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10:50 PM ET, June 19, 2011

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Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Skype Fires Executives, Avoiding Payouts After Microsoft Buyout  —  Skype Technologies SA, the Internet- calling service being bought by Microsoft Corp., is firing senior executives before the deal closes, a move that reduces the value of their payout, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Bitcoin prices plummet on hacked exchange  —  The Bitcoin community faced another crisis on Sunday afternoon as the price of the currency on the most popular exchange, Mt.Gox, fell from $17 to pennies in a matter of minutes.  Trading was quickly suspended and visitors to the home page …
RELATED:
Economist:   Bits and bob  —  Bitcoin has got geeks excited.  What about economists?
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
All new Mac Pros and upgraded Mac minis with Sandy Bridge and Thunderbolt in early August?  —  CNET's Brian Tong claims that Apple is gearing up to launch a revamped Mac Pro and an upgraded Mac mini in either late July or early August - more likely in August.
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Google adds rainbow to search bar for gay pride month  —  There's a rainbow at the end of some Google searches.  —  To mark June as Gay and Lesbian Pride month, the search giant is adding a rainbow to the right side of the search bar when users search for “gay,” “lesbian,” “transgender,” or related terms.
Mike Rosenberg / Mercury News:
So far only elation, not border war, from neighbors over Apple mega-campus  —  The humongous Apple (AAPL) mother ship campus will one day call Cupertino home, but it'll sit so close to Sunnyvale and Santa Clara that residents there will be able to look out their windows and catch a glimpse …
Discussion: Electronista
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
Kinect: Microsoft's accidental success story  —  What happens when Microsoft applies a Google-like model to an Apple-like gadget?  We're going to find out.  —  Computerworld - Microsoft introduced a peripheral device for gaming in November called Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360.
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
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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent / BitTorrent Sued For Patent Infringement  —  By now we've become accustomed to copyright infringement lawsuits, where people are suspected of illegally distributing movies and music using BitTorrent.  —  However, according to a lawsuit filed at a U.S. District Court this week …
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
Yoko Kubota / Reuters:
Sega says 1.3 million users affected by cyber attack  —  (Reuters) - Japanese video game developer Sega Corp said on Sunday that information belonging to 1.3 million customers has been stolen from its database, the latest in a rash of global cyber attacks against video game companies.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Crashing the Party in Silicon Valley  —  When others were questioning whether Facebook was really worth $10 billion in February 2010, two Wall Street investors were quietly buying chunks of its shares at a $15 billion valuation.  —  The investors, Frank Mazzola and Emilio DiSanluciano …
Discussion: @speechu and @stevecheney
 
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Not bad: Zynga's Empires & Allies hits 30 million users in 17 days
Discussion: Neowin.net, Thanks:deantak
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
SageTV HTPC software acquired by Google, next stop Google TV?
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World Without Web
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Bill Gurley Explains How Twitter Will Rule The World And Why Groupon Won't
Discussion: A VC
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