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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Confirms Discontinuation of iWeb in iCloud Transition  —  Since last week's unveiling of Apple's new iCloud service and the transitioning of the company's existing MobileMe service into iCloud, many users have been wondering about the fate of some of the MobileMe services that were not mentioned in the transition discussion.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iCloud.com to Offer at Least Some of MobileMe's Web Functionality
Discussion: MacNN and The Next Web
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP's Big Shakeup: Bocian and Mott Out; Livermore Steps Down, Joins Board  —  Our sources telling us that Hewlett-Packard was on the verge of a another big executive shake-up were correct, but they only had part of the story.  As reported earlier today, Peter Bocian, the chief administrative officer is out, effective immediately.
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Ed Christman / Billboard.Biz:
Is Hewlett-Packard Launching Its Own Cloud Service?  —  While the music industry focuses on Apple, Google and Amazon, Hewlett-Packard is quietly making plans-again-for its own locker-based service.  Multiple sources at the major labels report that the discussions are heating up.
Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
Top Executive at H.P. Steps Down
Discussion: HP
BBC:
Spanish police website hit by Anonymous hackers  —  A member of Spain's Technological Investigation Board displays an Anonymous mask  —  The website of Spain's national police force has been briefly knocked offline by hacker collective Anonymous.  —  The attack on the site was carried …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
At 5 Million Users, It's Hard Not To View Instagram Through A Rose-Colored Filter  —  When we first previewed Instagram nine months ago, most of the initial comments predicted it would be dead on arrival.  To say those people were wrong is a vast understatement.  And Instagram now has five million ways to prove it.
Discussion: SAI and SAI, Thanks:alexia
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Why Kevin Systrom Turned Down Zuckerberg, Left Twitter To Start Instagram
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Next iPhone reaches final testing stage, Verizon likely won't support 3G FaceTime this year  —  A previously accurate Apple source has told 9to5Mac some interesting information regarding what 2011 holds for the iPhone and Apple's popular FaceTime video chat service.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Samsung to end 14-year Nokia smartphone reign: Nomura  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will become the world's largest smartphone maker this quarter, overtaking struggling Nokia Oyj which has lead the market since 1996, Nomura said on Monday.  —  In the next quarter Nomura also sees …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Union Square Ventures Leads $3M Round In 4chan Founder Moot's New Startup Canvas  —  Exclusive: 4chan founder Christopher Poole (a.k.a. Moot) is announcing a round of funding today for his new startup, Canvas.  Union Square Ventures led a $3 million series A round of funding …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Rojadirecta Sues US Government, Homeland Security & ICE Over Domain Seizure  —  This morning, we wrote about the list of sites that ICE knew was challenging its domain seizures, and some people complained that there still were no details.  There's been a lot happening behind the scenes …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Comcast Bringing Skype To Some Of Your TVs, “Soon”  —  Interesting.  Comcast plans to let some of its customers use Skype on their TV sets.  —  The two companies say Comcast subscribers equipped with special gear will be able to use the Web video messaging service on their HD sets “soon.”
Horace Dediu / asymco:
iTunes now costs $1.3 billion/yr to run  —  The iTunes store continues to grow.  The data that Apple published in the last event included the following:  — 15 Billion iTunes song downloads  — 130 million book downloads  — 14 billion app downloads  — $2.5 billion paid to developers
Discussion: AppleInsider, SAI, TUAW and MacStories
Rocky Agrawal / TechCrunch:
Why Groupon Is Poised For Collapse  —  Editor's note:This guest post is part of an in-depth series looking at the daily deal industry written by Rocky Agrawal, an entrepreneur who has worked on local products since 1995.  Read Part I, Part II, and Part III also.  He blogs at reDesign and Tweets @rakeshlobster.
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:sidharthdassani
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iOS developer survey: 47% are on Android too, only 7% on Mac  —  Perhaps not surprisingly, because they were all at an Apple conference, 100% prefer iOS  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Piper Jaffray  —  Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster attended Apple's (AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference …
Avner Ronen / Boxee Blog:
Boxee for PC, Mac, Ubuntu Getting Fall Update  —  Good news for PC/Mac/Linux users - we are working to update the downloadable software version of Boxee and hope to have builds available this fall so you can enjoy the updated browser, improved playback, and lots more content that are currently available on the Boxee Box.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
All four Lodsys patents now also challenged in Southern California by anti-virus software maker ESET  —  There are now five Lodsys-related lawsuits.  Lodsys itself has already filed three infringement lawsuits against a total of 27 defendants (against Brother, HP, Samsung others in February …
Discussion: CNET News and mocoNews
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Moving Into Social Web, Menlo Ventures Adds Shervin Pishevar  —  Menlo Ventures had brought in a partner from the outside the firm just twice in its 35-year history.  —  Shervin Pishevar — an entrepreneur and angel investor with no formal venture capital experience …
Discussion: @semilshah and @semilshah
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
50% of iPhones Brought to Genius Bar Have Never Been Synced  —  Fifty percent of iPhone owners who have iPhones swapped at the Genius Bar have never plugged them into a computer to backup or sync.  That's according to a “little birdie” that former Macworld Associate Editor David Chartier (now at AgileBits) knows.
Neal Mohan / The Official Google Blog:
Helping publishers get the most from display advertising with Admeld  —  (Cross-posted on the DoubleClick Publisher Blog)  —  It's now clear that investments in new technologies, new ad formats and improved buying and selling processes are helping to grow the display advertising pie.
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
Microsoft objects to Nortel patent sale terms  —  (Reuters) - Google should not be able to buy thousands of patents belonging to bankrupt Nortel Networks under current sale terms, Microsoft said on Monday, the deadline for bids in an closely watched auction.
 
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
What's Next For Google Docs: Better Android App, Offline Caching, And More
Lauren Dugan / AllTwitter:
Twitter Goes After “Twiter.com” Cybersquatters
Discussion: The Register
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Brings On Alumni To Be “Part Time Partners”
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Available Data Shows Facebook User Numbers Growing Quickly, or Slowly, or Falling
Discussion: SFGate and Guardian
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Samsung's Galaxy Tab Joins Pretzels and Pillows Among American Airlines' In-Flight Amenities
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Expected To File For $100 Billion IPO This Year
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Former Googlers Raise $13 Million From Bain And Greylock For Personalized Ad Solution
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If Something On Twitter Seems Too Bad To Be True, It Probably Is
Google Watch:
Ex-Googler Calls Out Google Infrastructure as Obsolete
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Surprise: iOS 5 bumps up video exports in apps from 720p to 1080p