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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 …
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab and Engadget
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: The Download Blog, @juney and @stevecla
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 …
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: Reuters and Tech Europe
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Foxconn chief: iPads would be more profitable if they weren't so hard to make  —  Foxconn, a subsidiary of the Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, is being forced to find more efficient means of manufacturing Apple devices if it is to increase profit and increase its annual sales growth forecast, says company chairman Terry Gou.
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” …
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 …
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Meet The Man Behind Twitter's HUGE Integration With Apple  —  The big hero at Twitter this week is a guy named Raffi Krikorian.  —  Because it's talked about on TV all the time by people who work for media companies that would like you to follow them and consume all of their content, Twitter is very well known in the mainstream.
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Business Insider
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Bank Not Responsible for Letting Hackers Steal $300K From Customer  —  A judge in Maine has ruled that a bank that allowed hackers to steal more than $300,000 from a customer's online account isn't responsible for the lost money, saying the customer should have done more to protect the account credentials.
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Court: Passwords + Secret Questions = ‘Reasonable’ eBanking Security
Discussion: The Register
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
The Future Of Mobile Advertising: Less Annoying, More Useful  —  As mobile phones evolve, mobile advertising is evolving, too.  —  Already, we've seen a shift from tiny text and banner ads to more sophisticated efforts.  Some are trying to captivate you with mini-games, interactive widgets, and contests.
Discussion: The Business Insider and Poynter
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook gives regulators info on facial recognition  —  (Reuters) - Facebook has quietly expanded the availability of technology to automatically identify people in photos, renewing concerns about the privacy practices of the world's top social networking service.
Spencer Ante / Digits:
Apps From Foursquare, LinkedIn, Netflix Put Data at Risk, Firm Finds  —  You'd think the spate of Internet security breaches this spring would have companies on their toes.  But when it comes to wireless apps, some are still making rookie mistakes.  —  Computer security firm viaForensics …
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Verizon confirms sales of its Galaxy S II ‘superphone’ start in July  —  Other major carriers are also expected to have the hottest new smartphone, made by Samsung  —  Computerworld - Verizon Wireless Wednesday confirmed that it plans to start selling the Samsung Galaxy S II “superphone” …
Steve Poland / TechCrunch:
The New Early-Adopter Addiction: Turntable  —  Editor's Note: This guest post written by former TechCrunch writer Steve Poland (@popo).  His last post was Twitter And Facebook Turn Everyone Into An Affiliate Marketer.  —  Signing up for Twitter at South by Southwest 2007 …
Discussion: Steve Poland
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.
Jack Marshall / ClickZ:
Twitter: 12% of Q1 Revenue Came From Auto Advertisers  —  Since rolling out its first advertiser product in April 2010, Twitter has found particular success in the automotive sector, and hopes to extend that appeal to retail marketers next.  —  Speaking with ClickZ News this week …
Walter / iFixit Blog:
Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook Teardown  —  Just over six months ago, Google released the Cr-48 prototype Chromebook to developers—promising that production hardware would be forthcoming.  They weren't lying!  With today's release of the first production Chromebook, the Samsung Series 5 3G …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP Demands Oracle Reverse Course on Itanium Support  —  Hewlett-Packard says it has sent a formal demand letter to software giant Oracle insisting that it reverse its decision, made in March, to stop building software for Intel's Itanium server chip.  —  In the letter, which was not released …
Discussion: TechEye, The Register and PC World
 
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
EBay seeks acquisitions to speed impulse buys
Rachael King / Bloomberg:
EMC's RSA Security Breach May Cost Bank Customers $100 Million
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
Salesforce.com Pays Over $1.5 Million for Data.com Domain Name
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: AllThingsD
Bloomberg:
Google, France Telecom Weigh Traffic Pact
 Earlier Items: 
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Flash Madness Continues: Fusion-io Prices at $19 A Share
Discussion: PR Newswire, SAI, ITworld.com and TechCrunch
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Post A Picture That ‘Causes Emotional Distress’ And You Could Face Jailtime In Tennessee
Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Why Copyright Holders Love iTunes Match And Pirates Hate It
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evernote Peek: The First Smart Cover App That Could Make You Smarter