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11:35 PM ET, June 23, 2011

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Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
FTC to Serve Google With Subpoenas in Broad Antitrust Probe  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is poised to serve Google Inc. with civil subpoenas, according to people familiar with the matter, signaling the start of a wide-ranging, formal antitrust investigation into whether the search giant has abused its dominance on the Web.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Googleopoly: The Definitive Guide To Antitrust Investigations Against Google  —  We're another step closer to the US Federal Trade Commission launching an expected antitrust investigation of Google.  If it does, the FTC will join the EU and Texas in doing broad investigations.
Discussion: The Politico
Anthony James / TechFlash:   FTC to probe Google after Expedia, others claim lost clicks
Felix Gillette / Business Week:
The Rise and Inglorious Fall of Myspace  —  It once promised to redefine music, politics, dating, and pop culture.  Rupert Murdoch fell in love with it.  Then everything fell apart  —  Alamy, Bloomberg, Getty Images  —  In 2006, Jeremy Jackson—the buff, bronzed former Baywatch child star—couldn't imagine a world without Myspace.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The Social Path
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Even MySpace's Founders Have Stopped Using MySpace  —  How over is MySpace?  So over that even the guys who founded it can't be bothered to update their profiles.  Former CEO Chris DeWolfe “cringes” on the rare occasions when he visits his page on the soon-to-be-sold social networking site …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia's first Windows Phone: images and video, codenamed ‘Sea Ray’  —  Ok, this one's odd.  In fact, we didn't believe the images until a video just surfaced showing Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, foolishly asking a crowd of people to “put away their cameras” for the unveiling of something “super confidential,” codenamed “Sea Ray.”
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Stephen Elop teases with Nokia Windows Phone - but N9 will be DOA, analyst says
Evan Williams / Evhead:
Five Reasons Domains Are Getting Less Important  —  While discussing possible names for a product recently, someone asked me if we were at the point where getting the perfect domain name was less important than it used to be.  While I'm still a sucker for a clean .com, it does seem less important …
Discussion: @jason, Fusible.com and parislemon
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Mac OS X 10.6.8 is out, and you need it for Lion  —  Say, had you wondered about those strange system requirements for Apple's Final Cut Pro X — Mac OS X 10.6.8, yet only dot seven was available?  Wonder no more.  Late today, Apple released the dot 8 update, quite likely the last before OS X 10.7, aka “Lion”, releases next month.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LulzSec Releases Arizona Law Enforcement Data In Retaliation For Immigration Law  —  LulzSec has just released a a torrent of data it claims to belong to Arizona law enforcement.  —  From their press release:
Marco Arment / Instapaper Blog:
The FBI stole an Instapaper server in an unrelated raid  —  One of Instapaper's five leased servers was hosted at DigitalOne, a Swiss hosting company leasing blade servers from a Virginia datacenter.  Early Tuesday morning, the FBI raided the datacenter to seize servers used …
Tim Bradshaw / FT Technology:
Twitter plans bolder advertisements  —  Twitter is looking at introducing advertisements among the short messages that users see in the most active part of the social networking service, according to people with direct knowledge of its plans.  The move comes as Twitter looks at a wider range …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
T-Mobile USA: We're now carrying over a million unlocked iPhones  —  As AT&T tries to swallow up the American wing of the German telekom, many have wondered whether Apple would allow T-Mobile to carry the iPhone.  Apple's answer so far is a no*, but that hasn't stopped T-Mobile customers from adopting iPhones.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
New iOS Camera Features in the Works + Glass Apple Store TM on the Way  —  On June 23, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's patent application titled “Image Capture Device Having Tilt and/or Perspective Correction.  Apple's patent generally relates to image capture devices …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Crave
Bloomberg:
Apple Gets Antitrust Approval for Nortel Bid  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) got approval from U.S. antitrust regulators to bid for the assets of bankrupt Nortel Networks Corp., according to an agency statement.  —  The Antitrust Division of the Justice Department reviewed Apple's request to bid …
Siu Han / DigiTimes:
Apple iPhone 5 said to come with dual LED flash  —  Recent market rumors have indicated that Apple's iPhone 5 is likely to come with a dual-LED flash with Taiwan-based LED packaging firms Everlight Electronics, Edison Opto and Lite-On Technology being pinpointed as potential suppliers.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
eBay Acquired Magento For Over $180 Million - But Not Everyone Is Smiling  —  Earlier this month, eBay acquired Magento, developer of an open-source e-commerce platform.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but we've heard from multiple sources that the ecommerce and digital payments giant paid north …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Harry Potter and the amazing exploding book industry  —  Despite the obvious demand, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has adamantly refused to offer electronic versions of her phenomenally popular series for young adults — until now.  As part of Thursday's launch of an interactive website called Pottermore …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Prototype dual-screened 2-in-1 Android smartpad from Imerj preview  —  From the front it looks like yet another plain smartphone — dark, nondescript, and maybe a little like an iPhone 4 that's had its right-most extent sliced off.  Pick it up, though, and you realize this little thing isn't so nondescript.
