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Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
You Can't Always Get What You Want: Apple's Disappointing Music Announcements at WWDC  —  There was a lot of buzz prior to today's announcements at WWDC about the deals that Apple had reportedly struck with the major record labels.  Even before any Apple executives took the stage …
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Snubs The iAd  —  Remember Apple's iAd?  Apple might not, either.  —  A year after being shown off as a “tentpole” feature of iPhone software, Apple's mobile advertising business didn't earn a single mention today, as execs previewed a new version of iOS at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Discussion: @dannysullivan
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
25 Million iPads, 1 Billion Tweets: WWDC 2011 by the Numbers
Discussion: TechCrunch and CNET News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
About The Nuance No-Show At Apple's WWDC Keynote
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Apple Sounds the PC Death Knell
Jacob Schulman / Engadget:
Apple iOS 5 hands-on preview  —  iOS 5 won't be ready for the masses until this Fall, but lucky developers — and eager tech bloggers — are able to get in on the action right now.  We just got done downloading the 730MB BETA, and have decided to turn our iPhone 4 and iPad 2 into guinea pigs for all the newness.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft ‘flattered’ with Apple's iOS 5 Windows Phone features  —  Apple introduced its new iOS 5 operating system on Monday.  —  The OS, which powers Apple's iPad and iPhone devices, will be available in the fall and will include more than 200 new features.
Discussion: VentureBeat, SlashGear, GigaOM and Engadget
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Twitter + iOS 5 Will Change Mobile Apps  —  A deep integration of Twitter and iOS 5 was among the many things announced by Apple today but it's not just that you'll be able to post to Twitter from inside official Apple apps like photos and maps.  Any 3rd party iOS developer will be able …
Discussion: Mashable!, WebProNews, Stowe Boyd, MediaFile and SAI, Thanks:jasoncosta
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
iMessage: Biting RIM's style & sticking it to carriers
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Apple iTunes And The Cloud: The Fine Print  —  For a certain segment of geeks, checking the changes to the Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) iTunes Store Terms and Conditions after new features are added or a new version is released is as much a ritual as unboxing.  One reason, at least in my case …
Discussion: GigaOM, TUAW, App Advice and iClarified
Michael Muchmore / PC Magazine:
Apple iCloud vs. Amazon Cloud Player vs. Google Music Beta  —  With Apple dropping the third shoe in online streaming music services, after Amazon and Google, some striking differences are now apparent.  —  The biggest player in digital music has finally vaporized its content.
Apple Introduces iCloud
Wall Street Journal:
Security ‘Tokens’ Take Hit  —  RSA Offers to Replace Nearly All of Its SecurIDs in Use or Provide Monitoring  —  RSA Security is offering to provide security monitoring or replace its well-known SecurID tokens—devices used by millions of corporate workers to securely log on to their computers …
Cade Metz / The Register:
App Engine: Google's deepest secrets as a service  —  The software scales.  But will the Google rulebook?  —  Google will never open source its back end.  You'll never run the Google File System or Google MapReduce or Google BigTable on your own servers.
Peter Parkes / Heartbeat:
Problems signing in to Skype  —  Update 2:  —  We are continuing to address today's problems, and are seeing indications that the situation is improving.  —  If you were disconnected from Skype earlier, you shouldn't need to manually sign back in to Skype - it should reconnect automatically when it's able to do so.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
FT Bypasses Apple's iTunes, Launches HTML5 Web App (Free Access First Week)  —  The Financial Times would rather not have Apple take a 30 percent cut of in-app subscriptions for its iOS publications, and has launched a HTML5 Web app that enables readers to access content across tablets and smartphones.
Marco Arment /
What Safari's Reading List means for Instapaper  —  Before today, I knew that a reading-list feature similar to Instapaper's core bookmark-saving purpose was being added to Safari in Lion, and wrote a big blog post about its potential impact on Instapaper.  —  I speculated that they wouldn't add …
Which Apps Are Threatened by Apple's Upgrades?
AT&T's Bid for T-Mobile Is Backed by Microsoft and Facebook  —  In its quest to win approval of its $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA, AT&T just got a lot of help from its friends.  —  Eight technology giants, including Facebook and Microsoft, and 10 venture capital firms, filed letters supporting the acquisition late on Monday.
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
One in four US hackers ‘is an FBI informer’  —  The FBI and US secret service have used the threat of prison to create an army of informers among online criminals  —  The underground world of computer hackers has been so thoroughly infiltrated in the US by the FBI and secret service …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Next Big Thing in E-Commerce?  Groupon Founders Fund Online Pawn Shop.  —  Groupon founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell, who have famously extracted all sorts of money from the soon-to-IPO deals start-up and now run an investment group called Lightbank, are onto the next big thing in e-commerce: Pawn shops.
Discussion: Social Markets
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Groupon Goes Into Supermarkets Via Loyalty Cards  —  Deal Has ‘Potential to Revolutionize Grocery-Marketing Landscape’  —  Groupon is joining two Boston marketing-services and analytics firms to get deeper into the traditional grocery coupon business with a test today by Springfield …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
OmniVision and Sony to Supply 8-Megapixel Camera for iPhone 5  —  According to a new report from Digitimes, camera image sensor supplier OmniVision has won “significant orders” for Apple's next-generation iPhone, set to debut later this year.  Whilst OmniVision has been the selected supplier …
Andrew Webster / Ars Technica:
NGP renamed PlayStation Vita: WiFi-only $249, AT&T-only 3G $299  —  As rumored, Sony's PSP successor has been rebadged as the PlayStation Vita and given a retail price.  The WiFi-only version of the device will run users $249, while the 3G model will cost $299, which puts the handheld …
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Online Ads: Where 1,240 Companies Fit In  —  Online advertising is a remarkably complex field.  Terence Kawaja has a new way for potential investors to visualize it.  —  The market involves hundreds of small and large companies that help advertisers reach consumers and help website publishers …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Patent Lawsuit Filed Against Skype Same Day Microsoft Deal Was Announced  —  Skype is no stranger to patent litigation.  One time, even its founders pursued a lawsuit against it.  But this is a new lawsuit, not yet reported as far as I can tell.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Ever-Growing Evernote Hits 10 Million Users (425,000 Paying Ones, Too)  —  May 2009: Evernote hits 1 million registered users  —  December 2009: Evernote hits 2 million registered users  —  May 2010: Evernote hits 3 million registered users  —  August 2010: Evernote hits 4 million registered users
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Had 186 iPhone Carriers at the End of March; Now It Has 200
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check Blog:
Average iTunes user only listens to 19% of music library
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and ZDNet
Toshiba, Sony in talks to merge small LCD panel ops: sources
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechEye
Lorenzo Colitti / The Official Google Blog:
World IPv6 Day begins 24 hours from now. Websites, start your engines.
Louis Gray:
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Discussion: AllTwitter, AllThingsD and @rsarver
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
NATO: Anonymous will be “infiltrated” and “persecuted”
Discussion: Fast Company and Techdirt
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Nilay Patel / This is my next:
iTunes in the Cloud iOS 4.3 beta hands-on (video)
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
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