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2:50 PM ET, June 12, 2010

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Union Square Ventures:
Web Services as Governments  —  This spring Apple, Facebook, and Twitter, made controversial announcements.  Apple announced the terms of service for the iPhone OS 4, that restricted how applications developers could use analytics data.  Facebook launched Facebook Credits, and a completely different privacy policy.
Zephoria / danah boyd:
“for the lolz”: 4chan is hacking the attention economy  —  (Newbie note: If you have never heard of 4chan, start with the Wikipedia entry and not the website itself.  The site tends to offend many adults' sensibilities.  As one of my friends put it, loving LOLcats or rickrolling as outputs …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook: Calacanis Is Lying  —  Well, this is getting more interesting.  This morning, we reported that Jason Calacanis' Facebook account was still active, despite his very public deletion of the account about 20 days ago.  When he found out about this, Calacanis sent an angry email …
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Cameron Chapman / Smashing Magazine:
How To Permanently Delete Your Account on Popular Websites
Discussion: TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   You Know Where Else It's Hard To Delete Your Account? Mahalo
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee Box by D-Link Release Set for November in North America  —  Earlier this week we got confirmation that the Boxee Box by D-Link will ship this November in US and Canada.  We realize many of you have waited months to purchase the Boxee Box, and we know how frustrating this is.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Boxee Delays Web TV Set-Top Box Five Months, Until November (AAPL, GOOG, SNE)
Discussion: I4U News and Neowin.net
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Scribd: Publishers Are Wasting Time, Money, Effort In Creating iPad Apps  —  Although magazines like Wired are reporting strong results for their early iPad efforts, for most publishers, this is still an experiment to see if they can recreate—or at least approximate—the revenue model that used …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz To Win The Foursquare Investor Badge  —  A months long fundraising process for Foursquare is in its last stages, we've heard from multiple sources, and Andreessen Horowitz looks to be preparing to check-in to Foursquare to take an investor badge.
Steven Pinker / New York Times:
Mind Over Mass Media  —  NEW forms of media have always caused moral panics: the printing press, newspapers, paperbacks and television were all once denounced as threats to their consumers' brainpower and moral fiber.  —  So too with electronic technologies.  PowerPoint, we're told, is reducing discourse to bullet points.
Discussion: Bits, GigaOM, Snarkmarket and Boing Boing
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Artefact puts Flash on your iPad ‘In A Pinch’ (video)  —  Despite Steve Jobs's ethical reservations, it's clear that people want Flash on their iPads (or at the very least, developers want to find ways put it there).  Recently we saw Smokescreen, a browser plug-in that pulls apart SWF binaries …
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
FTC Sets Apple Mobile Software Probe  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will investigate whether Apple Inc.'s business practices harm competition in the market for software used on mobile devices, people familiar with the situation said.  —  For weeks, the FTC has been engaged …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPhones for BlackBerries at UBS  —  Up to one third of the the bank's 18,000 BlackBerries could migrate to Apple's smartphone  —  In an unusual note to clients, UBS (UBS) analyst Maynard Um reported Thursday on the results of a panel discussion with his own bank's senior information technology personnel.
Discussion: Electronista, Thanks:jasonhiner
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Hits 10,000 iPad Apps — Store Doubled In The Past Six Weeks  —  During his keynote address at WWDC on Monday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs rattled off some key statistics.  Among them was that there are 8,500 native iPad apps.  Actually, at the time, Apple had over 9,000, but we'll let that slide.
Discussion: App Advice, Erictric and Yahoo! News
Philip Shenon / ABCNEWS:
Pentagon Fears Wikileaks Founder Will Spill Secrets  —  Officials Hunting Wikileaks Founder in Attempt to Protect Classified Documents  —  Pentagon investigators are trying to determine the whereabouts of the Australian-born founder of the secretive website Wikileaks for fear …
 
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Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Computing with Secrets, but Keeping them Safe
Economist:
Blooming  —  Europe has become a more fertile place for technology companies.
Thanks:loic
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hulu Founding CTO Eric Feng Leaving For KPCB, Al Gore
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
DoubleClick's Rosenblatt in group shopping start-up
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Finland Plans To Decriminalize Using Open WiFi [Updated]
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Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
iPad Hackers: Obtaining Emails Not Illegal, We Will Fight If Charges Are Pressed
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
How Much Is a Facebook Fan Really Worth?
Thanks:filos