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12:15 PM ET, June 18, 2011

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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.
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.
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: Reuters and Bloomberg
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.
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.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Apple could buy the mobile phone industry  —  The second quarter ends in less than two weeks.  When it does, I expect Apple will have over $70 billion in Cash, Cash Equivalents, Short-term marketable securities and long-term Marketable Securities.  That figure has been growing predictably.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Web apps get the ultimate endorsement: Windows 8  —  With the Internet's importance steadily gaining, it's not as if Web programmers needed an ego boost.  But Microsoft has given them a major one anyway with a radical change coming in Windows 8.  —  The next-gen Windows will come …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Vancouver Rioters Hunted On Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr  —  There's little anonymity left in rioting these days.  Thanks to cameraphones and tagging, police will be able to identify some of the Vancouver hooligans who set fires, smashed storefronts and overturned cars in Stanley Cup related rioting.
Reuters:
Microsoft gets antitrust approval to buy Skype  —  Microsoft has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy the Internet phone service Skype, the Federal Trade Commission said in a website posting on Friday.  Microsoft announced in May it was buying Skype for $8.5 billion, its biggest-ever acquisition …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
iOS 5 supports speedy Nitro JavaScript for full-screen Web apps  —  With the release of iOS 5 for the iPhone and iPad this fall, Apple will bring the Nitro JavaScript engine to full-screen Web applications saved to a user's home screen.  —  Currently, full-screen Web applications fail to use …
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 …
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
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Square to Investors: $1 Billion Valuation?  That's So Last Week.  Make It $2 Billion.  —  Square is still working on raising its $50 million-or-so next round of venture capital, and we've heard from several sources why it's taking so long.  It seems Square is no longer content …
Discussion: SAI
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
New Malware Steals Your Bitcoin  —  In a sure sign that the virtual currency Bitcoin has hit the mainstream, a new Trojan horse program discovered in the wild Thursday seeks out and steals victims' Bitcoin wallets, the same way other malware goes for their banking passwords or credit card numbers.
Mike Shaver / shaver:
a three-dimensional platform  —  Firefox now includes, on all desktop platforms, support for a technology known as WebGL.  WebGL allows web developers to use accelerated 3D graphics, including textures and shaders; it exposes the same capabilities used by games like Doom 3 and (optionally) …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Apple signs up for WebGL graphics in iAds
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
Falcone's LightSquared in Deal With Sprint  —  Billionaire Philip Falcone's LightSquared Inc. reached a 15-year deal with Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) to share network expansion costs and equipment, and to provide high-speed wireless service to the phone company.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequoia Capital To Double Down On Evernote With Big New Investment  —  Evernote is as hot as any startup in Silicon Valley, even if they don't get quite as much press.  Last year they raised $20 million from Sequoia Capital, on top of the $25 million they'd already raised.
 
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Majority Of Smartphone Users Online “Multiple Times” Daily
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LulzSec: We Are NOT Attacking Anonymous
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Senators Unconcerned About Massive Unintended Consequences Of Criminalizing People For Embedding YouTube Videos
Discussion: The Wrap
Oliver Miller / The Faster Times:
AOL Hell: An AOL Content Slave Speaks Out
 Earlier Items: 
Sara Forden / Bloomberg:
Google Admeld Deal to Get Justice Review
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Microsoft, Google and Twitter debate whether HTML5 is “Holy Grail”
Discussion: Computerworld
Royal Pingdom:
Report: The most common web browsers and browser versions today
Jason Calacanis / Launch:
L026: Tech IPOs Are a Bust — and Why That's Awesome!
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, Thanks:jason
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
“.brands” approach with Internet name shake-up
Discussion: @dannysullivan and MediaFile