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8:10 PM ET, June 22, 2011

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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
PopCap Games To Be Acquired For $1 Billion+  —  Huge news in the gaming world: PopCap Games, the company behind such hits as Plants vs Zombies and Bejeweled, is in the process of being acquired — and we're hearing from multiple sources that the price is over $1 billion.  —  The question now is who the buyer is.
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PopCap Games to be acquired by unnamed buyer
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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 …
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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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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Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Apple granted patent on webpage scrolling behaviors, media granted patent on crazy  —  So Apple got yet another patent granted today, and now there's yet another media firestorm over whether it means Cupertino will be able to sue every other phone manufacturer out of business …
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Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Apple's Tim Cook Visits China Mobile to Discuss 4G LTE iPhone  —  Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook is spotted in China Mobile headquarters this morning.  A Chinese reporter from First Financial Daily (one of the most prosperous financial papers in China) managed to take a picture …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Winklevoss twins abandon appeal of Facebook ruling  —  (Reuters) - The Olympic rowing twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court a ruling upholding a $65 million cash-and-stock settlement reached with Facebook Inc.  —  The 2008 settlement was intended …
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.
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Verizon's new data plans broken down in complete detail  —  Having a hard time wrapping your head around the upcoming changes to Verizon's smartphone data plans?  We just got all the dirty details dropped in our laps.  Charts, e-mails, the whole kit and kaboodle, folks.  —  Let's start with what you see above.
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.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Best Buy's Music Cloud: Skip It, For Now  —  Best Buy has “soft launched” a cloud music service, but other, better options are already available.  In fact, don't even bother trying this out until Best Buy reworks it.  —  I tried out the Best Buy Music Cloud powered by Catch Media's Play Anywhere software …
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Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Best Buy puts your music in the cloud, goes where others have gone before
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.
Bloomberg:
Apple Bid to Bar Amazon ‘Appstore’ Will ‘Likely’ Be Denied  —  Apple Inc. will “probably” lose its court bid to stop Amazon.com Inc. from using the term “Appstore” for a service selling programs for Android devices, a federal judge said.  —  Apple, whose top-selling product is the iPhone …
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.
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.
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.
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Hulu puts itself up for sale, retains investment banks  —  Hulu is putting itself up for sale.  —  The popular online television site, which has been the cause of much consternation in Hollywood, has retained investment banks Guggenheim Partners and Morgan Stanley to facilitate a potential sale …
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.
Anthony DeRosa:
An interview with New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller  —  Bill Keller has spent the last eight years as executive editor of the New York Times.  He recently announced he will step down from his post in September and hand it over to Jill Abramson, who will become the first female executive editor in the history of the paper.
Scott Nicholson / The LinkedIn Blog:
The Gender Divide: Are Men better than Women at Social Networking?  —  Women are more savvy networkers in the ranching industry.  Men are more savvy networkers in the cosmetics industry.  Wait, what?  That was exactly our reaction when we saw the initial results for our latest data insights blog post …
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.
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to make inbound data transfer free on Windows Azure cloud  —  Microsoft plans to tweak its Windows Azure pricing, come July 1, to make the platform more attractive to users who want to migrate lots of data to the cloud.  —  The change, announced on June 22, also will result …
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Facebook Forms ‘Client Council’ to Advise the Social Network on Advertising  —  McCann Worldgroup's Nick Brien and Coke's Wendy Clark to Serve on Formal Group  —  Dear ad industry: Facebook wants your help, so it's forming a 12-member client council that will give the social network input …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Security Start-Up Bromium Debuts With $9.2 Million in Funding  —  In March, when it added Peter Levine (pictured), the former CEO of Xensource, as a partner, the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz let it be known that it was starting to look for opportunities in the security business.
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Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Banjo's New Mobile App Connects People & Locations
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GitHub:
Announcing GitHub for Mac
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Vivek Wadhwa / Innovations:
The death of open government
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Lodsys corrects its motion for extension of time: now asks for one more month, not two
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Loopt Launches The Reverse Groupon
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Bernie Woodall / Reuters:
Ford to expand in-vehicle smartphone connectivity
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Vizio Tablet gets detailed, we go hands-on (video)
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Q&A: Meet the 15-year-old who just sold his tech startup
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