June 7, 2012, 9:55 PM

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Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Facebook launches App Center on iOS, Android and the web, for socially driven app discovery  —  We've known it was coming since early May, and Facebook has finally started rolling out its App Center to users.  —  At an event in San Francisco which was advertised to us with the theme of …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Dilemma With Native iOS Apps: Relevance or Revenues  —  Facebook revealed some healthy new stats about how it drives traffic to Apple's iOS ecosystem at an event today in San Francisco.  —  The platform drove people to Apple's App Store 83 million times last month.
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 …
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:
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Twitter Shuts Down Thunderclap, New Tweet-Boosting Service  —  Twitter appears to be building a very nice business on the basis of its ability to promote tweets.  The last thing it needs is anyone else coming in and using its platform to offer a competing service.
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.
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Evan Rodgers / The Verge:
Nest Learning Thermostat now on sale at Amazon for $249  —  Just last week we reported that the Nest Learning Thermostat was coming to Apple stores, and now the energy-saving gadget has made its way onto Amazon.  Introduced by ex-Apple executive Tony Fadell, the Nest has proven enormously popular since …
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Change your password now, there may have been another security breach  —  24-hours after LinkedIn confirmed a massive password leak, online music streaming service has issued a statement saying that it's currently investigating whether it too has leaked some of its users' passwords.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Sierra Wireless outs thinnest-ever 4G LTE module, teases skinny AT&T-ready laptops and tablets  —  One of the bigger challenges of spreading LTE has been size; going 4G has tended to put on a little weight.  A new Sierra Wireless embedded modem, the AirPrime EM7700, could be just the ticket to shedding those pounds.

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