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4:30 PM ET, June 22, 2011

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Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Prepare Faster IPhone for September  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans to introduce a new iPhone in September that boasts a stronger chip for processing data and a more advanced camera, according to two people familiar with the plans.  —  The device will include the A5 processor …
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DigiTimes:
Amazon to launch tablet PCs in August-September, say Taiwan component makers  —  Amazon is poised to step into tablet PCs and will launch models as son as August-September, with targeted global sales of four million units for 2011, according to Taiwan-based component makers.
John Biggs / MobileCrunch:
RIM, You're Done Here  —  Research In Motion is done.  They'll be bought in the next year or so, their products will roll into whoever buys them - Microsoft, most probably - and they'll go the way of Nokia, Danger, and countless other mobile platforms.  They'll exist independently for a while and then be subsumed.
Discussion: Rethink Wireless and AllThingsD
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung has to wait for iPad 3 and iPhone 5, but Apple may have to wait for a preliminary injunction  —  Last week I reported on Apple's staunch opposition to Samsung's request for early access to product samples of (and packaging and marketing materials related to) the next generation of the iPad and the iPhone.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
What's the Top-Selling Phone at Verizon and AT&T?  —  It's been about five months since Apple's iPhone debuted on Verizon's network and already it's the carrier's top-selling handset.  This according to BTIG Research (registration required), which spent the past three weeks asking 250 Verizon …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Meet the Stealthy Start-Up That Aims to Sharpen Focus of Entire Camera Industry  —  A Mountain View start-up is promising that its camera, due later this year, will bring the biggest change to photography since the transition from film to digital.  —  Ordinarily, I'm turned off by such hyperbole …
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Best Buy puts your music in the cloud, goes where others have gone before  —  Google, Amazon, and Apple have been hogging the headlines when it comes to storing your tunes in the internet either.  That doesn't mean there isn't room for another musically inclined cloud contender — or at least, that's how Best Buy sees things.
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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:   Best Buy's Music Cloud: Skip It, For Now
Russell Holly / Geek.com:
Google TV 2.0 - a look into the Android 3.1 “Fishtank”  —  One of the things that seemingly wasn't covered much at Google I/O was Google TV.  It was clearly difficult for the Android team to admit that Google TV was not received nearly as well as everyone had hoped.
Dawn Chmielewski / Company Town:
Yahoo approaches Hulu about possible acquisition  —  Yahoo Inc. recently approached Hulu to discuss a possible acquisition of the popular online video service, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.  —  Hulu, which streams television shows on the Internet, has been the subject of intense speculation about its future.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Source: This Hulu/Yahoo Story Is BS
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Q&A: Meet the 15-year-old who just sold his tech startup  —  Daniil Kulchenko in the KIRO-FM studios (Erynn Rose photo)  —  Our guest on the latest GeekWire Podcast was Daniil Kulchenko, the 15-year-old sophomore from Kenmore, north of Seattle, who last week announced the sale …
Thanks:johnhcook
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
See you later  —  After five years at Gizmodo, I'm moving on to play around in the ocean a bit more and figure out what my next adventure is.  Thanks for reading the site—I've had fun creating it.  —  P.S. Joe Brown will be taking over for me.  Congratulate him warmly!
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Shazam Raises $32M to Push Into Television  —  Shazam, the popular mobile music look-up service, has raised $32 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins and Institutional Venture Partners.  —  The company has more than 140 million users (people who have downloaded one of its apps …
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Proposed bill would require mobile carriers to detail 4G speeds  —  IDG News Service - New legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would require mobile carriers to detail their “guaranteed minimum” data speeds and their network reliability statistics to potential customers.
Tim Bradshaw / FT Tech Hub:
Google's Schmidt predicts widespread “tap and pay” within a year  —  Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, believes that a third of check-out terminals in retail stores and restaurants will be upgraded to allow wireless “tap and pay” from mobile phones within the next year.
Discussion: AdAge
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Google Notches One Billion Unique Visitors Per Month  —  Google's websites had more than a billion unique visitors in May, the first time an Internet company has hit that benchmark, according to comScore data released Tuesday.  —  Over the past year, Google's unique visitors per month have increased 8.4% to just over one billion.
Jacob Mullins:
Leaving Microsoft: From Redmond to Sand Hill Road  —  After nearly three years at Microsoft, based in San Francisco and focused on our BizSpark startup business, I've decided that it's time to move on and begin the next chapter.  I will be joining early stage venture capital firm Shasta Ventures on July 11, 2011.
