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.
Discussion: Examiner, Computerworld, Inside Mobile Apps, CNET News.com, The Seattle Times, PC Magazine, TechFlash, Neowin.net, Kotaku, GeekWire, Joystiq, VG247, scribbal.com, AppleNApps, Games Blog, iPhone Alley and Appolicious Advisor
Michael Santo / Examiner: Mystery buyer to snap up PopCap Games for $1 billion
Steven Musil / CNET News.com: Mystery buyer for game developer PopCap Games?
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times: Report says $1 billion-plus offer for PopCap
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine: Report: PopCap to Be Acquired for Over $1 Billion
Dave Roberts / TechFlash: Report: PopCap to be acquired for more than $1 billion
John Callaham / Neowin.net: Rumor: PopCap to be bought for $1 billion?
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku: Report: Someone's Buying PopCap Games for a Cool Billion [Update]
Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Report: Mystery buyer acquiring PopCap for more than $1B
Christopher Grant / Joystiq: Report: PopCap being acquired for over $1 billion
Brenna Hillier / VG247: Rumour - PopCap to be acquired for $1 billion
Kris Holt / scribbal.com: REPORT: PopCap Games Being Acquired For More Than $1B, Identity Of Buyer Not Revealed
Trevor Sheridan / AppleNApps: PopCap Games To Be Sold For $1 Billion - Putting A Price On Amazing Casual Games
Nikhil Katti / iPhone Alley: PopCap Games to Be Acquired for over $1 Billion
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 …
Discussion: BGR, 9 to 5 Mac, Computerworld, iPhone Download Blog, Electronista, TUAW, TiPb, MacGazette.net, The Business Insider, PhoneArena and The Loop
Zach Epstein / BGR: And the best-selling smartphone at AT&T and Verizon stores is...
Preston Gralla / Computerworld: Mango is a solid step for Windows Phone 7 — but it's still not enough
Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW: iPhone the top smartphone at both AT&T and Verizon
Rene Ritchie / TiPb: iPhone 4 best selling smartphone on AT&T, Verizon
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: iPhone top seller at AT&T and Verizon stores
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Verizon iPhone Halted Android's Surge. The iPhone 5 Could Reverse It. — Nearly a year ago, I wrote a post titled “Is Android Surging Only Because Apple Is Letting It?”. Not surprisingly, it fired people up. About 1,000 comments later, there was a full-on fanboy war between the Apple and Google sides.
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 …
Discussion: PC Magazine, RazorianFly, Ars Technica, MacStories, PC World, Redmond Pie, iPhone Alley, Android Phone Fans, iPhone Download Blog, The Next Web, Engadget and MacDailyNews
Elizabeth Fish / PC World: Apple Gets Touchscreen Patent, Makes Things Potentially Awkward for Rivals
Goncalo Ribeiro / Redmond Pie: Apple Granted Multi-Touch Patent For iPhone Interface; Future Of Rival Smartphone Makers Is Now Uncertain
Alex Gardner / iPhone Alley: New Patent Could Allow Apple to Demand High Licensing Fees From Other OS Developers
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans: Apple's iPhone Patent Could Prove Problematic for Nearly All Touchscreen Devices
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web: Apple's iPhone ‘multitouch patent’ not as broad as it would seem
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget: Apple granted patent for ‘portable multifunction devices’ with multitouch screens
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patents for their Original iPhone Interface, a MicroDVI Connector, the iMac's Edge …
Apple Wins Patents for their Original iPhone Interface, a MicroDVI Connector, the iMac's Edge …
Discussion: MobileCrunch, MacRumors, Gizmodo, SlashGear, Electronista, The Next Web, RazorianFly and The Loop
Jordan Crook / MobileCrunch: Freshly Awarded iPhone Patent Could Mean Trouble For Apple's Competitors
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: Apple awarded patent for mutiltouch interface
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, L.A. Times Tech Blog, Friending Facebook Blog, Reuters and Bits
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Winklevoss twins abandon appeal over Facebook settlement to U.S. Supreme Court
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog: Winklevoss twins finally give up fighting Facebook
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters: Winklevoss twins end appeal of Facebook settlement
Miguel Helft / Bits: Winklevosses Drop Facebook Fight, Keep Settlement
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 …
Discussion: TUAW, MacRumors, MacNN, iPhone Alley, MacGazette.net, iLounge, RazorianFly, PhoneArena, MacDailyNews, Edible Apple and 9 to 5 Mac
Michael Grothaus / TUAW: Tim Cook spotted at China Mobile's headquarters
Nikhil Katti / iPhone Alley: Apple COO Tim Cook Spotted at China Mobile HQ
Charles Starrett / iLounge: Apple COO Tim Cook spotted at China Mobile HQ?
