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12:00 AM ET, June 18, 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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LulzSec: We Are NOT Attacking Anonymous
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
The LulzSec Manifesto: More Sec Than Lulz
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Vancouver Rioters Hunted On Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr  —  There's little anonymity left in rioting these days.  Thanks to cameraphones and tagging, police will be able to identify some of the Vancouver hooligans who set fires, smashed storefronts and overturned cars in Stanley Cup related rioting.
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 …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
iOS 5 supports speedy Nitro JavaScript for full-screen Web apps  —  With the release of iOS 5 for the iPhone and iPad this fall, Apple will bring the Nitro JavaScript engine to full-screen Web applications saved to a user's home screen.  —  Currently, full-screen Web applications fail to use …
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
Falcone's LightSquared in Deal With Sprint  —  Billionaire Philip Falcone's LightSquared Inc. reached a 15-year deal with Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) to share network expansion costs and equipment, and to provide high-speed wireless service to the phone company.
NBC Chicago:
Computer Outage Grounds United Airlines Travelers  —  Throngs of travelers were stranded in the United Airlines terminal at O'Hare International Airport on Friday due to an apparent outage of the airline's check-in kiosks.  —  A United Airlines spokeswoman confirmed an outage was affecting …
Discussion: @united and United
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 …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Square to Investors: $1 Billion Valuation?  That's So Last Week.  Make It $2 Billion.  —  Square is still working on raising its $50 million-or-so next round of venture capital, and we've heard from several sources why it's taking so long.  It seems Square is no longer content …
Discussion: SAI
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) …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Apple signs up for WebGL graphics in iAds
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
New Malware Steals Your Bitcoin  —  In a sure sign that the virtual currency Bitcoin has hit the mainstream, a new Trojan horse program discovered in the wild Thursday seeks out and steals victims' Bitcoin wallets, the same way other malware goes for their banking passwords or credit card numbers.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Capital To Double Down On Evernote With Big New Investment  —  Evernote is as hot as any startup in Silicon Valley, even if they don't get quite as much press.  Last year they raised $20 million from Sequoia Capital, on top of the $25 million they'd already raised.
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, Pulse2 and Slashdot
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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Motorola's WiFi Xoom gains access to Google Movies, just in time for the weekend
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Firms Adjust to Hacks
Discussion: Guardian and MediaPost
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify, Gearing Up for U.S. Launch, Closes Its $1 Billion Round
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EXCLUSIVE: Inside the mind of the man who fired Steve Jobs
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
NSA allies with Internet carriers to thwart cyber attacks against defense firms
Discussion: DSLreports, The Deep End and Digits