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5:05 AM ET, June 25, 2011

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Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Supporting choice, ensuring economic opportunity  —  At Google, we've always focused on putting the user first.  We aim to provide relevant answers as quickly as possible—and our product innovation and engineering talent have delivered results that users seem to like, in a world where the competition is only one click away.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:   The road to antitrust is paved with good intentions
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Googleopoly: The Definitive Guide To Antitrust Investigations Against Google
Discussion: BGR and Law Blog
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Responds To FTC Inquiry: “Using Google Is A Choice”
Discussion: CNET News and The Business Insider
The Official Google Blog:
An update on Google Health and Google PowerMeter  —  In the coming months, we're going to retire two products that didn't catch on the way we would have hoped, but did serve as influential models: Google Health (retiring January 1, 2012; data available for download through January 1, 2013) …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Google Health: Why It's Ending & What It Means
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Lacking Partnerships And Patience, Google Shuts Down Google Health and PowerMeter
Discussion: Computerworld
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Closes $50M at a $600M Valuation  —  Foursquare has just closed one of the most secretive rounds of venture capital TechCrunch has seen.  —  The company is raising $50 million, and all of it will go towards building out the company, no secondary sales here.
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Foursquare Blog:
Planning for the future of foursquare  —  Foursquare is not just about the check-in, or recommendations, or points, or badges.  It's about making the world easier to use.  It's about discovering new places, connecting with friends, and forging new relationships with the places you visit.
Mike Schramm / TUAW:
Skype coming to the iPad soon  —  After plenty of success with the iPhone version of the Skype app, the company is finally releasing an official version for the iPad.  Skype hasn't announced a date for release yet, but video of the app has leaked out online, and the app is expected to be approved soon.
Guardian:
Inside LulzSec: Chatroom logs shine a light on the secretive hackers  —  Leaked IRC logs identify LulzSec members and show a disorganised group obsessed with its media coverage and suspicious of other hackers  —  It was a tight-knit and enigmatic group finding its feet in the febrile world …
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Adrian Chen / Gawker:
World's Most-Wanted Hacker Says He's Never Felt Safer  —  He's part of a group that claims to be behind the recent hack attacks against the CIA, U.S. Senate, Sony, Fox, and PBS.  If caught, he could face years in prison.  But when we chatted with a member of the notorious hacking collective Lulz Security …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft exploits uproar over Firefox 4's retirement to beat IE drum  —  Addressing the IT furor over Mozilla's plan to pull support for Firefox 4, Microsoft issued an open letter affirming its commitment to support the current Internet Explorer edition through 2020.
Andrew Colley / TheAustralian:
Hackers put Telstra in filter bind  —  THE voluntary internet filter for child abuse is facing a major setback, with Telstra wavering on the commitment it made to the scheme last July.  —  At the time Telstra public policy director David Quilty said Telstra was happy to implement the filter …
Discussion: Digital Trends and @davewiner
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Angry Yahoo Shareholder Confronts Bartz And Asks For Her Head (Audio Clip)  —  Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz got an earful yesterday at the tail end of the company's annual shareholder meeting.  An angry shareholder, who identified himself as Steve Landry—an advisor to institutional investors with …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Skype: See no vesting, hear no vesting  —  Last week, Skype took heat for firing three executives just weeks before the company's $8.5 billion acquisition by Microsoft (MSFT) is expected to close.  That was bad, albeit more optical than unethical.  What we learned today, however, might have crossed that line.
Discussion: GigaOM
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Felix Salmon:
Upgrading Skype and Silver Lake to Evil
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikipedia is Adding a Love Button Next Week  —  Kittens and beer for everyone!  —  Wikipedia is now an undeniably good source of information on almost any topic.  In order to continue improving, the community-edited site needs a continuous flow of volunteer editors willing to put time and energy into making new edits.
Discussion: Wikimedia blog and Mashable!
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Opera Founder Jon S. von Tetzchner Resigns Over Differences With Board  —  Opera founder Jon S. von Tetzchner has resigned from the company.  —  In an email to Opera employees, von Tetzchner said that “It has become clear that The Board, Management and I do not share the same values …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Breach: Fewer Than 100 Accounts Affected, But One Person Actively Exploited Security Hole  —  It's been an incredibly rough week for Dropbox.  On Monday, news broke that a bug in the service's authentication software effectively made passwords optional for around four hours over the weekend …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
A Sneak Peek at Zynga's IPO: How to Turn Virtual Goods Into Real Money  —  With Zynga's IPO filing likely to hit any day now, the question is: What will it tell us?  —  When it goes public, the Facebook game developer will be the first major U.S. company supported primarily by the sale of virtual goods to do so.
Discussion: Inside Social Games and Digits
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Final Word: Yes, You Will Be Able To Access iCloud Apps On The Web  —  Apple has just published a MobileMe to iCloud transition FAQ.  Of note, there has been a lot of confusion as to whether or not iCloud apps would be accessible on the web.  We had previously heard that yes …
 
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook for Android v1.6 Adds Video Uploading and Page Browsing
Bloomberg:
Hulu Reaches Tentative Deal for Renewed Disney Show Rights — and More Ads
Discussion: Electronista
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iOS 5 Beta 2 to Developers, Now with Wi-Fi Sync
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Investors Should Back Leadership Split, Glass Lewis Says
Discussion: Electronista and AllThingsD
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Policing the Police: The Apps That Let You Spy on the Cops
Discussion: Digital Trends and Boing Boing
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
U.S. officials call for more LightSquared GPS testing
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Exclusive: Sprint's Q3 roadmap includes Epic 2, Samsung ‘full touch 4G’ device, BlackBerry Bold Touch, and more
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
ChronoPay Co-Founder Arrested
Discussion: Infosecurity (UK)
 Earlier Items: 
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Hackers attack Electronic Arts website
Bloomberg:
Go Daddy Said to Be in Talks for KKR, Silver Lake Purchase
Nicholas Carlson / The Wire:
LEAKED: Internal Reports Reveal The Truth About Patch Traffic
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
Allen McDuffee / Washington Post:
Google Ideas think tank gathering former extremists to battle radicalization
 

 
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