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11:20 AM ET, June 15, 2011

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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 …
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Is Facebook about to have the last word in iPhone photo sharing?  —  Facebook is about to lunch a doozy of a photo sharing app for iOS, according to TechCrunch.  The app will enter a space that's already crowded with startup offerings such as Color, Instagram, PicPlz and more …
Discussion: Washington Post
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Pandora Opens At $20 Per Share With A Market Cap Of $3.2 Billion  —  Yesterday, music streaming service Pandora priced its IPO at $16 per share (valuing the company at $2.6 billion).  The company originally set the range of its IPO at $7 to $9 per share, at a market cap of $1.3 billion …
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Lynn Cowan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Pandora IPO Prices At $16; Valued At $2.56 Billion
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
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Scott Huffman / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing new features to mobile search
Johanna Wright / Inside Search:
Search by text, voice, or image
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Shifting Tides: Google Borrows From Mobile for Latest Desktop Innovations
Discussion: Dice Blog Network and FT Tech Hub
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: CNET News, Reuters and @arrington
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Michael Kan / Computerworld:
U.S. questioned China about Change.org attack
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 …
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Acer cuts 2011 tablet shipment target by nearly 60 percent  —  (Reuters) - Acer Inc slashed its full-year shipment target for tablets by almost 60 percent and expects lower notebook shipments as the world No.2 PC maker works to clear accumulated inventory.  —  However, Acer …
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 …
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
iPad 3 rumors in 2011 persist
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Close to US$500k stolen in first major Bitcoin theft  —  In the first Bitcoin theft of its size, a user has lost 25,000 BTC — or nearly $487,749 at today's market rates — to an unknown thief.  —  While the Bitcoin community has always been quick to point out that it's harder to forge …
Discussion: Gawker
Katherine Boehret / Wall Street Journal:
A Slender Tablet With Widescreen Ambitions  —  New Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Is Thinner and Lighter Than the iPad 2 but Lags Behind When It Comes to Battery Life  —  If you've ever experienced the anxiety of buying an Apple product while worrying that a new model will come out days later, Apple's competitors feel your pain.
Discussion: SAI
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: Digits, broadstuff and ben's blog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Windows Phone 7 Ad Impressions Up 92%; iOS And Android Neck In Neck For App Revenue  —  Mobile ad network Millennial Media has released its monthly monthly mobile report for May, giving us a view into how each OS and manufacturer is performing on the mobile ad network.
BBC:
LulzSec opens hack request line  —  Lulz Security's request line features the voice of Pierre Dubois - possibly the name of its comic icon  —  The hacker group Lulz Security has opened a telephone request line so its fans can suggest potential targets.  —  It claims to have launched denial …
Discussion: BetaNews, Neowin.net and CSO's blog
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Rules That Righthaven Lawsuit Was A Sham; Threatens Sanctions  —  In a huge victory against copyright trolls, a judge has thrown out the lawsuit filed by Righthaven against Democratic Underground.  This was the key case where (after lots of stalling), Righthaven eventually revealed …
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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Now The Proud Owner Of Re-tweet.com  —  As of yesterday, Twitter is the new owner of the domain name re-tweet.com (placeholder webpage) although it doesn't yet own retweet.com (currently used for some shady video monetization platform).  —  Hat tip goes to Fusible …
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.
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 …
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 …
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Retail Secrets Spilled: Don't Correct The Customers, Abide By The A.P.P.L.E. Code  —  It's no accident that Apple's retail empire has grown into a $12 billion+ business.  —  It's run as a strict operation, with specific guidelines on how employees can and can not talk to customers …
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Shazam adds LyricPlay, lets you act like you knew the words to that song all along  —  Remember the song that was playing at the bar last night that you just had to know the name of?  You busted out the iPhone and fired up Shazam to tag that sucker, and now that you've got it in your collection …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows Phone update schedule: one major version a year  —  Previously expected, but never before confirmed, Microsoft's plans for Windows Phone updates have been spelled out explicitly in a job posting, of all things.  First noticed by MobileTechWorld, the job spec outlines the update policy …
 
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Will Richmond / VideoNuze.com:
New Research Shows Netflix Is A Catalyst for Cord-Cutting and Cord-Shaving
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Lady Gaga and 50 Cent Sign on for Custom Link Shortner, Bre.ad
Discussion: Computerworld, Gizmodo and AdAge
Greg Lindsay / Fast Company:
China's Cell Phone Pirates Are Bringing Down Middle Eastern Governments
Ben Berkowitz / Reuters:
Exclusive: Hacking blitz drives cyberinsurance demand
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
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Meet Amazon.com's first employee: Shel Kaphan
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Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Bloomberg to FCC: Comcast is Violating NBCU Merger Conditions
Discussion: Electronista
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Facebook juror guilty of contempt
Discussion: PC World
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Investors Pump $90 Million Into Airbnb Clone Wimdu
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