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2:10 PM ET, June 3, 2011

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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Apple pays music bigs $100M+  —  Apple will fork over between $100 million and $150 million in advanced payments to the four major music labels in order to get its iCloud off the ground, three separate sources told The Post.  —  The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant has agreed to pay …
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Alex Pham / Company Town:
Major labels, music publishers lining up behind Apple's iCloud
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple signs Universal Music to iCloud
David Heinemeier Hansson / Short Logic:
Groupon IPO: Pass on this deal  —  Groupon has filed its S-1 and hopes to raise $750M in its initial public offering.  Given they're currently losing a staggering $117M per quarter, despite revenues of $644M, they'll be burning through that cash almost as soon as it hits their account.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Groupon: Doomed to Fail or Worth a Leap? A Twitter Debate
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Syrian Internet Shutdown  —  Starting at 3:35 UTC today (6:35am local time), approximately two-thirds of all Syrian networks became unreachable from the global Internet.  Over the course of roughly half an hour, the routes to 40 of 59 networks were withdrawn from the global routing table.
Wall Street Journal:
Gmail Hack Targeted White House  —  People who work at the White House were among those targeted by the China-based hackers who broke into Google Inc.'s Gmail accounts, according to one U.S. official.  —  The hackers likely were hoping the officials were conducting administration business …
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Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China PLA officers call Internet key battleground
Discussion: The Register, TechEye and The Next Web
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Android Share Surges Again, Apple Gains A Bit, RIM Destroyed  —  New data from comScore on the U.S. smartphone market shows Android share is still surging, while Apple is just barely growing share.  —  Research in Motion and Microsoft, on the other hand are being destroyed.
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Windows 8: The Beginning of the End of Windows  —  I have a longstanding rule for evaluating new tech products: Don't judge anything by the demo.  I've seen far too many product previews that hid fundamental flaws in usability.  Until you can touch and play with the product on your own …
Matthew Fraser / This Much I Know:
YOU DON'T SAY: WORDS “FACEBOOK” AND “TWITTER” ARE BANNED FROM FRENCH AIRWAVES  —  The French are notorious for their obsession with maddening, micro-meddling rules and regulations.  —  Anglo-Saxons who live in France, as I do, constantly struggle with the puzzling paradox in a society universally admired …
Discussion: The Next Web
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Adobe CEO: Android Will Overtake iPad Just Like it Did the iPhone (Video)  —  Adobe's Shantanu Narayen debunked a myth today at D that there's an ongoing feud between it and Apple over running Flash on iOS.  —  Still, he didn't hesitate downplaying Apple's early lead in the tablet market …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google's CEO steps into spotlight  —  In his most extensive public comments since becoming Google's (GOOG) CEO, Larry Page on Thursday delivered a carefully crafted response to critics who say the company is too free-spending, too unfocused and too aloof to investors and Wall Street.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Retail 10th Anniversary Poster: “We've learned a lot.”  —  Click for larger.  —  The most public celebration of Apple Retail's tenth anniversary was the rollout of iPad interactive shopping guides, something Apple calls the “Smart Sign”.  But behind the scenes, in the retail back-of-house area …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Amazon May Soon Need to Collect Sales Tax  —  A proposal in the U.S. Senate aims to end the longtime exemption for e-commerce  —  California visitors to Wal-Mart Stores' (WMT) website must pay $214 to buy a Philips Electronics (PHG) 22-inch LCD HDTV, one of the hottest-selling flat-panel televisions on the Web.
Discussion: DailyTech, Gizmodo and blog.chron.com
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Start-up Offers New Hires $10,000, and All the Accoutrements of Hipsterdom  —  Earlier this year, my colleague Claire Cain Miller and I reported on the fierce recruiting wars among tech companies as they competed to hire and retain talented software developers and engineers.
Discussion: SAI, @dondodge and The Next Web
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
AT&T's Ralph De La Vega on the T-Mobile Deal, Service Issues, Spectrum Shortage  —  Trying to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion.  Looking to fend off new competition with Verizon over the iPhone.  The looming spectrum crunch and the shift away from unlimited data pricing.
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Mark Milian / CNN:
AT&T: Our 4G will catch up to Verizon's in 2 to 3 years
Discussion: PC Magazine and PhoneArena
Nathan Hodge / Wall Street Journal:
Killer App: Army Tests Smartphones for Combat  —  The Army plans to hold desert trials in the U.S. next week to test off-the-shelf iPhones, Androids and tablet computers for use in war.  —  Starting Monday, the Army will also stress-test a variety of applications that could allow troops …
Bloomberg:
Nokia Breakup Worth 52% Gain: Real M&A  —  Nokia Oyj (NOK1V), the world's largest mobile-phone maker, has destroyed so much shareholder value that it may be worth 52 percent more if sold and broken into pieces.  —  The Espoo, Finland-based company, once worth almost $300 billion …
Discussion: FierceWireless
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft cuts down on Windows Phone Marketplace bulk publishing … Microsoft revealed on Friday that it plans to limit the number of apps a developer can get certified to 20 a day.  —  The move follows criticism that Microsoft is simply bumping up its Marketplace numbers …
Raphael G. Satter / Associated Press:
Spotlight falls on Sony's troubled cybersecurity  —  LONDON - Another massive data breach at Sony has left hackers exulting, customers steaming and security experts questioning why basic fixes haven't been made to the company's stricken cybersecurity program.
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Associated Press:
Sony Probing Claim Hackers Stole User Information
Discussion: PC World
 
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Christian Zibreg / 9to5 Google:
Google confirms phone support for publishers and advertisers “within next quarter”
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
UN: Disconnecting File-Sharers Breaches Human Rights
Discussion: Open Rights Group and Gov 2.0
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Zynga Said to Be Close to Hiring Goldman Sachs to Lead IPO, Extend Credit
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
EBay's PayPal to stop service on Alibaba site
Nicole Perlroth / Everything Ventured:
The Billion-Dollar Startup Club: Then and Now
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Note to Self: If the Halls Clear at Conferences, IPOs Are Near
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Spark, Lightbank And Yuri Milner Get In On OnSwipe's $5M ‘Series Awesome’
Discussion: OnSwipe Company Blog and Betabeat, Thanks:jasonlbaptiste
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
Github Has Surpassed Sourceforge and Google Code in Popularity
Discussion: Inquirer and 451 CAOS Theory, Thanks:arpitnext
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Motorola CEO: Open Android Store Leads to Quality Issues
Audrey Watters / O'Reilly Radar:
How the Library of Congress is building the Twitter archive