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10:05 AM ET, June 10, 2011

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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, Thanks:allen099
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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 …
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.
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 …
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
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Will Keep Washington Regulators Busy With $400 Million AdMeld Deal
Discussion: WebProNews
Sara Yin / PC Magazine:
Are the Carriers Strangling Windows Phone 7 at Retail?  —  Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is just getting started as a platform, but the people actually selling the phones may be favoring its competitors.  —  Going Shopping for Windows Phone 7  —  I did some mystery shopping of my own …
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IDC:
Worldwide Smartphone Market Expected to Grow 55% in 2011 and Approach Shipments of One Billion in 2015, According to IDC
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: @rsarver, MacNN, @mathewi and Electronista
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.
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.
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
iOS 5: Know when wife is calling - customize vibration patterns  —  Custom vibrations in Settings (left) and the new interface to customize vibration patterns (right)  —  iOS 5 comes with a bunch of accessibility improvements, like the AssistiveTouch feature that lets you use your device …
Discussion: Edible Apple and MacRumors
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.
Tim Greene / Network World:
Avaya sets $1 billion public offering  —  Avaya is going public again, filing today with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering worth $1 billion.  —  After the offering would value the company at $5 billion, and it would use the cash raised in the offering …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Inside the US-Anglo-French plan to civilize the Internet  —  Get ready for international Internet regulation; top leaders from the US, UK, and France are making increasingly public statements about their plans to draft new rules that will make the 'Net more secure and will crack down on copyright infringers.
Discussion: TechEye and OSNews
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.
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 …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Location-based services worth $10B by 2016  —  Location-based services are expected to bring in $10 billion in revenue by 2016, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.  The biggest chunk, just over 50 percent, will come from location-based search advertising.
Discussion: Business Wire and PSFK
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.”
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.
Eric Mack / CNET News:
FCC report: Net has helped suffocate local news  —  Thanks to digital technologies, we have more media sources than ever to get our news from, but when it comes to covering town halls, school boards, courts, and other local news, they mostly suck.  —  That's the takeaway message …
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.
Discussion: SAI and AllThingsD
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: Techdirt
 
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comScore, Inc.:
Greater China Internet Usage Led by Web Portals as Social Networking Remains Smaller Segment of the Market
Discussion: Softpedia News and Penn Olson
Katie Hoffmann / Business Week:
IBM: A New CEO for Its 100th Birthday?
Discussion: SAI
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
Stephen Chapman / SEO Whistleblower Blog:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Congress Members Produce 30% Fewer Tweets After Weinergate [INFOGRAPHIC]
Discussion: Gizmodo and WebProNews
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
New Nook Touch has hidden Web browser
Nigel Mabandla / Chrome OS Site:
Chromebooks Go On Sale - Finally!
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Myspace in Advanced Deal Talks With Investor Group, Possibly Including Activision's Kotick