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2:30 PM ET, June 5, 2010


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Clay Shirky / Wall Street Journal:
Does the Internet Make You Smarter?  —  Amid the silly videos and spam are the roots of a new reading and writing culture, says Clay Shirky.  —  Digital media have made creating and disseminating text, sound, and images cheap, easy and global.  The bulk of publicly available media …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Nicholas Carr / Wall Street Journal:
Does the Internet Make You Dumber?  —  The cognitive effects are measurable: We're turning into shallow thinkers, says Nicholas Carr.  —  The Roman philosopher Seneca may have put it best 2,000 years ago: “To be everywhere is to be nowhere.”  Today, the Internet grants us easy access to unprecedented amounts of information.
Discussion: Rough Type and Data Mining
Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
Zuckerberg's Bizarre Facebook Insignia Revealed, And What It Means  —  To much media fanfare, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took off his signature hoodie at D8 conference Wednesday, revealing a what looked strange Illuminati-like diagram printed on the blue silk lining.
Christopher Blizzard:
intellectual honesty and html5  —  OK, this is the post that contains everything that everyone on the inside of the browser market knows, but doesn't say out loud.  It's time for someone to expose the emperor.  It's a shame that the main victim here turns out to be Apple …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Safari 5 to be launched at WWDC with Safari Reader?  —  MacGeneration reports that Apple is planning on a major update to Safari at this week's WWDC.  Safari 5 will apparently include a Reader functionality that will make web page reading easier by extracting and organizing the text.
Kellex / Droid Life:
Exclusive: More Droid Xtreme Shots Released  —  Who wanted a back shot of the Motorola Droid Xtreme?  Well here you go.  You can see the beastly 8MP camera is embedded in that hump which we all have mixed feelings about.  And it indeed says “HD VIDEO” up there.
Nielsen Wire:
iPhone vs. Android  —  Don Kellogg, Senior Manager, Research and Insights/Telecom Practice, The Nielsen Company  —  Whether it's checking email on the go, connecting with friends through social networks or using turn-by-turn navigation, the capabilities of smartphones are convincing …
Discussion: CNET News, Internet2Go, The Loop and Fortune
Jim Lanzone / Clicker Blog:
How Much Video Can You Actually Stream With AT&T's New Data Plans?  —  OK, we're going to tell you the punchline right away.  Run, don't walk, to get your iPad 3G before the end of the weekend.  If want to stream video while on-the-go from sources like Netflix or the ABC Player …
Felix Salmon:
AT&T tries to defend its data pricing
Discussion: Boy Genius Report, CNN, BB Geeks and
Marco Arment / An experiment for fast browsing of full albums.  —  I buy full albums, not singles.  I listen to the complete albums, and I don't use shuffle.  My iTunes is sorted by “Album by Year”.  I like albums.  —  But as this increasingly becomes a minority opinion …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Expensive malware appears for Microsoft's Windows Mobile  —  Malware embedded into legitimate-looking games designed for Windows Mobile has appeared, automatically dialing up foreign telephone services to ring up hundreds of dollars in illicit charges for users behind their backs.
Jad Mouawad / New York Times:
Airlines Work to Catch Up to the Digital Age  —  Airlines have made great technological leaps in recent years, allowing passengers to check in from home or download boarding passes on their smartphones.  But if you've ever been stranded at an airport during a raging thunderstorm …
Larry Seltzer / Security Watch:
Zero-Day Attacks Hitting Flash, Acrobat  —  The mainstream 10.0 generation of Flash are vulnerable to an unpatched vulnerability which is being exploited in the wild according to Adobe.  The 9.x versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat which incorporate 10.0 Flash support are also vulnerable.
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
At This Monday's Apple Keynote?  Help Us Liveblog  —  It's no surprise: Apple has not responded to our requests to attend the WWDC keynote on Monday at 10am PST.  But we'll still cover the news.  Want to help?  —  If you're going to the keynote, and want to be a part of the exciting Apple coverage …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:   Gizmodo Denied Press Passes for WWDC Keynote
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
4chan's Founder on Why Anonymity Can Be Valuable
Aza Raskin / Aza on Design:
Macintosh Project Genesis and History
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Evidence suggests MobileMe will become free
Discussion: PadGadget, TiPb, BetaNews and Geekword
Washington Times:
FTC floats Drudge tax
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Wired Explains: Everything You Need to Know About 4G Wireless
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Quick, Name A Medium With The Reach Of TV, But An Ad Market Smaller Than Outdoor
Discussion: GigaOM
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Americans prefer funny videos to online news
Discussion: Pew Internet and VatorNews
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Wants HuffPo Badly
Discussion: Beet.TV
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google resolves WebM licensing conflict with BSD license
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Don't Believe the Hype: Sprint “4G” Slower Than T-Mobile 3G, Report Finds
John D. Sutter / CNN:
With Foursquare's founder, life is a virtual game
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
John Gruber jumps the shark
Discussion: Daring Fireball
David Heinemeier Hansson / Signal vs. Noise:
You couldn't pay me to work for Ballmer