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2:45 PM ET, June 24, 2011

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Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Supporting choice, ensuring economic opportunity  —  At Google, we've always focused on putting the user first.  We aim to provide relevant answers as quickly as possible—and our product innovation and engineering talent have delivered results that users seem to like, in a world where the competition is only one click away.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Responds To FTC Inquiry: “Using Google Is A Choice”  —  Yesterday news broke that the FTC is preparing to launch a major investigation into Google's “core search advertising business” and the way its search results are presented — an investigation that could have major ramifications for the search giant.
Discussion: The Business Insider
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: Betabeat, BGR, Digits and AdExchanger.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Final Word: Yes, You Will Be Able To Access iCloud Apps On The Web  —  Apple has just published a MobileMe to iCloud transition FAQ.  Of note, there has been a lot of confusion as to whether or not iCloud apps would be accessible on the web.  We had previously heard that yes …
Guardian:
Inside LulzSec: Chatroom logs shine a light on the secretive hackers  —  Leaked IRC logs identify LulzSec members and show a disorganised group obsessed with its media coverage and suspicious of other hackers  —  It was a tight-knit and enigmatic group finding its feet in the febrile world …
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Arizona Confirms LulzSec Docs Are Authentic, Worries About Officer Safety  —  Officials in Arizona have confirmed that the documents dumped by the hacker group LulzSec are authentic.  They also say they're concerned that the release of personal information about some officers could compromise their safety.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
LulzSec Releases Arizona Law Enforcement Data, Claims Retaliation For Immigration Law
The Official Google Blog:
An update on Google Health and Google PowerMeter  —  In the coming months, we're going to retire two products that didn't catch on the way we would have hoped, but did serve as influential models: Google Health (retiring January 1, 2012; data available for download through January 1, 2013) …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Apple files patent suit against Samsung in South Korea  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has filed a lawsuit in South Korea, claiming Samsung Electronics Co Ltd infringed upon several patents, a court official said on Friday, in the companies' latest legal tussle over smartphone and tablet devices.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Now Has 750 Million Users  —  Facebook's incredible worldwide growth has reached another major milestone: the service now has 750 million monthly active users, according to a source close to the company.  —  We reached out to Facebook for confirmation, and a company spokesperson responded …
Rob Crossley / Develop:
Xbox ‘begins dev support for free-to-play’  —  Develop sources: Microsoft is preparing microtransaction system  —  Microsoft is fostering new relationships with developers in a bid to bring free-to-play gaming to Xbox, Develop understands.  —  Several sources connected to the matter say Microsoft is …
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Winklevoss twins press Facebook case in Boston federal court after dropping Supreme Court appeal  —  As the old saying goes, it ain't over until it's over.  —  And Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are not finished with Facebook yet.  The dramatic seven-year legal feud that inspired “The Social Network” may have one last plot twist.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Nanosys' awesome new screen technology gonna be in iPad 3?  I hope so.  Wow.  —  When Nanosys CEO Jason Hartlove pulled two iPads out of his bag and turned them on one looked like when I first saw my first Kodachrome slide while the other looked muddy and crappy in comparison …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Mainstream Location App Life360 Hits 3 Million Users: Here's Its Disruptive Plan  —  Early adopters may love to check in at nightlife hotspots on Foursquare and Facebook Places, but what might location technology look like once it moves into the mainstream?  Fast-growing startup Life360 …
Discussion: Street Fight
Business Week:
Why Some Skypers Are Seeing Red  —  Departing employees have had their stock options zeroed out  —  For decades, people such as Yee Lee have been coming to Silicon Valley for the opportunity to work not just for a salary but for stock options that give employees the right to buy a chunk …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
In-Stream Ads Are Coming To Twitter, Will A User Revolt Follow?  —  After nine months of testing in-stream Promoted Tweets on third party client Hootsuite, reports have surfaced today that Twitter's head of monetization Adam Bain has been pushing a new in-timeline Promoted Tweets product during …
Pamela Parker / Search Engine Land:
Google Rolls Out Behavioral Targeting To All AdWords Advertisers  —  Google is finally rolling out the ability to target ads to users by interest — based on their previous browsing activity, or behavior — to all of its advertisers.  The company first announced a beta test of this capability …
Discussion: MediaPost, Thanks:louisgray
Jack Clark / ZDNet:
Google: ‘At scale, everything breaks’  —  Q&A  —  Google operates technology that is expected to be reliable in the face of major traffic demands.  —  To scale its services, the company has developed many systems, such as MapReduce and Google File System, that have since been made open source …
Discussion: The Register
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.
Todd Haselton / BGR:
40% of European smartphone buyers intend to buy an iPhone next  —  Yankee Group is set to release its European Mobile User Study next month and the research firm has just provided a quick glimpse into its early findings.  Reportedly, 40% of European smartphone buyers plan to purchase an iPhone as their next device.
Bloomberg:
Go Daddy Said to Be in Talks for KKR, Silver Lake Purchase  —  Go Daddy Group Inc., an Internet domain-name and hosting company, is in talks to be bought by a group led by KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Partners for more than $2 billion, according to a person with knowledge of the process.
Allen McDuffee / Washington Post:
Google Ideas think tank gathering former extremists to battle radicalization  —  Technology giant Google, having conquered the Internet and the world around it, is taking on a new challenge: violent extremism.  —  The company, through its eight-month-old think tank, Google Ideas …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Felix Investments Sues SecondMarket  —  Felix Investments, a New York-based investment firm that began investing in Facebook employee shares in 2009 via two funds - Facie Libre 1 and Facie Libre II - has filed a lawsuit against SecondMarket in New York State Supreme Court.
Nicholas Carlson / The Wire:
LEAKED: Internal Reports Reveal The Truth About Patch Traffic  —  Right now, all that investors value in AOL is its declining, but still revenue-rich dial-up business.  —  AOL CEO Tim Armstrong's grand turnaround plan is to take the dial-up revenues and invest them in new businesses.
David Barboza / DealBook:
Baidu Invests $306 Million in Travel Search Engine  —  SHANGHAI — Chinese search engine giant Baidu.com said late Friday that it would pay $306 million in cash to acquire a controlling interest in the travel search site Qunar.com.  —  It is one of the largest investments ever made by Baidu …
Ricky Laishram / Digitizor:
Jingle Becomes The Default Protocol For Google Talk's VoIP  —  Google has announced that Google Talk calls will now use the Jingle (XEP-166 and XEP-167) protocol as the primary signaling protocol.  —  Jingle is an extension of the XMPP which supports peer-to-peer multimedia interaction such as VoIP and Videoconferencing.
 
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
$72M Scareware Ring Used Conficker Worm
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Getting The Band Back Together: Picadee Founded And Funded By The iLike Guys
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Brian Heater / Engadget:
Great Firewall of China getting a small cloud-based silver lining
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
New iOS Camera Features in the Works + Glass Apple Store TM on the Way
Discussion: AppleInsider and Crave
Shirlene Lim / The Windows Blog:
Upping our game: What's new in the Games Hub for Mango
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
eBay Acquired Magento For Over $180 Million - But Not Everyone Is Smiling
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Testing Home Page Design That Keeps Ads and Bookmarks Visible as You Scroll