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4:25 PM ET, June 21, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple iPhone 5 to be major update after all; announcement and availability in August?  —  While Apple has indeed been giving some developers access to a device known as the iPhone 4S — an iPhone 4 with upgraded internals — BGR has independently confirmed that the next-generation iPhone …
Apple:
Apple Revolutionizes Video Editing With Final Cut Pro X  —  Apple® today announced Final Cut Pro® X, a revolutionary new version of the world's most popular Pro video editing software which completely reinvents video editing with a Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible …
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Gary Adcock / Macworld:
First Look: Final Cut Pro X  —  Apple's new non-linear editing app plots a roadmap to the future of video editing  —  With the release of its hotly anticipated Final Cut Pro X (FCP X), Apple breaks new ground—not just with its flagship video editor's interface and underlying infrastructure …
Heidi / Nokia Conversations:
Introducing the Nokia N9: all it takes is a swipe!  —  SINGAPORE - At the Nokia Connection event in Singapore today, Nokia introduced the Nokia N9, the first-ever pure touch smartphone that is all about making things simpler.  Nokia N9 focuses on the most important things that people do …
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Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Nokia N9 officially announced: unibody design, buttonless ‘swipe’ UI, and the lost promise of Meego
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Apple unveils updated Time Capsule, bumps storage to 3TB  —  It's been a good long while since Apple unveiled a new Time Capsule, almost two years since the 2TB model rolled out.  At the time that was a volume of storage that you couldn't possibly fill up — even if you ripped your entire Peter Gabriel collection in lossless.
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple about to drop cheaper AirPort Extreme, 3TB Time Capsule (update: FCC confirms)
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Turntable.fm Really Is Awesome.  Is It Legal?  —  Turntable.fm is a little miracle that does something simple and essential: It lets you play your favorite songs for your friends and strangers on the Web, in real time, for free.  —  I'd say it's astonishing no one has done it before …
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
The Real Reason There Was No Email On The BlackBerry PlayBook  —  When Research In Motion shipped the PlayBook without native email support, it was surprising.  —  After all, RIM's greatest strength is a killer email-application for BlackBerrys.  Why didn't it have email baked into the PlayBook?
Discussion: Reuters, Daring Fireball and Gadget Lab
Bloomberg:
Real M&A: RIM Takeover Beckons Microsoft  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) has lost so much value that an acquirer could pay a 50 percent premium and still buy the BlackBerry maker for a lower multiple than any company in the industry.  —  RIM, once worth $83 billion, has fallen …
Stephen Shankland / Deep Tech:
Mozilla releases Firefox 5, first rapid-release version  —  Mozilla delivered two things today: Firefox 5 for personal computers and Android phones, and the promise to deliver the browser just a few months after its predecessor.  —  The organization, once the leading challenger …
DigiTimes:
Apple demands 10% quote cuts from component suppliers in 2Q11, says paper  —  Apple's suppliers of components such as PCBs, optical components, battery modules and touch panels are reportedly facing pressure from Apple, which has demanded quote cuts of 10% for the second quarter of 2011 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Upending Anonymity, These Days the Web Unmasks Everyone  —  Not too long ago, theorists fretted that the Internet was a place where anonymity thrived.  —  Now, it seems, it is the place where anonymity dies.  —  A commuter in the New York area who verbally tangled with a conductor last Tuesday …
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
The PR Man Whose Duke Nukem Forever Tweet Got Him Fired Speaks Out  —  If you know the name Jim Redner, there's a good chance you know him for the single Duke Nukem Forever tweet that caused a brief public relations s**tstorm last week.  If you don't, Jim Redner will tell you all about the …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Barnes & Noble: Nook market share, sales surge, but so do losses  —  Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch said that the company's e-book market share is now 26 percent to 27 percent in the U.S. with Nook-related revenue topping $250 million in its fiscal fourth quarter.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Apple iOS 5 now outperforms IE9 HTML5 on Windows Phone Mango  —  Microsoft kicked off a mobile HTML5 performance war back in April.  —  The software giant demonstrated a Windows Phone Mango device against an Android and iPhone 4.  Windows Phone came out on top but it hasn't taken Apple long to respond.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Milk's First Project Revealed: Oink, A Mobile App To Vote, Rank, And Share  —  As we heard in April, Kevin Rose and former Digg designer Daniel Burka have teamed up to start Milk, a mobile app development lab in San Francisco.  The company also raised $1.5 million from a number of all-star investors …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
“Why Should Somebody Buy This Instead of an iPad?”  —  It's been fifteen months since the first iPad shipped.  Nearly every sizable company that makes anything that looks even sort of like a computer or a phone has rushed into the market that Apple created.  Many of these companies haven't yet shipped the tablets they've announced.
