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9:20 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 Computerworld
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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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.
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
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.
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: 9 to 5 Mac, MacStories and Electronista
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.
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.
Discussion: App Advice, CrunchGear and PhoneArena
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.
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 …
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.”
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: MediaFile
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: SlashGear, MacRumors and PhoneArena
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 …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
NSA allies with Internet carriers to thwart cyber attacks against defense firms  —  The National Security Agency is working with Internet providers to deploy a new generation of tools to scan e-mail and other digital traffic with the goal of thwarting cyberattacks against defense firms by foreign adversaries …
Discussion: The Deep End
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Seeks to Shape Mobile-App Platforms  —  Facebook Inc. is angling to play a bigger role in shaping the way software gets developed for mobile devices.  —  The social network, which has turned its popular website into a platform for developing games and other add-on programs …
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
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 and TUAW
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: SlashGear, Liliputing and Engadget
 
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
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