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12:40 PM ET, June 20, 2011


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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Revealed: Facebook's music plans involve Spotify, others  —  For the past few months, I have been hearing about Facebook and Spotify getting a lot closer as companies, with a much tighter integration between the two services.  However, Facebook's musical ambitions go beyond Spotify and include other music services and applications.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Inside Facebook's Next Billion Dollar Business  —  Facebook's road to becoming a $100 billion company is to infect every sector of the internet with its social graph, letting other companies build and expand their business on top of it and taking a toll in exchange for that.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Huawei MediaPad revealed: world's first 7-inch Android 3.2 tablet, dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm CPU  —  It's here folks — the planet's first Android 3.2 tablet.  Huawei just introduced a downright luscious new slate over in Singapore, with CommunicAsia being the launchpad for the 7-inch MediaPad.
New Top-Level Domains Approved by ICANN  —  The Board of ICANN today gave final approval to the most dramatic change to the Internet in four decades — allowing the expansion of new Top-Level Domains (TLDs).  This monumental decision will allow companies and organizations to turn their own brands …
Stephen Shankland / CNET
New Net addresses mean new trademark issues
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Hulu Plays Along With Apple's New Rules.  Who's Next?  —  Apple's new subscription rules could have posed a problem for services like Hulu.  But when Steve Jobs changed his mind earlier this month, life got a lot easier.  —  Here's the old version of the Hulu Plus subscription app for the iPad:
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Skype Fires Executives, Avoiding Payouts After Microsoft Buyout  —  Skype Technologies SA, the Internet- calling service being bought by Microsoft Corp., is firing senior executives before the deal closes, a move that reduces the value of their payout, according to three people familiar with the matter.
New security issue at Dropbox  —  I don't have much more in the way of useful details (e.g. screen video showing it in action), though I do have one other guy who performed the same tests b/c I wanted to rule out that my local-to-my-machine dropbox software was doing it somehow or that I was nuts.
Discussion: @csoghoian
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Investors Provide Millions to Risky Start-Ups  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — What if you threw a $41 million party and nobody came?  A start-up company called Color knows how that feels.  —  In March, Color unveiled its photo-sharing cellphone application — and revealed that it had raised $41 million …
Miguel Bustillo / Wall Street Journal:
Best Buy Battles Over Use of ‘Geek’  —  Retailer Fights to Protect Squad's Trademark; Putting Rivals—and a Priest—on Notice  —  Just a few decades ago, a geek was a carnival freak who bit the heads off of chickens and rats.  —  Then geek became a catchall word for socially maladjusted individuals …
Discussion: ITProPortal, and Slashdot
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Tech Firms' Workers Sell Shares, Fearing a Bubble Will Burst  —  SAN FRANCISCO — While Silicon Valley and Wall Street debate whether a new technology bubble is in the making, some early Facebook employees are not taking any chances.  They're leaving the company to cash out on millions …
Discussion: SAI, All Facebook and Betabeat
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Adobe Software Updates To Help Devs Build iOS, PlayBook And Android Apps  —  Adobe is today pushing updates to its application development software product Flash Builder and the open source Flex framework to enable developers to build apps for iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry PlayBook …
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Small Group Rode LinkedIn to Big Payday  —  For Reid Hoffman, the chairman of LinkedIn, it took less than 30 minutes to earn himself an extra $200 million.  —  With the hours ticking down to his company's stock market debut, Mr. Hoffman dialed into a conference call from San Francisco's Ritz-Carlton hotel …
Discussion: Betabeat
Rick Osterloh / The Big Blog:
Skype Gets More Social with Deeper Facebook Integration  —  We are excited to announce the new Skype 5.5 Beta version for Windows, which enhances the user experience and features new updates to Skype based on user feedback.  Skype is also continuing to bring people together whenever …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo iPhone & Android Apps Coming “Soon”  —  While TiVo has alluded to additional companion mobile apps, via Twitter and other venues, the June issue of CEPro provides concrete details via a full page advertisement targeting custom installers: … It'll be interesting to see what sort …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
RIM is black-burying carriers with half-baked BlackBerrys  —  Launching new products is always difficult.  Launching new products with hundreds of different carriers is exponentially more difficult.  Apparently there is an easy way and a hard way to do things, however, and RIM has been making carriers offers they can't refuse.
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Loop
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Japanese ‘K’ Computer Is Ranked Most Powerful  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the rankings of the world's most powerful supercomputers, a Japanese machine has earned the top spot with a performance that essentially laps the competition.  —  The computer, known as “K Computer,” …
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
Abracadabra!  Magic Trumps Math at Web Start-Ups  —  Over a decade ago, Internet companies promoted new ways to measure their business performance, introducing concepts like “eyeballs” and “mindshare” to investors.  —  Now the latest wave of Internet start-ups are adding their own particular yardsticks to the valuation vocabulary.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Decide Launches An Electronics Shopping Service That Tells You When To Buy (And Wait)  — has been cloaked in stealth mode for nearly the last two years.  During that time, the startup has remained tight-lipped about what it's been up to, while at the same time managing …
Ross Dawson / Trends in the Living Networks:
Why's Lame/Awesome button is awesome  — has certainly created a sensation - over the last couple of weeks it has been one of the hottest topics on the web.  —  Deservedly.  It really changes the game in making music truly social.  And the concept, the strategy, and the execution are superb.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yup, YouTube Counts Video Ads As Regular Views  —  Movie trailers are among the most popular videos on YouTube.  A typical movie trailer gets millions of views, but how many of those views are natural and who many are pushed as paid-for ads?  Yes, movie trailers are all ads in a sense.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The Android Market: 'It's a loud, obnoxious baby'  —  Having ported a hit game from iOS, one developer reveals the good, the bad and the ugly  —  Battleheart character.  Source: Mika Mobile  —  “With Battleheart having been on sale for a few weeks, I feel I'm equipped to offer …
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Charles Newark-French / Flurry:
Mobile Apps Put the Web in Their Rear-view Mirror
Discussion: TechCrunch, Electronista and iClarified
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
‘Reminder: Call Dad’ Is Another Notch In Google's Belt Of Social Fail
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
DARPA setting up a $130 million ‘virtual firing range’ to help battle cyber attacks
Discussion: CNET
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Softbank CEO sees Alipay agreement with Alibaba “soon”
Discussion: Reuters
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Bargains on Flash Sale Sites Serve a Long-Range View
Dave Mosher / Scientific American:
High Wired: Does Addictive Internet Use Restructure the Brain?
Discussion: PLoS ONE and IdeaFeed
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Google teams up with The British Library to bring vast collection online
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The 3 most undervalued tech stocks: Google, Apple, IBM
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Facebook Users Want Professional Networking: BranchOut Nears a Million New Users Within a Week
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Bitcoin prices plummet on hacked exchange

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