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12:35 PM 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, Thanks:alleyinsider
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Microsoft reportedly considers launching own-brand tablet PC  —  Microsoft is reportedly considering to launch an own-brand tablet PC that features Windows 8 by the end of 2012 with cooperation from Texas Instruments and Taiwan-based OEMs/ODMs, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
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.
Arild Moen / Dow Jones Newswires:
Samsung Declines Comment On Nokia Bid Speculation  —  HELSINKI (Dow Jones)—Samsung Electronics Co. (005930.SE) Wednesday declined to comment on market speculation that it could be preparing a bid for ailing Finland-based handset maker Nokia Corp. (NOK).  —  “It seems like a market rumor …
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
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Facebook to Be Probed in EU for Facial Recognition in Photos  —  Facebook Inc. will be probed by European Union data-protection regulators over a feature that suggests people's names to tag in pictures without their permission.  —  A group of privacy watchdogs drawn from the EU's 27 nations …
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Justin Mitchell / Facebook Blog:
Making Photo Tagging Easier
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.
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.
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 …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Thiel: Tech Bubble?  What Tech Bubble?  —  There has been lots of chatter about a technology bubble in Silicon Valley.  LinkedIn's initial public offering, Groupon's upcoming I.P.O. and bloated start-up investments and valuations are bringing back painful memories of the dot-com bubble's burst roughly a decade ago.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Vidyo launches low-cost HD video chat for up to 20 people at once  —  Vidyo is seeking to disrupt the market for “telepresence” systems that sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.  It will do so with the launch of Vidyo Panorama, a video conferencing system that delivers high-speed …
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 …
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).
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: ReadWriteWeb and LiveSide.net
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Flash fire hits Intel plant in Arizona  —  A fire broke out today at an Intel chip plant in Arizona, injuring seven people.  However, the chipmaker said it would have no impact on production.  —  The fire was in a “support building” next to an Intel fabrication facility—referred to as a …
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Apple now world's largest semiconductor buyer  —  Apple is the easily outstripping all other hardware makers in semiconductor spending, a new report from IHS iSuppli has found.  —  According to the research firm, Apple spent $17.5 billion on semiconductors in 2010, representing …
Discussion: iSuppli, MacRumors and eWeek
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” …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft acquires Prodiance to integrate risk-management into future Office releases  —  Microsoft announced on June 7 its acquisition for an undisclosed amount of enterprise risk management (ERM) software vendor Prodiance.  —  Microsoft bought Prodiance “to bring more compliance functionality …
Bloomberg:
Zynga Said to Favor ‘Low-Float’ IPO Like LinkedIn  —  Zynga Inc. plans to sell a small number of shares in its initial public offering, adopting a strategy used by LinkedIn Corp. to maintain control of the company while raising money to expand, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
Discussion: FT Tech Hub
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 …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
BlackBerry PlayBook now available from Sprint for $499  —  We had heard early rumors, but now it's official — the 16GB Wi-Fi edition of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook is now available from Sprint for $499.99.  If you're unfamiliar with the specs, here's a quick rundown of what the tablet has to offer …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, Tools and Gizmodo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Glassboard: Rock Star Team Regroups From RSS-Land to Tackle Private Mobile Content Sharing  —  Private mobile content sharing for groups is something no one has really nailed yet, but feels like it could be a very big deal.  Rising from the tragic ashes of the consumer RSS reader market …
Discussion: Ars Technica
 
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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Apple, Google cloud can help curb online piracy: U.S.
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Eric Eldon / Inside Mobile Apps:
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
iOS to get Siri-powered voice commands ahead of launch
Discussion: App Advice, ReadWriteWeb and Gizmodo
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
What's Twitter's Identity Now That It's Apple's Identity Provider?
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Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Will Investors Take Groupon's Andrew Mason Seriously?
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
RunKeeper builds a fitness network with Health Graph API
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Discontinues Its First Specialized Search Engines
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:arpitnext
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft finalizes Windows Thin PC; available July 1
 

 
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