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6:40 PM ET, June 27, 2011

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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?
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Analyst Claims Apple May Release $349 iPhone for Prepaid Markets This Year
Discussion: I4U News
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
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
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Hulu Buyers Would Get Exclusive Content, With Strings Attached  —  A few days after the news first broke that Hulu is for sale, we know a bit more about what, exactly, that means.  Here's where things stand right now.  —  Hulu's owner/partners — Disney's ABC and News Corp.'s Fox …
Discussion: Betabeat
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Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines Blog:
Hulu: as TV landscape shifts, it's pass the potato
Kristen Purcell / Pew Internet:
E-reader ownership doubles in six months  —  e-Reader ownership surges since last November; tablet ownership grows more slowly  —  The share of adults in the United States who own an e-book reader doubled to 12% in May, 2011 from 6% in November 2010.  E-readers, such as a Kindle or Nook …
Kari Wilson / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
1 around the world  —  A few months ago we released the +1 button on English search results on google.com.  More recently, we've made the +1 button available to sites across the web, making it easy for the people who love your content to recommend it on Google search.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Answers.com Gets Gutted By Its New Owner: Massive Layoffs, CEO And CTO Out  —  AFCV Holdings, a portfolio company of growth equity investor Summit Partners, is axing the majority of people working for Q&A site Answers.com parent company Answers Corporation, which it acquired earlier this year for $127 million in cash.
Discussion: The Business Insider
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Former YouSendIt CEO pleads guilty to Web attack on his old company  —  The former chief executive of the YouSendIt, a website where users can post files too large to send over email, has admitted to launching an online attack against the company he once ran.
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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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.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Google reveals US government leads way in private data requests  —  Google has received a record number of requests from 26 developed countries to reveal private information about internet users  —  Private information about Google users was demanded by governments or police a total …
Tom / fring:
NEW!  Fun Group Video Chat for iPad: Full Size!  —  fring is launching the world's 1st Group Video chat App for the iPad  —  4 friends video chat at the same time.  That's at least 4 times more fun than regular 1 to 1 video chat (But fring lets you do that too...)  — Its FREE
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: SlashGear and App Advice
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
(Not so) Crazy Microsoft Rumors: Windows 8 to RTM in April 2012  —  It's been a while since I blogged about another of my (not so) crazy Microsoft rumors.  It's also been a while since I've heard any kind of an update on Windows 8 timing.  In that spirit — here's the latest …
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
 
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Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Artist launches album exclusively on Groupon
Discussion: SiliconFilter, Business Wire and Prefix
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Will the NY Times Give David Pogue Another Pass on Ethics?
Discussion: The Business Insider and Poynter
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PayPal Hits 100 Million Active Users
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NetFlix Offers Different Stream Quality Options For Users With Bandwidth Limits
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Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
The Incredible Sinking Bubble (Debating the Tech Bubble with Steve Blank: Part III)
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Hollywood studios ask High Court to block film website
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Companies Are Erecting In-House Social Networks
Discussion: @loic, Marketing Pilgrim and Pulse2
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
Skype's evil ways, cont.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
BestBuy.com stops shipping MacBook Airs ahead of refresh (update: Amazon stock low)
 

 
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