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12:20 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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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.
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.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Groupon Files For $750 Million IPO; Lost $413 Million In 2010
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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Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China PLA officers call Internet key battleground
Discussion: The Register, The Next Web and TechEye
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Digital Trends and GottaBeMobile
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 …
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 …
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.
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
Motorola CEO: Open Android Store Leads to Quality Issues  —  Motorola's CEO blamed the open Android app store for performance issues on some phones.  —  Of all the Motorola Android devices that are returned, 70 percent come back because applications affect performance, Sanjay Jha …
 
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Associated Press:
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