Frank McGurty / Reuters:
RIM starts handing out layoff notices, report says  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has started to hand out layoff notices after it said on Friday it would cut an unspecified number of jobs, a local newspaper said on Tuesday.  —  A spokesman for the Canadian company …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows Phone Mango ‘secret’ features demo [video] … WinRumors has been able to play around with a couple of Windows Phone Mango devices this week.  —  Microsoft's next-generation Windows Phone operating system is slick, full of features and addresses the needs of consumers and businesses every step of the way.
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Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Tried And Failed To Make A Black MacBook Air?  —  Apple did indeed test out a black powder-coated MacBook Air, but the treatment absorbed body oils and didn't live up to Steve's standards, according to an anonymous Apple employee.  —  This employee got in touch after we wrote about emails …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Needham: Android's market share peaked in March  —  After the Verizon iPhone launched in the U.S., Android suffered its first quarterly decline  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Needham & Co.  —  The chart at right, taken from a note Needham's Charlie Wolf sent to clients Monday, could be labeled “The Verizon iPhone Effect.”
Gregg Tavares / games.greggman.com:
WebGL Security and Microsoft Bulls**t  —  Disclaimer:  —  1) I work at Google on Chrome  —  2) Nothing I say here represents my employer in anyway.  This my own opinion.  —  It's frustrating to see how bad Microsoft can really be.  I'm one of Microsoft's biggest fans.
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
It Wasn't Us: LulzSec Denies Involvement With Scotland Yard Arrest, UK Census Attack  —  After declaring war against all governments Sunday night in Operation Anti-Security (#AntiSec), hacktivist group LulzSec has spent all Tuesday morning in a battle repudiating various media claims, coincidentally all UK related.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft pitches new ads powered by Kinect's voice-recognition capabilities  —  What do you get when you cross natural-user-interface technologies, like Kinect's voice-control, with ads?  Microsoft is calling them NuAds and is pitching them to advertisers as of this week.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
76% of iPhone owners plan to use Apple's iCloud, 30% interested in iTunes Match  —  A new survey of iPhone users indicates that Apple's iCloud service could gain 150 million users, while nearly as many are also interested in using iMessage.  —  Mike Abramsky, analyst with RBC Capital Markets …
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google building Skype-alike software into Chrome
Discussion: Digitizor and Techie Buzz
Associated Press:
Israel urges Apple to remove pro-Palestinian app
Discussion: Reuters
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Gaikai scores a whopper of a game distribution deal with Walmart.com (exclusive)
Discussion: Digital Media Wire and Neowin.net
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
SETI seeks extraterrestrial life, and funding
Hipmunk Blog:
New: Hipmunk iPad App!
Discussion: Macworld and SFGate
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Divvyshot's Sam Odio Explains Why He Left Facebook to Found Freshplum (Video)
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Wildfire Gets A Major Upgrade, Launches Facebook Page Builder, Analytics, And More
Discussion: Inside Facebook and GigaOM
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Onswipe Wants To Make Slate, Forbes And Your Website Feel Like A Native Tablet App
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
iControl raises $50M from Intel, Cisco, Comcast, Kleiner
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
DARPA-Born TrapIt Wants to be Your Personalized Newsreader of the Future
Discussion: PC Magazine and Mashable!
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Sprint proposes ways for AT&T to meet demand growth without T-Mobile
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Security Bug Made Passwords Optional For Four Hours