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3:50 PM ET, June 10, 2011

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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple enters the fray against Lodsys, files motion to intervene  —  Nine days after Lodsys sued seven little app developers in the Eastern District of Texas, Apple filed a motion to intervene in the proceedings.  I have uploaded the motion and its attachments (except for a sealed one) to this Scribd folder.
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Apple antes up in Lodsys developer lawsuits
Discussion: GMSV
New York Times:
Spain Detains 3 in PlayStation Cyberattacks  —  PARIS — The Spanish police said Friday that they had apprehended three people suspected of computer hacking in connection with recent cyberattacks on Sony's PlayStation Network as well as corporate and government Web sites around the world.
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Tom Brewster / IT PRO:
Anonymous warns of Spain arrest revenge  —  Anonymous warns of Spain arrest revenge  —  Spanish police arrest three men suspected of being involved in the Anonymous hacking group, which has told the world to expect a response.  —  Anonymous has warned about repercussions following arrests …
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 …
Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Microsoft's big plans for Xbox Live  —  LOS ANGELES — Microsoft will partner with regional cable companies to bring live TV onto the Xbox, a new feature that it announced Monday at the Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3).  —  That means the TV services will be provided through cable …
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft reveals Xbox LIVE will be built into Windows 8 … Microsoft has revealed that its Xbox LIVE service will be built into PCs in the future.  —  Mike Delman, Microsoft's vice president of global marketing in the interactive entertainment business unit, revealed the company's plans in an interview this week.
Discussion: SlashGear and StartupLocker
Rocky Agrawal / TechCrunch:
Groupon Was “The Single Worst Decision I Have Ever Made As A Business Owner”  —  Editor's note:This guest post was written by Rocky Agrawal, an entrepreneur who has worked on local products since 1995.  He blogs at reDesign and Tweets @rakeshlobster.  —  “How much is your average sale here?”
Discussion: Screenwerk and reDesign
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Is Apple recalling Verizon iPad 2s?  —  Update: We've heard this from an Apple Store employee and have an updated post: … We've gotten numerous tips over the past few hours that Verizon iPads being shipped from China are being being returned to Apple mid-shipment.
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Facebook begins testing new real-time “Happening Now” feed [Updated]  —  Updates at the foot of the post.  —  Facebook has begun testing a new real-time feature on a small number of user's home feeds, displaying at-a-glance a list of what their friends are sharing, who they are adding as friends and displaying checkin notifications.
Electronista:
Google may have developed Android rival to BBM, iMessage  —  Google has at least at one point been developing an equivalent to BlackBerry Messenger and Apple's iMessage, an insider mentioned Thursday.  Details of the system were few, but it's implied it would be much more than just the existing Google Talk and other IM apps.
Discussion: Newlaunches.com and PhoneArena, Thanks:allen099
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Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Carriers Sweat as Texting Cools Off
Rahul Vohra / The Rapportive Blog:
Follow, Reply, and Retweet from Gmail!  —  We want Rapportive to be the best way for you to connect with your contacts.  This is why, since our accidental launch, we've shown your contacts' recent tweets:  —  Our Twitter widget has always given you valuable context at a glance …
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Is It Really Safe to Use a Cellphone on a Plane?  —  Like most airline passengers, you probably have serious doubts about those pre-flight announcements asking you to turn off your cellphones, blackberries, iPods and anything else electronic.  —  The announcements are flat-out ignored …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Third-Party Twitter Apps Can Access Your Private Messages Without Authorization  —  Any third-party Twitter app developer can currently ask you to authorize software using OAuth under the pretense that they will not be able to access any of your private - both sent and received - messages, while in fact they easily can.
Discussion: Mashable!, SlashGear and Techie Buzz
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge furious at “inexcusable” P2P lawyering, nukes subpoenas  —  There are three quick steps to angering a federal judge: first, launch the country's largest file-sharing lawsuit against 23,322 anonymous defendants, even though most of them don't live where you filed the suit.
Discussion: GMSV, Gizmodo and Electronista
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Getting to one billion iTunes accounts  —  There are 225 million iTunes account holders. 25 million joined in the three months.  As the iTunes store has been operating since April 2003 it's possible to step back and look at its history and measure the rate of growth relative to other ecosystems.
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Charges Dropped In Facebook Spy Vs. Spy Case  —  Suspect knew ex-wife was behind teen girl's phony online profile … In an embarrassing about-face, federal prosecutors yesterday abruptly dropped criminal charges against an Indiana man who they accused of bugging his ex-wife's automobile.
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.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple ‘spaceship’ site is Steve Wozniak's former HP stomping grounds  —  Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs, has some history with the parcel of land that the iPad maker is looking to build its new “spaceship” headquarters on — he used to work there as an employee of Hewlett-Packard.
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Shareholder Calls for Separation of Chairman, CEO Roles  —  A Research In Motion Ltd. shareholder called for the company to separate the roles of chairman and chief executive officer and to name an independent board member to the chairman's post.  —  Northwest & Ethical Investments LP …
Discussion: Reuters
Kevin Kelleher / Fortune:
The checkered past of Groupon's chairman  —  Groupon's largest shareholder and chairman, Eric Lefkofsky, has a back story investors might want to know.  FORTUNE — “Lets start having fun... lets get funky... let's announce everything... let's be WILDLY positive in our forecasts …
Discussion: VentureBeat and SAI
Brian Heater / Engadget:
MOTOBLUR name phased out due to public feedback  —  The first rule of MOTOBLUR is do not talk about MOTOBLUR.  Not in public at least.  We got a bit of a mixed message on the matter, while discussing the newly announced Motorola Photon 4G with the company.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Pandora Ups Price Of IPO To $10 To $12 Per Share, Now Valued At $1.9 Billion  —  Music streaming service Pandora has just filed a new version of its S-1 that indicates the company will be upping the price range of its stock to $10 to $12 per share, giving the company a valuation of $1.9 billion.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Web Security Start-Up Cloudflare Gets Buzz, Courtesy of LulzSec Hackers  —  The Irish writer Brendan Behan once said, “There is no such thing as bad publicity, except your own obituary.”  Minus the second half, the quotation has proven remarkably durable, and over the years has been widely applied …
Discussion: Inquirer
 
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Christopher Le Coq / Reuters:
EU states agree on tougher sanctions on cybercrime
Tim Greene / Network World:
Avaya sets $1 billion public offering
Eric Mack / CNET News:
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Eric / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Buying Personal Names for Keyword Ads Isn't a Publicity Rights Violation—Habush v. Cannon
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
iOS 5: Know when wife is calling - customize vibration patterns
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk and Edible Apple
comScore, Inc.:
Greater China Internet Usage Led by Web Portals as Social Networking Remains Smaller Segment of the Market
Discussion: Softpedia News
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Inside the US-Anglo-French plan to civilize the Internet
Discussion: TechEye and OSNews
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Singel-Minded: Anatomy of a Backlash, or How Facebook Got an ‘F’ for Facial Recognition
Katie Hoffmann / Business Week:
IBM: A New CEO for Its 100th Birthday?
Discussion: SAI
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Ad Exec Predicts Engagement Rates For Display Ads Will Increase 50 Percent By 2015
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Apple's iTunes in iCloud 'won't launch in the UK this year'