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12:40 AM ET, June 22, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple iPhone 5 to be major update after all; announcement and availability in August?  —  While Apple has indeed been giving some developers access to a device known as the iPhone 4S — an iPhone 4 with upgraded internals — BGR has independently confirmed that the next-generation iPhone …
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Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Radical New iPhone 5?  Don't Bet On It  —  Here's your iPhone 5 rumor du jour: Apple's next-generation smartphone may feature a “radical” new design, one vastly different from that of the wildly successful iPhone 4.  —  BGR reports that Apple's upcoming iPhone will not be a minor upgrade to the iPhone 4 …
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Prepare Faster IPhone for September  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans to introduce a new iPhone in September that boasts a stronger chip for processing data and a more advanced camera, according to two people familiar with the plans.  —  The device will include the A5 processor …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacRumors
Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
Yahoo approaches Hulu about possible acquisition  —  Yahoo Inc. recently approached Hulu to discuss a possible acquisition of the popular online video service, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.  —  Hulu, which streams television shows on the Internet, has been the subject of intense speculation about its future.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Source: This Hulu/Yahoo Story Is BS  —  Interesting story breaking that Yahoo put an unsolicited bid in to acquire Hulu.  For all I know it's completely true.  But I've just received an unsolicited message from a source close to Yahoo that says it's completely untrue (probably …
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Hulu Considering Selling Itself After Receiving An Offer  —  Hulu is considering selling itself after being approached with a buyout offer, according to tweets from CNBC and WSJ reporters.  Julia Boorstin at CNBC says the offer did not come from Google, but doesn't say who the offer did come from.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's 360 Degree Turnaround  —  Oof, Yahoo.  The Alibaba dispute, just the most recent Yahoo trainwreck, is still a fresh wound for shareholders.  And things are getting worse.  —  Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz has long promised a turnaround at the lagging company.
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Is Quietly Looking For Replacements For Carol Bartz, Says Report
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Meet the Stealthy Start-Up That Aims to Sharpen Focus of Entire Camera Industry  —  A Mountain View start-up is promising that its camera, due later this year, will bring the biggest change to photography since the transition from film to digital.  —  Ordinarily, I'm turned off by such hyperbole …
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Lytro Launches to Transform Photography with $50M in Venture Funds (TCTV)
Discussion: ben's blog and LYTRO BLOG
Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
F.B.I. Seizes Web Servers, Knocking Sites Offline  —  Updated Adding that the F.B.I. did not comment.  —  The F.B.I. seized Web servers in a raid on a data center Tuesday, causing several Web sites, including sites run by the New York publisher Curbed Network, to go offline.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nokia N9 first hands-on! (update: video)  —  The N9 has arrived.  Functional units of Nokia's long-awaited MeeGo smartphone have finally landed into our eager hands and we've got a gallery of images to provide you with below.  What we can say from our first experience is that we're …
Maria Halkias / Seattle Times:
Amazon offers Texas 5,000 jobs in trade for sales-tax exemption  —  DALLAS — Amazon.com wants to make a deal with the state of Texas.  —  The proposed offer circulating around Austin and obtained by The Dallas Morning News would let Amazon off the hook for collecting sales taxes …
Apple:
Apple Revolutionizes Video Editing With Final Cut Pro X  —  Apple® today announced Final Cut Pro® X, a revolutionary new version of the world's most popular Pro video editing software which completely reinvents video editing with a Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible …
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
RUMOR: Apple Could Release A Full On Television Later This Year  —  Apple is preparing to enter the television business, selling big screen TVs later this year, according to an anonymous former executive speaking with Jason Mick at DailyTech.  —  The source tells Mick …
John V. / PhoneArena:
AT&T announces its new $50 prepaid unlimited talk, text, & web plan  —  Setting its eye on the always competitive prepaid market, which has been dominated heavily by the likes of MetroPCS, Cricket, and Boost Mobile, national carrier AT&T Wireless has just announced its new $50 unlimited plan to compete against its stacked rivals.
Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW:
iPhone 4 most popular camera on Flickr  —  The iPhone 4 is now the most popular camera on Flickr, with a caveat.  More on that in a minute.  The smartphone's 5-megapixel shooter has finally surpassed the Nikon D90 as the top camera on the photo hosting and sharing service.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Turntable.fm Really Is Awesome.  Is It Legal?  —  Turntable.fm is a little miracle that does something simple and essential: It lets you play your favorite songs for your friends and strangers on the Web, in real time, for free.  —  I'd say it's astonishing no one has done it before …
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Google Notches One Billion Unique Visitors Per Month  —  Google's websites had more than a billion unique visitors in May, the first time an Internet company has hit that benchmark, according to comScore data released Tuesday.  —  Over the past year, Google's unique visitors per month have increased 8.4% to just over one billion.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The downside of Facebook as a public space: Censorship  —  The benefits of being on Facebook are fairly obvious by now: you can connect to friends and family and share things with them no matter where they are — and it's all free!  This quasi-public space is also owned and controlled by a corporate entity …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google building Skype-alike software into Chrome  —  Heads up, Skype.  —  Shortly after releasing software for audio and video chat as an open-source project called WebRTC as open-source software, Google is beginning to build it into its Chrome browser.  —  The real-time chat software originated …
DigiTimes:
Amazon to launch tablet PCs in August-September, say Taiwan component makers  —  Amazon is poised to step into tablet PCs and will launch models as son as August-September, with targeted global sales of four million units for 2011, according to Taiwan-based component makers.
Bloomberg:
Real M&A: RIM Takeover Beckons Microsoft  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) has lost so much value that an acquirer could pay a 50 percent premium and still buy the BlackBerry maker for a lower multiple than any company in the industry.  —  RIM, once worth $83 billion, has fallen …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Daily Deal Aggregator Yipit Raises $6 Million Series B  —  Daily deals are growing like crazy, and it's not just Groupon and LivingSocial.  Daily deal aggregator Yipit just raised $6 million in a series B led by Highland Capital Partners.  Existing investors RRE, DFJ Gotham and IA Ventures also participated.
Discussion: SAI
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google releases Chrome-based Web security scrutinizer  —  Google today released an open-source tool called DOM Snitch that tries to flag Web site software that would be dangerous to run in a browser.  —  The software an experimental Chrome extension that examines how Web site code executes …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
iCloud's Product Manager, John Herbold, has left Apple  —  The news that Apple's Senior Product Manager of iCloud, John Herbold, has left the company was reported today by 9to5Mac.  This is just the latest in a series of departures of top Apple executives that includes Bertrand Serlet and Ron Johnson.
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
I Call This Blackmail  —  Aol employee Mike Arrington is angry!  The TechCrunch founder and co-editor fired off a histrionic screed yesterday directed at Caterina Fake, founder of Flickr and Hunch, with an explicit threat aimed at anyone who doesn't kowtow to him.
 
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
AT&T says merger on track for March 2012 approval
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
DHS official says ISPs would likely be covered by Obama cybersecurity plan
Thanks:gnagesh
Todd Haselton / BGR:
T-Mobile responds to Sprint, other merger opponents
Discussion: CNET News.com and IntoMobile
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
76% of iPhone owners plan to use Apple's iCloud, 30% interested in iTunes Match
Gregg Tavares / games.greggman.com:
WebGL Security and Microsoft Bulls**t
Discussion: Techie Buzz
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Milk's First Project Revealed: Oink, A Mobile App To Vote, Rank, And Share
Stephen Shankland / Deep Tech:
Mozilla releases Firefox 5, first rapid-release version
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Needham: Android's market share peaked in March
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Upending Anonymity, These Days the Web Unmasks Everyone
 

 
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