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5:10 PM ET, June 25, 2011

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Rocky Agrawal / reDesign:
Sam Altman will clean your house for $5  —  That's right, the CEO of Loopt will personally clean your house for $5.  But only if 1,000 people sign up.  Only, I haven't told him about the deal yet.  He may not agree, but I'm using his name anyway.  Hell, he doesn't know I've put this offer out there.
Discussion: @rakeshlobster
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Professional Video Editors Weigh In on Final Cut Pro X  —  In 10 years of writing Times columns, I've never encountered anything quite like this.  —  In Thursday's paper, I reviewed Apple's Final Cut Pro X, a professional video-editing program.  It's not an update of the existing Final Cut …
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Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
GOOGLE OFFERS REVEALED: Here Are The Secret Details About Google's Groupon-Killer  —  Google launched its Groupon-killer, “Offers,” in Portland, Oregon, about a month ago.  —  And now it's gearing up to launch in San Francisco and New York.  —  Could Offers become a massive new revenue stream for Google …
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Business Insider
Dion Almaer / techno.blog:
An Epic conversation between Steve Jobs and developers from WWDC 97  —  It is always fantastic to get a blast from the past, and DHH linked to a conversation between Steve Jobs' and developers from WWDC in 1997.  —  I find it fascinating.  Steve was back as an advisor, but not in as CEO yet …
Discussion: PBT Consulting
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Skype: See no vesting, hear no vesting  —  Last week, Skype took heat for firing three executives just weeks before the company's $8.5 billion acquisition by Microsoft (MSFT) is expected to close.  That was bad, albeit more optical than unethical.  What we learned today, however, might have crossed that line.
Discussion: GigaOM
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Felix Salmon:
Upgrading Skype and Silver Lake to Evil
Discussion: Skype Journal
J.B. / Fusible.com:
Will Zynga give The Sims on Facebook a run for its money with Familyville?  —  Electronic Arts is making some big waves in the social gaming world this week amid rumors the company is buying PopCap Games a direct competitor of Zynga.  But that's not the only news regarding EA and social gaming.
Discussion: The Business Insider and Kotaku
Zach Epstein / BGR:
HP to launch 7-inch tablet in August according to report  —  Hewlett-Packard will follow up its TouchPad launch next month with the release of an unannounced 7-inch tablet in August, Taiwan Economic News reported on Friday.  Citing information from an Inventec Corp. subcontractor …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Inspired By Wikipedia, Quora Aims For Relevancy With Topic Groups And Reorganized Topic Pages  —  Quora has just announced a redesign of its Topic Pages and the introduction of Topic Groups, aiming to make information discovery and navigation on the site a little bit easier.
Discussion: Mashable! and Quora, Thanks:pragmatic_rebel
Dan Gillmor / Guardian:
Can Icann really be necessary?  —  It's a question worth asking as the body that oversees internet domain names will now permit any suffix you want - at a price  —  Are you ready for .xxx, .coke and .insertyournamehere?  You'd better get ready, because an organisation with significant authority and scant accountability says you must.
Discussion: @timoreilly
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Health: Why It's Ending & What It Means  —  Google's quest to organize the world's information will no longer include one of society's most important and sensitive sources of data: our health records.  The company announced this afternoon that Google Health will be closed forever …
This Is Fake DIY:
Turntable.fm Blocks Non-US Users, States Licensing Constraints  —  If you've been hawking round the right circles on the internet over the past week, you can't help but have come across turntable.fm.  If you're not from the US though, you're out of luck.  —  A website that allows members …
 
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Susan Watts / BBC:
Newsnight online ‘chat’ with Lulz Security hacking group
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
A Sneak Peek at Zynga's IPO: How to Turn Virtual Goods Into Real Money
Discussion: Inside Social Games and Digits
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Angry Yahoo Shareholder Confronts Bartz And Asks For Her Head (Audio Clip)
 

 
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Mickey Djuric / The Canadian Press:
Canadian officials won't say whether or how the new Online News Act should apply to AI companies using Canadian news for training or providing chatbot answers

Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Carpenter Media told a Sound Publishing union that it plans to lay off 62 people, including over half the unionized newsroom at The Daily Herald of Everett, WA

Marek Miller / The Keyword:
Google launches News Showcase in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania; several publishers added a feature where Google pays for reader access to paywalled content

 
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