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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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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
How Larry Page Thinks About Search  —  Google's SVP of the search division, Alan Eustace, stuck around to answer a few questions after today's Google Inside Search event, and he gave some new insights into the way CEO Larry Page thinks about search.  —  Here are some long term goals:
Discussion: The Business Insider
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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Shifting Tides: Google Borrows From Mobile for Latest Desktop Innovations
Discussion: FT Tech Hub and Electricpig.co.uk
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Announces ‘Instant Pages,’ ‘Instant’ Image Search And ‘Instant’ Availability In 32 Languages
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Exposed: Facebook's Secret iPhone Photo Sharing App (Which Looks Amazing)  —  It's far too often that the term “killer” gets thrown around in tech blogs.  And yes, we're just as bad as anybody.  But what if I told you that a service that gets 6 billion photo uploads each month …
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 …
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 …
Richard Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
China's Cyberassault on America  —  If we discovered Chinese explosives laid throughout our national electrical system, we'd consider it an act of war.  China's digital bombs pose as grave a threat.  —  In justifying U.S. involvement in Libya, the Obama administration cited the …
Discussion: @arrington
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Reuters:   Kissinger, Huntsman: U.S., China need cyber detente
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
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
New AirPort Extremes and Time Capsules confirmed, software update caching references found  —  Following our reports that Apple is gearing up to release updated AirPort Extremes and Time Capsules with software update caching, we have discovered references to unreleased AirPort Extremes …
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 …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Next-generation Xbox rumored to be unveiled at E3 2012  —  Microsoft's next-generation Xbox console will likely be shown at E3 2012, according to reports.  —  The software giant is preparing to announce the successor to the Xbox 360 at E3 2012 according to VideoGamer.com.
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.
Discussion: AllThingsD, Thanks:toddbishop
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Lady Gaga and 50 Cent Sign on for Custom Link Shortner, Bre.ad  —  Twitter and Facebook have become incredibly powerful platforms for celebrities to connect with their fans.  With a short, positive message attached to a simple link, stars like 50 Cent and Lady Gaga can launch an artists career or send a penny stock through the roof.
Jonathan A. Knee / The Atlantic Online:
Why Content Isn't King  —  How Netflix became America's biggest video service—much to the astonishment of media executives and investors  —  NETFLIX FAMOUSLY ENGENDERS fierce loyalty from its ever-growing customer base.  This year, it even beat out reigning champion Apple, among 528 other brands …
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Clears Google Bid on 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.
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 …
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 …
Greg Lindsay / Fast Company:
China's Cell Phone Pirates Are Bringing Down Middle Eastern Governments  —  In the latest installment of Butterfly Effect, we examine China's cheap knockoff cell phones.  After being forced out of China and India, Chinese counterfeiters brought their product to the Middle East …
Discussion: textually.org
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
US, NZ, Sweden, others condemn “three strikes” Internet laws  —  Earlier this month we covered a UN report that argued that “three strikes” laws that deprive alleged copyright infringers of Internet access violate human rights.  The report was delivered by an independent UN investigator …
Discussion: GamePolitics News
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 …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Klout Expands Influence Scoring To Professional Social Network LinkedIn  —  Klout, a startup that measures influence on Twitter and Facebook, is expanding its product today with the addition of LinkedIn.  With the launch of Klout scoring for LinkedIn, you'll be able to add your LinkedIn account …
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Sprint to tweak tablet data plans, will add unlimited WiMAX  —  Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) will change its tablet data plans slightly by adding unlimited mobile WiMAX data and a higher usage tier when the carrier launches its first WiMAX tablet, the HTC View 4G, a Sprint spokeswoman confirmed.
 
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Redux brings social video discovery to Google TV
Discussion: Fast Company
Ben Berkowitz / Reuters:
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Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Facebook juror guilty of contempt
Discussion: Reuters and Yahoo! News
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Discussion: The Next Web
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It's All Software  —  Here's Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, writing about iCloud:
Discussion: Mark Sigal's Blog and The Loop
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Investors Pump $90 Million Into Airbnb Clone Wimdu
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple feels “harassed” by “copyist” Samsung's demands for early look at iPhone 5 and iPad 3; showdown on Friday
 

 
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