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12:30 PM ET, June 19, 2011

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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
New York Post Blocks iPad Access Via Safari To Sell Subscriptions  —  It must have sounded like a great idea to someone at News Corp (NSDQ: NWS) at the time: “Hey, I know how we can sell more subscriptions through the New York Post iPad App!  Let's block access through iPad Safari and make them go to the app instead.”
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The NY Post, the iPad and the web  —  First, I don't care about the NY Post.  It's always been a crap paper.  In the old days it was a crap liberal paper, now it's a crap Murdoch paper.  On the other hand, I sometimes click on links that take me to the Post.  And sometimes I click on those links when I'm reading on my iPad.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
The New Silicon Valley Douchebag  —  Anyone who was in the Valley during the late 1990s knows exactly the guy I'm about to describe.  He wore blue shirts and khakis.  He was a regular at the Bubble Lounge.  He always insisted on grabbing the check, throwing down the dot com AmEx for everyone's drinks …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Jonathan / awe.sm:
URL shorteners are dead.  Long live URL shorteners!  —  Last week, 364 days after first announcing their t.co link wrapping service, Twitter started rolling out automatic URL shortening on Twitter.com.  URL shorteners existed long before Twitter and will continue to exist …
Thanks:jhstrauss
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
Paul Graham On Why You're A Mosquito And How Airbnb Is Worth A Billion Dollars  —  Y Combinator founder Paul Graham just gave another great interview to Bloomberg TV.  —  As we said the last time Paul Graham gave a great interview, he's both smart and witty, which always makes these worth watching.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Cut Pandora some slack  —  Let's slow the rush to judgment on this week's most controversial company.  —  Pandora (P) has become the Internet stock that everyone loves to hate, just three days after going public.  Here's a brief sampling of headlines from the past 24 hours:  — Pandora's pox
Discussion: E-Commerce Times and @cdixon
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
SageTV HTPC software acquired by Google, next stop Google TV?  —  In what may be an interesting development for the future of Google TV, the folks at Mountain View have purchased SageTV.  The HTPC software has been doing its media center thing on multiple platforms since 2002 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Mark Suster: Raise Money Now So When The Party's Over You're Sitting Pretty  —  Earlier this week GRP Parter VC and VC blogger Mark Suster gave the keynote talk at the Founder Institute's Founder's Showcase on “Getting Funded In A Frothy Market.”  Suster began the keynote with the declarative statement …
Discussion: SAI
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Not bad: Zynga's Empires & Allies hits 30 million users in 17 days  —  Zynga's Empires & Allies social game has grown to more than 30 million users in just 17 days.  The combat social strategy game added about 2 million users today, according to market analyst AppData.
Discussion: Neowin.net, Thanks:deantak
ESR / Armed and Dangerous:
World Without Web  —  Technological change has a tendency to look inevitable in retrospect - “It steam-engines when it's steam-engine time.”  Likely this is true in many cases, but I often think we underestimate the alarming degree of contingency lurking behind ‘inevitable’ developments.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Bill Gurley Explains How Twitter Will Rule The World And Why Groupon Won't  —  Benchmark Capital led a $35 million investment Twitter back in 2009 before the company was fashionable, and has stakes in other hot young tech companies like OpenTable, Yelp, and Zillow.  —  Partner Bill Gurley is a driving force at the firm.
Discussion: A VC
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
What Photo Sharing App Should You Use?
Discussion: FT Tech Hub, Thanks:percival
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
CBS Shuffles CNET Editors
Discussion: @yulimar
Eric Savitz / CIO Central:
Should ICANN Be Adding More Generic Top-Level Domains?
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Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
JavaScript decoder lets MP3s play in Firefox without Flash
Discussion: Slashdot
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
iCloud to Auto-Resolve Sync Conflicts
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Time Warner Cable Considering Billing Web Customers by Usage, CEO Says
Discussion: bijan sabet, Neowin.net and Adweek