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11:05 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
Discussion: TechCrunch and CNET News.com
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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Groklaw
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
AppleInsider:
‘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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
Reuters:
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
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.
 
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Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Banjo's New Mobile App Connects People & Locations
GitHub:
Announcing GitHub for Mac
Discussion: Techie Buzz and ReadWriteWeb
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Best Buy's Music Cloud: Skip It, For Now
Vivek Wadhwa / Innovations:
The death of open government
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Proposed bill would require mobile carriers to detail 4G speeds
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
See you later  —  After five years at Gizmodo, I'm moving …
Sam Michel / chinwag:
Cookiepocalypse: Implementing New Law Drops Use by 90%
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Loopt Launches The Reverse Groupon
Discussion: MediaPost, Digits, TechCrunch and WebProNews
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Shazam Raises $32M to Push Into Television
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung has to wait for iPad 3 and iPhone 5, but Apple may have to wait for a preliminary injunction
DigiTimes:
Amazon to launch tablet PCs in August-September, say Taiwan component makers