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11:50 AM ET, June 25, 2011

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David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Professional Video Editors Weigh In on Final Cut Pro X  —  In 10 years of writing Times columns, I've never encountered anything quite like this.  —  In Thursday's paper, I reviewed Apple's Final Cut Pro X, a professional video-editing program.  It's not an update of the existing Final Cut …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Health: Why It's Ending & What It Means  —  Google's quest to organize the world's information will no longer include one of society's most important and sensitive sources of data: our health records.  The company announced this afternoon that Google Health will be closed forever …
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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) …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Lacking Partnerships And Patience, Google Shuts Down Google Health and PowerMeter
Discussion: Computerworld and CNET News
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  —  Last week, Bloomberg's Joseph Galante published a story claiming that Skype investors in general, and Silver Lake in particular, were firing senior executives just before the company is sold to Microsoft, so that they don't get their full share of the proceeds from the sale.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Inspired By Wikipedia, Quora Aims For Relevancy With Topic Groups And Reorganized Topic Pages  —  Quora has just announced a redesign of its Topic Pages and the introduction of Topic Groups, aiming to make information discovery and navigation on the site a little bit easier.
Discussion: Quora and Mashable!, Thanks:pragmatic_rebel
Susan Watts / BBC:
Newsnight online ‘chat’ with Lulz Security hacking group  —  The CIA website was reported to have come under attack by Lulz Security hackers earlier this month  —  The Lulz Security hacking group that has claimed attacks on high-profile targets including the CIA and Sony in recent weeks …
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Guardian:
Inside LulzSec: Chatroom logs shine a light on the secretive hackers
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Hackers leak former British PM Tony Blair data  —  Hackers today released what looks like personal information on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, including the contents of his electronic address book, with contact data for members of Parliament and for what could be Blair's dentist and his mechanic.
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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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: Slashdot, @davewiner and Digital Trends
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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.
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 …
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.
 
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J.B. / Fusible.com:
Will Zynga give The Sims on Facebook a run for its money with Familyville?
Discussion: The Business Insider
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
A Sneak Peek at Zynga's IPO: How to Turn Virtual Goods Into Real Money
Discussion: Inside Social Games and Digits
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: AllThingsD and Electronista
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The road to antitrust is paved with good intentions
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Policing the Police: The Apps That Let You Spy on the Cops
Discussion: Digital Trends and Boing Boing
 Earlier Items: 
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
U.S. officials call for more LightSquared GPS testing
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Breach: Fewer Than 100 Accounts Affected, But One Person Actively Exploited Security Hole
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)
Bloomberg:
Go Daddy Said to Be in Talks for KKR, Silver Lake Purchase
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Final Word: Yes, You Will Be Able To Access iCloud Apps On The Web
 

 
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Vice set to raise another $250M from TCV for 10% stake; will end up with one of A&E's channels

Ethan Zuckerman / My heart's in Accra:
Self-segregation on social networks and the implications for the Ferguson, MO story

Richard Smirke / Billboard:
U.K. Group Rallies Musicians, Writers and Performers to Fight Government Cuts

 
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