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5:25 PM ET, June 23, 2011

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Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
FTC to Serve Google With Subpoenas in Broad Antitrust Probe  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is poised to serve Google Inc. with civil subpoenas, according to people familiar with the matter, signaling the start of a wide-ranging, formal antitrust investigation into whether the search giant has abused its dominance on the Web.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's first Windows Phone: images and video, codenamed ‘Sea Ray’  —  Ok, this one's odd.  In fact, we didn't believe the images until a video just surfaced showing Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, foolishly asking a crowd of people to “put away their cameras” for the unveiling of something “super confidential,” codenamed “Sea Ray.”
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Stephen Elop teases with Nokia Windows Phone - but N9 will be DOA, analyst says
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
T-Mobile USA: We're now carrying over a million unlocked iPhones  —  As AT&T tries to swallow up the American wing of the German telekom, many have wondered whether Apple would allow T-Mobile to carry the iPhone.  Apple's answer so far is a no*, but that hasn't stopped T-Mobile customers from adopting iPhones.
Siu Han / DigiTimes:
Apple iPhone 5 said to come with dual LED flash  —  Recent market rumors have indicated that Apple's iPhone 5 is likely to come with a dual-LED flash with Taiwan-based LED packaging firms Everlight Electronics, Edison Opto and Lite-On Technology being pinpointed as potential suppliers.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Evidence in iOS 5 that Apple is Building Its Own Mapping Solution  —  Despite statements by Google's former CEO that Apple had “just” renewed their Map partnership with Google, there appears to be evidence that Apple has been working on its own mapping solution in iOS 5.
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Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW:
iOS 5 legal disclaimer lists new third-party mapping companies
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Andy Baio / Waxy:
Kind of Screwed  —  TL;DR version: Last year, I was threatened with a lawsuit over the pixel art album cover for Kind of Bloop.  Despite my firm belief that I was legally in the right, I settled out of court to cut my losses.  This ordeal was very nerve-wracking for me and my family …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Exclusive: Top ISPs poised to adopt graduated response to piracy  —  Some of the country's largest Internet service providers are poised to leap into the antipiracy fight in a significant way.  —  After years of negotiations, a group of bandwidth providers that includes AT&T, Comcast …
Tim Bradshaw / FT Technology:
Twitter plans bolder advertisements  —  Twitter is looking at introducing advertisements among the short messages that users see in the most active part of the social networking service, according to people with direct knowledge of its plans.  The move comes as Twitter looks at a wider range …
Felix Gillette / Business Week:
The Rise and Inglorious Fall of Myspace  —  It once promised to redefine music, politics, dating, and pop culture.  Rupert Murdoch fell in love with it.  Then everything fell apart  —  Alamy, Bloomberg, Getty Images  —  In 2006, Jeremy Jackson—the buff, bronzed former Baywatch child star—couldn't imagine a world without Myspace.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
comScore: the iPad Owns 97 Percent of US Tablet Traffic  —  As part of its new “device essentials” data product release comScore put out some interesting comparative findings about web traffic patterns from a broad array of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sources: PopCap In Late Stage Acquisition Discussions With EA For $1 Billion+  —  Following up on our story earlier this evening that PopCap Games is in late stage acquisition discussions for a sum of over $1 billion — we've now heard from two sources that the buyer is Electronic Arts.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Google Unveils a Laptop With Its Brain in the Cloud  —  Would you buy a laptop that comes with only one major program—a Web browser—and doesn't allow you to install widely used software such as Microsoft Office, Apple's iTunes, Adobe Reader, or, in fact, any other locally installed program?
Discussion: Softpedia News
Evan Williams / Evhead:
Five Reasons Domains Are Getting Less Important  —  While discussing possible names for a product recently, someone asked me if we were at the point where getting the perfect domain name was less important than it used to be.  While I'm still a sucker for a clean .com, it does seem less important …
Discussion: Fusible.com and parislemon
Marco Arment / Instapaper Blog:
The FBI stole an Instapaper server in an unrelated raid  —  One of Instapaper's five leased servers was hosted at DigitalOne, a Swiss hosting company leasing blade servers from a Virginia datacenter.  Early Tuesday morning, the FBI raided the datacenter to seize servers used …
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Another Sign of Facebook's Latest Interest in the Media Business: Netflix CEO Hastings Joins Board  —  After YouTube, Facebook and Netflix are the second and third favorite online video sites among US users, according to a recent report.  Facebook has its social features driving growth …
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
