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8:50 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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Anthony James / TechFlash:   FTC to probe Google after Expedia, others claim lost clicks
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
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.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The Social Path
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Even MySpace's Founders Have Stopped Using MySpace  —  How over is MySpace?  So over that even the guys who founded it can't be bothered to update their profiles.  Former CEO Chris DeWolfe “cringes” on the rare occasions when he visits his page on the soon-to-be-sold social networking site …
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
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.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals a Directional Audio UI & Invisible Spatial Arc  —  On June 23, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals various concepts behind a newly advanced directional audio interface.  In one scenario, a specialized effect with a new kind …
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Introduces an Enhanced TV Widget Paradigm for HDTV
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LulzSec Releases Arizona Law Enforcement Data In Retaliation For Immigration Law  —  LulzSec has just released a a torrent of data it claims to belong to Arizona law enforcement.  —  From their press release:
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Yahoo Chairman Backs CEO Bartz, but Investor Wants Her out  —  Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz was backed by the company's chairman at the start of the company's annual shareholder meeting on Thursday, but got ripped by an investor who called for her resignation.  —  Yahoo's board is rumored to be talking …
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: @dannysullivan
Robert McMillan / PC World:
AT&T IPad Hacker Pleads Guilty  —  A 26-year-old man who last year helped hackers publish personal information belonging to about 120,000 iPad users pleaded guilty to fraud and hacking charges in a New Jersey court Thursday.  —  Daniel Spitler pleaded guilty in federal court to two felony charges …
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 …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
eBay Acquired Magento For Over $180 Million - But Not Everyone Is Smiling  —  Earlier this month, eBay acquired Magento, developer of an open-source e-commerce platform.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but we've heard from multiple sources that the ecommerce and digital payments giant paid north …
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.
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
The PROTECT IP Act Will Slow Start-up Innovation  —  As venture capitalists, we believe deeply in the value of decentralized, emergent, start-up innovation.  The Internet has been an unusually fertile ground for this type of innovation largely because, for the first time in history …
Discussion: Techdirt and @timoreilly
 
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Alex Knapp / Robot Overlords:
Nevada Passes Law Authorizing Driverless Cars
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Testing Home Page Design That Keeps Ads and Bookmarks Visible as You Scroll
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Prototype dual-screened 2-in-1 Android smartpad from Imerj preview
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and AndroidGuys
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple releases WWDC session videos, slides to developers
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Data hog! Twitter's own iPhone app uses twice the data of Tweetdeck
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Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
US House takes up major overhaul of patent system
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple could sell over 14 million iPad 2 tablets in Q3
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Danielle Sacks / Fast Company:
How Jack Abraham Is Reinventing EBay
Sara Forden / Bloomberg:
Google's Page, Schmidt Face Senate Subpoena Threats
Peter Murray / Singularity Hub:
New Japanese Pop Idol Shocks Fans With News-She's Not Real (video)
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