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5:50 PM ET, June 14, 2011

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Amanda Chang / Inside Search:
Search by text, voice, or image  —  During our Inside Search press event in San Francisco today, we discussed how mobile search has inspired new ways to remove barriers to knowledge on the desktop and help you get to your results faster.  On a mobile phone, you're not limited to typing - you can search using your voice or a picture.
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Scott Huffman / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing new features to mobile search  —  Our thirst for knowledge extends beyond the time we spend in front of our desktop computers.  At Google, we are seeing mobile search grow at an exponential rate, increasing five-fold worldwide in just the past two years - a rate comparable to the early days of desktop Google Search.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Announces ‘Instant Pages,’ ‘Instant’ Image Search And ‘Instant’ Availability In 32 Languages  —  Google's launch of Google Instant last year was limited in its scope.  At today's event Google's Amit Singhal went through some recent developments in Instant Search, which currently saves users 2-5 seconds in search.
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.
Daniel Amitay / amitay.us:
Most Common iPhone Passcodes  —  In my last update to Big Brother Camera Security (Free), I added some code to record common user passcodes (completely anonymous, of course).  Because Big Brother's passcode setup screen and lock screen are nearly identical to those of the actual iPhone passcode lock …
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 …
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Horace Dediu / asymco:
iPhone liquidity: Why an unlocked Phone in the US matters  —  The iPhone is now available in the US unlocked.  Judging by the lack of reaction to the news, one would assume that this is not a significant event.  I would argue however that it's a very significant event.
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 …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple feels “harassed” by “copyist” Samsung's demands for early look at iPhone 5 and iPad 3; showdown on Friday  —  With all that's going on, this is already my third blog post within a few hours.  After reporting on The New York Times Company's and OpinionLab's declaratory judgment actions …
Dan Sung / Pocket-lint:
Apple iCloud vs Google vs Amazon Cloud Drive vs Dropbox vs Microsoft SkyDrive  —  It's been a busy time for cloud storage and music services and Apple's launch onto the scene with Apple iCloud has officially declared it global war.  The lines have begun to blur as to what you own …
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Angry Birds looks to conjure some location-based Magic [Video]  —  Rovio is looking to take Angry Birds local with location-based integration, which will now enhance the game play for users when they visit real-world locations.  The feature, called Magic, builds off a previously announced NFC feature …
Wall Street Journal:
JC Penney Nabs Top Apple Executive  —  J.C. Penney Co. is tapping Ron Johnson, head of Apple Inc.'s iconic retail stores, as its new president and eventual chief executive, people familiar with the situation said.  —  The company is expected to announce Mr. Johnson's appointment later today.
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
HTC's Not Updating the Desire With Gingerbread as Sense UI Is Too Big  —  Just a year after the former-flagship Desire was released, HTC's slammed any hopes of owners receiving a Gingerbread upgrade.  Writing on the HTC UK Facebook fanpage, they credited it to there not being enough memory for both Gingerbread and the Sense UI.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
BlackBerry teams up with HTC Sense creator
Keir Thomas / PC World:
Steve Jobs the Comic Book Hero: An Exclusive Look  —  A new biography of Steve Jobs will be published in August but with a difference: it's a 32-page comic book.  —  “Steve Jobs: Co-Founder of Apple” portrays the life of the irascible genius behind the Mac and iPhone in drawings, from his birth to modern day.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast Taps Facebook for Enhanced TV Experience … NEW YORK - Comcast Corp. is working with Facebook, Intel and other technology firms to create what it calls a next-generation TV experience, which will make the TV screen more interactive.  —  “This new experience transforms …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Duke Nukem Forever: barely playable, not funny, rampantly offensive  —  In the first few moments of Duke Nukem Forever, your character pees in a urinal and then earns an achievement for reaching into a toilet and extracting a piece of human excrement.  Why does the game reward you for doing this?
Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Jack Tretton, Sony C.E.O. America  —  I sat down with Jack Tretton, president and chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment America, to discuss the company's focus on gaming consoles, as well as mobile gaming and the barrage of hacking attacks on Sony in recent months.
Discussion: BRYCE DOT VC, TidBITS and VG247
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Investors Should Pass on Pandora's Radio Flier  —  Rare is the company that grows too fast for its own good.  Yet that's the position Internet radio operator Pandora Media seems to find itself in.  Investors shouldn't chase the shares if its stock-market debut is as strong as expected on Wednesday.
Discussion: AllThingsD
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft's Xbox 360 rules the U.S. console market, again  —  In a down month for video games, Microsoft's Xbox 360 continued to buck the trend in May, according to new data out this afternoon.  —  Microsoft sold 270,000 Xbox 360s in the U.S. in May, up 39 percent over the same month last year …
Joel Gunter / Journalism.co.uk:
BBC developing new iPhone app for field reporters  —  The BBC is developing an app that will allow its reporters in the field to file video, stills and audio directly into the BBC system from an iPhone or iPad.  —  The new app, due to be in use within a month or so, is also intended …
Discussion: The Next Web and MacStories
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Groupon Vice Chairman Leonsis Seen as Having Potential Conflict  —  Groupon Inc. Vice Chairman Ted Leonsis' venture firm is an investor in rival LivingSocial and has ties to its board, a relationship that could pose a conflict, according to corporate-governance experts.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
The Slowest Loading Tech News Sites on the Techmeme Leaderboard: Scobleizer, PreCentral, Cult of Mac  —  With Instant Pages, Google launched a new product today that could significantly speed up page load times for sites that rank high in the company's search results.  There is a clear need for a product like this.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Taking A Special Interest In RockMelt's Social Browser  —  Ever since RockMelt launched its social browser, it's been known unofficially as the Facebook browser.  Facebook chat, status updates and sharing are all built right into the browser.  Now Facebook and RockMelt …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Facebook Hires Former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart  —  Joe Lockhart, who served as White House press secretary during President Bill Clinton's eventful second term, will join Facebook as VP of global communications next month.  —  Lockhart, currently founding partner …
Discussion: The Politico
 
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Simon Kennedy / Bloomberg:
‘Anonymous’ Hacker Group Identifies Fed as Target on YouTube
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Commerce Department: Recent Wave Of Cyberattacks Sounds An Urgent Wake-up Call
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Google has applied for Google Maps license in China: report
Discussion: Geek.com and The Next Web
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Vizio tablet shows up in inventory systems, celebs' hands; release coming soon? (update: $349)
Discussion: SAI, Engadget, 9to5 Google and Pocket-lint
Dare Obasanjo / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live developer platform adds OAuth 2.0 and more, continuing to let users connect the devices …
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Winklevoss vs Facebook court clash lives on
Wayne Lam / iSuppli:
Samsung Chromebook Carries $332.12 Bill of Materials, IHS iSuppli Teardown Reveals
Discussion: Computerworld and thechromesource
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Announces ‘Strategic Alliance’ With Yahoo Japan
Discussion: Twitter and Mobile Marketing Watch
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: New stock rules proposed
Discussion: VatorNews, GigaOM and Betabeat
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
LinkedIn-Led Web IPO Boom Separates Venture Capital Haves From Have-Nots
Discussion: Digital Trends and Betabeat
Hamed Aleaziz / Mother Jones:
Why Google Earth Can't Show You Israel
Discussion: PC Magazine and Pulse2
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard Said to Plan Devices That Make Wireless Payments
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Amazon plans to stream movies to own-branded tablets, researchers claim