ABC employee caught mining for Bitcoins on company servers  —  An employee of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has been caught using ABC servers to mine for Bitcoins, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.  —  New Bitcoins are generated through “mining” — a process that takes time and a lot of CPU power.
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald
Peter Murray / Singularity Hub:
New Japanese Pop Idol Shocks Fans With News-She's Not Real (video)  —  A star is born! (and she only takes up 150 gigs of memory)  —  Only 15 seconds in the limelight and she'd already created an overnight buzz.  She was the newest member of the very popular all-girl Japanese idol group AKB 48.
Discussion: PC Magazine
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple, Android Owners Diverge on Wi-Fi Usage — But Why?  —  A new point of differentiation between iOS and Android users: People who own iOS devices tend to use Wi-Fi a hell of a lot more than Android users do.  —  This news comes from comScore's new Device Essentials service, which looks at mobile usage worldwide.
Discussion: comScore
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Viacom sues Cablevision over iPad streaming  —  Viacom Inc sued Cablevision Systems Corp to halt what it called the unauthorized streaming of its programing on devices such as Apple Inc's iPad.  The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, one day after court documents showed …
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Bloomberg:
Apple Gets Antitrust Approval for Nortel Bid  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) got approval from U.S. antitrust regulators to bid for the assets of bankrupt Nortel Networks Corp., according to an agency statement.  —  The Antitrust Division of the Justice Department reviewed Apple's request to bid …
Discussion: CNET News, Reuters and bizjournals
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Harry Potter and the amazing exploding book industry  —  Despite the obvious demand, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has adamantly refused to offer electronic versions of her phenomenally popular series for young adults — until now.  As part of Thursday's launch of an interactive website called Pottermore …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Archos intros 80 G9 and 101 G9 Android 3.1 tablets: 1.5GHz CPU, 250GB HDD, 3G-ready (hands-on)  —  Angling for a new Android 3.1 tablet, are ya?  If so, Archos has a new pair emerging from Paris today, the 80 G9 and 101 G9.  Predictably, the biggest differentiator between the two is the screen size …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Introduces an Enhanced TV Widget Paradigm for HDTV  —  On June 23, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for AppleTV.  The proposed system is described by Apple as being an enhanced TV widget paradigm.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and RazorianFly
Danielle Sacks / Fast Company:
How Jack Abraham Is Reinventing EBay  —  Jack Abraham sold his startup to eBay for $75 million.  Now all he has to do is help the e-commerce giant redefine the future of retailing.  —  AT THE MOMENT when most boys are plotting how to launch gum into a classmate's braids, 12-year-old Jack Abraham was hired by his father.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple could sell over 14 million iPad 2 tablets in Q3  —  Sales of Apple's iPad 2 tablet are set to explode in the third quarter according to Hong Kong-based research firm CLSA.  Citing LCD sales data from DisplaySearch, the firm thinks Apple will unload 14.4 million iPad 2 tablets …
Discussion: PhoneArena
Sara Forden / Bloomberg:
Google's Page, Schmidt Face Senate Subpoena Threats  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s reluctance to provide a top executive for testimony to a Senate panel probing its market power has prompted threats of subpoenas for Chief Executive Officer Larry Page and Chairman Eric Schmidt.
Discussion: The Politico
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Danish police proposal: Ban anonymous Internet use  —  The Danish police had proposed abolishing all anonymous Internet access, under the rubric of fighting terrorism.  ISPs and companies would be required to gather strong proof of identity (official ID cards and similar) before connecting users …
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Data hog! Twitter's own iPhone app uses twice the data of Tweetdeck
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and MacStories
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Dealers Don't See A Future With AT&T, Worried About Post-Merger State
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
US House takes up major overhaul of patent system
Sarah Clark / Near Field Communications World:
Google tests NFC in Tokyo
Ryan Roslansky / The LinkedIn Blog:
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Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Dox everywhere: LulzSec under attack from hackers, law enforcement
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
AT&T Scales Up Its Content Delivery Ambitions
Jaikumar Vijayan / PC World:
Survey: 90% of Companies Say They've Been Hacked
Discussion: Gizmodo, Bits and Digital Trends
Fred / A VC:
There Aren't Many Exits Over $100mm
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Apple May Face India Probe for Anticompetitive Practices
 

 
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Catalina Albeanu / Journalism.co.uk:
Changes at FT to promote thinking ‘in digital terms’

Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Here's some remarkable new data on the power of chat apps like WhatsApp for sharing news stories

 
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