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12:50 PM ET, June 24, 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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Responds To FTC Inquiry: “Using Google Is A Choice”  —  Yesterday news broke that the FTC is preparing to launch a major investigation into Google's “core search advertising business” and the way its search results are presented — an investigation that could have major ramifications for the search giant.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Winklevoss twins press Facebook case in Boston federal court after dropping Supreme Court appeal  —  As the old saying goes, it ain't over until it's over.  —  And Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are not finished with Facebook yet.  The dramatic seven-year legal feud that inspired “The Social Network” may have one last plot twist.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Arizona Confirms LulzSec Docs Are Authentic, Worries About Officer Safety  —  Officials in Arizona have confirmed that the documents dumped by the hacker group LulzSec are authentic.  They also say they're concerned that the release of personal information about some officers could compromise their safety.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LulzSec Releases Arizona Law Enforcement Data, Claims Retaliation For Immigration Law
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Apple files patent suit against Samsung in South Korea  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has filed a lawsuit in South Korea, claiming Samsung Electronics Co Ltd infringed upon several patents, a court official said on Friday, in the companies' latest legal tussle over smartphone and tablet devices.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Now Has 750 Million Users  —  Facebook's incredible worldwide growth has reached another major milestone: the service now has 750 million monthly active users, according to a source close to the company.  —  We reached out to Facebook for confirmation, and a company spokesperson responded …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Mac OS X 10.6.8 is out, and you need it for Lion  —  Say, had you wondered about those strange system requirements for Apple's Final Cut Pro X — Mac OS X 10.6.8, yet only dot seven was available?  Wonder no more.  Late today, Apple released the dot 8 update, quite likely the last before OS X 10.7, aka “Lion”, releases next month.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Mainstream Location App Life360 Hits 3 Million Users: Here's Its Disruptive Plan  —  Early adopters may love to check in at nightlife hotspots on Foursquare and Facebook Places, but what might location technology look like once it moves into the mainstream?  Fast-growing startup Life360 …
Discussion: Street Fight
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
In-Stream Ads Are Coming To Twitter, Will A User Revolt Follow?  —  After nine months of testing in-stream Promoted Tweets on third party client Hootsuite, reports have surfaced today that Twitter's head of monetization Adam Bain has been pushing a new in-timeline Promoted Tweets product during …
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Business Week:
Why Some Skypers Are Seeing Red  —  Departing employees have had their stock options zeroed out  —  For decades, people such as Yee Lee have been coming to Silicon Valley for the opportunity to work not just for a salary but for stock options that give employees the right to buy a chunk …
Rob Crossley / Develop:
Xbox ‘begins dev support for free-to-play’  —  Develop sources: Microsoft is preparing microtransaction system  —  Microsoft is fostering new relationships with developers in a bid to bring free-to-play gaming to Xbox, Develop understands.  —  Several sources connected to the matter say Microsoft is …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Nanosys' awesome new screen technology gonna be in iPad 3?  I hope so.  Wow.  —  When Nanosys CEO Jason Hartlove pulled two iPads out of his bag and turned them on one looked like when I first saw my first Kodachrome slide while the other looked muddy and crappy in comparison …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
40% of European smartphone buyers intend to buy an iPhone next  —  Yankee Group is set to release its European Mobile User Study next month and the research firm has just provided a quick glimpse into its early findings.  Reportedly, 40% of European smartphone buyers plan to purchase an iPhone as their next device.
Jack Clark / ZDNet:
Google: ‘At scale, everything breaks’  —  Q&A  —  Google operates technology that is expected to be reliable in the face of major traffic demands.  —  To scale its services, the company has developed many systems, such as MapReduce and Google File System, that have since been made open source …
Discussion: The Register
Ricky Laishram / Digitizor:
Jingle Becomes The Default Protocol For Google Talk's VoIP  —  Google has announced that Google Talk calls will now use the Jingle (XEP-166 and XEP-167) protocol as the primary signaling protocol.  —  Jingle is an extension of the XMPP which supports peer-to-peer multimedia interaction such as VoIP and Videoconferencing.
Shirlene Lim / The Windows Blog:
Upping our game: What's new in the Games Hub for Mango  —  I used to play games on my Xbox only on the weekends.  Now that I work on and own a Windows Phone, I play them at least once a day.  As a new “avid gamer” and one of the program managers behind the Games Hub, I'm excited …
Ben Elowitz / AllThingsD:
The Web Is Shrinking.  Now What?  —  We all read the statistics every week documenting the meteoric new growth areas of the Internet, and they are impressive:  —  Online video is exploding, with annual user growth of more than 45 percent.  Mobile-device time spent increased 28 percent last year …
Discussion: @tcarmody and @mathewi
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft sees a future for Kinect avatars in health care  —  Microsoft's Craig Mundie showing an Avatar Kinect prototype at the Pacific Health Summit in Seattle today.  —  As Microsoft looks to take its Kinect sensor beyond video games into mainstream computing, a top company executive today provided …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The State Of iFund: 3 Years, 25 Companies, 2 Exits, Over 300 Million Downloads This Year  —  Today at their offices in Menlo Park, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is celebrating the third anniversary of the iFund.  Technically, the fund started in March of 2008 alongside …
Pamela Parker / Search Engine Land:
Google Rolls Out Behavioral Targeting To All AdWords Advertisers  —  Google is finally rolling out the ability to target ads to users by interest — based on their previous browsing activity, or behavior — to all of its advertisers.  The company first announced a beta test of this capability …
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Exclusive: Forget Spy Kids, try kiddie hacker conference  —  (Reuters) - Children as young as eight years old are invited to Las Vegas this summer to learn that it's cool to be a hacker — provided they don't cheat, steal or commit other crimes.  —  The first-ever Defcon Kids conference …
Discussion: Inquirer
David Barboza / DealBook:
Baidu Invests $306 Million in Travel Search Engine  —  SHANGHAI — Chinese search engine giant Baidu.com said late Friday that it would pay $306 million in cash to acquire a controlling interest in the travel search site Qunar.com.  —  It is one of the largest investments ever made by Baidu …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
$72M Scareware Ring Used Conficker Worm  —  Authorities seized computers and servers in the United States and seven other countries this week as part of an ongoing investigation of a hacking gang that stole $72 million by tricking people into buying fake anti-virus products.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Getting The Band Back Together: Picadee Founded And Funded By The iLike Guys
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Disrupt Winner Soluto Raises $10.2 Million In B Round
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Brian Heater / Engadget:
Great Firewall of China getting a small cloud-based silver lining
Laura Chambers / The PayPal Blog:
PayPal Doubles Mobile Payments Predictions to $3 billion in 2011
Discussion: GigaOM, Digits, TechCrunch and FierceMobileContent, Thanks:paypal
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
New iOS Camera Features in the Works + Glass Apple Store TM on the Way
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
eBay Acquired Magento For Over $180 Million - But Not Everyone Is Smiling
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Testing Home Page Design That Keeps Ads and Bookmarks Visible as You Scroll
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Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Yahoo Chairman Backs CEO Bartz, but Investor Wants Her out
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Even MySpace's Founders Have Stopped Using MySpace
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
The PROTECT IP Act Will Slow Start-up Innovation
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Robert McMillan / PC World:
AT&T IPad Hacker Pleads Guilty
 

 
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