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4:05 AM ET, June 17, 2011

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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Facebook Readies an iPad App, Finally  —  Facebook had its application for the iPhone ready right when the Apple App Store opened in July 2008.  But more than a year after the iPad went on sale, there is still no official Facebook app for it.  —  That is about to change.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yes, Despite All The HTML5 Talk (And Action), Facebook Is Finally Doing An iPad App
Discussion: ZDNet and GigaOM
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
RIM Falls 15%: FYQ1 Rev, Q2 View Miss; Cuts Year View; Plans Job Cuts, Share Buyback  —  BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIMM) this afternoon reported fiscal Q1 revenue below analysts' estimates, but profit a penny ahead, and a Q2 revenue forecast well below estimates, and cut its year outlook.
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The Android tablet problem, nicely summarized by one review's conclusion  —  From Ars Technica's review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which exemplifies the softball “please keep sending us gadgets” review so prevalent recently: … Really?  Will a lot of customers notice the 2% thickness difference …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Daring Fireball
AppleInsider:
Apple may freeze new Mac introductions until release of Mac OS X Lion  —  Apple management is so pumped up over the advantages presented by its forthcoming Mac OS X Lion operating system that the company has been holding back the release of at least one new Mac refresh until the software is finalized, AppleInsider has learned.
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
Senate Committee Votes to Make Illegal Streaming of Movies, TV a Felony … Moving to close a possible loophole in the laws against the pirating of movies, TV shows and other intellectual property, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved making illegal streaming of video over the internet a felony in most cases.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
If You're Paying to Watch Web Video, You're Watching Netflix  —  If you're watching video on the Internet, the odds are very, very good that you're doing it on YouTube.  And failing that, on Facebook.  —  But if you're paying to watch video on the Web, then the odds change: You're very, very likely to be watching Netflix.
Discussion: Electronista
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Vostu Responds To Zynga Lawsuit, Now Denies Copying Zynga*  —  Vostu, a social gaming company that's big in Brazil, has responded to a lawsuit from social gaming leader Zynga, which accused Vostu of stealing its games.  (With pretty serious evidence.)  —  Vostu's statement …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WAR! Zynga Sues The Hell Out Of Brazilian Clone Vostu
Discussion: VentureBeat and VG247
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple gives us a Peek into a New Social Networking App in the Works  —  Social networking on sites LinkedIn and Facebook are a huge success with today's in-crowd.  Today's social apps typically use matching algorithms to match members with members who are deemed compatible by with their interests and values.
Discussion: MacRumors
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Oracle seeks billions in lawsuit against Google  —  (Reuters) - Oracle Corp is seeking damages “in the billions of dollars” from Google Inc in a patent lawsuit over the smartphone market, according to a court filing.  —  Oracle sued Google last year, claiming the Web search company's Android …
Beth Kowitt / Fortune:
100 million Android fans can't be wrong  —  The inside story of how Google conquered the smartphone world.  —  FORTUNE — When Google (GOOG) acquired a tiny wireless startup called Android in 2005, few at the search giant had particularly high hopes for the deal — if they even knew about it.
Reuters:
Special report: Government in cyber fight but can't keep up  —  (Reuters) - The Pentagon is about to roll out an expanded effort to safeguard its contractors from hackers and is building a virtual firing range in cyberspace to test new technologies, according to officials familiar with the plans …
Discussion: The Deep End
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals New Security Features for “Find My iPhone” Part 2  —  A new patent application from Apple this morning reveals that they began working on new security features for “Find My iPhone” shortly after the first iteration was revealed back in 2009.  The next generation security features are noted as being proactive in nature.
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Here's Google's Secret Plan To Kill Groupon In New York And San Francisco  —  Google recently launched its Groupon-killer, Google Offers, in Portland, Oregon.  —  We don't yet know how that launch went.  —  But Google is now planning to launch Offers in New York and San Francisco.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Rebecca Black Pulls Infamous ‘Friday’ Video From YouTube  —  It's Thursday, Thursday, and Rebecca Black's memetastic “Friday” video is no longer available on YouTube, due to a copyright claim filed by Rebecca Black apparently.  It's not clear what exactly happened to the video …
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Spam clogging Amazon's Kindle self-publishing  —  (Reuters) - Spam has hit the Kindle, clogging the online bookstore of the top-selling eReader with material that is far from being book worthy and threatening to undermine Amazon.com Inc's publishing foray.  —  Thousands of digital books …
Zee / The Next Web:
Lulzsec has released over 150,000 names, emails and home addresses.  Check if you're one of them here  —  Hacker group Lulz Security has been busy over the past five weeks.  It has successfully managed to hack Sony BMG, Nintendo.com, Sonypictures.com, PBS.org, Fox.com and its US X Factor …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
4 Million Users Strong And Apple Design Award In Hand, Pulse Grabs $9 Million Series A  —  Apple doesn't hand out a lot of design awards.  When they do, it's a pretty clear indication of the apps they feel best showcase their platforms.  This year at WWDC, one of the winners was Pulse …
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Launches Send Dialog For Private Shares  —  Starting today, you can share a link as a private message or group post within Facebook, thanks to the new send dialog button plugin.  —  This feature builds on the popularity of the send button unveiled one month ago and implemented on over 100,000 websites.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Adobe scraps AIR for Linux, focuses on mobile  —  Concluding that its priorities should be on iOS and Android, Adobe Systems has stopped releasing its own version of its AIR programming foundation for Linux.  —  AIR combines Flash and a Web browser to let programmers build standalone software …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google's Related Searches Now Harness Google Squared (And They're Pretty Nifty)  —  Google has just announced a new feature for its core search engine that sounds like it will be very helpful: a new kind of related search result that's based around lists.  Starting today, when you run …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Spotify Exec Hints U.S. Launch Is A Couple Weeks Away  —  Spotify general manager Jonathan Forster told an ad conference in London that the company is wrapping up the final licensing deals for a U.S. launch “as I speak.”  —  He also told Silicon Valley Watcher's Tom Forenski “We won't launch before July 5th.”
Discussion: Silicon Valley Watcher and hypebot
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Internet users now have more and closer friends than those offline  —  Have a computer, Internet connection, and no Facebook profile?  Now you're the weirdo outcast.  In a new study done by the Pew Research Center, collections of data from thousands of participants showed that people …
 
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Bloomberg:
Tango Video-Chat Service for Smartphones Said to Be Valued at $160 Million
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Patent Ruling Means Nokia May Have to Stop Selling Two Discontinued Devices
Discussion: Bloomberg and Inquirer
Jennifer Moire / All Facebook:
Connecticut AG To Facebook: Don't Tag My Photo!
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Facebook, Groupon investor Accel raises $1.35B
Discussion: PE Hub News, VatorNews and TechCrunch
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Alibaba to split, not IPO, e-commerce unit Taobao
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