Discussion: @caro and @tconrad
John Cook / GeekWire:
Running late for a meeting?  Glympse attracts $7.5M to help mobile phone users share locations with friends  —  There's no shortage of applications that help mobile phone users share their physical locations.  Even so, Glympse — a Redmond startup co-founded by two former Microsofties — believes it can stand out from the pack.
Bernie Woodall / Reuters:
Ford to expand in-vehicle smartphone connectivity  —  (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co will expand the use of its on-board smartphone applications for the 2012 model year, the automaker said at a safety and technology show for reporters.  —  The Ford Sync communications and entertainment system …
Discussion: Mobile Marketing Watch and Pulse2
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Vizio Tablet gets detailed, we go hands-on (video)  —  Way back in January at CES, we managed to sneak in a little bit of hands-on time with the Vizio tablet, the TV manufacturer's straightforwardly-name foray into the ever-popular space.  The tablet runs Gingerbread at present …
Sam Michel / chinwag:
Cookiepocalypse: Implementing New Law Drops Use by 90%  —  This one is going to run and run.  I'm predicting that anyone in digital is going to be an expert in cookies by the end of the Summer.  And not the nice baked versions either, sadly.  —  Imagine a 90% drop in website visitors …
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe and paidContent
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Lodsys corrects its motion for extension of time: now asks for one more month, not two  —  Earlier today I published and blogged about Lodsys's motion for an extension of time to answer Apple's motion to intervene.  Lodsys's motion, as entered yesterday, requested time until including August 27, 2011 — two more months.
Discussion: TUAW, The Loop and GigaOM
David Weir / 7x7SF:
Salon CEO Gingras Resigns to Become Global Head of News Products at Google  —  The CEO of Salon.com, Richard Gingras, held an emotional “all-hands” meeting with his staff today to tell them he is resigning, effective July 8th, to become global head of news products for Google.
GitHub:
Announcing GitHub for Mac  —  Pull requests, merge button, fork queue, issues, pages, wiki — all awesome features that make sharing easier.  But those things are only great after you've pushed your code to GitHub.  —  Today we're happy to announce GitHub for Mac.  —  What does it look like?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and RazorianFly
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Loopt Launches The Reverse Groupon  —  There's no shortage of Groupons and other daily deals available for places you've never been to, or probably don't want to go to.  —  How about trying to get custom group deals made for you and your friends — at places you pick?
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patents for their Original iPhone Interface, a MicroDVI Connector, the iMac's Edge-to-Edge Glass Cover, Front Row Software & More  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of nine newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  There were four patents that stood out from the pack this morning.
Vivek Wadhwa / Innovations:
The death of open government  —  Vivek Kundra's resignation last week from his post as the nation's Chief Information Officer is an ominous event.  Kundra's goal was to set government data free via an expansive Internet effort called Data.gov, and encourage innovation with government-collected data through …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Box.net Ups The Ante Against Microsoft With In-Depth Google Docs Integration  —  Cloud storage and collaboration startup Box.net is upping the ante against competitor Microsoft SharePoint today with the launch of an in-depth integration with Google's productivity suite Google Docs and Spreadsheets directly within the platform.
 
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Christopher Chung / Venture Capital Dispatch:
SEC Adopts VC Definition, Gives Funds 20% Latitude To Do Other Deals
Discussion: Betabeat and Fortune
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Square Adds Former Obama Economic Advisor Larry Summers To Its Board
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Pentagon gets cyberwar guidelines
Discussion: CNET News.com, Reuters and @taylorbuley
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nokia and Accenture seal Symbian handover deal
Brooke Crothers / CNet News:
After Apple, Samsung, Acer vie for No. 2 tablet spot
Discussion: The Digital Home and Pulse2
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Shopkick Looks Beyond The Big-Box: First 1,000 Small Businesses Get Free Installation
Discussion: Screenwerk
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Bootstrapping the CNN of tech: the story of TWiT
Thanks:olsenmike
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Will Nokia Launch Its First Windows Phone on Oct. 26?
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Official: Google Panda Update 2.2 Is Live
Sal Rodriguez / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
LulzSec says it's outing two who may have led to arrest of an alleged hacker
Discussion: PC World, Guardian and Zero Day Blog
John V. / PhoneArena:
AT&T announces its new $50 prepaid unlimited talk, text, & web plan
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's 360 Degree Turnaround
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nokia N9 first hands-on! (update: video)