June 7, 2012, 7:00 PM

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Peter Farago / Flurry Blog:
App Developers Signal Apple Allegiance Ahead of WWDC and Google I/O  —  This month, the world's two largest mobile app platform providers, Apple and Google, enter what is arguably the most critical month of the year for each company, when each hosts their annual developer conference …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Dear Eric Schmidt, It's Been 6 Months — Where Are Those iOS-Slaying Android Exclusive Apps?  —  Flashback to December 6, 2011: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is on stage at LeWeb in Paris and is asked by an audience member why most application developers still choose to develop for iOS first rather than Android?
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Behold, Facebook's New App Center Leaks Into iOS  —  Facebook is planning to launch a new mobile App Center in the coming days — possibly at an app-themed press event that the company is holding this evening in San Francisco.  In the meantime, we've just received a slew of screenshots …
Matt Macari / The Verge:
Ultrabooks beware: Apple receives broad patent on MacBook Air wedge design  —  It's been pretty easy to look at recent Apple design patents and see that they haven't carried with them the broad patent coverage many might think, but that isn't the case with Apple's new US patent — D661,296 — that issued on Tuesday.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
The New iPad's Closest Competitor?  The Old iPad.  —  During Apple's last earnings call, CEO Tim Cook said the iPad 2′s new lower price point was unlocking demand among price-sensitive customers.  So how is it selling?  —  Very well, turns out.  —  According to new data …
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
If a Tweet Falls In the Forest...  Twitter has proven to be an effective way for the average Internet user to get @ your favorite NBA player or indie rocker.  And yet as the site grows, the noise of individual tweets is being drowned out.  Enter Thunderclap, a Twitter app from Chinatown-based De-De …
More: The Verge
bitly blog:
Speedier Shortening  —  We mean it when we say we've been reading all your tweets and emails.  And we're listening!  In the week since our release, we're already making adjustments, so that saving and shortening links in the new bitly is a whole lot easier.
Dalton Caldwell:
“RIP Good Times”: Silicon Valley's Cuban Missile Crisis  —  Not too long ago, I found myself sitting in the second row of a conference room, anxiously scribbling notes, at what is now known as the “RIP Good Times” presentation.  The presentation has become a cultural touchstone of modern-era silicon valley.
Apple Said To Add Baidu As Iphone Search-Engine In China  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans to add Baidu Inc. (BIDU)'s search engine on iPhones in China, part of a push to broaden its services and user base in the world's most-populous nation, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Why Your Next iPhone Should Be Prepaid  —  Earlier this week, we did the math and declaredprepaid carrier Cricket Mobile to be the best iPhone deal around, but today's announcement that Sprint's Virgin Mobile will also be offering the iPhone 4S starting on June 24th changes the math substantially …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Apple, Motorola Mobility Patent Trial Scrapped By U.S. Judge  —  Apple Inc.'s patent-infringement jury trial against Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Motorola Mobility unit scheduled for June 11 was canceled by a U.S. judge after he rejected each side's damages arguments.
Home Media Magazine:
Disney Implements 28-Day Embargo on All Physical Rentals  —  Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has begun delaying select new disc releases 28-days to kiosks, video stores and Netflix — a policy the studio started with the May 22 release of The Secret World of Arrietty, a studio representative confirmed.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
RIM discontinues 16GB PlayBook, still ‘committed to the tablet space’  —  RIM's beleaguered PlayBook line is being pared down.  The company has confirmed that it's canceled the 16GB PlayBook and will be moving forward with only the 32GB and 64GB models.  While there are still …
Franco Salvetti / Bing:
Bing introduces New Britannica Online Encyclopedia Answers  —  A core focus for us here at Bing has been about delivering relevant information in a more organized way to help you find what you need more quickly and get stuff done.  An example of this approach has been seen in our answers feature …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Camera+ sells 8M copies in 2 years, declines Adobe, Google, Zynga and Twitter acquisition offers  —  The super popular camera replacement app Camera+ has sold its 8 millionth copy on the two-year anniversary of its announcement, reports developer Taptaptap.  Camera+ has held a unique success …
Robert McMillan / Wired:
In Battle With Oracle, HP Outs Customer Cell Numbers  —  As part of its court battle with Oracle, HP has released names, email addresses, and cell phone numbers from over 150 customers.  But why?  Image: Peter McCollough/Wired  —  When Oracle announced plans to dump support …
More: CNET
Lauren Landry / BostInno:
Dell Announces a New $100M Credit Fund for Entrepreneurs to Spark Startup Growth & Innovation … Entrepreneurs are constantly grappling with money — how to raise it, how to make it and how to, potentially, survive without it.  Yet, Dell has taken one big step toward solving every startup's qualms today.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Video hands-on with the purported next-generation iPhone metal back  —  In late May, we had exclusive high-resolution photos of both black and white next-generation iPhone backs.  These backs showed a brand-new, thinner design with a smaller dock connector, new speaker grills, and a new metal back plate.
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Microsoft SmartGlass and Internet Explorer for Xbox 360 video walkthrough  —  Following up on our Microsoft SmartGlass in-depth preview, Senior Product Manager Peter Orullian gave us a pretty thorough walkthrough of the service and its level of functionality right now.
More: VG247 and VentureBeat
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Matthew Modine of ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and Josh Gad from ‘Book of Mormon’ cast in ‘jOBS’ with Ashton Kutcher  —  As the Ashton Kutcher film jOBS prepares to start filming, we're seeing some more information about the other actors.  Entertainment Weekly has reported that Matthew Modine …
More: Gizmodo
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Why Google Couldn't Pal Up With Buddy Media  —  Marc Benioff is a big, intimidating dude who is also a billionaire.  He runs a company that did more than $2 billion in sales last year.  But compared to Larry Page, he's a piker.  —  So how did Benioff end up with Buddy Media this week …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Facebook beefs up security of logins on new devices in face of industry breaches  —  According to Facebook, it would like to make your mobile experience a tad more secure.  In a blog post from the security team today, it outlined some of the initiatives that the company is using to make that happen.
Facebook Trading Losses May Near $200 Million, Knight CEO Says  —  Industry trading losses from Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NDAQ)'s mishandling of Facebook Inc. (FB)'s initial public offering may be close to $200 million, Knight Capital Group Inc. (KCG) Chief Executive Officer Thomas Joyce said.
More: CNET and broadstuff
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung Elec names components chief Kwon as new CEO  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co (005930.KS), Asia's technology powerhouse, reshuffled some of its top team on Thursday as it battles Apple Inc (AAPL.O) for supremacy in smartphones and leads the charge to new chip technology.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Chrome For Metro Set To Arrive In Next Dev Channel Release  —  As the release of Windows 8 draws closer, all of the major browser vendors are also preparing to launching their applications for the touch-centric Metro UI that will prominently feature in next version of Microsoft's flagship operating system.
Evan Elias / Tumblr Engineering:
Jetpants: a toolkit for huge MySQL topologies  —  Tumblr is one of the largest users of MySQL on the web.  At present, our data set consists of over 60 billion relational rows, adding up to 21 terabytes of unique relational data.  Managing over 200 dedicated database servers can be a bit of a handful …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Hark Strikes A Deal With Universal To Bring Your Favorite Movie Sound Bites Online  —  Hark, the online repository for audio clips, is getting more studio content Thursday, with a deal that will bring sound bites from Universal's film library online.  Hark will get access to about 100 Universal films …

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