Andy Baio / Waxy:
Kind of Screwed  —  TL;DR version: Last year, I was threatened with a lawsuit over the pixel art album cover for Kind of Bloop.  Despite my firm belief that I was legally in the right, I settled out of court to cut my losses.  This ordeal was very nerve-wracking for me and my family …
Alex Knapp / Robot Overlords:
Nevada Passes Law Authorizing Driverless Cars  —  The State of Nevada just passed Assembly Bill No. 511 which, among other things, authorizes the Department of Transportation to develop rules and regulations governing the use of driverless cars, such as Google's concept car, on its roads.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals a Directional Audio UI & Invisible Spatial Arc  —  On June 23, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals various concepts behind a newly advanced directional audio interface.  In one scenario, a specialized effect with a new kind …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
comScore: the iPad Owns 97 Percent of US Tablet Traffic  —  As part of its new “device essentials” data product release comScore put out some interesting comparative findings about web traffic patterns from a broad array of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Testing Home Page Design That Keeps Ads and Bookmarks Visible as You Scroll  —  Facebook is testing a new home page design that allows the news feed to be scrolled independently of the rest of the page.  This allows ads, app bookmarks, and the top navigation bar to remain visible …
Shirlene Lim / The Windows Blog:
Upping our game: What's new in the Games Hub for Mango  —  I used to play games on my Xbox only on the weekends.  Now that I work on and own a Windows Phone, I play them at least once a day.  As a new “avid gamer” and one of the program managers behind the Games Hub, I'm excited …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Archos intros 80 G9 and 101 G9 Android 3.1 tablets: 1.5GHz CPU, 250GB HDD, 3G-ready (hands-on)  —  Angling for a new Android 3.1 tablet, are ya?  If so, Archos has a new pair emerging from Paris today, the 80 G9 and 101 G9.  Predictably, the biggest differentiator between the two is the screen size …
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Yahoo Chairman Backs CEO Bartz, but Investor Wants Her out  —  Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz was backed by the company's chairman at the start of the company's annual shareholder meeting on Thursday, but got ripped by an investor who called for her resignation.  —  Yahoo's board is rumored to be talking …
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Another Sign of Facebook's Latest Interest in the Media Business: Netflix CEO Hastings Joins Board  —  After YouTube, Facebook and Netflix are the second and third favorite online video sites among US users, according to a recent report.  Facebook has its social features driving growth …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Introduces an Enhanced TV Widget Paradigm for HDTV  —  On June 23, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for AppleTV.  The proposed system is described by Apple as being an enhanced TV widget paradigm.
 
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Brian Heater / Engadget:
Great Firewall of China getting a small cloud-based silver lining
Discussion: Penn Olson
Laura Chambers / The PayPal Blog:
PayPal Doubles Mobile Payments Predictions to $3 billion in 2011
Discussion: Digits and TechCrunch, Thanks:paypal
Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
The PROTECT IP Act Will Slow Start-up Innovation
Discussion: Techdirt and @timoreilly
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Data hog! Twitter's own iPhone app uses twice the data of Tweetdeck
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Danish police proposal: Ban anonymous Internet use
Discussion: Electronista
Jim Abrams / Associated Press:
US House takes up major overhaul of patent system
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
ABC employee caught mining for Bitcoins on company servers
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple, Android Owners Diverge on Wi-Fi Usage — But Why?
Discussion: comScore
Danielle Sacks / Fast Company:
How Jack Abraham Is Reinventing EBay
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Google Unveils a Laptop With Its Brain in the Cloud
Discussion: mocoNews and @dannysullivan