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11:35 PM ET, June 8, 2011

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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.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:   Could and should there be a Microsoft-branded Windows 8 tablet?
Sasha Gontmakher / The Official Google Blog:
Know when your bus is late with live transit updates in Google Maps  —  Often when I'm taking public transit, I arrive at my stop on time only to anxiously check my watch and look down the street for my bus, which is running late once again.  Those extra minutes I'm forced to wait seem like an eternity …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evernote Peek: The First Smart Cover App That Could Make You Smarter  —  One of the best parts of the iPad 2 is the colorful, magical smart cover that comes as a peripheral.  Lift the cover and your iPad turns on, drop it and it goes to sleep.  It's kind of addictive.
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Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Evernote Re-engineers Studying By Flash Cards With Its New iPad App  —  An elephant never forgets.  And as Evernote's elephant logo suggests, the note-taking platform already sees itself as a tool for storage, yes, but also for enhancing memory.  —  That couldn't be clearer with a newly release app today: Evernote Peek (iTunes link).
Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Why Copyright Holders Love iTunes Match And Pirates Hate It  —  Steve Jobs presented a web storage service called iCloud this week that marked cloud computing's transition to the mainstream.  But a debate is already raging about what some of iCloud's features could mean for the future of digital music and video.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:   How Apple Can Make Money From Higher-Quality Songs
Sajid Farooq / NBC Bay Area:
We Have No Plan to Let Apple Go: Cupertino Mayor  —  Steve Jobs appearance before Cupertino's City Council may have caught many off guard Tuesday night, including the council members.  But a day later, Mayor Gilbert Wong said the city was excited about Jobs presentation of Apple's proposed new campus in the city.
Discussion: Cupertino and @cityofcupertino
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Jobs To Cupertino: We Want A Spaceship-Shaped, 12K Capacity Building As Our New Apple Campus
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Verizon confirms sales of its Galaxy S II ‘superphone’ start in July  —  Other major carriers are also expected to have the hottest new smartphone, made by Samsung  —  Computerworld - Verizon Wireless Wednesday confirmed that it plans to start selling the Samsung Galaxy S II “superphone” …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook gives regulators info on facial recognition  —  (Reuters) - Facebook has quietly expanded the availability of technology to automatically identify people in photos, renewing concerns about the privacy practices of the world's top social networking service.
James Wilson / Scotch and Code:
Does my app have legal issues?  —  iTunes Connect asked me a strange question for the first time tonight:  —  It also asked if I had “Any apps that may have legal issues” when I first logged in to (modal dialog before main menu).  —  Is this in response to the Lodsys In-App Purchasing patent trolling?
Spencer Ante / Digits:
Apps From Foursquare, LinkedIn, Netflix Put Data at Risk, Firm Finds  —  You'd think the spate of Internet security breaches this spring would have companies on their toes.  But when it comes to wireless apps, some are still making rookie mistakes.  —  Computer security firm viaForensics …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Bank Not Responsible for Letting Hackers Steal $300K From Customer  —  A judge in Maine has ruled that a bank that allowed hackers to steal more than $300,000 from a customer's online account isn't responsible for the lost money, saying the customer should have done more to protect the account credentials.
Discussion: Help Net Security
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Poor Steve Jobs Had to Go Head to Head With Weinergate in the Twitter Buzzstakes.  And the Weiner Is ...  Dumenco's Trendrr Chart of the Week  —  It's rather surreal timing when you think about it: On the same day that Apple launched its iCloud service ("The new way to store and access your content" …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android's App Attrition Rate Much Higher than iOS: 32% vs. 19%  —  95,000 of the roughly 300,000 mobile applications that have ever appeared on the Android Market are no longer available - an app attrition rate of 32%.  In comparison, 80,000 apps out of approximately 500,000 (or 16%) …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP Demands Oracle Reverse Course on Itanium Support  —  Hewlett-Packard says it has sent a formal demand letter to software giant Oracle insisting that it reverse its decision, made in March, to stop building software for Intel's Itanium server chip.  —  In the letter, which was not released …
Discussion: The Register
Andy Chu / Bing:
Bing for Mobile Browse Gets More Social  —  Today we unveiled an update to Bing for Mobile Browse (m.bing.com), which includes a number of new features to help you make faster, more informed decisions while on the go.  Today's updates make it easier to share on Facebook, access news …
Discussion: The Next Web, Neowin.net and WinRumors
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Post A Picture That ‘Causes Emotional Distress’ And You Could Face Jailtime In Tennessee  —  Over the last few years, we've seen a troubling trend in various state laws which attempt to come up with ways to outlaw being a jerk online.  Many of these are based on politicians and/or the public taking …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
All four Lodsys patents under invalidation attack in federal court  —  I have news concerning Lodsys because a Michigan company named ForeSee Results Inc. has filed a declaratory judgment suit against Lodsys's four patents with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review  —  When we met with Samsung in late May, company representatives didn't seem entirely sure that the company would meet the rumored June 8th ship date here in the US, but lo and behold, it's done just that.  The tablet's launching at noon today at the Best Buy …
Damon Lavrinc / Autoblog:
Official: Apple to reject apps that include DUI checkpoints  —  In conjunction with this week's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines, and part of the new approval process includes a section that prohibits the inclusion of DUI checkpoints in iOS apps.
Walter / iFixit Blog:
Samsung Series 5 3G Chromebook Teardown  —  Just over six months ago, Google released the Cr-48 prototype Chromebook to developers—promising that production hardware would be forthcoming.  They weren't lying!  With today's release of the first production Chromebook, the Samsung Series 5 3G …
Discussion: Ars Technica, PC World and Liliputing
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Flash Madness Continues: Fusion-io Prices at $19 A Share  —  Fusion-io, the Utah-based startup that uses flash memory to make ordinary servers run faster just priced for its debut of trading at $19 a share, or six dollars higher than the low end of the original range it gave in its revised S1 filing last month.
Jack Marshall / ClickZ:
Twitter: 12% of Q1 Revenue Came From Auto Advertisers  —  Since rolling out its first advertiser product in April 2010, Twitter has found particular success in the automotive sector, and hopes to extend that appeal to retail marketers next.  —  Speaking with ClickZ News this week …
Discussion: @georgedearing and AllTwitter
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
“It Just Works.”  —  Amid all the big announcements …
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
Salesforce.com Pays Over $1.5 Million for Data.com Domain Name
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Senate Confirms Former RIAA Lawyer for Solicitor General
John Letzing / Dow Jones Newswires:
Google Asks Court To Disquality Damages Estimate From Oracle
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Stealthy Startup SnapGuide Closes $2+ Million Round
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Google, France Telecom Weigh Traffic Pact
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In Iran, Beware Of New Facebook ‘Friends’
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Has Begun Rolling Out New Photo Service To Users
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Flipboard's Traffic Just Quadrupled: Now At 400 Million “Flips” Per Month
Brett Wolf / Reuters:
Senators seek crackdown on “Bitcoin” currency
Arild Moen / Dow Jones Newswires:
Samsung Declines Comment On Nokia Bid Speculation