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12:30 AM ET, June 6, 2011

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
WWDC 2011 Prelude  —  What I Know  —  If I were to publish everything I know regarding tomorrow's announcements, it would be a short and decidedly unsensational article.  What I know are a handful of minor features at the edges.  The big picture regarding iOS 5 and iCloud — and how the two interrelate — is an utter mystery to me.
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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
What Is Steve Jobs Announcing Monday?  Here's The Scoop About iCloud & Time Capsules [Exclusive]  —  Apple has already revealed that Steve Jobs will talk about iCloud, iOS 5 and OS X Lion during his WWDC keynote on Monday morning.  —  In addition, it's rumored that Apple's wireless Time Capsule backup/router will get a big update.
Steve Cheney / steve's blog:
Why Groupon is Worth $25 Billion Dollars  —  Admittedly, Groupon is a work in progress.  They continue to spend insane amounts of money to acquire customers and merchants to try to extend their dual-sided network effect with consumers and merchants.  Many people see this as unsustainable, some adamant it's all just a Ponzi scheme.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
How does Groupon work? Is the business model sustainable?
Discussion: broadstuff and parislemon, Thanks:dondodge
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Windows 8: features, screenshots, and everything else you need to know  —  It finally happened!  On Wednesday, we finally got a glimpse at what Microsoft has in store for its next version of Windows and how it plans to compete in the tablet market.  Yes, after months of some leaked screenshots and rumors …
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Lionel Menchaca / Dell Community:
Microsoft's Windows 8 Gamble Just Might Work
Discussion: Computerworld and The Business Insider, Thanks:dell
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Motorola Droid 3 leaks out in tutorial vids, confirms 8MP camera and 1080p recordings (video)  —  Verizon and Motorola have kept a tighter lid on the Droid 3 than many recent smartphones we've seen, but a nice big leak just sprang from the bottom of the pot — startup gadget blog PhonePads …
Nina Mandell / NY Daily News:
1500 people show up for 16-year-old's birthday party after she forgets to set Facebook settings  —  It's her party - and she'll invite everyone on Facebook if she wants to.  —  A 16-year-old girl in Germany ditched her own party after she forgot to set the privacy settings on the invitation and accidentally invited ... well everybody.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Pastebin: How a popular code-sharing site became the ultimate hacker hangout  —  In recent months, technology news has been dominated by reports of numerous hacking attempts, subsequent break-ins and embarrassment of companies that have seen customer information stolen and their reputations tarnished.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Is This iOS 5?  Dunno, But It's Likely The Right Idea  —  Could it be?  Is this it? iOS 5?!  I honestly have absolutely no clue.  But it certainly seems like it at least could have the right idea.  —  Tomorrow morning, Apple is set to preview iOS 5 for the first time during the WWDC keynote.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt And Others Invest In Rich Media Display Ad Startup Spongecell  —  Spongecell, a startup that places rich media ads in display advertisements, has raised a new round of financing led by Eric Schmidt and Jim Pallotta, Chairman and Managing Director of Raptor Group.
Discussion: paidContent
Alison Gendar / NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner's stimulating week: How a lewd Twitter photo may have derailed politician's future  —  WASHINGTON - In the nano-second it takes to send a tweet, Rep. Anthony Weiner's political career has short-circuited.  —  From the moment a lewd photograph of bulging briefs was sent …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Penry Price to Leave Google For Startup Media6Degrees  —  Google's Best-Known Sales Exec and Onetime Deputy to Tim Armstrong Leaves After Seven Years  —  Penry Price, one of Google's best-known sales executives, is leaving the company after seven years to join startup Media6Degrees as president.
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Hackers Attack Nintendo  —  Nintendo Co. said Sunday that a server for its U.S. unit's website had been hacked into but that no company or customer information was compromised, marking the first time the Japanese gaming giant has been targeted in widespread global hacking attacks.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
The Silliest Idea Ever: Facebook Going After Google In Search  —  Yesterday, Blue Nile and Wetpaint founder Ben Elowitz hypothesized on TechCrunch that Facebook could kill Google completely by getting into the search business.  —  I heard the same idea floated at a dinner for tech journalists hosted …
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Ben Elowitz / TechCrunch:
How Facebook Can Put Google Out of Business
Discussion: @scottbreynolds and SAI
 
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Instagram Rises as Social Web Embraces Photo Sharing
Discussion: Instagram News and ReadWriteWeb
JC Fletcher / Joystiq:
Nikkei: Wii successor has touchscreen controller, will arrive in second half of 2012
Discussion: IndustryGamers
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Niall Harbison / The Next Web:
McDonald's Brilliant Interactive Billboard Campaign
Discussion: Mashable!, CNET News and 9 to 5 Mac
John Hiesler / Edible Apple:
Vandals plaster Windows Logo on upcoming Apple Store in Hamburg, Germany