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3:10 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
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 / DeepTech:
New Net addresses mean new trademark issues
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.”
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.
Caterina Fake /
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: TechCrunch, AllThingsD, SAI and
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Skype Fires Executives, Avoiding Payouts  —  Skype Technologies SA, the Internet- calling service being bought by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), 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.
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:
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.
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:
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 …
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 …
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 ...
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
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, GMSV and
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!) …
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
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 …
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 …
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 getting Gingerbread in August, can finally show face in public (video)  —  It's no big surprise that Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10 has some Android 2.3-filled days to look forward to — heck, we've known that the smartphone would eventually be treated to Gingerbread before it actually got 2.1.
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
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Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Now Your Embarrassing/Job-Threatening Facebook Photos Will Haunt You For Seven Years
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HP TouchPad goes up for pre-order starting at $500, will be available July 1
Discussion: ZDNet
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
eBay Closes $2.4 Billion Acquisition Of GSI Commerce
Discussion: WebProNews
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Meet The First Indie Publisher To Sell A Million Kindle Books
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
DARPA setting up a $130 million ‘virtual firing range’ to help battle cyber attacks
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yup, YouTube Counts Video Ads As Regular Views
Discussion: Adotas
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Softbank CEO sees Alipay agreement with Alibaba “soon”
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Ross Dawson / Trends in the Living Networks:
Why's Lame/Awesome button is awesome
Dave Mosher / Scientific American:
High Wired: Does Addictive Internet Use Restructure the Brain?
Discussion: PLoS ONE
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
Abracadabra! Magic Trumps Math at Web Start-Ups
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Adobe Software Updates To Help Devs Build iOS, PlayBook And Android Apps
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
The 3 most undervalued tech stocks: Google, Apple, IBM