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1:25 PM ET, June 9, 2011

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Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Reverses Course On In-App Subscriptions  —  Apple has quietly changed its guidelines on the pricing of In-App Subscriptions on the App Store.  There are no longer any requirements that a subscription be the “same price or less than it is offered outside the app”.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Steve Jobs Blinks!  Apple Backs Down On App Subscription Rules  —  Apple appears to have backed down on a major component of its new in-app subscription rules, which should provide a big boost to content companies: It has scrapped a rule requiring apps that play content like music, movies …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Stephen Elop: Android's Success Is Apple's Fault, And Beware The Boxes  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) may be on the ropes, but CEO Stephen Elop is still slugging away in the handset maker's comeback strategy.  Today, he laid out some of Nokia's biggest challenges and opportunities …
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Matthew Saltmarsh / New York Times:
Nokia's Chief Technology Officer Departs  —  PARIS — The struggling Finnish cellphone maker Nokia said Thursday that its chief technology officer had taken a leave of absence and would be temporarily replaced by head of the company's research center.  —  News of the departure of Richard Green …
Reuters:
Citi says hackers access bank card data  —  (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc said computer hackers breached the bank's network and accessed data on hundreds of thousands of bank card holders in the latest of a string of cyber attacks on high-profile companies.  —  Citigroup said about 1 percent …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Cupertino To Jobs: There's No Chance We're Saying No To The Apple Spaceship Campus  —  While he's no Steve Jobs, Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong has his unique charm.  In a press conference today responding to yesterday's amazing Steve Jobs pitch, Wong said emphatically, “Cupertino is ready for this” …
AppleInsider:
Apple shows off its networking savvy at WWDC  —  After building a temporary network of WiFi hotspots to provide coverage for the 5,200 attendees at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple has set up a graphic visualization of the network itself.  —  Depicted within the Moscone West …
Discussion: GigaOM, Softpedia News and TUAW
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Visa Acquires Mobile Financial Services Company Fundamo For $110M In Cash  —  Visa this morning announced that it has agreed to acquire Fundamo, a specialist mobile financial services provider to network operators and financial institutions in developing economies, for $110 million in cash.
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Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Visa Still Weighing Its Mobile Payments Options
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Coupons.com Raises $200 Million At A Whopping $1 Billion Valuation  —  It looks like Coupons.com may have just become the Airbnb of mega-million dollar raises at billion dollar valuations.  Today, Coupons.com, the largest provider of digital coupons, announced that it has received …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Facebook's face recognition strategy may be just the ticket  —  Most of the commentary on Facebook's new face-recognition strategy has been negative, with many folks posting instructions on how to opt out.  I, on the other hand, think that Facebook may have come up with a great strategy …
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Peter Burrows / Business Week:
How Apple Feeds Its Army of App Makers  —  Let them make money, ensure the coding tools are easy to use, and keep out the riffraff  —  As he has for each of the past 14 years, Andrew Stone woke at 3:45 on the morning of Apple's (AAPL) annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 6 in San Francisco …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
HP TouchPad launches July 1st, starts at $499.99  —  HP on Thursday announced that its HP TouchPad tablet will become available on July 1st.  The TouchPad, which was first unveiled at a media event this past February, is the first webOS-powered tablet offering from HP.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
“It Just Works.”  —  Amid all the big announcements at this year's WWDC keynote, there was an undercurrent that was subtle, but important.  —  “It just works.”  Steve Jobs kept saying this over and over again on stage.  When Jobs does this, it's never an accident.  It's a message.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Jeff Bezos-backed Doxo puts a digital filing cabinet in your iPhone  —  Doxo is a service designed to act as a ‘digital file cabinet’ for your household bills and important documents.  You can even sign up to get bills from participating companies sent paper-free to your Doxo locker.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch, Thanks:sidharthdassani
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Fusion-io Opens At $25 Per Share With A $1.9 Billion Market Cap  —  As we heard yesterday, Fusion-io, the developer of flash- memory technology for companies, upped the opening price of its IPO to $19 per share, valuing the company at $1.5 billion.  Earlier in the week …
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
A Launchpad for Watching TV, Movies on the iPad  —  Watching movies and TV shows on an iPad is a pleasure.  Deciding what to watch, and then figuring out which iPad app offers which film or show at that moment, isn't.  —  [ See post to watch video ]  —  There is a growing crop …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Dell spurns U.S. in launch of Android tablet in China  —  Current stable of Dell tablets.  Dell will launch its 10-inch competitor to Apple's iPad in China first, citing ‘barriers and inhibitors’ in the U.S. and ‘upside-down’ pricing at U.S. carriers.  —  Dell will launch its highly …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
All four Lodsys patents under invalidation attack in federal court  —  I have news concerning Lodsys because a Michigan company named ForeSee Results Inc. has filed a declaratory judgment suit against Lodsys's four patents with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple Asks Developers About App Legal Issues
Discussion: MacNN and The Next Web
Matt Hartley / Financial Post:
U.S. Supreme Court sides with Toronto's i4i in Microsoft patent battle  —  UPDATE (11:16 a.m. ET): You can read the entire judgement here.  —  The United States Supreme Court ruled against software giant Microsoft Corp. and in favour of Toronto's i4i Inc. on Thursday, bringing an end …
Thomas Lowenthal / Ars Technica:
Bitcoin: inside the encrypted, peer-to-peer digital currency  —  Bitcoin—a pseudonymous cryptographic currency designed by an enigmatic, freedom-loving hacker, and currently used by the geek underground to buy and sell everything from servers to cellphone jammers.
Discussion: Tech Europe
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Google doodle lets you play a recordable guitar ditty in honor of Les Paul  —  Have you been to Google's US home page recently?  Do it, you've got less than 24 hours to check out its guitar-inspired doodle celebrating the birthday of Les Paul.  The “Google” script is highly interactive thanks …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Is The Federal Government Running Ads Secretly Created & Owned By NBC Universal?  —  We certainly suspected this when New York City first announced that it was running a series of silly and misleading videos as part of a media campaign to “Stop Piracy in NYC,” but now it's been confirmed …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Safari's New Reading Lists Are Glorified Bookmarks - Not Instapaper Killers  —  Apple's Reading Lists are basically just glorified bookmarks.  While Instapaper lets you save articles in its easy to read text-only view, Reading Lists don't make use Reader, Apple's new text-only mode for Safari at all.
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
500 Startups Unveils 2nd Batch: 21 Startups, From “Foodspotting For Fashion” To “Iron Chef In Your Living Room”
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: VatorNews and GigaOM
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Six Apart Releases Movable Type Updates To Plug Security Holes, Following PBS Hack
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
The Future Of Mobile Advertising: Less Annoying, More Useful
Discussion: The Business Insider
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Meet The Man Behind Twitter's HUGE Integration With Apple
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide.net:
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP Demands Oracle Reverse Course on Itanium Support
Discussion: eWeek, The Register and TechEye
Walter / iFixit Blog:
Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook Teardown
Jack Marshall / ClickZ:
Twitter: 12% of Q1 Revenue Came From Auto Advertisers