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4:40 AM ET, June 10, 2011

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires AdMeld For $400 Million  —  AdMeld, an advertising optimization platform for publishers, has been acquired by Google for around $400 million according to multiple sources.  The company, which launched in 2007, has raised just $30 million in venture capital from Foundry Group …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Ad Exec Predicts Engagement Rates For Display Ads Will Increase 50 Percent By 2015  —  Google's Vice President of Display Advertising Neal Mohan just published a blog post with a few interesting projections relating to display ads on the web.  Google, of course, has a booming display ad business that brings in billions.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:   Google Will Keep Washington Regulators Busy With $400 Million AdMeld Deal
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Apple's iTunes in iCloud 'won't launch in the UK this year'  —  Apple's cloud music service will not launch in the UK until 2012, according to record label executives and music analysts.  —  Earlier this week Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, returned from sick leave to announce the company's new cloud storage service, iCloud.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Just Handed Twitter The Keys To The iOS Kingdom — Here's Twitter's Take  —  When we first broke the news that iOS 5 would come with Twitter integration, I wasn't thinking big enough.  Based on the fairly vague (but credible) information I had, I figured it was mainly based around …
Discussion: MacNN, @rsarver, @mathewi and Electronista
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Carriers Sweat as Texting Cools Off  —  New Messaging Apps from Apple, Others May Hit Fees  —  Growth in the volume of text messaging is slowing sharply, just as new threats emerge to that lucrative source of wireless carrier profits.  —  While U.S. cellphone users sent and received …
IDC:
Worldwide Smartphone Market Expected to Grow 55% in 2011 and Approach Shipments of One Billion in 2015, According to IDC  —  The worldwide smartphone market is forecast to grow 55% year over year in 2011 as a growing number of users turn in their feature phones for more advanced devices.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IDC starts walking down Windows Phone 7 2015 projections
Discussion: All about Microsoft Blog and ZDNet
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
iMessage, Skype, Google Voice, and the death of the phone number  —  I hate phone numbers.  They're a relic of an outmoded system that both wireless and wireline carriers use to keep people trapped on their services — a false technological prison built of nothing but laziness and hostility to consumers.
YouTube Blog:
The next step in embedded videos: HD preview images and a logoless option  —  It may be hard to imagine, but YouTube's video preview images represent to many the ultimate deciding factor as to whether or not to watch a video.  If a preview image looks interesting, it can mean the difference between someone pressing the play button.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Huffington Post Traffic Zooms Past The New York Times  —  The Huffington Post has zipped past the New York Times in monthly uniques, according to data from comScore.  —  It's an impressive feat.  As AOL employee Brad Garlinghouse put it on Twitter, “Six years to disrupt 100 years.”
Abel Avram / InfoQ:
World IPv6 Day: Conclusions  —  World IPv6 Day proved to be a success.  Major service providers and websites are ready for IPv6, but some experience response times lower than when using IPv4.  Experts draw attention to a possible security flaw in IPv6 implementations.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Apple [pilfers] rips off student's rejected iPhone app  —  iOS 5 lifts idea, name, even logo  —  Apple is famous for going to absurd lengths in its effort to enforce patents and trademarks.  It recently sued Amazon for calling its app store Appstore.  And it has publicly lectured competitors to …
Katie Hoffmann / Business Week:
IBM: A New CEO for Its 100th Birthday?  —  With Palmisano turning 60 soon after Big Blue's centennial, the company may choose among executives adept at cost-cutting or growth  —  On June 16, IBM (IBM) will mark its centennial.  Five weeks later comes a birthday that could be more significant …
Discussion: SAI
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Coming Soon: Google Panda Update 2.2  —  One of the bigger pieces of news — certainly for webmasters and SEOs — from our SMX Advanced conference this week is that Google will soon be releasing version 2.2 of the Panda algorithm update.  —  Google's Matt Cutts confirmed …
Stephen Chapman / SEO Whistleblower Blog:
Great news: Promoted Trends on Twitter now cost only $120,000 per day!  —  You know, I remember a time when Twitter was trying hard to find itself a monetization model.  Ads were apparently out of the question, celebrities were cashing in with sponsored tweets, and spammers... well …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Singel-Minded: Anatomy of a Backlash, or How Facebook Got an ‘F’ for Facial Recognition  —  ANALYSIS — If you haven't heard yet, Facebook hiked right into another privacy wetland this week, as it started rolling out its facial recognition technology to users outside of North America.
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Facebook's face recognition strategy may be just the ticket
Mujahid Hasan / Bing:
iPhone Mobile App Discovery with Bing  —  There are more than half a million apps on the market.  If you know exactly which app you are looking for, finding it can be relatively easy; however, sifting through the volume of apps one by one to find the right one for the right task can be overwhelming.
Nigel Mabandla / Chrome OS Site:
Chromebooks Go On Sale - Finally!  —  A tweet from Google a few minutes ago revealed everything!  Yes, Chromebooks are now finally selling; on pre-order ofcourse.  This is the moment most of us have been waiting for since November 2009!  Here's what Google had to say: … Pre-order from Best Buy or Amazon
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Two government agencies say LightSquared's network interferes with GPS  —  A government agency that conducted tests with proposed wholesale network operator LightSquared's base station said Thursday that it found interference in the higher portion of LightSquared's spectrum bands …
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Congress Members Produce 30% Fewer Tweets After Weinergate [INFOGRAPHIC]  —  On the evening of May 27, Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York accidentally posted a lewd photo to Twitter, deleted it and claimed that his Twitter account had been hacked.  Two weeks later, we're still embroiled …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Facebook acquires Dutch software house Sofa  —  Facebook has acquired the Dutch software development firm Sofa, the smaller company announced in a blog post today.  —  Sofa is an Apple Design Award winner and is behind the popular Mac applications Kaleidoscope and Versions.
Caleb DanielsX / CDFXapps::Figure It Out:
ICloud Allows For Apps That Apple Removed From The AppStore To Be Re-Downloaded  —  The purchased apps section of the iPad and iPhone appstore allows for apps to be downloaded that Apple has already removed from the Appstore.  For example, if you downloaded iDos before Apple removed it from the store …
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 …
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Steve Case and Jerry Levin reunite to accelerate health technology
Discussion: Fast Company and TechCrunch, Thanks:mikeschroeder
Bloomberg:
Groupon Said to Offer Role to Six More Banks in Initial Offering
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
A Russian A.T.M. With an Ear for the Truth
Discussion: Techland and Gizmodo
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
New Nook Touch has hidden Web browser
Russ Shaw / The Big Blog:
Skype joins forces with TELUS to bring affordable international calling rates to customers in Canada
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Postagram Captures Android And Facebook For More Mobile Photo Postcard Fun
Discussion: GigaOM
Maria Kiselyova / Reuters:
Intel invests in two Russian internet firms
 Earlier Items: 
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Anonymous warns NATO not to challenge it
Discussion: Gizmodo
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft aids developers in porting Android apps to Windows Phones
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Zwapp builds a social network for app discovery
Discussion: @vanelsas, Thanks:zwapp
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Sprint Motorola Photon 4G hands-on: 4.3-inch qHD display, Gingerbread, WiMAX, and Tegra 2
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Is The Federal Government Running Ads Secretly Created & Owned By NBC Universal?
Discussion: GigaOM
Matthew Saltmarsh / New York Times:
Nokia's Top Technology Officer Departs, Maybe for Good