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9:50 AM ET, June 15, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Exposed: Facebook's Secret iPhone Photo Sharing App (Which Looks Amazing)  —  It's far too often that the term “killer” gets thrown around in tech blogs.  And yes, we're just as bad as anybody.  But what if I told you that a service that gets 6 billion photo uploads each month …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
How Larry Page Thinks About Search  —  Google's SVP of the search division, Alan Eustace, stuck around to answer a few questions after today's Google Inside Search event, and he gave some new insights into the way CEO Larry Page thinks about search.  —  Here are some long term goals:
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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.
Scott Huffman / Google Mobile Blog:
Introducing new features to mobile search
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Shifting Tides: Google Borrows From Mobile for Latest Desktop Innovations
Discussion: FT Tech Hub and Electricpig.co.uk
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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Michael Kan / Computerworld:
U.S. questioned China about Change.org attack
Reuters:   Kissinger, Huntsman: U.S., China need cyber detente
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Pandora Opens At $20 Per Share With A Market Cap Of $3.2 Billion  —  Yesterday, music streaming service Pandora priced its IPO at $16 per share (valuing the company at $2.6 billion).  The company originally set the range of its IPO at $7 to $9 per share, at a market cap of $1.3 billion …
Discussion: GigaOM, SAI and Mashable!
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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 …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Investors Should Pass on Pandora's Radio Flier
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
New AirPort Extremes and Time Capsules confirmed, software update caching references found  —  Following our reports that Apple is gearing up to release updated AirPort Extremes and Time Capsules with software update caching, we have discovered references to unreleased AirPort Extremes …
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 …
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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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Rules That Righthaven Lawsuit Was A Sham; Threatens Sanctions  —  In a huge victory against copyright trolls, a judge has thrown out the lawsuit filed by Righthaven against Democratic Underground.  This was the key case where (after lots of stalling), Righthaven eventually revealed …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Now The Proud Owner Of Re-tweet.com  —  As of yesterday, Twitter is the new owner of the domain name re-tweet.com (placeholder webpage) although it doesn't yet own retweet.com (currently used for some shady video monetization platform).  —  Hat tip goes to Fusible …
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.
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 …
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.
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Acer cuts 2011 tablet shipment target by nearly 60 percent  —  (Reuters) - Acer Inc slashed its full-year shipment target for tablets by almost 60 percent and expects lower notebook shipments as the world No.2 PC maker works to clear accumulated inventory.  —  However, Acer …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
US, NZ, Sweden, others condemn “three strikes” Internet laws  —  Earlier this month we covered a UN report that argued that “three strikes” laws that deprive alleged copyright infringers of Internet access violate human rights.  The report was delivered by an independent UN investigator …
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows Phone update schedule: one major version a year  —  Previously expected, but never before confirmed, Microsoft's plans for Windows Phone updates have been spelled out explicitly in a job posting, of all things.  First noticed by MobileTechWorld, the job spec outlines the update policy …
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Klout Expands Influence Scoring To Professional Social Network LinkedIn  —  Klout, a startup that measures influence on Twitter and Facebook, is expanding its product today with the addition of LinkedIn.  With the launch of Klout scoring for LinkedIn, you'll be able to add your LinkedIn account …
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.
Thanks:toddbishop
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 …
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Sprint to tweak tablet data plans, will add unlimited WiMAX  —  Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) will change its tablet data plans slightly by adding unlimited mobile WiMAX data and a higher usage tier when the carrier launches its first WiMAX tablet, the HTC View 4G, a Sprint spokeswoman confirmed.
Katherine Boehret / Wall Street Journal:
A Slender Tablet With Widescreen Ambitions  —  New Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Is Thinner and Lighter Than the iPad 2 but Lags Behind When It Comes to Battery Life  —  If you've ever experienced the anxiety of buying an Apple product while worrying that a new model will come out days later, Apple's competitors feel your pain.
Discussion: SAI
 
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Redux brings social video discovery to Google TV
Discussion: Fast Company
Greg Lindsay / Fast Company:
China's Cell Phone Pirates Are Bringing Down Middle Eastern Governments
Discussion: textually.org
Ben Berkowitz / Reuters:
Exclusive: Hacking blitz drives cyberinsurance demand
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Bloomberg to FCC: Comcast is Violating NBCU Merger Conditions
Discussion: Electronista
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Facebook juror guilty of contempt
Discussion: Reuters, Yahoo! News and The Next Web
 Earlier Items: 
Deborah Gage / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Bill Aims To Loosen Private-Company Stock Rules
Discussion: DomainIncite, GigaOM, VatorNews, SAI and Fortune
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter ‘Follow Recommendations’ Let You Make A Personalized ‘Suggested User’ List
Discussion: The Next Web
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It's All Software  —  Here's Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, writing about iCloud:
Discussion: Mark Sigal's Blog and The Loop
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Investors Pump $90 Million Into Airbnb Clone Wimdu
Discussion: SAI, Techdirt, VentureBeat and Tnooz, Thanks:robinwauters
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Facebook Hires Former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Angry Birds looks to conjure some location-based Magic [Video]