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Johanna Wright / 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.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Shifting Tides: Google Borrows from Mobile for Latest Desktop Innovations
Discussion: FT Tech Hub and Computerworld
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google Announces ‘Instant Pages,’ ‘Instant’ Image Search And ‘Instant’ Availability In 32 Languages
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Troubled Startup Color Loses Cofounder Peter Pham  —  Peter Pham, the president and a cofounder of mobile social startup Color, is no longer with the company, we've heard from multiple sources.  The company launched publicly less than three months ago.  —  Color has been controversial …
Discussion: AllThingsD, @peterpham and SAI
Lynn Cowan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Pandora IPO Prices At $16; Valued At $2.56 Billion  —  Interactive Internet radio company Pandora Media Inc. continued the trend of hot Internet-related IPOs by pricing its shares at $16 apiece Tuesday night, above expectations. … The company sold 14.7 million initial public offering shares …
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Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Investors Should Pass on Pandora's Radio Flier
Richard Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
China's Cyberassault on America  —  If we discovered Chinese explosives laid throughout our national electrical system, we'd consider it an act of war.  China's digital bombs pose as grave a threat.  —  In justifying U.S. involvement in Libya, the Obama administration cited the …
Discussion: @arrington
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Reuters:   Kissinger, Huntsman: U.S., China need cyber detente
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Next-generation Xbox rumored to be unveiled at E3 2012  —  Microsoft's next-generation Xbox console will likely be shown at E3 2012, according to reports.  —  The software giant is preparing to announce the successor to the Xbox 360 at E3 2012 according to VideoGamer.com.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Meet Amazon.com's first employee: Shel Kaphan  —  Shel Kaphan came from Santa Cruz in a U-Haul before the company was called Amazon.  (Photos: Annie Laurie Malarkey)  —  Amazon.com today is approaching 40,000 employees.  Seventeen years ago, Shel Kaphan was No. 1.
Discussion: AllThingsD, Thanks:toddbishop
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Clears Google Bid on Nortel Patents  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. antitrust enforcers have given Google Inc. the go-ahead to pursue its $900 million opening bid for a trove of high-tech patents being sold next week by Canadian telecommunications-equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp., people familiar with the matter said.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
More Evidence for 2048x1536 iPad Retina Display  —  More evidence has emerged to suggest that a future version of the iPad will sport a “Retina” display with a resolution of 2048x1536, or double the horizontal and vertical pixels of the current iPad.  —  Back in January, a number of images …
Greg Lindsay / Fast Company:
China's Cell Phone Pirates Are Bringing Down Middle Eastern Governments  —  In the latest installment of Butterfly Effect, we examine China's cheap knockoff cell phones.  After being forced out of China and India, Chinese counterfeiters brought their product to the Middle East …
Discussion: textually.org
Economist:
Tech bubble  —  This house believes that we are in a new tech bubble.  —  Overview  —  Rebuttal  —  Closing  —  Post-debate  —  Tuesday  —  Friday  —  Wednesday  —  Friday  —  June  —  Opening statements  —  The bursting of the dotcom bubble in 2000 saw the shares …
Discussion: ben's blog and BostInnovation.com
Jonathan A. Knee / The Atlantic Online:
Why Content Isn't King  —  How Netflix became America's biggest video service—much to the astonishment of media executives and investors  —  NETFLIX FAMOUSLY ENGENDERS fierce loyalty from its ever-growing customer base.  This year, it even beat out reigning champion Apple, among 528 other brands …
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 …
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.
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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It's All Software  —  Here's Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, writing about iCloud: … Many — maybe even most — observers share this view of the differences between Apple's and Google's approach to cloud-backed software.  I think this view is wrong.  Where Gobry writes “for Google …
Discussion: Mark Sigal's Blog and The Loop
Ben Berkowitz / Reuters:
Exclusive: Hacking blitz drives cyberinsurance demand  —  (Reuters) - The recent string of sensational hacker attacks is driving companies to seek “cyberinsurance” worth hundreds of millions of dollars, even though many policies can still leave them exposed to claims.
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 …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Redux brings social video discovery to Google TV  —  Video discovery startup Redux has launched a native app for Google TV-powered connected TVs, Blu-ray players and other devices, enabling viewers to navigate curated channels of online content in the same way they navigate linear TV channels.
Discussion: Fast Company
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Investors Pump $90 Million Into Airbnb Clone Wimdu  —  Exclusive - TechCrunch has just learned that Wimdu, a recently launched Airbnb clone that has already managed to irk the latter, has raised a whopping $90 million round.  —  The capital injection comes from European investors Kinnevik …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:robinwauters
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Facebook juror guilty of contempt  —  Juror contacted acquitted defendant online during multimillion-pound drugs trial, causing it to collapse  —  A juror and acquitted defendant who made contact through Facebook during a multimillion-pound drugs trial, causing it to collapse …
Discussion: Reuters, Yahoo! News and The Next Web
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google launches $280 million residential solar fund with SolarCity  —  Crossposted on Smart Planet.  —  Google on Tuesday said that it will create a $280 million fund to help SolarCity, a residential solar project financing company, to ramp up deployments.
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Lady Gaga and 50 Cent Sign on for Custom Link Shortner, Bre.ad  —  Twitter and Facebook have become incredibly powerful platforms for celebrities to connect with their fans.  With a short, positive message attached to a simple link, stars like 50 Cent and Lady Gaga can launch an artists career or send a penny stock through the roof.
 
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Wired / Ars Technica:
Bloomberg: Comcast is already violating conditions of NBCU merger
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
iPad 3 rumors in 2011 persist
Discussion: SlashGear, Shiny Objects and AllThingsD
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter ‘Follow Recommendations’ Let You Make A Personalized ‘Suggested User’ List
Discussion: The Next Web
Reuters:
Exclusive: Terrestar nears $1.2 billion-plus bid pact: sources
Discussion: Electronista
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
LinkedIn Grows More Popular With Web Users Following IPO
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim and AllThingsD
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 Earlier Items: 
Simon Kennedy / Bloomberg:
‘Anonymous’ Hacker Group Identifies Fed as Target on YouTube
Discussion: Softpedia News and CNET News
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
HTC's Not Updating the Desire With Gingerbread as Sense UI Is Too Big
Neil Stevens / The Big Blog:
Skype announces partnership with Comcast to bring Skype (HD) video calling to more living rooms
Wall Street Journal:
JC Penney Nabs Top Apple Executive
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple feels “harassed” by “copyist” Samsung's demands for early look at iPhone 5 and iPad 3; showdown on Friday
Dan Sung / Pocket-lint:
Apple iCloud vs Google vs Amazon Cloud Drive vs Dropbox vs Microsoft SkyDrive
Discussion: mocoNews, Thanks:stuartmiles