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2:40 PM ET, June 17, 2011

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LulzSec / Pastebin:
LulzSec - 1000th tweet statement  —  Dear Internets, This is Lulz Security, better known as those evil bastards from twitter.  We just hit 1000 tweets, and as such we thought it best to have a little chit-chat with our friends (and foes).  For the past month and a bit …
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Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Everything That's Wrong With Research In Motion — An Ex-Employee Tells All  —  Research In Motion's collapse can be traced straight to the top of the company, where its execs are woefully out of touch with consumers, says a former employee who wrote us last night.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
RIM Co-CEOs Balsillie and Lazaridis Defend Corporate Structure  —  Research in Motion co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis have an answer for critics calling for their ouster, or at least the end of their power-sharing arrangement.  —  Take off, eh?  —  During a bizarre earnings call Thursday …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
RIM Falls 15%: FYQ1 Rev, Q2 View Miss; Cuts Year View; Plans Job Cuts, Share Buyback
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple amends complaint against Samsung, asserts more intellectual property rights against more products  —  Apple has already put its inevitable defeat against Nokia behind it and is in attack mode again.  Yesterday (Thursday, June 16, 2011), Apple amended and expanded its complaint against Samsung …
Nielsen Wire:
Average U.S. Smartphone Data Usage Up 89% as Cost per MB Goes Down 46%  —  Don Kellogg, Senior Manager, Telecom Research & Insights, Nielsen  —  The mobile Data Tsunami initially described here is still growing at an astounding pace.  According to Nielsen's monthly analysis of cellphone bills …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify, Gearing Up for U.S. Launch, Closes Its $1 Billion Round  —  More momentum for Spotify: The streaming music service has finalized a huge funding round that gives it a valuation of about $1 billion.  —  The European company has raised around $100 million from DST, Kleiner Perkins and Accel.
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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 …
Ben Sillis / Electricpig.co.uk:
EXCLUSIVE: Inside the mind of the man who fired Steve Jobs  —  This is John Sculley.  You might know him as the man who helped Pepsi overtake Coca-Cola, but you more likely recognise him as the infamous Apple CEO who fired Steve Jobs back in the 1980s.  —  Despite eventually being ousted himself …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, @jason and TUAW
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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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Seeks to Shape Mobile-App Platforms
Discussion: parislemon
Paul Reynolds / Consumer Reports News:
In a first, a Nook beats the Kindle in our e-book reader Ratings  —  The Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader is more than merely a worthy competitor to the Kindle, as I wrote when I saw the e-book reader demonstrated late last month.  Now that we've tested the device in our labs …
Discussion: BGR, eWeek, SAI, msnbc.com and Mashable!
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 …
Surur / WMPU:
Nokia's first Windows Phone 7 handset will launch in 6 European countries first  —  At the 2011 Mobile Telecompaper conference Victor Saeijs, Vice President, Nokia Europe told attendees that the Netherlands will be included in the first wave to receive Nokia's new Windows Phone 7 handsets.
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.
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Exclusive: China software bug makes infrastructure vulnerable  —  (Reuters) - Software widely used in China to help run weapons systems, utilities and chemical plants has bugs that hackers could exploit to damage public infrastructure, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Discussion: ZDNet, Inquirer and TechEye
Sebastian Moss / PlayStation LifeStyle:
Sega Pass Database Hacked, Account Information Compromised  —  Over the past few months, a slew of hacks, DDoS attacks and data breaches have rocked the gaming world.  After the infamous hack of the PlayStation Network, many thought that it would be the end of the attacks, but publishers like Nintendo …
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.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
“.brands” approach with Internet name shake-up  —  (Reuters) - Brand owners will soon be able to operate their own parts of the Web — such as .apple, .coke or .marlboro — if the biggest shake-up yet in how Internet domains are awarded is approved.  —  After years of preparation and wrangling …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
American Airlines to save $1.2 million shifting paper flight charts to iPad  —  American Airlines has started a pilot program to test the use of Apple's iPad running a specialized app providing paperless flight navigation charts, a tool it says will save it over a million dollars a year in fuel costs.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Working at the Apple Store: Tales from the Inside  —  The bright, friendly facade of the Apple store hides some weird stuff, according to current and former employees.  Porn-stuffed laptops, positivity police, and an anti-gossip gestapo: Welcome to the real Apple Store.
Discussion: Betabeat
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola's WiFi Xoom gains access to Google Movies, just in time for the weekend  —  Hard to say why Google chose to roll its Movies app out first to 3G-packed tablets sporting Android 3.1 (a smaller testbed, perhaps?), but it looks as if it won't matter for much longer.
Discussion: Geeky-Gadgets and PhoneArena
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Why iTunes Match has indie soul label singing the blues  —  Apple has managed to get the four major record labels on board with its upcoming iTunes Match service, ensuring that most average users will be able to avoid “weeks” of uploading songs to Apple's iCloud service.
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Apple signs up for WebGL graphics in iAds
Discussion: BetaNews and contextis.com
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Jason Calacanis / Launch:
L026: Tech IPOs Are a Bust — and Why That's Awesome!
Thanks:jason
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Rebecca Black's Friday Video Is Back Online At Vevo
Discussion: The Business Insider and Mashable!
Thom Weidlich / Bloomberg:
Toshiba Among Display Makers Sued for Price Fixing
Wall Street Journal:
Firms Adjust to Hacks
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
NSA allies with Internet carriers to thwart cyber attacks against defense firms
Discussion: DSLreports, The Deep End and Digits
Reuters:
Special report: Government in cyber fight but can't keep up
Discussion: MediaFile
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Adobe scraps AIR for Linux, focuses on mobile
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple gives us a Peek into a New Social Networking App in the Works
Beth Kowitt / Fortune:
100 million Android fans can't be wrong
Discussion: 9to5 Google and Android and Me, Thanks:louisgray
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Here's Google's Secret Plan To Kill Groupon In New York And San Francisco