Arron / RazorianFly: Apple Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook, Spotted At China Mobile's Headquarters - [PHOTO]
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac: Did Tim Cook cut the iPhone deal with China Mobile this morning?
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
Caroline Gabriel / Rethink Wireless: Microsoft tipped as acquirer for RIM
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD: RIM's Not a Takeover Target if No One Wants It
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
RIM cuts internal PlayBook sales estimates by more than half
RIM cuts internal PlayBook sales estimates by more than half
Discussion: PC World, Electronista, DigiTimes, ZDNet, The Tech Trade, Hardware 2.0 Blog, ITProPortal, AllThingsD, MacDailyNews, Tech Trader Daily, SAI and SlashGear
Matt Hamblen / PC World: RIM Drastically Cuts PlayBook Sales Target, Report Says
James Kendrick / ZDNet: Tablet wars: RIM lowers PlayBook estimates, Amazon readies tablet, iPad rolls on
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog: RIM already slashing PlayBook sales by more than half
Desire Athow / ITProPortal: RIM Giving Up On Its iPad 2 Rival Tablet?
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: RIM Cuts PlayBook Build Plan, Says DigiTimes
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: RIM Reportedly Slashes Internal Estimates For PlayBook Sales
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear: RIM slashes PlayBook sales goals for Q2 2011
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, MacRumors, Android Community, pocketnow.com, Engadget, TiPb, CrackBerry.com blogs, Android Phone Fans, TUAW, PhoneNews.com, GrindGadget and Droid Life
Kelly Hodgkins / Gizmodo: Get Grandfathered on Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan Before It's Gone
Chris Burns / Android Community: Verizon Directs Employees How to Handle End of Unlimited Data Plans
Stephen Schenck / pocketnow.com: Details Of Verizon's New Tiered Data Plans Emerge
Rene Ritchie / TiPb: Breakdown: Verizon's new data plans
Michelle Haag / CrackBerry.com blogs: A closer look at the new Verizon Wireless data plans
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans: Verizon Begins Training on Tiered Data, Tons of New Info Spills Out
Humberto Saabedra / PhoneNews.com: Verizon Data Plans Broken Down In Detail
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 …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Apple, MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo, PhoneArena, Reuters, TUAW and The Loop
Josh Lowensohn / Apple: Judge likely to deny Apple's ‘Appstore’ complaint
Jordan Golson / MacRumors: Judge Skeptical of Apple's ‘Appstore’ Trademark Claims
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac: Apple's request to ban Amazon from using “App Store” term will “probably” be denied
Michael Zhao / Gizmodo: Apple Probably Can't Make Amazon Stop Saying “Appstore”
Phone Arena: Judge says she will probably deny Apple's request to block Amazon's Appstore for Android name
Michael Grothaus / TUAW: Judge “likely” to deny Apple's bid to halt Amazon's “appstore” name
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: Apple hits ‘stumbling block’ in Amazon App Store lawsuit
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: CNET News.com, Computerworld, AdAge, Electronista and adafruit industries blog
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com: Eric Schmidt: Mobile payments at retail to explode
Jeff Bertolucci / Computerworld: You'll Tap-and-Pay Within a Year, Says Google's Schmidt
Matt Creamer / AdAge: Eric Schmidt Outlines Google's Strategy for Social
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
How PARC wants to reinvent the Internet — Xerox PARC's engineers developed the Ethernet, the mouse, the laser printer and many other staples of everyday computing back in the 1970s. Forty years later, the lab is back at it: Teresa Lunt, VP and director of the computing science lab at PARC …
Discussion: Service-Oriented …
Brian Proffitt / ITworld:
Oracle's patents case against Google weakening — Judge may stay case pending patents' reexamination — Oracle's Java infringement case against Google isn't going exceptionally well for the database giant these days, with another setback delivered by the US Patent and Trademark Office …
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider: IT'S ON: Hulu Hires Bankers, Heads To The Auction Block
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD: What Are Hulu's Owners Really Selling?
