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1:45 PM ET, June 22, 2011

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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 …
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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.
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, Mashable! and SlashGear
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung has to wait for iPad 3 and iPhone 5, but Apple may have to wait for a preliminary injunction  —  Last week I reported on Apple's staunch opposition to Samsung's request for early access to product samples of (and packaging and marketing materials related to) the next generation of the iPad and the iPhone.
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
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Q&A: Meet the 15-year-old who just sold his tech startup  —  Daniil Kulchenko in the KIRO-FM studios (Erynn Rose photo)  —  Our guest on the latest GeekWire Podcast was Daniil Kulchenko, the 15-year-old sophomore from Kenmore, north of Seattle, who last week announced the sale …
Thanks:johnhcook
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Shazam Raises $32M to Push Into Television  —  Shazam, the popular mobile music look-up service, has raised $32 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins and Institutional Venture Partners.  —  The company has more than 140 million users (people who have downloaded one of its apps …
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Best Buy puts your music in the cloud, goes where others have gone before  —  Google, Amazon, and Apple have been hogging the headlines when it comes to storing your tunes in the internet either.  That doesn't mean there isn't room for another musically inclined cloud contender — or at least, that's how Best Buy sees things.
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.
Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
F.B.I. Seizes Web Servers, Knocking Sites Offline  —  Updated Adding additional comments from DigitalOne.  —  Updated Adding that the F.B.I. did not comment.  —  Updated Adding comments from Curbed Network and Instapaper.  —  Updated Adding comment from DigitalOne.
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
See you later  —  After five years at Gizmodo, I'm moving on to play around in the ocean a bit more and figure out what my next adventure is.  Thanks for reading the site—I've had fun creating it.  —  P.S. Joe Brown will be taking over for me.  Congratulate him warmly!
Bernie Woodall / Reuters:
Ford to expand in-vehicle smartphone connectivity  —  (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co will expand the use of its on-board smartphone applications for the 2012 model year, the automaker said at a safety and technology show for reporters.  —  The Ford Sync communications and entertainment system …
Discussion: Mobile Marketing Watch and Pulse2
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
What's the Top-Selling Phone at Verizon and AT&T?  —  It's been about five months since Apple's iPhone debuted on Verizon's network and already it's the carrier's top-selling handset.  This according to BTIG Research (registration required), which spent the past three weeks asking 250 Verizon …
Discussion: The Loop
Sam Michel / chinwag:
Cookiepocalypse: Implementing New Law Drops Use by 90%  —  This one is going to run and run.  I'm predicting that anyone in digital is going to be an expert in cookies by the end of the Summer.  And not the nice baked versions either, sadly.  —  Imagine a 90% drop in website visitors …
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Lodsys asks for two more months to answer Apple's motion to intervene and keeps sending letters to Android developers  —  Timing is key in legal processes.  I just blogged about a court order denying Samsung early access to the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3, and the implications it may have on the timing …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Loopt Launches The Reverse Groupon  —  There's no shortage of Groupons and other daily deals available for places you've never been to, or probably don't want to go to.  —  How about trying to get custom group deals made for you and your friends — at places you pick?
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 …
Discussion: eWeek, My Nokia Blog and Inquirer
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
RIM cuts internal PlayBook sales estimates by more than half  —  Canadian smartphone vendor RIM has reportedly cut internal sales estimates for its BlackBerry PlayBook by more than half for its second quarter, from 2.4 million units to 900,000, reports Digitimes.
Jacob Mullins:
Leaving Microsoft: From Redmond to Sand Hill Road  —  After nearly three years at Microsoft, based in San Francisco and focused on our BizSpark startup business, I've decided that it's time to move on and begin the next chapter.  I will be joining early stage venture capital firm Shasta Ventures on July 11, 2011.
Discussion: @caro and @tconrad
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon gets cyberwar guidelines  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed executive orders that lay out how far military commanders around the globe can go in using cyberattacks and other computer-based operations against enemies and as part of routine espionage in other countries.
Discussion: CNET News.com, Reuters and @taylorbuley
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Box.net Ups The Ante Against Microsoft With In-Depth Google Docs Integration  —  Cloud storage and collaboration startup Box.net is upping the ante against competitor Microsoft SharePoint today with the launch of an in-depth integration with Google's productivity suite Google Docs and Spreadsheets directly within the platform.
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.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patents for their Original iPhone Interface, a MicroDVI Connector, the iMac's Edge-to-Edge Glass Cover, Front Row Software & More  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of nine newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  There were four patents that stood out from the pack this morning.
 
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E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Square Adds Former Obama Economic Advisor Larry Summers To Its Board
Discussion: SAI and TechCrunch
Brooke Crothers / CNet News:
After Apple, Samsung, Acer vie for No. 2 tablet spot
Discussion: The Digital Home
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Shopkick Looks Beyond The Big-Box: First 1,000 Small Businesses Get Free Installation
Discussion: Screenwerk
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Vizio Tablet gets detailed, we go hands-on (video)
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Will Nokia Launch Its First Windows Phone on Oct. 26?
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
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Francis Tan / The Next Web:
Asia surges in iPhone App Store downloads, China now second biggest market after U.S.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ashish Venugopal / Google Research Blog:
Google Translate welcomes you to the Indic web
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Sal Rodriguez / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
LulzSec says it's outing two who may have led to arrest of an alleged hacker
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John V. / PhoneArena:
AT&T announces its new $50 prepaid unlimited talk, text, & web plan
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