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11:35 PM ET, June 14, 2011

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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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Troubled Startup Color Loses Cofounder Peter Pham  —  Peter Pham, the president and a cofounder of mobile social startup Color, is no longer with the company, we've heard from multiple sources.  The company launched publicly less than three months ago.  —  Color has been controversial …
Discussion: AllThingsD, SAI and StartupLocker
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
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
More Evidence for 2048x1536 iPad Retina Display  —  More evidence has emerged to suggest that a future version of the iPad will sport a “Retina” display with a resolution of 2048x1536, or double the horizontal and vertical pixels of the current iPad.  —  Back in January, a number of images …
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
iPad 3 rumors in 2011 persist  —  Rumors of an iPad 3 release started early in 2011, even before the iPad 2 was released.  Taiwan's Economic Daily continued the speculation on Tuesday.  —  According to the report, the iPad 3 is scheduled to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2011.
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 …
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.
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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John Cook / GeekWire:
Meet Amazon.com's first employee: Shel Kaphan  —  Shel Kaphan came from Santa Cruz in a U-Haul before the company was called Amazon.  (Photos: Annie Laurie Malarkey)  —  Amazon.com today is approaching 40,000 employees.  Seventeen years ago, Shel Kaphan was No. 1.
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Economist:
Tech bubble  —  This house believes that we are in a new tech bubble.  —  Overview  —  Rebuttal  —  Closing  —  Post-debate  —  Tuesday  —  Friday  —  Wednesday  —  Friday  —  June  —  Opening statements  —  The bursting of the dotcom bubble in 2000 saw the shares …
Discussion: ben's blog and BostInnovation.com
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 …
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 …
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Bloomberg to FCC: Comcast is Violating NBCU Merger Conditions  —  News giant Bloomberg has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission, accusing Comcast of violating conditions it agreed to as part of its merger with NBC Universal, which created a $30 billion entertainment colossus.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Facebook juror guilty of contempt  —  Juror contacted acquitted defendant online during multimillion-pound drugs trial, causing it to collapse  —  A juror and acquitted defendant who made contact through Facebook during a multimillion-pound drugs trial, causing it to collapse …
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, Betabeat and SAI
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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 …
Discussion: The Politico and SAI
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 …
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 …
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, MacNN and MacStories
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google launches $280 million residential solar fund with SolarCity  —  Crossposted on Smart Planet.  —  Google on Tuesday said that it will create a $280 million fund to help SolarCity, a residential solar project financing company, to ramp up deployments.
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.
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
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: WebProNews, MobileSyrup.com and Gizmodo
 
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
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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
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Groupon Vice Chairman Leonsis Seen as Having Potential Conflict
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