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media: Yahoo-lu? YouHu? Handicapping Who'll Buy Hulu
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com: Is Hulu news being leaked to jack up sales price?
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety: Fox renews Hulu licensing pact
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM: 3 reasons Hulu is a tough sell
Julia Boorstin / @jboorstin: #Hulu has retained bankers Morgan Stanley and Guggenheim partners to help with a sale- to the auction block!
Richard Lawler / Engadget: Hulu reportedly retains investment bankers and renews Fox deal, will go on sale soon
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb: Who In Their Right Mind Would Buy Hulu?
John Callaham / Neowin.net: Hulu officially up for sale
Jennifer Bergen / Geek.com: Is Yahoo! really buying Hulu?
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Yahoo looks into buying Hulu, but is Hulu for sale?
Manu Kumar / K9 Ventures:
The Making of Lytro — This is how I remember it: It's September 2005, and I was sitting in my office at Stanford in Gates 382. In walks Ren Ng, introduces himself and says something along the lines of “I hear you do startups, could we chat?” Ren, now Dr. Ren Ng, was a fellow PhD student with me at Stanford.
Discussion: PC Magazine, New York Times and TechSpot
Peter Pachal / PC Magazine: Lytro: The Camera That Lets You Shoot Now, Focus Later
Matthew DeCarlo / TechSpot: Lytro camera lets you refocus shots after they're taken
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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Media Decoder, paidContent, L.A. Times Tech Blog, The Wire, The Wire, Gawker, @jason and paidContent, more at Mediagazer »
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal: Salon CEO Gingras to Head Up News at Google
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder: Salon Chief Executive Steps Down
David Kaplan / paidContent: Salon's Gingras To Oversee Google's News Products
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Richard Gingras leaving Salon CEO post to lead news products at Google [Updated]
Matt Rosoff / The Wire: Google Hires Salon.com CEO To Head Up News Business
Noah Davis / The Wire: Salon.com CEO steps down. …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: Bill Keller Still Talking Even Though His Opinion No Longer Matters
Jason Calacanis / @jason: what's status of Salon.com business? still public? http://t.co/GtaJ2Bc pink sheets? CEO Resigns, to GoogleNews http://t.co/k9vnzg6
David Kaplan / paidContent: Salon CEO Gingras Resigns; Site Faces An Uncertain Future
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.
Stu Woo / Digits:
EBay Plans Fulfillment Service for Sellers — EBay said it will start testing a merchandise storage-and-shipping service for its sellers later this year, a move that would help the online marketplace standardize delivery times for its merchants. — Spokeswoman Johnna Hoff said the San Jose …
Discussion: AuctionBytes Blog
‘CNBC Titans’ biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs airs Thursday night — The season premiere of “CNBC Titans” will kick off this Thursday at 9 p.m. when the program offers an unauthorized look at Apple's iconic chief executive, Steve Jobs. — In previous seasons, “CNBC Titans” …
Discussion: MacRumors, RazorianFly and The Next Web
Jordan Golson / MacRumors: CNBC Special on Steve Jobs Airs Thursday Night
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web: ‘Titans’ TV special on Steve Jobs to air Thursday on CNBC
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 …
Discussion: MSDN Blogs, I'm Just Being Manan, The Register, The Next Web and TechNet Blogs
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web: Azure to drop inbound data transfer fees
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.
