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11:35 PM ET, May 31, 2011

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Apple:
Apple to Unveil Next Generation Software at Keynote Address on Monday, June 6  —  Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. At the keynote …
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Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Jobs to Unveil iCloud Service  —  Apple Inc. said Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs will kick off the company's annual developers' conference next week, with new versions of Apple's iOS and Mac operating systems to be unveiled.  —  The company also said the event will include details on iCloud …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple still trying to land films, TV shows for iCloud  —  Feature films could be part of Apple's iCloud launch next week.  —  In the past several weeks, Apple executives have stepped up their attempts to convince some of the major Hollywood film studios to issue licenses that would enable Apple …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Getting Photos In Order Ahead Of iOS 5 Integration  —  Yesterday, we first reported that Twitter was on the verge of launching their own photo-sharing service.  That report has since been confirmed by Liz Gannes, who happens to work for All Things D, which is hosting a conference …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Twitter Photo Storage and Account Integration in iOS 5  —  MG Siegler on Twitter's imminent but as-yet-unannounced photo-hosting service: … So close to the bigger story, but yet so far.  Imagine what else the system could provide if your Twitter account was a system-level service.  —  Link
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:   Signs Of Twimg, Twitter's Photo Hosting, In The Wild
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Schmidt Says Google's Social Problem Is His Fault  —  Google tried very hard to partner with Facebook, but in the end the social networking phenomenon opted for an alliance with Microsoft.  —  Is Facebook's success a threat to Google's business?  And why is it that the company appears to be chasing it these days.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Eric Schmidt's gang of four: Who will stumble first?  —  Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt outlined his “gang of four”—Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook—with massive platforms, scale and global reach.  The big question is whether these companies can continue to execute.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt Live at D9  —  He may not be CEO anymore, but Eric Schmidt still has plenty to say about Google.  —  Now the executive chairman, Schmidt is also the interview guest kicking off this year's D: All Things Digital conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Google's Eric Schmidt “We've just renewed a Maps relationship with Apple”
Discussion: MacRumors and TechCrunch
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:   Google: Our new search strategy is to compute answers, not links
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Lodsys Responds to Apple, Files Lawsuits Against App Developers, Promises $1000 If Wrong  —  Patent holding firm Lodsys today published a series of blog posts revealing that the company has filed suit against some App Store developers, accelerating its efforts to extract licensing fees …
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Lodsys sues 7 app developers in Eastern Texas, disagrees with Apple; Android also targeted  —  I almost appeared to be a “party spoiler” last week: amid all the enthusiasm among iPhone/iPad app developers over Apple's letter to Lodsys, I wrote that “Apple's letter in and of itself is not yet a reason to celebrate.
Brian Ellin / Twitter Blog:
Introducing the Follow Button  —  When you follow interesting accounts on Twitter, it's easy to stay connected with what's most meaningful to you.  Today we're excited to launch the Follow Button, a new way to discover and instantly follow Twitter accounts directly from the websites you visit everyday.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Twitter Releases One-Click Subscription Button
Danielle Dellorto / CNN:
WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk  —  (CNN) — Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization.  The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same “carcinogenic hazard” category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Official: Google +1 Button For Websites Comes Tomorrow  —  It's official.  Google's +1 button for web sites will be coming tomorrow.  A launch partner accidentally tipped the news of the release to TechCrunch, and Google's since confirmed with me officially that it will be happening.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and CNET News
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Whoops Redux: Looks Like Partner Just Leaked Google's +1 Button For Websites Launch
Apple:
Apple iWork Now Available For iPhone & iPod touch Users  —  Apple® today announced that its groundbreaking iWork® productivity apps, Keynote®, Pages® and Numbers®, are now available for iPhone® and iPod touch®, as well as iPad®.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Hardware Rules ‘Troublesome’ for Makers, Acer Says  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is putting “troublesome” restrictions on makers of processors used to run the coming Windows tablet-computer operating system, Acer Inc. (2353) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer J.T. Wang said.
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Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Federal government loosens its grip on the BlackBerry  —  Somewhere in America, perhaps at this very moment, a bad guy is under video surveillance.  He is being watched, every movement, every step — but not on a little TV.  That's so 2009.  Instead, a special agent from the Bureau of Alcohol …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga Channels Settlers Of Catan In New Social Combat Game Empires & Allies; Debuts In 12 Languages  —  Social gaming giant Zynga is launching its latest game tomorrow—Empires & Allies, the company's first strategy combat game.  Zynga is going big with this launch, debuting the game on Facebook …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Nokia's Elop: Android is killing us in China, Europe  —  Nokia's biggest profit margin killing headaches appear to be Android, China and Europe and the company doesn't have any answers.  —  Speaking on a conference call, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that the company was getting whacked in China due to …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Microsoft Streetside Isn't Just a Google Streetview Clone Anymore  —  Microsoft today released a number of major updates to the Streetside feature in Bing Maps.  Streetside used to be very similar to Google's Streetview, but Microsoft just mixed things up a bit and included an important twist.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Chart: Steve Ballmer's approval rating plummets among Microsoft employees  —  Hedge fund manager David Einhorn created a stir last week when he suggested that it was time for Steve Ballmer to step down.  But that's not the only sign of slipping confidence in the Microsoft CEO.
Tim Young / Knowledge is Social:
VMware acquires Socialcast  —  Today, I am pleased to announce that Socialcast has been acquired by VMware.  —  Going forward, I am excited for the accelerant that VMware will provide to the product.  VMware shares my vision of changing the way that people work, and we are completely aligned on Socialcast's future direction.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
More Than Friending: How Can the Social Web Go Beyond Facebook?  —  When people talk about making the Web more “social,” what they really seem to mean is making it more tightly integrated with Facebook.  —  But is that all there is?  —  With only a smattering of deliberate exceptions …
 
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