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7:35 AM ET, June 8, 2011

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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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Dave Caolo / TUAW:
iOS 5 hints at iPhone, iPad updates  —  TUAW sources inspecting the USB device files in yet-unreleased iOS 5 firmware have discovered suggestions of two future iPad 3 models as well as a pair of iPhone 5 models.  What's most surprising is a big omission: no mention of an iPod touch 5.
Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
iOS 5 Is Amazing — You Have To See It To Believe It!  —  For most people, iOS 5 is still a few months away.  It's likely that it won't launch until September, when Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5.  —  But iOS developers get to try the version 5 beta now, and we just loaded it on our own iPhone 4.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Tools, Thanks:alleyinsider
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Jobs To Cupertino: We Want A Spaceship-Shaped, 12K Capacity Building As Our New Apple Campus  —  After having a banner WWDC start yesterday, Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs humbly presented his idea for a new Apple campus at the Cupertino City Council today.
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
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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Justin Mitchell / Facebook Blog:
Making Photo Tagging Easier
Discussion: Disruptors and Bits
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Expands Availability Of Facial Recognition Globally — Here's How To Turn It Off
Discussion: GeekSugar
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
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
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
iCloud's real purpose: kill Windows  —  Apple's announcements yesterday about OS X 10.7 pricing (cheap), upgrading (easy), iOS 5, and iCloud storage, syncing, and media service can all be viewed as increasing ease of use, but from the perspective of Apple CEO Steve Jobs they perform an even more vital function — killing Microsoft.
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nintendo Wii U Hands On: An Entirely Different Way to See Things  —  It looks like the product of a fevered fanboy wetdream.  A 6.2-inch touchscreen, surrounded by dual analog sticks and oodles of buttons.  Like the portable hardcore gamers wish Nintendo made.  But it's the most incredible controller ever.
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Steve Boxer / Guardian:
Wii U: first hands-on with Nintendo's new console
SuperSite for Windows:
Three Screens: Celebrating Microsoft'S Cohesive New User Experience Strategy  —  Three different products, one cohesive user experience: Suddenly, Microsoft has a strategy that makes sense.  —  In March 2010, I met with several members of the Windows Phone team in Redmond to discuss …
Discussion: LiveSide.net
Adrienne Walker / Google Chrome Blog:
A new stable release of Chrome: safer and snazzier  —  Today's new stable release of Chrome brings improvements in security, privacy, and graphics to Chrome's 160 million users.  —  Chrome is now more secure, thanks to enhancements to our Safe Browsing technology.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Advertising on mobile phones up 128% in last 2 years, study says  —  Display advertising on mobile devices has more than doubled in the last two years, according to a study from research firm ComScore.  —  “Although mobile advertising is still in its relative infancy, it is quickly gaining importance …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft details Windows Phone Mango SkyDrive improvements  —  Microsoft has detailed its Windows Phone Mango improvements for SkyDrive on Tuesday.  —  The software giant describes SkyDrive and Windows Phone Mango as the “deepest connection to cloud storage available on a smartphone” …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Schema.org Really a Google Land Grab?  —  Last week the Web's three leading search companies - Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! - announced a new structured data collaboration called Schema.org.  It includes more than 100 new types of website markup for content like movies, music, organizations, TV shows, products, places and more.
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 …
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
bizjournals:
AT&T to help collect $1B in tax refunds  —  A unit of AT&T Inc. is helping certain customers collect a total of as much as $956.16 million in tax refunds as part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit.  —  A federal judge in the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois last week approved …
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
CloudFlare: A website security product accidentally makes sites 60% faster  —  I remember sitting in the front row of TechCrunch: Disrupt when CloudFlare was giving its pitch.  At the time I commented to some other people around about how the service was answering a lot of questions …
Discussion: Slashdot
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.
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Computerworld:
Can't reach your favorite site?  IPv6 may be to blame  —  Network World - A small number of Internet users will experience delays or time-outs as they attempt to visit Facebook, Google, Yahoo and other popular websites tonight and tomorrow, due to a 24-hour trial of a new Internet standard called IPv6.
Eric Eldon / Inside Mobile Apps:
No iOS 5 Integration, No Credits Deal — The Facebook-Apple Relationship Cools  —  Until the launch of Ping, the music social network feature in iTunes, last fall, Apple looked like it was getting close with Facebook.  After yesterday, though, the two companies have never looked more distant.
Discussion: Gadgetell, Mashable! and GMSV
 
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
iOS to get Siri-powered voice commands ahead of launch
Discussion: Gizmodo
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
What's Twitter's Identity Now That It's Apple's Identity Provider?
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Will Investors Take Groupon's Andrew Mason Seriously?
Discussion: @cdixon and techPresident
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
RunKeeper builds a fitness network with Health Graph API
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
HP earmarks $2 billion to finance hybrid cloud projects
Discussion: Computerworld and GigaOM
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Bain: 80% of Twitter engagement is link clicking
Discussion: AllTwitter and Steve Rubel
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle wants a huge cut of Google's mobile advertising revenue plus compensation for fragmentation of Java
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Twitter as media: What happens when anyone can publish?
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Files a Whopping 11 Separate US iCloud Trademark Applications
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