Discussion: The Box Blog, ReadWriteWeb, Market Wire, Google Operating System, 9to5 Google and PC World
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb: Box Announces Integration with Google Docs
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System: Box.net Integrates with Google Docs
Jake Smith / 9to5 Google: Box.net and Google Docs share love in the cloud
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.
Discussion: GigaOM, Engadget, 9to5 Google, Android Phone Fans, SlashGear, Android Community, Android and Me, Electricpig.co.uk and I4U News
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM: Will Google TV 2.0 embrace cord cutting?
Richard Lawler / Engadget: Google TV 2.0 ‘Fishtank’ developer kit revealed running Honeycomb and apps
Christian Zibreg / 9to5 Google: Re-imagined Google TV detailed
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans: A First Look at the Next Generation of Google TV
Chris Davies / Android Community: Google TV 2.0 “Fishtank” program leaks
Alberto Vildosola / Android and Me: Google TV 2.0 and the “Fishtank” set-top box surface
Nick Marshall / Electricpig.co.uk: Sony Ericsson Xperia active, HTC Puccini, Google TV 2.0: US Update
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Final Cut Pro X Backlash — Chris Foresman at Ars Technica: … The gist is that many professional editors see Final Cut Pro X as an improved version of iMovie, not an improved version of Final Cut Pro. This Twitter search, for example, is instructive.
Discussion: AppleInsider, 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo, The Filmmaker Magazine Blog, The Next Web and Ars Technica
Kelly Hodgkins / Gizmodo: Is Apple Silencing Critics by Blocking Final Cut Pro X Comments?
David Leitner / The Filmmaker Magazine Blog: FCP X - FIRST MUSINGS — Final Cut Pro X (version 10.0) …
Joel Falconer / The Next Web: Apple closes Final Cut Pro X reviews in Mac App Store
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 …
Alex Kennedy / The Huffington Post:
Xperia Ray, Xperia Arc Smartphones Outed By Sony Ericsson (VIDEO) … (ALEX KENNEDY, AP/THE HUFFINGTON POST) SINGAPORE — Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson unveiled two new Android models Wednesday in a bid to grab more of the burgeoning smartphone market. — The company, a joint venture …
Discussion: MobileCrunch, PC World, BetaNews and Electronista
Jordan Crook / MobileCrunch: Sony Ericsson Reveals Ultra-Thin Xperia Ray, Water-Resistant Xperia Active Smartphones
Tim Conneally / BetaNews: Sony Ericsson's beach-friendly Android smartphone won't make it this summer
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.
Discussion: Citrix Blogs, TechCrunch and @eldon
Simon Crosby / Citrix Blogs: Toward Trusted Infrastructure for the Cloud Era
Leena Rao / TechCrunch: Virtualization And Cloud Security Startup Bromium Raises $9.2M From Andreessen Horowitz And Others
Struggling Nokia revamps ops, reels in Navteq — (Reuters) - Finnish cellphone maker Nokia said on Wednesday it would merge its independent Navteq mapping unit with its services business to tap into surging demand for location-based services more effectively.
Discussion: Nokia, The Next Web and TechCrunch
Nokia: Nokia renews mission for mobile and location based services; appoints Michael Halbherr Executive Vice President
Adrian Bathgate / Reuters:
Australia's $38 billion broadband plan clears last major hurdle — (Reuters) - Australia's plan to build a $38 billion national broadband network cleared a major hurdle on Thursday with a deal to pay top telecoms firm Telstra A$11 billion ($11.6 billion) for using its infrastructure.