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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
How to Upgrade to iOS 5 Today, Without Any Developer Account  —  One day and iOS 5 has been hacked already.  Gizmodo reader and Apple lover Mert Erdir has discovered how to upgrade to iOS 5 without developer accounts, using a simple backdoor.  Everyone can do it following these extremely simple instructions:
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Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
iOS 5 Works Just Fine On iPhone 3GS
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and iPodNN
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
iOS5 Has Been Jailbroken  —  Good news, iPhone jailbreakers!
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Link sharing made simple  —  We've been working on a bunch of features to make Twitter easier to use.  Today, we're releasing something that many of you have been asking for - automatic link shortening on Twitter.com  —  How does it work?  —  Just paste a link of any length into the Tweet box on Twitter.com.
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Twitter introduces automatic link shortening on Twitter.com
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Square Raising New Round, Joining Billion Dollar Valuation Club  —  There are a bevy of startups in the process of raising big rounds of capital at billion dollar or higher valuations - something that was a rare occurrence even a few months ago.  We're tracking most of these deals (and have written about the ones we've confirmed).
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Payments Startup Square Adds Vinod Khosla To Board
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Naked Security / Sophos:
Facebook changes privacy settings for millions of users - facial recognition is enabled  —  When Facebook revealed last year it was introducing facial recognition technology to help users tag their friends in photographs, they gave the functionality to North American users only.
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Danny Sullivan / @dannysullivan:   schmidt's talked how google won't do facial recognition even though can. why? set facebook up as ick for doing it now
John Cook / GeekWire:
Jeff Bezos on innovation: Amazon ‘willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time’  —  One question at Amazon.com's shareholder meeting this morning in Seattle clearly made an impression on Jeff Bezos, sparking an extraordinary response from the Amazon CEO and founder on the qualities …
Discussion: SAI, Thanks:toddbishop
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
AirPlay Mirroring in action (video)  —  One of the new iOS features that has been met with great enthusiasm from journalists and developers attending yesterday's WWDC keynote is AirPlay Mirroring.  Apple's iOS software head honcho Scott Forstall only briefly described it during the keynote talk:
Steve Boxer / Guardian:
Wii U: first hands-on with Nintendo's new console  —  With its tablet-like controller, the Wii U is a seriously weird piece of kit.  But, yet again, once you get your hands on it, a multitude of new gaming experiences tumble out of it.  And the machine will have more hardcore appeal, too.
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle wants a huge cut of Google's mobile advertising revenue plus compensation for fragmentation of Java  —  One of the best-kept secrets in the patent dispute between Oracle and Google is what Oracle demands in terms of compensation for past damages and on which terms (monetary and other conditions) …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Guess Which Company Is Winning The War For Tech Talent  —  Of all the big tech companies competing for engineering talent, Twitter has fared the best while Yahoo is doing the worst.  —  That's according to statistics released today by TopProspect, which helps companies find technical employees based on peer recommendations.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
What's Twitter's Identity Now That It's Apple's Identity Provider?  —  Apple this week anointed Twitter as a built-in feature of the next version of its mobile platform.  —  The partnership, announced during Apple's WWDC keynote yesterday, is an obvious diss to Facebook and its Facebook Connect service …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Files a Whopping 11 Separate US iCloud Trademark Applications  —  On June 7, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's eleven iCloud trademark applications.  Apple filed one iCloud application per International Classification.  The reason for filing eleven separate trademark applications …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Zach Epstein / BGR:
iOS to get Siri-powered voice commands ahead of launch  —  Citing a source claimed to be reliable, tech blogger Robert Scoble says enhanced voice commands will be included in iOS 5 when it launches this fall.  Apple acquired Siri last year, presumably with the intention of enhancing the lackluster voice command support found in iOS.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Will Investors Take Groupon's Andrew Mason Seriously?  —  Andrew Mason's oddball tendencies have served him well as the head of a quirky Internet upstart. … But now that Groupon Inc. is on the cusp of holding an initial public offering, will the 30-year-old's unconventional leadership style resonate with public investors?
Discussion: @cdixon and techPresident
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft finalizes Windows Thin PC; available July 1  —  Microsoft has released to manufacturing its Windows Thin PC client, and plans to make it available to Software Assurance customers starting July 1, company officials said on June 7.  —  Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) is the successor to Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (WinFLP).
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhones And iPads Could Be Getting Intel Chips, Says Citi  —  Intel is in talks with Apple to manufacture its custom A4 and A5 chips, says Citi analyst Glen Yueng.  —  However, the manufacture of Apple's chips is only a prelude to a much bigger partnership.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Bain: 80% of Twitter engagement is link clicking  —  The social network's real-time access to myriads of content and high levels of user engagement is why marketers keep coming back for more.  —  Adam Bain of Twitter  —  FORTUNE — Hours after Apple (AAPL) announced deep integration …
Discussion: AllTwitter and Steve Rubel
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL After the Honeymoon  —  Arianna Huffington.  Image by Getty Images for AOL via @daylife  —  What happens when you mix the ambition of Arianna Huffington with the desperation of Tim Armstrong?  AOL shareholders will soon find out.  —  AOL Chairman Tim Armstrong seemed to find his ideal mate in Arianna Huffington.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Discontinues Its First Specialized Search Engines  —  They're no longer popular, but they're the first specialized search engines offered by Google, long before Image Search, Google News or Blog Search.  Some people might remember Google Linux, Google BSD, Google Mac, Google Microsoft …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Kindles Getting Cheaper, and Huge: 10 Percent of Amazon's Business Next Year  —  Amazon's Kindle e-reader, a gawky novelty just three years ago, is now a big business getting bigger.  Really big.  —  Jeff Bezos and company continue not to release sales numbers for the devices, but everyone else keeps guessing.
Discussion: GigaOM, TechCrunch and Digital Trends
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
Motorola Contacting XOOM Owners about 4G LTE, Upgrade Process Underway?  —  One of our gracious readers just forwarded along an email he received from Motorola customer support.  According to said email the XOOM's promised 4G LTE upgrade for Verizon is already under way.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Launches Game for Access to Preview Chromebooks  —  Google has just begun a two-day long game wherein it will post links to famous places around the web where you can now find a link to get preview access to the company's Chromebook web-only notebooks.
Bill Coughran / The Official Google Blog:
Changes to the open Internet in Kazakhstan  —  The genius of the Internet has always been its open infrastructure, which allows anyone with a connection to communicate with anyone else on the network.  It's not limited by national boundaries, and it facilitates free expression …
 
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
RunKeeper builds a fitness network with Health Graph API
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