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5:05 PM ET, June 27, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Google's first Ice Cream Sandwich phone to be manufactured by Samsung, possibly dubbed ‘Nexus Prime’  —  We exclusively reported details of Google's first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone — either a Nexus device, or a “pure Google” flagship handset from one of Google's key partners …
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Tom Krazit / mocoNews:   Google May Choose Several Android Launch Partners For Ice Cream Sandwich
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Report: Apple is building two (!) iPhones for September release  —  An analyst expects Apple to launch both an iPhone 5 and a mid-range iPhone 4S  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Deutsche Bank  —  For much of the spring, the reporters who cover Apple (AAPL) have been arguing among themselves …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
A Tale Of Two iPhones  —  A new iPhone is approaching — this, everyone knows.  While WWDC came and went without an announcement, this was expected.  Instead, this year it will be all about the fall — with new hardware hitting just in time for the formal launch of iOS 5.  But what exactly will the new hardware be?
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Analyst Claims Apple May Release $349 iPhone for Prepaid Markets This Year
Discussion: Computerworld
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple to move ARM SoC production away from Samsung in 2012  —  Apple's increasingly tenuous relationship with Samsung as a component supplier for its mobile devices could end next year, according to numerous sources inside the semiconductor industry.  The company will likely tap contract fab …
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Ross Miller / This is my next:
Apple to give 'A6′ ARM SoC production to TSMC over Samsung?
Discussion: PC World, I4U News and TUAW
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iOS 5 beta hobbles OS downgrades, untethered jailbreaks  —  Those who screw up their iPhones with an unsupported jailbreak—or who have bad luck with their iOS upgrades and want to roll back to an older version—are usually able to make everything right again by downgrading their phone's OS back to the previous version.
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
GSV takes stake in Facebook, valuing it at $70 billion  —  Investment fund GSV Capital Corp has taken a small stake in Facebook that values the world's No. 1 social networking site at about $70 billion.  The investment fund said on Monday that it had bought 225,000 shares in Facebook at an average price of $29.28 each.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Supreme Court strikes down video game violence law on free speech grounds  —  Arguing that video games qualify for First Amendment protection, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that California's video game violence law is unconstitutional.  —  The state law restricted the sale or rental …
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New York Times:
Dissolution of Hacker Group Might Not End Attacks  —  Facing increasing pressure from law enforcement agencies over its brazen computer attacks, the small group of hackers known as Lulz Security announced over the weekend that it would disband.  —  But security experts said on Sunday …
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple Stores now capable of unlocking full-price AT&T iPhones at checkout  —  As early as last week, my sources in the Apple food chain were hinting at some sort of way for Apple Stores to unlock AT&T iPhone 4s - different than the unlocked models that Apple Stores started selling on June 13th.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft signs Android patent deal with military contractor General Dynamics  —  Microsoft today made new progress in its Android patent campaign, announcing a licensing deal with General Dynamics Itronix, maker of rugged tablets and handheld devices used by the military.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
BestBuy.com stops shipping MacBook Airs ahead of refresh (update: Amazon stock low)  —  We've known for many weeks now that a refreshed line of MacBook Airs is incoming, starting with rumors about Airs with Sandy Bridge processors way back then, our report that the current SKUs are constrained across …
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Companies Are Erecting In-House Social Networks  —  What would Facebook look like without photos of drunken nights out and tales of misbehaving cats?  It might look a lot like the internal social network at the offices of Nikon Instruments.  —  The tone is decidedly businesslike …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Google curbs Web map exposing phone locations  —  Google has taken steps to limit the disclosure of the locations of millions of iPhones, laptops, and other devices with Wi-Fi connections after a CNET article drew attention to privacy concerns.  —  The Mountain View, Calif.-based company's move comes …
Discussion: Electronista
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal Hits 100 Million Active Users  —  PayPal has hit 100 million active users.  The company confirmed the milestone today.  Last week, the company announced that it was upping estimates of the amount of mobile payments transactions using the technology this year; doubling the estimate …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
CSI Virtual MasterCard app bringing mobile payments to iOS, Android and BlackBerry  —  Shortly after MasterCard announced plans to become entangled with Google Wallet (and a few months after those ambitious Isis plans were shelved), it looks as if the aforesaid company is diving into yet another mobile payment arena.
Discussion: App Advice, SlashGear and TUAW
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Yahoo launching Hadoop spinoff this week  —  Yahoo will be spinning off a separate company focused on the development and commercialization of Apache Hadoop, called HortonWorks.  The official announcement likely will come tomorrow or Wednesday to coincide with Yahoo's annual Hadoop Summit …
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Hollywood studios ask High Court to block film website  —  Hollywood film studios will ask the High Court tomorrow to force BT to block its millions of broadband customers from accessing a filesharing website, in a test case that could make way for a clampdown on internet piracy.
Virginia Heffernan / Opinionator:
Google's War on Nonsense  —  Imagine a sci-fi universe in which every letter, word and sentence is a commodity.  Companies make money off chunks of language.  Bosses drive writers to make more words faster and for less pay.  Readers then pay for exposure to these cheaply made words in the precious currency of their attention.
Discussion: Compete Pulse
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
The Incredible Sinking Bubble (Debating the Tech Bubble with Steve Blank: Part III)  —  This post originally appeared as my closing argument in our debate in The Economist.  —  Technology stocks currently trade at an all time low vs. industrial stocks based on forward P/E ratios.
 
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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Former YouSendIt CEO pleads guilty to Web attack on his old company
Bilal Hameed / SocialTimes:
NetFlix Offers Different Stream Quality Options For Users With Bandwidth Limits
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Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
LivingSocial expands in Asia, Netherlands, Mideast
Discussion: paidContent and AllThingsD
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google NFC Partner ViVOtech Raises $24M From Motorola, DFJ, Citigroup And Others
Joel Hruska / HotHardware:
AMD Gains HPC Market Share, Interlagos On The Way
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines Blog:
Hulu: as TV landscape shifts, it's pass the potato
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Take that Netflix, HBO Go app sees big growth too
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
Skype's evil ways, cont.
 

 
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