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7:55 PM ET, June 17, 2011

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LulzSec / Pastebin:
LulzSec - 1000th tweet statement  —  Dear Internets, This is Lulz Security, better known as those evil bastards from twitter.  We just hit 1000 tweets, and as such we thought it best to have a little chit-chat with our friends (and foes).  For the past month and a bit …
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Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
The LulzSec Manifesto: More Sec Than Lulz
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LulzSec: We Are NOT Attacking Anonymous
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
Apple could buy the mobile phone industry  —  The second quarter ends in less than two weeks.  When it does, I expect Apple will have over $70 billion in Cash, Cash Equivalents, Short-term marketable securities and long-term Marketable Securities.  That figure has been growing predictably.
Don Kellogg / Nielsen Wire:
Average U.S. Smartphone Data Usage Up 89% as Cost per MB Goes Down 46%  —  Don Kellogg, Senior Manager, Telecom Research & Insights, Nielsen  —  The mobile Data Tsunami initially described here is still growing at an astounding pace.  According to Nielsen's monthly analysis of cellphone bills …
Paul Reynolds / Consumer Reports News:
In a first, a Nook beats the Kindle in our e-book reader Ratings  —  The Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader is more than merely a worthy competitor to the Kindle, as I wrote when I saw the e-book reader demonstrated late last month.  Now that we've tested the device in our labs …
Reuters:
Microsoft gets antitrust approval to buy Skype  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy the Internet phone service Skype, the Federal Trade Commission said in a website posting on Friday.  —  Microsoft announced in May it was buying Skype for $8.5 billion …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook PR: Tonight We Dine In Hell!  —  There's currently something going on in the outskirts of the tech world that's a bit sensitive, so no one really likes to talk about it: we (journalists, bloggers, etc) are at war with the PR industry.  —  That sentence alone will throw the PR flacks into a tizzy.
Mike Shaver / shaver:
a three-dimensional platform  —  Firefox now includes, on all desktop platforms, support for a technology known as WebGL.  WebGL allows web developers to use accelerated 3D graphics, including textures and shaders; it exposes the same capabilities used by games like Doom 3 and (optionally) …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Apple signs up for WebGL graphics in iAds
Pauline Fischer / The Official Netflix Blog:
Temporary Removal of Sony Movies through StarzPlay  —  Hi, Pauline Fischer, VP of Content Acquisition, here.  You may have noticed that Sony movies through StarzPlay are not currently available to watch instantly.  This is the result of a temporary contract issue between Sony and Starz and …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple amends complaint against Samsung, asserts more intellectual property rights against more products  —  Apple has already put its inevitable defeat against Nokia behind it and is in attack mode again.  Yesterday (Thursday, June 16, 2011), Apple amended and expanded its complaint against Samsung …
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
Falcone's LightSquared Reaches Network Deal With Sprint  —  Billionaire Philip Falcone's LightSquared Inc. reached a 15-year deal with Sprint Nextel Corp. to share network expansion costs and equipment, and to provide high-speed wireless service to the phone company.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify, Gearing Up for U.S. Launch, Closes Its $1 Billion Round  —  More momentum for Spotify: The streaming music service has finalized a huge funding round that gives it a valuation of about $1 billion.  —  The European company has raised around $100 million from DST, Kleiner Perkins and Accel.
Roger / 2d code:
World's First QR Code Coin  —  The Royal Dutch Mint have produced a limited edition of QR Coded coins to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Mint in Utrecht.  The silver 5€ (image below) and the gold 10€ will be issued on June 22, 2011 when the Mint promises that if you scan the code …
Oliver Miller / The Faster Times:
AOL Hell: An AOL Content Slave Speaks Out  —  I got the job through a friend.  The job was this: I would write about TV for a section of the AOL Television website.  In theory, this sounded great.  In exchange for writing about “The Simpsons” and other TV shows, I would be making $35,000 a year …
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
“.brands” approach with Internet name shake-up  —  (Reuters) - Brand owners will soon be able to operate their own parts of the Web — such as .apple, .coke or .marlboro — if the biggest shake-up yet in how Internet domains are awarded is approved.  —  After years of preparation and wrangling …
Discussion: MediaFile and Slashdot
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Senators Unconcerned About Massive Unintended Consequences Of Criminalizing People For Embedding YouTube Videos  —  This is really no surprise, but the same Senate Judiciary Committee that unanimously approved the PROTECT IP Act, despite worries from internet experts and major media …
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Microsoft, Google and Twitter debate whether HTML5 is “Holy Grail”  —  Is HTML5 the Holy Grail for building next-generation Web applications?  —  And should developers ditch the browser for client applications that run on specific devices, like the iPhone and Android?
Royal Pingdom:
Report: The most common web browsers and browser versions today  —  The web browser market is an ever-changing landscape.  It can sometimes be rocky ground for web designers and web developers trying to make their websites and services work for all the various browser versions available out there.
Sara Forden / Bloomberg:
Google Admeld Deal to Get Justice Review  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s $400 million purchase of internet advertising company Admeld Inc. will be reviewed by the U.S. Justice Department to determine whether it would hurt competition, two people familiar with the situation said.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Launches IE9 Mobile Test Drive Site  —  Web developers who want see how their sites will look on the new version of IE 9 Mobile, which will soon ship along with Windows Phone “Mango,” the next-generation update to the Windows Phone mobile OS, now have a new tool to do so.
Aislyn Greene / TechFlash:
Forrester: Mobile shopping to hit $31 billion by 2016  —  Despite the prevalence of smartphones and mobile devices, consumers don't seem to making many purchases with them.  But that should start to change soon, according to a new report from Forrester Research.
 
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Jason Calacanis / Launch:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola's WiFi Xoom gains access to Google Movies, just in time for the weekend
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Wall Street Journal:
Firms Adjust to Hacks
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Exclusive: China software bug makes infrastructure vulnerable
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EXCLUSIVE: Inside the mind of the man who fired Steve Jobs
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Nokia's first Windows Phone 7 handset will launch in 6 European countries first
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
NSA allies with Internet carriers to thwart cyber attacks against defense firms
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Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Working at the Apple Store: Tales from the Inside
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Spam clogging Amazon's Kindle self-publishing
 

 
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