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Ilya Grigorik / PostRank Blog:
PostRank has been acquired by Google!  —  From the seed of an idea in late 2006, to the launch of PostRank in mid 2007, and an incredible four years of continuous learning, iteration, and developing and launching new products—what an amazing experience it has been.  And yet, the best is still yet to come.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires PostRank, An Analytics Service For The Social Web  —  In another move that makes it clear that Google is putting a much greater focus on ‘social’, the search giant has just acquired PostRank.  Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.  —  PostRank is a service that helps measure …
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  Over the course of roughly half an hour, the routes to 40 of 59 networks were withdrawn from the global routing table.
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Elizabeth Flock / Washington Post:
Syria internet services shut down as protesters fill streets
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Apple iCloud: Nice incremental revenue boost, but halo effect more notable  —  Apple has inked its licensing pact with Universal Music Group and will reportedly charge $25 a year for an iCloud subscription.  That revenue stream—once you factor in splits with the music industry …
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 …
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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Susan Panico / PlayStation Blog:
Welcome Back Program Available Now - Details Inside  —  We're so excited to welcome you back to PlayStation Network.  With the PlayStation Store back online, we've been getting all caught up this week, having launched an abundance of amazing content for download on PlayStation 3 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook VP Chamath Palihapitiya Forms New Venture Fund, The Social+Capital Partnership  —  Facebook vice president Chamath Palihapitiya will leave the company as he launches a large new venture fund called The Social+Capital Partnership, with backing from some of the worlds leading business and technology leaders.
Discussion: AllThingsD, SAI and Everything Ventured
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Apple Hires The Guy Who Hacked Together A Better iOS Notifications System  —  Back in February, I wrote that MobileNotifier (a replacement notifications system for jailbroken iOS devices) would be the one thing that would make anyone want to jailbreak — and I stand by it.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Xbox LIVE Diamond subscription TV service to debut at E3  —  Microsoft is planning to reveal its Xbox LIVE subscription TV service at E3, WinRumors has learned.  —  The software giant is close to finishing a key number of components for its full Xbox LIVE subscription TV service.
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.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Woah!  Apple Worth More Than Microsoft And Intel Combined  —  At the close of markets today, Apple has a bigger market cap than Microsoft and Intel combined (the so-called Wintel alliance).  —  Here's how much Apple, Microsoft and Intel are worth on Wall St.:  — Apple (AAPL) — $317.60 billion
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
MI6 Hacked Al Qaeda Website, Swapping Bomb Recipes With Cupcake Recipes  —  Just imagine the look of surprise on an al Qaeda member's face when they thought they were loading a tutorial on how to “make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom” but actually got...a recipe for mojito cupcakes.
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Anonymous steals 10,000 Iranian government emails, plans DDoS attack  —  Anonymous has hacked into Iranian government servers and procured over 10,000 email messages from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  —  The Ministry's website is still down as of this writing, and the servers are under Anonymous control.
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 …
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 …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry Bold 9900 won't launch until September  —  BlackBerry fans will just have to keep waiting for the company's latest and greatest handset.  We have confirmed with multiple sources that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 won't be launching until September globally.
Josh Phillips / The Windows Blog:
A tour of the new Music +Video Hub  —  From the beginning, the chief design principle for the Music+Videos Hub in Windows Phone was simple: make it easy to discover and consume the content you love.  —  In Mango, it only gets better.  —  The next release of Windows Phone introduces on-phone podcasts …
Discussion: Zunited, Gizmodo and WMPoweruser.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Going Digital: Editor Josh Quittner Leaves Time Inc For Flipboard  —  This should be interesting.  Flipboard is getting an editorial director from the world of print magazines: Josh Quittner, my former boss at Business 2.0 magazine and most recently the editor at Time Inc. behind many of its digital magazine initiatives.
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Zynga Said to Be Close to Hiring Goldman Sachs to Lead IPO, Extend Credit  —  Zynga Inc. is in talks to have Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) lead its initial public offering and provide a credit line of more than $1 billion to help make acquisitions, said a person with knowledge of the matter.
Discussion: SAI, Inside Social Games and GigaOM
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.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right  —  A United Nations report said Friday that disconnecting people from the internet is a human rights violation and against international law.  —  The report railed against France and the United Kingdom, which have passed laws to remove accused copyright scofflaws from the internet.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
EA starts its own downloadable games service  —  Electronic Arts is diving into digital game distribution by launching a service for selling downloadable games direct to consumers.  The service will be called Origin.  —  EA plans to shift even more to a digital games model …
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Photos Live For Twitter Employees, User Roll-Out Begins Next Week
Christian Zibreg / 9to5 Google:
Google confirms phone support for publishers and advertisers “within next quarter”
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