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7:40 PM ET, June 20, 2011

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Caterina Fake / Caterina.net:
New Startup!  —  Entrepreneurs gonna entrepreneur.  I have a new startup!  We are building something consumer-facing, something social — all the things I love best — for optimal founder-market fit!.  It's crazy times in the Valley and while I prefer doing startups when the going's tough …
Discussion: Digital Media, VatorNews and cdixon.org
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why We Often Blindside Companies  —  A couple of weeks ago I apologized to the CEO of AdMeld for writing about their acquisition without even contacting him to let him know beforehand or ask for a comment.  He wrote back “the call would have been nice.”  —  I know how frustrating …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Caterina Fake Raising $2M for New Social Start-Up  —  Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr and Hunch and an investor in companies like Etsy, has a new start-up that she says will be consumer-facing and social.  —  She's raising what looks like a $2 million round, according to an SEC filing …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Kellex / Droid Life:
Exclusive: Tiered Data Plans Headed to Verizon July 7, Packages Start at $30 for 2GB  —  We knew that July 7 was going to mark the beginning of something after Verizon extended out the free 4G hotspot promo one more time to the 6th, but what we weren't 100% sure of was if it would have to do with tiered data.
Omar Shahine / The Windows Blog:
Introducing SkyDrive for the modern web, built using HTML5  —  We're committed to making SkyDrive the best place to get access to your content from anywhere, collaborate on Office docs, and share photos.  Mike recently talked about how we're delivering access to your information seamlessly across devices - starting with Windows Phone.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Consumers Don't Want Tablets, They Want iPads  —  A theory: Though consumers desire the iPad for the functions it performs, they want it more for what it is.  Just as many preferred the iPod to the generic MP3 player, so too do they prefer the iPad to the generic “tablet.”
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
What The New ICANN Domain Names Mean For Google Rankings & SEO: Nothing  —  ICANN - the organization in charge of internet domain names - has approved plans that may create hundreds or thousands of new “top level domain names.”  I've seen some reports already that this will help with search engine optimization.
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New Top-Level Domains Approved by ICANN
Stephen Shankland / DeepTech:
New Net addresses mean new trademark issues
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.
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Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Inside Facebook's Next Billion Dollar Business
Discussion: Screenwerk and RazorianFly
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Now Your Embarrassing/Job-Threatening Facebook Photos Could Haunt You For Seven Years  —  These privacy sunglasses are seeming like more of a necessity  —  Last week, the Federal Trade Commission gave a stamp of approval to a background check company that screens job applicants based on their Internet photos and postings.
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Dropbox security glitch meant any password worked yesterday  —  It looks as though yesterday Dropbox performed a bit of a security snafu by allowing anyone to login to any account using any password they liked.  —  A thread detailing what happened has appeared saved on Pastebin as posted …
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Arash Ferdowsi / The Dropbox Blog:   Yesterday's Authentication Bug
Foursquare Blog:
Wow!  The foursquare community has over 10,000,000 members!  —  And, to commemorate this pretty crazy occasion, we put together a little infographic.  Be sure to click through to see it bigger; if you're anything like us, watching the full-size animated map puts butterflies in your tummy.
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.
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.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
‘Reminder: Call Dad’ Is Another Notch In Google's Belt Of Social Fail  —  Google, Google, Google ... I don't know if it's that you just don't understand the intricacies of interpersonal relationships or if getting the social stuff right is just extremely difficult ...
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:
Charles Newark-French / Flurry:
Mobile Apps Put the Web in Their Rear-view Mirror  —  Although the Internet entered the mainstream a mere 15 years ago, life without it today is nearly incomprehensible.  And our use of the web has rapidly changed as well.  In simple terms, it has evolved from online directories (Yahoo!) …
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 …
Thea / Groublogpon:
The Groupon Guide to the “Quiet Period”  —  At the bottom of each Daily Groupon feature, users can find Groupon the Cat, slouching majestically across a cloud of pure wisdom.  Groupon dispenses ancient truisms that still have relevance to our modern lives, as evidenced by today's entry:
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Lulzsec and Anonymous Declare Open War Against All Governments and Fat Cats  —  Lulzsec and Anonymous have just declared full open war against all governments, banks and big corporations in the world.  They are calling all hackers in the world to unite.  Their objective is to fully expose all corruption and dark secrets:
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Officially Acquires “AirDrop” & Files for “Photo Stream” Trademark in Canada  —  On June 17, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published documentation relating to the legal transfer of the “Airdrop” trademark from Urban Airship to Apple.  Urban Airship was only granted their certificate …
Brian / Uber Blog:
Uber Drops Fares 50% For SF Taxi Strike  —  Tomorrow is going to be a tough day for getting around in San Francisco.  Taxi drivers are going on strike, and while they circle City Hall in hopes of getting a better deal, Uber is making sure to do our part to keep San Francisco moving.
Discussion: TechCrunch and @marshallk
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 …
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Companies Push for Tax Break on Foreign Cash  —  Some of the nation's largest corporations have amassed vast profits outside the country and are pressing Congress and the Obama administration for a tax break to bring the money home.  —  Apple has $12 billion waiting offshore, Google has $17 billion and Microsoft, $29 billion.
 
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
THEY STILL EXIST: Startups That Survived The Dot-Com Bust And Are Ready To Cash In On The New Boom
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
If You Use All Your iCloud Storage, Apple Sends You This Email
Discussion: The Next Web and TUAW
Fred / A VC:
Financing Options: Customers
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Righthaven Loss: Judge Rules Reposting Entire Article Is Fair Use
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Hackers claim 177K e-mails from Sony Pictures France
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google To FCC: Stop Letting The Voice Network Tail Wag The Internet Dog
Paul Thurrott / Windows Phone Secrets:
Microsoft is porting Zune HD apps to Windows Phone
 Earlier Items: 
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HP TouchPad goes up for pre-order starting at $500, will be available July 1
Discussion: ZDNet
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Meet The First Indie Publisher To Sell A Million Kindle Books
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The Android Market: 'It's a loud, obnoxious baby'
Discussion: The Next Web, Gizmodo and Electronista
Miguel Bustillo / Wall Street Journal:
Best Buy Battles Over Use of ‘Geek’
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Small Group Rode LinkedIn to Big Payday
Discussion: Betabeat