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12:20 PM ET, June 13, 2010


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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
In the Singularity Movement, Humans Are So Yesterday  —  ON a Tuesday evening this spring, Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, became part man and part machine.  About 40 people, all gathered here at a NASA campus for a nine-day, $15,000 course at Singularity University, saw it happen.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz To Win The Foursquare Investor Badge  —  A months long fundraising process for Foursquare is in its last stages, we've heard from multiple sources, and Andreessen Horowitz looks to be preparing to check-in to Foursquare to take an investor badge.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Foursquare's Yelp problem (they just got time to figure it all out)  —  This week I downloaded a new Yelp app onto my iPhone.  In it Yelp included a copy of Foursquare's badges, which reward people for checking in frequently.  Sometimes you might get a swarm badge for checking into someplace …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Computerworld, Thanks:scobleizer
Nick / Rough Type:
Steven Pinker and the Internet  —  As someone who has enjoyed and learned a lot from Steven Pinker's books about language and cognition, I was disappointed to see the Harvard psychologist write, in Friday's New York Times, a cursory op-ed column about people's very real concerns …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
The Defense of Computers, the Internet and Our Brains
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
Steven Pinker / New York Times:
Mind Over Mass Media
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
CHARTS OF THE WEEK: iPad Browser Share Already Beating Android, BlackBerry (AAPL, GOOG, RIMM)  —  Click here to see this week's charts as a slideshow →  —  Or select individually:  — Facebook Growth ACCELERATES During Its Privacy Flap  — Can Apple's Stock Beat The New iPhone Curse?
Roberto / PadGadget:
Reeder for iPad - First Look  —  Reeder for iPad hit the App Store yesterday.  And, it is already following the steps of its predecessor, Reeder for iPhone.  If you're not familiar with Reeder, it's an RSS reader that syncs with your Google Reader account.  —  We've seen several RSS reader apps hitting the iPad App Store.
Discussion: TUAW
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Soldier leaked Google attack investigation details, hacker says  —  An Army analyst jailed for allegedly leaking a video of a controversial Iraq air strike also allegedly leaked classified information about a U.S. investigation into cyberattacks on Google that originated in China …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Guardian
Zephoria / danah boyd:
“for the lolz”: 4chan is hacking the attention economy  —  (Newbie note: If you have never heard of 4chan, start with the Wikipedia entry and not the website itself.  The site tends to offend many adults' sensibilities.  As one of my friends put it, loving LOLcats or rickrolling as outputs …
Discussion: broadstuff
‘Shady’ porn site practices put visitors at risk  —  Visitors to porn sites are at serious risk of being exploited by cyber criminals, a study has suggested.  —  It found that many sites harboured malware or used “shady” practices to squeeze money out of their visitors.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
The iPhone, Net Neutrality and the FCC  —  Regulatory uncertainty is spoiling the rollout of Steve Jobs's latest inspirations.There's a better way to spur broadband competition.  —  AT&T's Picturephone, shown at the 1964 World's Fair, was a huge flop.  Apple's new iPhone 4, announced this week …
Fred / A VC:
How We Measure Success  —  Interesting comment discussion between me and iamronen this morning.  It started with me making the assertion that most founders start companies with the goal of building a “financially successful business.”  —  iamronen then pointed me to a Jeff Atwood post from earlier this month where Jeff says:
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Coming soon: an open source Dropbox alternative with collaboration  —  Dropbox is a great little service (and app).  Developer Hylke Bons seems to like it — but he's got designs on building an alternative with a few improvements.  As he writes on his blog, “Dropbox has a great user experience …
Discussion: BlogsDNA
Glyn Moody / Computerworld UK:
Why No Billion-Dollar Open Source Companies?  —  Last week, I met up with Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat's CEO.  He gave a very fluent presentation to a group of journalists that ran through Red Hat's business model, and explained why - unsurprisingly - he was optimistic about his company's future growth.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
ESPN bypasses corporate red tape with iPad and Xbox 360, wannabe innovators should take note  —  So, there's two ways to look at this.  One would be to gawk at the fact that ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports broadcasting, is using iPads and Xbox 360 consoles — common devices …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Modder installs Windows 7 onto JooJoo tablet, gets touch working (video)
Discussion: Erictric, Gizmodo and Liliputing
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
When Google Fails, Yahoo & Win: Study
Discussion: Chitika, Inc., Thanks:dannysullivan
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MOG's Music Streaming iPhone App Is Caught In App Store Purgatory, Too
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Artefact puts Flash on your iPad ‘In A Pinch’ (video)
Discussion: Download Squad and App Advice
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Scribd: Publishers Are Wasting Time, Money, Effort In Creating iPad Apps