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May 30, 2012, 8:10 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 …
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:
Tim Cook at the D Conference: Between the Lines  —  Apple boss Tim Cook spoke Tuesday night at the D10 conference, his first major public interview since becoming CEO of Apple last year.  His chat touched on everything from what he learned from Steve Jobs to his big-picture goal for Apple: to build great products, of course.
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.
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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 Caulfield & 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 …
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype's present is secure, its future is not  —  It has been over six months since Microsoft officially became an owner of Skype, one of the biggest communication services in the world.  The company has been growing quietly, thanks to its “Skype everywhere” strategy.
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 …
More: The Verge, Engadget and CNET
Oliver Reichenstein / Information Architects:
Sweep the Sleaze  —  Promising to make you look wired and magically promote your content in social networks, the Like, Retweet, and +1 buttons occupy a good spot on pretty much every page of the World Wide Web.  Because of this, almost every major site and world brand is providing free advertising for Twitter and Facebook.
Tweets: @mheerema, @aswang and @mathewi
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Google Sending 51% Less Traffic To Facebook Pages Since “Search Plus Your World” Launch; Bing Drops, Too  —  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.
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 …
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.
More: EngadgetTweets: @eghosao
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 …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era  —  In the 1990s, the term “digital divide” emerged to describe technology's haves and have-nots.  It inspired many efforts to get the latest computing tools into the hands of all Americans, particularly low-income families.  —  Those efforts have indeed shrunk the divide.
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
How Much Would It Cost To Pre-Screen YouTube Videos?  About $37 Billion Per Year...  Last week we reported that videos were currently being uploaded to YouTube at the rate of 72 hours every minute, and asked how anybody could expect Google to pre-screen such a deluge.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Top that, cable!  Verizon offers 300 Mbps home broadband  —  Bored with your 100 Mbps connection?  Verizon plans to offer customers up to 300 Mbps down via its FiOS fiber service next month.  That's double Verizon's current top speed of 150 Mbps down and a slam against cable companies trying to compete with Big Red.

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