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June 6, 2012, 4:25 AM

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Alan Warren / The Official Google Blog:
Google + Quickoffice = get more done anytime, anywhere  —  We're happy to announce that we have acquired Quickoffice, a leader in office productivity solutions.  —  Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device.
Nick Wingfield / Bits:
As Google Bets on Mobile Office, Microsoft Waits  —  If Microsoft couldn't find compelling enough reasons to release its Office applications for the iPad, Google just gave it one.  —  On Tuesday, Google acquired Quickoffice, a start-up that makes a set of applications for iPads and Android tablets …
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Are You Okay With Airtime Secretly Taking Photos Of You While You're Video Chatting?  —  Airtime: You watch it.  It watches you.  —  Facebook is boring, according to a third of its users.  Yikes!  Luckily, tech entrepreneur Sean Parker plans to save the day, launching a new video chat service called Airtime.
Michael Hogan / The Huffington Post:
Sean Parker's Airtime Launch: Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, Jim Carrey & More Improvise As Event Unravels  —  Whatever Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning paid the celebrities who attended this morning's unveiling of their new video-chat application, it wasn't enough.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint's Virgin Mobile to Offer iPhone  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. is set to become the second U.S. mobile-phone carrier to offer Apple Inc.'s iPhone on a pay-as-you-go basis.  —  Sprint will announce this week it will offer the popular smartphone on its Virgin Mobile pay-as-you-go brand as soon as July 1 …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Pre to postmortem: the inside story of the death of Palm and webOS  —  Thirty-one.  That's the number of months it took Palm, Inc. to go from the darling of International CES 2009 to a mere shadow of itself, a nearly anonymous division inside the HP machine without a hardware program and without the confidence of its owners.
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Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Ellen Pao Breaks Her Silence: I'm Still At Kleiner Perkins, And I Don't Plan On Leaving  —  Ellen Pao, the partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers who is suing the legendary venture capital firm for alleged gender discrimination and acts of retaliation she claims to have experienced during …
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
on{X}: The Coolest Thing to Happen to Android.  Courtesy of... Microsoft Israel?  —  Look at your Android phone!  Now back at this post!  —  Imagine you could program your Android to text your wife when you left work.  Now imagine your Android reminding you in the morning to grab …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Carriers' Next Move: One Choice for Voice  —  The largest U.S. wireless carriers are working on ways to keep their customers paying up for something they do less and less—making phone calls.  —  In a sea change for consumer behavior, the amount of time spent making old-fashioned voice calls …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Lenovo demos ThinkPad tablet running Windows 8, we go hands-on  —  Yes, another Windows 8 tablet.  After getting hands-on with some new devices from Acer, ASUS and Samsung, you might already having trouble telling one device from the other.  You might even say the same about Lenovo …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Google Starts Showing Users Alerts For Accounts Hacked By “State-Sponsored Attackers”  —  Here's a message from Google some Gmail users can expect to see in the near future, and that the rest of us hope we never will: “Warning: We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer.”
Hunter Walk / Elapsed Time:
The Death of Social Proof  —  Social proof is dying as a startup differentiation heuristic during fundraising.  Why?  —  A) Blame Angellist for an Advisor Bubble  —  Every company I see has some roster of advisors and/or soft-circled seed investors already committed.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Another Big Money Bet on AdTech: PubMatic Raises $45 Million From August Capital  —  After a few years of infatuation, many investors have grown out of love with ad technology companies.  But a handful of ad tech businesses continue to garner very big bets and are making noises about going public.
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Kobo launches e-book self-publishing platform, “Writing Life”  —  Digital reading company Kobo is launching a competitor to Amazon's KDP and Barnes & Noble's PubIt: Kobo Writing Life, a free self-publishing platform for independent authors and publishers.  —  Writing Life is in beta tests …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
No Resumes, Just Skills: Smarterer Grabs $1.75M From True, Google Ventures; Tony Conrad Joins Board  —  Resumes, they say, are ineffective but Boston-based startup Smarterer believes it has the solution.  The company's platform provides job searchers with a simple way to show employers …
Megan O'Neill / SocialTimes:
New Deals With Publishers Will Allow YouTube To Monetize Nearly All UGC With Copyright Music  —  Attention is looking for a Director, Social Media.  —  Allfacebook Marketing Conference AllFacebook AllTwitter Send an anonymous tip  — Hot: What Makes A Video “Viral”? …
Rafe Blandford / All About Windows Phone:
100,000 apps published to Windows Phone Marketplace  —  More than 100,000 apps have now been published in the Windows Phone Marketplace and new content is currently being added at the rate of 313 apps per day.  At the time of writing, 100,145 apps have been published.
Salvador Rodriguez / Los Angeles Times:
Pandora is lobbying Congress to establish fair royalty rates  —  This post has been corrected.  See note below.  —  Pandora has reportedly spent more than $50,000 this year lobbying Congress to establish a more equal system for how much different forms of radio pay in royalties.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Facebook to help those infected with DNSChanger clean up their computer before July 9th  —  If you've been infected by a dirty little virus called DNSChanger, you won't be able to access the Internet after July 9th.  Even though the people behind the virus have been arrested, there might be millions of computers still infected.

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