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4:50 PM ET, June 15, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Behold: Facebook's Secret Photo Sharing App  —  Last night, something very interesting came our way.  Something massive — documents and images outlining what appears to be a new Facebook iPhone app built around photo sharing.  We teased what we had with a single image last night.
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Is Facebook about to have the last word in iPhone photo sharing?  —  Facebook is about to lunch a doozy of a photo sharing app for iOS, according to TechCrunch.  The app will enter a space that's already crowded with startup offerings such as Color, Instagram, PicPlz and more …
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.
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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Google ‘Nexus 4G’ rumored for Thanksgiving launch with 720p display, LTE, and Ice Cream Sandwich
Discussion: BetaNews
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 …
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  “2K Games does not endorse the comments made by Jim Redner and we can confirm that The Redner Group no longer represents our products.
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.
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 …
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dolby Sues RIM Over Patent Infringement, Aims To Halt Sales Of BlackBerry Devices  —  Breaking - Dolby has just announced that it has filed patent infringement lawsuits in the United States and Germany against BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.  —  The lawsuits seek recovery of financial damages …
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 …
Andreas Tuerk / Google Public Policy Blog:
Me, Myself and I: Helping to manage your identity on the web  —  In recent years, it's become easier and easier to publish information about yourself online, through powerful new platforms like social networking sites and photo sharing services.  One way to manage your privacy on these sites …
Discussion: Computerworld and The Next Web
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: Digital Trends, SAI and CNET News
Matt LeMay / bitly blog:
bitly Pro is now... bitly!  —  Since launching in December of 2009, our bitly Pro whitelabel service has grown to power over 10,000 custom short domains, including but by no means limited to gat.es (The Gates Foundation), diddy.it, (Diddy), dalaila.ma (His Holiness the Dalai Lama), and cart.mn (South Park Studios).
Discussion: The Next Web
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Agence France Presse:
Three in China convicted for iPad2 design theft  —  BEIJING — A court in south China has jailed three people for stealing the design to Apple's iPad2 tablet computer and using it to manufacture counterfeits, state press said Wednesday.  —  The theft from a plant run by Foxconn …
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 …
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.
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 …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Businesses deploying Office 2010 five times faster than previous version  —  Microsoft revealed on Wednesday that businesses are deploying Office 2010 at a much faster rate than the previous 2007 version.  —  “When we released Office 2010 to the world one year ago, our critics weren't easy on us …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
TV or Web Video?  Now, Finally, We're Starting To Choose.  —  The weird thing about the Web video boom is that it doesn't seem to have cut into the TV business: Much to the relief of many well-paid people, TV viewing has gone up even as Web video usage has gone up.  Put us in front of a screen, and we'll watch it.
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:
Discussion: The Business Insider
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 …
 
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
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