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New York Times:
Bing Becomes a Distraction for Microsoft  —  Microsoft needs to concentrate on a different kind of search: finding a buyer for Bing, its online search business.  Bing is the industry's distant No. 2 after Google.  It has become a distraction for the software giant — one that costs shareholders dearly.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Networking Blog:
Google revises Google+ real name management policy  —  Over the weekend, Google annoyed numerous one-time Google+ users by blowing away their accounts because they'd broken Google's name restrictions.  That went over well.  As I asked at the time, “What was Google thinking!?”
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Says Its Price Hike Will Clip Revenues For a Quarter  —  A quick first look at the Netflix Q2: Revenue of $788.6 million, earnings of $1.26 a share Wall Street was looking for $791.5 million and earnings of $1.11 per share.  Analysts are unlikely to be happy with the company's guidance for the next quarter, though.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netflix: 75 Percent Of New Customers Signing Up For Streaming-Only Plan
Andrew Grossman / Metropolis:
First Glimpse of Apple's Plans for Grand Central Terminal … Grand Central Terminal's iconic main concourse, with its ceiling of glittering stars, will likely welcome another icon later this year: a single, glowing white apple.  —  Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials offered …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Secret iPad App Exposed [Pictures]  —  So, we just exposed the awesome secret that Facebook's iPad app is actually already out there, hidden inside of the iPhone app.  Now it's time to show it to you.  —  I've been playing with the app for much of the night, and it seems solid.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Facebook blocks access to hidden iPad app
Tim Carmody / Wired:
Sidestepping Apple: From Amazon to Conde Nast, Companies Rethink App Strategies  —  We all knew that once Apple starting enforcing new rules for in-app purchases, it would change how media companies do business on the iPhone and iPad.  Now, we're beginning to see just what that looks …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Former Microsoft Exec Raises $20 Million For Motif, An Investment Vehicle For Ideas  —  Motif Investing, a new vehicle that allows you to invest in ideas, has raised $20 million in Series B financing led by Ignition Partners with participation from Norwest Venture Partners and Foundation Capital.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Report: Amazon To Use Two-Finger Touchscreen To Keep Tablet Competitive With The iPad  —  Details about the Amazon tablet are slowly emerging as its supposed release draws closer.  The latest news out of the Chinese manufacturing scene is that Amazon, like others, are opting …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google On The Nortel Loss, Patents As Government-Granted Monopolies, And Plates Of Spaghetti  —  Back in early April, Kent Walker, Google's Senior Vice President & General Counsel, wrote a post on the Google blog titled “Patents and innovation”.  The reason behind the post was clear …
Discussion: NPR and AppleInsider
Zach Epstein / BGR:
HTC's Chief Innovation Officer, Horace Luke, resigns for personal reasons  —  BGR has exclusively learned that Horace Luke, former Chief Innovation Officer at HTC, has left the company as of April 30th 2011.  “Horace Luke, HTC's chief innovation officer, has left HTC for personal reasons.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
AT&T preps for early to mid-September iPhone 5 launch  —  BGR has exclusively learned that AT&T has begun communicating launch plans internally for Apple's next-generation iPhone 5 handset.  We have been told that AT&T has begun informing employees across the company, and those who work in retail locations …
Mary Slosson / Reuters:
Timberlake to Gaga: Hollywood courts social media  —  (Reuters) - When you think of Bono or Lady Gaga, the term “Silicon Valley entrepreneur” hardly springs to mind.  —  For now, at least.  The U2 frontman and pop sensation join Justin Timberlake and Ashton Kutcher among the growing ranks …
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
As China Steps Up Web Monitoring, Many Wi-Fi Users Stay Away  —  BEIJING — New regulations that require bars, restaurants, hotels and bookstores to install costly Web monitoring software are prompting many businesses to cut Internet access and sending a chill through the capital's game-playing …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Boot to Gecko: Mozilla Plans a ChromeOS Rival for Mobile Devices  —  Mozilla today announced Boot to Gecko, a very ambitious project that aims to create a “complete, standalone operating system for the open web.”  This project's goal is to develop what seems like a ChromeOS-like operating system where all the apps are based on HTML5.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Call it GlobalVille: Zynga to launch version of CityVille on Tencent's network in China  —  In its biggest diversification beyond Facebook to date, game maker Zynga is announcing today that it has partnered with social network Tencent in China and is launching a version of its CityVille game …
Phone Arena:
RIM tweets that it will announce new BlackBerry 7 OS devices on Tuesday  —  Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day for fans of the BlackBerry platform.  A tweet came out from RIM on Monday saying that the Canadian based manufacturer will be announcing details on Tuesday about some new BlackBerry devices …
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Report: Web Applications Attacked Every 2 Minutes  —  Data security company Imperva released research today that says Web applications are probed or attacked 27 times an hour, or once every two minutes.  At the peak of attacks, some Web applications see probes or attacks 25,000 times an hour, or seven times per second.
Discussion: Imperva, eWeek and CircleID
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Internet Prankster Sends SWAT Team to Cyberbullying Expert's House  —  Among the many, many people who irk the anarchic message board 4chan, cyberbullying expert Parry Aftab is one of the most consistently despised.  So it's not surprising that an anonymous internet denizen sent a SWAT team to her New Jersey home this weekend.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Monetization And The Mainstream In Mind, Twitter Adds To Senior Management Team  —  While Twitter was busy last week making some quick, but big cuts in an attempt by Jack Dorsey to streamline the product side of things, this week they're doing the opposite — at least on the sales and marketing side of things.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Says It's Willing to Negotiate With Apple Over Patent Fight  —  HTC Corp. (2498), the Taiwanese smartphone maker locked in a patent battle with Apple Inc. (AAPL), says it's willing to negotiate with the iPhone maker after both sides scored victories at the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Discussion: The Next Web
Elizabeth Montalbano / InformationWeek:
US-CERT Director Leaves Abruptly  —  Randy Vickers, head of the organization responsible for protecting the U.S. against cyber attacks, has resigned effective immediately.  —  The director of the agency that protects the federal government from cyber attacks has resigned abruptly in the wake …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
From Floating Data to The Ground You Stand On: Creating an Internet of Places  —  The World Wide Web was originally created as a web of connected documents.  What if that's no longer an appropriate, or sufficient, metaphor?  A group of geospatial data specialists today published a call …
Discussion: Directions Magazine
 
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The search.twitter.com site is now twitter.com/search. Major improvements include more relevant search results and related photos & videos!
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Eying An IPO In The Next Year, LegalZoom Raises $66M From Kleiner Perkins And IVP
Discussion: VentureBeat
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RIM Slips: Lays Off 2,000, Splits COO Role; Is It Enough?
 

 
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