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May 30, 2012, 11:30 PM

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Horace Dediu / asymco:
Beneath contempt: The Apple TV business model  —  Last year we sold ... 2.8 million Apple TVs.  This year, just in the first six months of our year we've sold 2.7.  Tim Cook at D10 1:45.  I note the “our” in “our year”.  This implies fiscal year (that and the fact that he spoke in the past tense …
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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Once Deemed Evil, Google Now Embraces “Paid Inclusion”  —  Back when Google was an upstart search engine, one way it distinguished itself was to fight against a pay-to-play business model called “paid inclusion.”  Indeed, paid inclusion was one of the original sins Google listed as part of its “Don't Be Evil” creed.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Let's Have Some Fun Reading Way Too Much Into the Preliminary Schedule for WWDC 2012  —  “We're going to double down on secrecy on products.”  —Tim Cook, yesterday at the D10 conference  —  I've long compared Apple punditry to Cold War-era Kremlinology — to predict or analyze an opaque …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
That's Amore: Has Apple Bought Italian Music Editing Startup Redmatica?  —  Everyone is focused on what hardware product Apple might launch next, but out of Italy comes reported news of a software development: the company has bought Redmatica, a small startup that specializes in digital music-editing apps.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Aaron Sorkin talks about future Steve Jobs movie, impact of technology on his writing  —  You don't have to look far to get a grasp on who Aaron Sorkin is — he wrote A Few Good Men, The American President, The West Wing, Moneyball and The Social Network, for starters …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Inside Google X's Project Glass, Part I  —  Google's Project Glass product lead Steve Lee walks us through his experience with the development of the company's sci-fi-inspired eyewear—from his team's “hundreds of variations and dozens of early prototypes” to his vision of the future.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Places Is Over, Company Makes Google+ The Center Of Gravity For Local Search  —  When Google+ and Google+ Pages for business were introduced a little less than a year ago many people in the local search arena began anticipating the day when Google would merge or integrate Google Places and Google+ Pages.
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Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Sean Parker: Why Did Spotify Take So Long to Get Stateside?  It Could Have Been Apple.  —  Before Spotify finally hit the U.S. less than a year ago, streaming-music proponents the world around lauded the company.  But while the app was available in Europe and other countries since 2010 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
MegaUpload asks U.S. court to dismiss piracy charges  —  The cloud-storage service accused of piracy says the U.S. lacked jurisdiction and “should have known” that before taking down the service and throwing its founder in jail.  —  Follow @sandoCNET  —  MegaUpload's attorneys have asked …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Korea Fair Trade Commission Raids Google.  Again.  —  Google is in hot water in South Korea again.  —  The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) raided Google's offices in Seoul on Monday, people familiar with the matter say.  This is the second time the agency has busted …
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Are Facebook Pages Getting Less Traffic From Google & Bing?  —  This January Google launched “Search Plus Your World (SPYW),” a service that drastically customized search results based on social connections while bolstering visibility of Google+ products.  While the new changes absolutely …
More: CNET
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Apple Store now selling Nest Learning Thermostat for $249.95  —  It turns out the rumors were true: Apple has begun selling the Nest Learning Thermostat in its online store for $249.95.  It's the second large retail expansion for Nest in the past 24 hours, with the company announcing Canadian availability …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins Partner John Doerr Speaks Out On Lawsuit: “Our Firm Does Not Discriminate Based On Gender”  —  John Doerr, the longtime partner at Silicon Valley venture capital stalwart Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers who is perhaps the firm's most recognizable public face …
Serena Saitto / Bloomberg:
Kayak Said To Postpone IPO Following Facebook'S Tumble  —  Kayak Software Corp. is delaying its initial public offering following Facebook Inc. (FB)'s post-IPO tumble, according to a person close to the situation.  —  The Norwalk, Connecticut-based online-travel service has postponed …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
iPad Only No More: Inkling Debuts HTML5-Powered E-Book App For The Web  —  Inkling, the San Francisco-based startup that's known for making super slick interactive digital versions of college textbooks and other educational titles for the iPad, has debuted its first ever platform for the web browser.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple: publishers “expressed varying degrees of unhappiness” with Amazon  —  Says its agreements with e-book publishers are similar, but not identical.  —  Apple has acknowledged that yes, part of its motivation to launch the iBookstore was to make money, but says its agreements …
AP Member Choice Limited / Associated Press:
Registered sex offenders fight for access to Facebook  —  (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images / May 30, 2012)  —  Registered sex offenders who have been banned from social networking websites are fighting back in state courts.  —  Sex offenders have successfully challenged many of the restrictions …
More: The Verge
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Intellectual Ventures' Nathan Mhyrvold defends patent trolling, calls tech industry immature  —  Intellectual Ventures' CEO and founder Nathan Mhyrvold, who previously spent some 14 years at Microsoft Research, took the stage here at D10, and as predicted, his interview with Walt Mossberg was quite the invigorating one.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Mary Meeker Explains the Mobile Monetization Challenge  —  Looming over the Internet industry is the mismatch between the growth in mobile usage and mobile monetization.  —  Most recently, it was the risk factor that helped take down Facebook's ill-fated IPO roadshow, when the company warned …

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