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4:50 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.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
iOS 5 Works Just Fine On iPhone 3GS
Discussion: ZDNet and GottaBeMobile
Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
iOS 5 Is Amazing — You Have To See It To Believe It!
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.  I'm still watching this, but what I've seen so far is amazing.
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  —  UPDATE on Tuesday, June 7, 2011: We've been rolling Tag Suggestions out over the last several months and this feature is now available in most countries.  We'll continue to post updates here as the roll-out progresses.  Every day, people add more than 100 million tags to photos on Facebook.
Discussion: Bits
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:   Facebook Expands Availability Of Facial Recognition Globally — Here's How To Turn It Off
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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) …
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: Mashable!, Gadgetell and GMSV
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).
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
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” …
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 …
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
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:
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.
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Motorola backtracks on CEO comments  —  IDG News Service - Motorola is backtracking on comments its CEO made last week about the impact Android apps have on phone performance.  —  Last week, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha saidthe openness of the Android store leads to phone performance issues …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Salesforce Invests In Video Messaging Startup (And Skype Rival) VSee
Discussion: Business Wire
Bill Coughran / The Official Google Blog:
Changes to the open Internet in Kazakhstan
Discussion: SlashGear and Bloomberg
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?
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
RunKeeper builds a fitness network with Health Graph API
Discussion: Techdirt and Wired.com
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
HP earmarks $2 billion to finance hybrid cloud projects
Discussion: Computerworld and GigaOM
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Accel Leads $50 Million Round In Electronic Payments Company YapStone
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Files a Whopping 11 Separate US iCloud Trademark Applications
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
iOS5 Has Been Jailbroken  —  Good news, iPhone jailbreakers!
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Kindles Getting Cheaper, and Huge: 10 Percent of Amazon's Business Next Year
Discussion: GigaOM, Digital Trends and TechCrunch