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5:00 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 and BGR
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Googleopoly: The Definitive Guide To Antitrust Investigations Against Google
Discussion: BGR, Betabeat and Digits
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) …
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:   Lacking Partnerships And Patience, Google Shuts Down Google Health and PowerMeter
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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Adrian Chen / Gawker:
World's Most-Wanted Hacker Says He's Never Felt Safer  —  He's part of a group that claims to be behind the recent hack attacks against the CIA, U.S. Senate, Sony, Fox, and PBS.  If caught, he could face years in prison.  But when we chatted with a member of the notorious hacking collective Lulz Security …
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 …
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 …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Closes $50M at a $600M Valuation  —  Foursquare has just closed one of the most secretive rounds of venture capital TechCrunch has seen.  —  The company is raising $50 million, and all of it will go towards building out the company, no secondary sales here.
Discussion: Foursquare Blog
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Opera Founder Jon S. von Tetzchner Resigns Over Differences With Board  —  Opera founder Jon S. von Tetzchner has resigned from the company.  —  In an email to Opera employees, von Tetzchner said that “It has become clear that The Board, Management and I do not share the same values …
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 …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
ChronoPay Co-Founder Arrested  —  Russian authorities on Thursday arrested Pavel Vrublevsky, co-founder of ChronoPay, the country's largest processor of online payments, for allegedly hiring a hacker to attack his company's rivals.  —  An undated photo of Vrublevsky
Discussion: Infosecurity (UK)
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Lawsuit: Sony laid off security staff, unprepared for PS3 hacks  —  A new class-action lawsuit has been filed against Sony that claims the company has been negligent with online security, leading to multiple hostile attacks and the loss of customers' private data.
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.
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Exclusive: Sprint's Q3 roadmap includes Epic 2, Samsung ‘full touch 4G’ device, BlackBerry Bold Touch, and more  —  Sprint's investing a lot of time, money, and effort doing everything it can to stop AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile at the moment, but that doesn't mean any attention's being diverted …
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Hackers attack Electronic Arts website  —  (Reuters) - Cyber hackers have breached an Electronic Arts Inc website and may have taken user information such as birth dates, phone numbers and mailing addresses, the company said on its website on Friday.  —  Electronic Arts is the latest victim …
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
Electronista:
HTC Evo 3D, Evo View 4G launch to few lines, removable bloat  —  Sprint on Friday launched its two flagship devices of the summer, the HTC Evo 3D and the Evo View 4G.  The Android phone and tablet are on sale at carrier shops, Best Buy, Radio Shack, and some other dealers.
 
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Allen McDuffee / Washington Post:
Google Ideas think tank gathering former extremists to battle radicalization
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
$72M Scareware Ring Used Conficker Worm
Discussion: eWeek
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Exclusive: Forget Spy Kids, try kiddie hacker conference
Discussion: Inquirer
Jack Clark / ZDNet:
Google: ‘At scale, everything breaks’
Business Week:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Disrupt Winner Soluto Raises $10.2 Million In B Round
Discussion: VatorNews
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Winklevoss twins press Facebook case in Boston federal court after dropping Supreme Court appeal
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Mac OS X 10.6.8 is out, and you need it for Lion