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10:50 AM ET, June 17, 2011

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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Facebook Readies an iPad App, Finally  —  Facebook had its application for the iPhone ready right when the Apple App Store opened in July 2008.  But more than a year after the iPad went on sale, there is still no official Facebook app for it.  —  That is about to change.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yes, Despite All The HTML5 Talk (And Action), Facebook Is Finally Doing An iPad App
Discussion: ZDNet and Neowin.net
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
RIM Falls 15%: FYQ1 Rev, Q2 View Miss; Cuts Year View; Plans Job Cuts, Share Buyback  —  BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIMM) this afternoon reported fiscal Q1 revenue below analysts' estimates, but profit a penny ahead, and a Q2 revenue forecast well below estimates, and cut its year outlook.
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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.
Discussion: SAI, The Next Web and hypebot
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The Android tablet problem, nicely summarized by one review's conclusion  —  From Ars Technica's review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which exemplifies the softball “please keep sending us gadgets” review so prevalent recently: … Really?  Will a lot of customers notice the 2% thickness difference …
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
Senate Committee Votes to Make Illegal Streaming of Movies, TV a Felony … Moving to close a possible loophole in the laws against the pirating of movies, TV shows and other intellectual property, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved making illegal streaming of video over the internet a felony in most cases.
AppleInsider:
Apple may freeze new Mac introductions until release of Mac OS X Lion  —  Apple management is so pumped up over the advantages presented by its forthcoming Mac OS X Lion operating system that the company has been holding back the release of at least one new Mac refresh until the software is finalized, AppleInsider has learned.
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 …
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk:
EXCLUSIVE: Inside the mind of the man who fired Steve Jobs  —  This is John Sculley.  You might know him as the man who helped Pepsi overtake Coca-Cola, but you more likely recognise him as the infamous Apple CEO who fired Steve Jobs back in the 1980s.  —  Despite eventually being ousted himself …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and TUAW
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
If You're Paying to Watch Web Video, You're Watching Netflix  —  If you're watching video on the Internet, the odds are very, very good that you're doing it on YouTube.  And failing that, on Facebook.  —  But if you're paying to watch video on the Web, then the odds change: You're very, very likely to be watching Netflix.
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Spam clogging Amazon's Kindle self-publishing  —  (Reuters) - Spam has hit the Kindle, clogging the online bookstore of the top-selling eReader with material that is far from being book worthy and threatening to undermine Amazon.com Inc's publishing foray.  —  Thousands of digital books …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Why iTunes Match has indie soul label singing the blues  —  Apple has managed to get the four major record labels on board with its upcoming iTunes Match service, ensuring that most average users will be able to avoid “weeks” of uploading songs to Apple's iCloud service.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Working at the Apple Store: Tales from the Inside  —  The bright, friendly facade of the Apple store hides some weird stuff, according to current and former employees.  Porn-stuffed laptops, positivity police, and an anti-gossip gestapo: Welcome to the real Apple Store.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
NSA allies with Internet carriers to thwart cyber attacks against defense firms  —  The National Security Agency is working with Internet providers to deploy a new generation of tools to scan e-mail and other digital traffic with the goal of thwarting cyberattacks against defense firms by foreign adversaries …
Discussion: DSLreports, Digits and The Deep End
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Exclusive: China software bug makes infrastructure vulnerable  —  (Reuters) - Software widely used in China to help run weapons systems, utilities and chemical plants has bugs that hackers could exploit to damage public infrastructure, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Discussion: Inquirer and TechEye
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
American Airlines to save $1.2 million shifting paper flight charts to iPad  —  American Airlines has started a pilot program to test the use of Apple's iPad running a specialized app providing paperless flight navigation charts, a tool it says will save it over a million dollars a year in fuel costs.
Discussion: App Advice, PhoneArena and CrunchGear
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Seeks to Shape Mobile-App Platforms  —  Facebook Inc. is angling to play a bigger role in shaping the way software gets developed for mobile devices.  —  The social network, which has turned its popular website into a platform for developing games and other add-on programs …
Discussion: GigaOM
Reuters:
Special report: Government in cyber fight but can't keep up  —  (Reuters) - The Pentagon is about to roll out an expanded effort to safeguard its contractors from hackers and is building a virtual firing range in cyberspace to test new technologies, according to officials familiar with the plans …
Discussion: MediaFile
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola's WiFi Xoom gains access to Google Movies, just in time for the weekend  —  Hard to say why Google chose to roll its Movies app out first to 3G-packed tablets sporting Android 3.1 (a smaller testbed, perhaps?), but it looks as if it won't matter for much longer.
Discussion: PhoneArena
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Oracle seeks billions in lawsuit against Google  —  (Reuters) - Oracle Corp is seeking damages “in the billions of dollars” from Google Inc in a patent lawsuit over the smartphone market, according to a court filing.  —  Oracle sued Google last year, claiming the Web search company's Android …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Internet users now have more and closer friends than those offline  —  Have a computer, Internet connection, and no Facebook profile?  Now you're the weirdo outcast.  In a new study done by the Pew Research Center, collections of data from thousands of participants showed that people …
Wall Street Journal:
Firms Adjust to Hacks  —  Armed With Crisis Plans, Companies More Readily Disclose Computer-Security Incidents  —  When email-marketing firm Epsilon Data Management discovered in March that hackers had stolen consumer email addresses it maintains for major banks and retailers …
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Adobe scraps AIR for Linux, focuses on mobile
Discussion: SlashGear, Liliputing and Engadget
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple gives us a Peek into a New Social Networking App in the Works
Discussion: SlashGear, MacRumors and PhoneArena
Beth Kowitt / Fortune:
100 million Android fans can't be wrong
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