Tretton, Sony C.E.O. America
Discussion: BRYCE DOT VC, TidBITS and VG247
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Commerce Department: Recent Wave Of Cyberattacks Sounds An Urgent Wake-up Call
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
HTC's Not Updating the Desire With Gingerbread as Sense UI Is Too Big
 Earlier Items: 
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Google has applied for Google Maps license in China: report
Discussion: Geek.com and The Next Web
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast Taps Facebook for Enhanced TV Experience
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Winklevoss vs Facebook court clash lives on
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Groupon Vice Chairman Leonsis Seen as Having Potential Conflict
Discussion: Pulse2
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft's Xbox 360 rules the U.S. console market, again
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
LinkedIn-Led Web IPO Boom Separates Venture Capital Haves From Have-Nots
Discussion: Digital Trends, TUAW and Betabeat
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Duke Nukem Forever: barely playable, not funny, rampantly offensive