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Nokia:
Nokia enters into patent license agreement with Apple  —  Apple payments to Nokia settle all litigation and have positive financial impact  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with Apple.  The agreement will result in settlement …
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple and Nokia settle patent dispute — see I told you so: Apple pays  —  Nokia just announced the settlement of its wide-ranging patent disputes with Apple that kept various courts in the United States and in Europe busy and in which either of the two litigants asserted dozens of patents.
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
iCloud and Apple's truth: can you win if you don't play?  —  Last Monday, Steve Jobs debuted one of Apple's boldest products to the world, iCloud.  At long last, the brains in Cupertino seemed as if they were set to fully embrace the internet and its inherent, omnipresent power.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iCloud.com to Offer at Least Some of MobileMe's Web Functionality  —  While Apple's iCloud introduction at WWDC offered a lot of new information, Apple has been quiet as to exactly what this means to the future of MobileMe's web apps such as email and calendar.
Discussion: The Next Web, I4U News and MacNN
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, MacNN and MacStories
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: Mashable! and SAI, Thanks:alexia
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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Why Kevin Systrom Turned Down Zuckerberg, Left Twitter To Start Instagram
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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Verne G. Kopytoff / Bits:
Top Executive at H.P. Steps Down
Discussion: TechCrunch and HP
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Apple to sell new Macbook Air late this month: report  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc will start selling its latest Macbook Air in late June with 380,000 units as the first shipment, Taiwan's Economic Daily said on Tuesday quoting industry sources.  —  The newspaper said together with the existing model …
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 …
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 …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Amazon plans to stream movies to own-branded tablets, researchers claim  —  Amazon has plans to offer a streaming movie service tied to its forthcoming own-branded tablets, researchers at Detwiler Fenton claim.  According to the research team, Amazon's streaming movie service will be available …
Discussion: SlashGear and GeekWire
Om Malik / GigaOM:
RIM Gets Some ‘Sense’ & Help  —  RIM, the company behind the iconic Blackberry line of smartphones is rumored to be hiring YOU i Labs, an Ontario-based design firm that helped develop the front-end user experience for Taiwan's HTC.  My sources in the mobile design industry have indicated …
Discussion: SlashGear
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Signs Of What Could Have Been: iOS Hooked Up With Facebook Before Marrying Twitter  —  It's easy to take Twitter's deep integration on iOS 5 and go nuts with speculation surrounding its symbolism; “Twitter is the new Facebook,” whatever that means!  “Apple chose Twitter over Facebook!”
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple now selling unlocked GSM iPhone 4 in US, starting at $649  —  Apple updated its online store on Tuesday to begin offering unlocked models of the iPhone 4, starting at $649.  —  Both the white and black versions of Apple's bestselling smartphone are available, with the 16GB …
New York Times:
Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry  —  Think of it as a mansion with a high-tech security system — but the front door wasn't locked tight.  —  Using the Citigroup customer Web site as a gateway to bypass traditional safeguards and impersonate actual credit card holders …
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.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
AMD's Fusion A-Series chips official: 10.5-hour battery life, DirectX11 graphics, and USB 3.0 support (video)  —  AMD's Llano platform has been on our radar for more than two years, and finally, the company has come clean with its latest class of hybrid CPU / GPU chips, officially dubbed the Fusion A-Series.
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 …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
What's Next For Google Docs: Better Android App, Offline Caching, And More  —  Five members of the Google Docs team are held an open Q&A session on Reddit today and talked about what's coming next to the product:  — A much better Android app.  This was the most common question …
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
LulzSec Strikes Again, Hits Bethesda Softworks And U.S. Senate  —  Having been hinting about it via Twitter all day, the hacker group LulzSec made good on its promise to release data taken from gaming publisher Bethesda Softworks, in a message posted to Pastebin.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Two more lawsuits against Lodsys: by The New York Times Company and OpinionLab  —  What goes around, comes around.  There can be no more doubt that Lodsys sent out vast numbers of patent assertion letters, but some of the recipients fight back and ensure they sue Lodsys before Lodsys sues them.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
New York City Is The Twitter “Capital Of The World”  —  On per capita use, New Yorkers use Twitter more than anyone else.  —  That's an interesting tidbit from a NYT blog post on how the Anthony Weiner scandal reverberated through Twitter.  —  Also, New York state residents use Twitter 30% more than the national average.
Discussion: Opinionator
Todd Haselton / BGR:
New HP TouchPad video highlights webOS 3.0 features  —  HP has posted a new video for its highly anticipated TouchPad tablet on YouTube, and it highlights several of the tablet's distinguishing features.  In the three minute clip, HP demos the ability to manage tasks simultaneously …
 
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Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Said to Plan Devices That Make Wireless Payments
Discussion: FierceWireless and Electronista
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
Rocky Agrawal / TechCrunch:
Why Groupon Is Poised For Collapse
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Samsung's Galaxy Tab Joins Pretzels and Pillows Among American Airlines' In-Flight Amenities
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iOS developer survey: 47% are on Android too, only 7% on Mac
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
Facebook Expected To File For $100 Billion IPO This Year
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Samsung to end 14-year Nokia smartphone reign: Nomura