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11:05 PM ET, June 4, 2011

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Conor Sen / Minyanville:
Groupon is Effectively Insolvent  —  I'll start by tipping my hat to Andrew Mason.  He caught social mood just right, creating a coupon/local/flashmob hybrid business model at the perfect time, and has created the fastest-growing company on a revenue basis in American history.
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MG Siegler / parislemon:
On Grouponzi  —  While I have an account, I've never actually used Groupon.  And I may never use Groupon.  It's just not really my thing.  But the massive backlash following the company's S-1 filing (so they can IPO) strikes me as a bit odd.  —  The fast rising consensus now in certain tech circles …
David Sinsky / Yipit Blog:
Groupon S-1 Reveals Business Model Deteriorating in Oldest Markets  —  While no one has ever doubted Groupon's impressive growth - the question has always been around the defensibility of a business that has so few barriers to entry.  —  In its long awaited S-1, it's clear that Groupon has impressive topline growth.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
That Queasy Feeling You Get Reading The Groupon S-1 Doesn't Come From One Thing But From Everything  —  There are many things that feel a bit “off” in Groupon's IPO filing.  —  But the biggest takeaway from the filing, as our boss Nicholas Carlson put it in our SAIcast yesterday …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iTunes Leaks ‘Automatic Download’ Over-the-Air Updates in iOS 5 [Updated]  —  In the days leading to WWDC, Apple's iTunes seems to have leaked a new feature that must be coming in iOS 5.  A MacRumors reader discovered (and we verified) that when asking iTunes to check your app library for updates …
TechEye:
Taipei insists Apple and Google give seven day free trial for apps  —  On the last day of Computex 2011, Apple and Google were hit by a bombshell when consumer forces in the capital, Taipei City, dictated that both American firms offer a seven day free trial on apps for the machines that use their operating systems.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Exclusive: CEO says hackers tried to extort data, money  —  Karim Hijazi knew his nightmare was just beginning when he saw that a mysterious e-mail had arrived in his inbox at 3 a.m. on May 26 that included his e-mail password and the subject line “Let us talk.”
Fred / A VC:
Investing In The Cultural Revolution  —  In a talk with Erick Schonfeld at Disrupt a couple weeks ago, we talked about what is coming next for the Internet.  Erick asked me what I thought was coming after the infrastructure and application phases of the Internet.
Discussion: @semilshah
Gizmodo:
Find Out if Your Sony Pictures Subscriber Information Was Leaked Right Here  —  Sony's been hacked again, with over a million SonyPictures.com accounts lifted, containing vital personal information like home addresses.  Is yours included?  We've got an exclusive, easy database to check.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Kno Textbook App Hits The iPad  —  Last night, Kno quietly released its first digital textbook app for the iPad.  It includes its own store of “over 70,000 titles at 30% to 50% off list” price.  And the app is a full textbook reader.  —  Kno, whose CEO Osman Rashid previously founded …
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
How top U.S. government officials got hacked  —  The targeted phishing scheme that struck hundreds of top U.S. government officials' personal Gmail accounts was neither difficult to perform nor incredibly sophisticated.  The attackers were able to pose as legitimate, trusted senders …
Discussion: Examiner and New York Times, Thanks:steverubel
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Everybody Chill!  The Nvidia-Microsoft Pact Is Actually 11 Years Old  —  Information Week is reporting a peculiar story about a deal between the graphics chip maker Nvidia and software giant Microsoft that effectively gives Redmond the right to match any offer for a stake worth 30 percent …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
White-Hot Flickr Alternative 500px Raises $525K In Series A  —  As the complaints about Flickr continue to pile on, scrappy Toronto-based service 500px continues to grow, going from 1000 users in 2009 to over 85K (around 45K of which have joined in the last three months).
Discussion: @naval and @nivi
 
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