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11:25 AM 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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Greg Sandoval / Technology News:
Apple signs Universal Music to iCloud  —  Apple has cut a licensing deal with Universal Music Group that will enable Apple's online music store to offer songs from the largest of the four top record companies, sources with knowledge of the talks told CNET.  —  The agreement means Apple …
Alex Pham / Company Town:
Major labels, music publishers lining up behind Apple's iCloud  —  Apple Inc. has just sewn up its contracts with the four major record labels Thursday for a cloud music service, with agreements from music publishers to follow on Friday, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iCloud cost pegged at $25 per year, all 4 major labels signed
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Groupon Files For $750 Million IPO; Lost $413 Million In 2010  —  Groupon just filed an S-1 with the SEC in order to raise $750 million in an IPO.  In the filing Andrew Mason wrote the following letter to potential investors: Dear Potential Stockholders, On the day of this writing …
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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 …
Discussion: Digital Trends and ITProPortal
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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 …
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 …
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.
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
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: Gizmodo and blog.chron.com
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: PhoneArena and PC Magazine
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 …
Discussion: Digital Trends and GottaBeMobile
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 …
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 …
Douglas Stanglin / USA Today:
Internet service to Syria reportedly cut as more protests erupt  —  All Internet service to Syria has been cut as protesters again pour into the streets of several cities in anti-government demonstrations, Al Jazeera reports.  —  Al-Jazeera quotes a government-sponsored website as confirming …
Vikas SN / The Next Web:
HTC takes the Sense UI open-source and reaches out to developers  —  After re-introducing unlockable bootloaders last week, HTC has announced a new developer initiative called HTCdev, which would offer mobile app developers with various tools and resources to build apps tailor made for HTC Sense phones.
Efim Bushmanov / skype-open-source:
Skype protocol reverse engineered, source available for download  —  Hello, I'am Efim Bushmanov a freelance researcher and here is my project files on skype research.  —  While “Wall Street Journal” makes politics and skype today's trend, i want to publish my research on this.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Execs Are Absolutely Giddy Right Now Says Goldman Sachs  —  Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope has a report out on Apple this morning that is very bullish.  —  He met with COO Tim Cook, retail SVP Ron Johnson, and CFO Peter Oppenheimer.  —  Shope says, “the company appeared …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:   Apple Executives Optimistic About Future of iOS, Expect Tablet Market to Surpass PCs
 
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Associated Press:
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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How the Library of Congress is building the Twitter archive
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
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