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1:55 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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™
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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