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6:10 PM ET, June 29, 2011

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Myspace to Be Sold to Specific Media for $35 Million  —  Closing another chapter on one of the Internet's most iconic properties, Myspace has been sold to to Specific Media, an advertising network, for $35 million.  —  Sources close to the situation said the deal is being completed today …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
MySpace Acquired: Email From CEO Mike Jones To Employees  —  Myspace CEO Mike Jones just sent out this mass internal email and press release confirming the company's sale to Specific Media earlier this morning.  Kara Swisher is reporting that the sale was for $35 million.
Lee Brenner / hypervocal:
Was MySpace Downfall Inevitable? Plenty of Blame to Go Around
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Bloomberg:
HP Is In Talks to License WebOS Software  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), the world's largest maker of personal computers, is in talks to license its webOS mobile software, Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker said in an interview.  —  “We are talking to a number of companies,” …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung files ITC complaint against Apple:long-time partners heading for ugly divorce?  —  The ITC website shows that yesterday Samsung filed complaint no. 337-2824 concerning the following types of products: Mobile Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices …
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Todd Haselton / BGR:   Samsung asks ITC to block import of Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
Gina Trapani / Smarterware:
What Google+ Learned from Buzz and Wave  —  After a half day of using Google+ with the limited number of people I know in the field test so far, I like it a lot.  I will love Google+ when and if all my friends show up and stick around.  —  I've been been watching Google flail around social web apps …
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
New MacBook Airs with OS X Lion, Thunderbolt and Sandy Bridge in mid-July  —  Apple's new MacBook Air line has been expected for weeks now, with evidence supporting a refresh coming by way of constraints at global retailers and most recently at major Apple reseller BestBuy.com.
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Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:
Amazon: associates program in California to be terminated  —  Amazon announced today that its Associates program is to be terminated in California, in response to a new sales tax bill there.  The move appears to be pre-emptive hardball to try and avert the bill being signed into law.
Discussion: GeekWire, TechCrunch and @scobleizer
Abdur Chowdhury / Twitter Blog:
Global pulse  —  During major events, people use Twitter to share news and thoughts with friends, family and followers around the world.  Messages originating in one place are quickly spread across the globe through Retweets, @replies and Direct Messages.  We see this behavior during everything …
Discussion: The Next Web
Nick Bilton / Bits:
More Secrecy in Silicon Valley  —  Last week I took a trip to Silicon Valley, zigzagging around to meet with start-ups, venture capitalists and the big technology companies that inhabit the area.  My goal with these meetings was to get a glimpse of new themes and services consumers can expect to see soon.
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Why the Browser Matters … Before my partner Marc Andreessen and his friends at the University of Illinois invented the browser in 1993, most people thought only scientists and researchers would use the Internet.  The Internet was thought to be too arcane, insecure and slow to meet real business needs.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and GMSV
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Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple officially responds to Final Cut Pro X complaints with new FAQ website, next ‘major release’ coming with fixes  —  By now, most people that are interested in Apple and/or video editing have heard about the ongoing criticism towards Apple's latest professional movie making software …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Final Cut Pro X FAQ eases fears of some, confirms those of others
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Animoto In It To Win It, Takes $25 Million In Third Venture Round  —  Well, apparently Animoto is going for it.  This jewel of a startup, which lets people easily create professional-looking videos from audio and video clips and pictures, has raised a third round of funding - $25 million in a round led by Spectrum Equity Investors.
Discussion: PR Newswire, Animojo and GeekWire
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Animoto raises $25M to invest in mobile video creation
Discussion: MediaPost, AllThingsD and VentureBeat, Thanks:beet_tv
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
AmazonFresh app debuts on Microsoft's Windows Phone  —  AmazonFresh, the online retailer's grocery delivery service, released a mobile app today, developed on its behalf by digital agency Metia/Seattle.  Nope, it's not for Android, or even iPhone, neither of which has a full-fledged AmazonFresh app yet.
John Biggs / Gadgetwise:
A Cheaper Way to Navigate Abroad, No Costly Data-Roaming Required  —  A few years ago I took a trip to Europe and brought along my new iPhone for a bit of sightseeing.  With international roaming charges so high I reduced my e-mail and Web browsing to a mere trickle, thinking I'd save a bit of money.
Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
Square Raises $100 Million Round At $1+ Billion Valuation, Led By Kleiner Perkins  —  Square, the mobile payments company led by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, is raising $100 million in new financing, led by big-time VC firm Kleiner Perkins, the WSJ reports.  —  The round values Square …
David / Signal vs. Noise:
Wizards of bulls**t: How Forbes turned $6.5 million into $20 billion  —  Forbes is reporting that Facebook's Zuckerberg is now richer than the Google's Sergey and Larry.  How did that happen?  By using the most naive form of financial extrapolation and calling it fact.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple iPhone 3GS to be free on contract following iPhone 5 launch, analyst says  —  Apple is set to finally hit the $0 on-contract mark with its entry-level iPhone 3GS once it launches the next-generation iPhone 5 later this year.  In a note to investors on Wednesday, RBC Capital Markets …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft hires Disney man for consumer crusade  —  Corporate mission: to be less stodgy  —  Microsoft has raided the Walt Disney Corporation to fill a position tasked with flogging Windows 8 to consumers buying PCs and tablets next year.  —  The company appointed former Disney director …
Discussion: Electronista, Neowin.net and WinRumors
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Biz Stone Isn't So Sure About Twitter's Cozy Relationship With the State Department  —  ASPEN — Twitter has played a celebrated role in the uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa this year that have come to be known as “the Arab spring.”  The social network has been one of activists …
Dean Hachamovitch / MSDN Blogs:
Site-ready HTML5: Second IE10 Platform Preview Available for Developers  —  IE10 Platform Preview 2, the same HTML5 engine seen in the recent public “Windows 8” demos, is now available for download.  With this update, IE10 continues to deliver support for site-ready HTML5 technologies as well as improving performance:
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Accel Puts $34 Million In Online Payments Platform Braintree  —  It's no secret that Accel is making major investments in the online payments space, funding both Wonga and e-payments company Yapstone.  And today the venture firm is announcing a $34 million Series A investment in Chicago-based online payments company Braintree.
 
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Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
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Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Groupon Cedes Share of Daily Deals to LivingSocial, Yipit Says
Discussion: MediaPost, VentureBeat and Digits
Hipmunk Blog:
New: Find Flights that Have Wi-Fi!
Discussion: IntoMobile, SocialTimes.com and GigaOM