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3:20 PM ET, June 18, 2011

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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google testing yet another redesign, kills 'I'm Feeling Lucky'  —  Google appears to be testing yet another redesign of its search engine, incorporating a new stylish colour scheme but also moving website links to a new position, underneath the title.  —  The redesign isn't available to all users …
Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Fake Identities Were Used on Twitter in Effort to Get Information on Weiner  —  At least three months before the revelation that former Representative Anthony D. Weiner was sending lewd messages and photos to women online, a small group of self-described conservatives was monitoring his exchanges with women on Twitter.
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Oracle expert claims Google may owe up to $6 billion  —  Calling it “breathtaking” and “out of proportion to any meaningful measure,” Google (GOOG) attorneys revealed late Friday that an expert working for Oracle (ORCL) has estimated Google may owe between $1.4 billion and $6.1 billion …
Discussion: 9to5 Google and Reuters
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Real Racing 2 HD wireless, dual-screen gaming with iOS 5 on iPad 2 hands-on (video)  —  It's just one week after Nintendo unveiled dual-screen gaming on the Wii U at E3, but Apple's iOS 5 beta is already bringing a very similar experience to the living room — many months before Nintendo's latest console is expected to ship.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
iCloud to Auto-Resolve Sync Conflicts  —  MobileMe's sync conflict resolver.  Via BusySync  —  When it runs into conflicting data, Apple's upcoming iCloud service will automatically determine which is the correct one without bringing the user into it, according to Daring Fireball's John Gruber.
Eric Savitz / CIO Central:
Should ICANN Be Adding More Generic Top-Level Domains?  —  Written by Alan C. Drewsen  —  Alan Drewsen: Domain man.  —  On June 19, hundreds of attendees from around the world representing a variety of industries and communities will gather in Singapore to attend the second public meeting …
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Time Warner Cable Considering Billing Web Customers by Usage, CEO Says  —  Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), the second- largest U.S. cable-television operator, is testing technology to measure consumption-based billing for broadband Internet use, said Chief Executive Officer Glenn Britt.
Discussion: Adweek, Neowin.net, DSLreports and MediaPost
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Releases New iPad 2 Ad, ‘Now’  —  Apple just posted this new television ad for the iPad 2 on Apple's iPad page and YouTube channel.  The ad illustrates life is different “now” that we have the iPad 2.  The ad shows off the Wall Street Journal, Spin magazine, The King's Speech, FaceTime, iTunes U, the iBookstore, and Star Walk.
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
JavaScript decoder lets MP3s play in Firefox without Flash  —  The introduction of HTML5 and super-fast JavaScript engines to the latest web browsers has brought with it a wealth of new functionality.  The focus seems to have been put on the ability to play video in a browser without Flash, or making games.
Discussion: Slashdot
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Up Close With Google's Search By Image: Hits, Misses & More  —  Earlier this week at its Inside Search event, Google announced a new way to search the web called Search By Image.  Rather than enter a text query, Search By Image lets you begin your search with an image and Google will (try to) …
Discussion: creativebits™
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook PR: Tonight We Dine In Hell!  —  There's currently something going on in the outskirts of the tech world that's a bit sensitive, so no one really likes to talk about it: we (journalists, bloggers, etc) are at war with the PR industry.  —  That sentence alone will throw the PR flacks into a tizzy.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft and ChevronWP7 team up for new Windows Phone 7 developer unlock tool … Microsoft and the ChevronWP7 unlock team are teaming up to produce a low-cost developer unlock tool.  —  The tool will make Windows Phone development more accessible and allow developers to avoid …
 
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