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2:50 PM 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 …
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Is Facebook about to have the last word in iPhone photo sharing?
Discussion: Washington Post and SAI
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: Google Nexus 4G detailed - 720p display, 4G LTE, Android 4.0  —  Google is two devices deep in a quest to deliver its vision of what a mobile device should be, while pushing the envelope forward as far as specifications and collaboration is concerned.
Felix Lin / Google Chrome Blog:
Chromebooks now available for sale  —  Last month we unveiled the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer.  Chromebooks were built and optimized for the web to give you a faster, simpler and more secure experience without the headaches of traditional computers.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Duke Nukem's PR threatens to punish sites that run negative reviews  —  Update: 2K Games has officially weighed in on the issue.  “2K Games does not endorse the comments made by Jim Redner and we can confirm that The Redner Group no longer represents our products.
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 …
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 …
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Michael Kan / Computerworld:
U.S. questioned China about Change.org attack
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 …
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Retail Secrets Spilled: Don't Correct The Customers, Abide By The A.P.P.L.E. Code  —  It's no accident that Apple's retail empire has grown into a $12 billion+ business.  —  It's run as a strict operation, with specific guidelines on how employees can and can not talk to customers …
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 …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
A risky currency?  Alleged $500,000 Bitcoin heist raises questions  —  Bitcoin, the decentralized virtual currency whose value has skyrocketed in recent weeks, faced a key test Monday as a veteran user reported that Bitcoins worth hundreds of thousands of dollars had been stolen from his computer.
Discussion: The Next Web, Tools, ExtremeTech and Gizmodo
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 …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
No more doubt: Oracle wants billion-dollar amount from Google  —  Yesterday's announcement of the Apple-Nokia settlement led to much speculation over how much money the Finnish handset maker receives.  All analysts agreed that it must be a lot.  But there are also other smartphone patent disputes of similar economic magnitude.
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and The Next Web, Thanks:rusua
John Cook / GeekWire:
Starbucks unveils Android app, brings mobile payment to Safeway  —  Starbucks today rolled out a new Android application that allows users to pay with their mobile phones, find nearby stores and manage gift cards.  The Seattle coffee retailer also announced that its mobile payment technology …
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:
Will Richmond / VideoNuze.com:
New Research Shows Netflix Is A Catalyst for Cord-Cutting and Cord-Shaving  —  The Diffusion Group released interesting research yesterday which supports a view that I've had for a while: heavy Netflix streaming usage correlates with a propensity to cut back on pay-TV services.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Windows Phone 7 Ad Impressions Up 92%; iOS And Android Neck In Neck For App Revenue  —  Mobile ad network Millennial Media has released its monthly monthly mobile report for May, giving us a view into how each OS and manufacturer is performing on the mobile ad network.
Hiroki Asakawa / Google LatLong:
My Places now helps you manage your important locations  —  Almost every day you encounter new places and businesses, whether it's a new store you spotted on your commute to work, or a restaurant you visited with friends over the weekend.  To date, you've been able to star places on Google Maps …
La Quadrature du Net:
The Entire Internet Under Governmental Censorship In France?  —  Paris, June 15th, 2011 - Information website PC INpact revealed today a draft executive order which would give the French government the power to arbitrarily censor any content or service on the Net.
Discussion: Boing Boing
BBC:
LulzSec opens hack request line  —  Lulz Security's request line features the voice of Pierre Dubois - possibly the name of its comic icon  —  The hacker group Lulz Security has opened a telephone request line so its fans can suggest potential targets.  —  It claims to have launched denial …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HTC pulls a 180, now says Gingerbread is coming to Desire  —  So, here's the tally: as of June 14th, there's just “not enough memory” in the Desire for Gingerbread to run properly.  As of the 15th, however, there is.  We won't pretend to understand what changed so drastically in the past 24 hours …
Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Bans App That Was Storing iPhone Passcodes  —  We shared some cool data with you on Monday about the most commonly-used passcodes on iPhones.  —  It came from developer Daniel Amitay, who made the Big Brother Security app.  The app was designed to snap a photo of anyone who entered …
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.
Mary Branscombe / TechRadar.com:
Microsoft hints at Windows 8 release date  —  Autumn 2012 still the most likely date for the next version of Windows By Mary Branscombe 3 hours ago |  Tell us what you think [ comments ] microsoft-hints-at-windows-8-release- date Corporate VP Dan'l Lewin says the tablet race …
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.
 
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Sony's Music Unlimited music service goes mobile on Android
Discussion: Gizmodo, SAI and Electronista
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Imagination Technologies Starts Licensing Next Gen iPad/iPhone GPU
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Now The Proud Owner Of Re-tweet.com
Discussion: Fusible.com and AllTwitter
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Rules That Righthaven Lawsuit Was A Sham; Threatens Sanctions
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows Phone update schedule: one major version a year
Discussion: BetaNews
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Klout Expands Influence Scoring To Professional Social Network LinkedIn
Discussion: Klout, Mashable!, memeburn and VentureBeat
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
US, NZ, Sweden, others condemn “three strikes” Internet laws
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Sprint to tweak tablet data plans, will add unlimited WiMAX
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and DSLreports
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Lady Gaga and 50 Cent Sign on for Custom Link Shortner, Bre.ad
Discussion: SAI, PC World and Gizmodo
Jonathan A. Knee / The Atlantic Online:
Why Content Isn't King  —  How Netflix became America's biggest …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Meet Amazon.com's first employee: Shel Kaphan
Thanks:toddbishop
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
More Evidence for 2048x1536 iPad Retina Display