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10:45 AM ET, June 13, 2011

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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Sees Big Traffic Drops in US and Canada as It Nears 700 Million Users Worldwide  —  Facebook is still growing towards 700 million users, having reached 687 million monthly actives by the start of June, according to our Inside Facebook Gold data service.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Why Microsoft has made developers horrified about coding for Windows 8  —  When Microsoft gave the first public demonstration of Windows 8 a week ago, the reaction from most circles was positive.  The new Windows 8 user interface looks clean, attractive, and thoughtful …
Discussion: @carnage4life, Thanks:newsio
BBC:
Spanish police website hit by Anonymous hackers  —  A member of Spain's Technological Investigation Board displays an Anonymous mask  —  The website of Spain's national police force has been briefly knocked offline by hacker collective Anonymous.  —  The attack on the site was carried …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Why did Apple choose Twitter over Facebook?  —  Apple will deeply integrate Twitter into iOS 5 when it releases this Fall, but not Facebook.  Now why is that?  Facebook is the largest social networking platform on the planet, with more than 500 million users, according to the company (Hell …
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Mike Lennon / SecurityWeek:
Turkish Police Detain 32 Suspects Allegedly Linked to Anonymous  —  Following the arrest of three alleged “Anonymous” members by Spanish authorities on Friday, Turkey's state-run news agency has reported that police have detained 32 individuals allegedly linked to the hacktivist group.
Google Watch:
Ex-Googler Calls Out Google Infrastructure as Obsolete  —  In the latest of several thoughtful blog posts from ex-Googlers about why they left, Dhanji R. Prasanna called out Google's infrastructure as, well, dated.  —  Prasanna may understandably hold a grudge as one of the many Australian-based team members …
Electronista:
US rumored getting unlocked iPhone 4 Wednesday  —  Yet more rumors about Apple's mystery Wednesday update have suggested the US might finally get the option of unlocked iPhones.  A claim Sunday afternoon has the unlocked iPhone 4 appearing at Apple stores in both capacities and colors.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Next iPhone reaches final testing stage, Verizon likely won't support 3G FaceTime this year  —  A previously accurate Apple source has told 9to5Mac some interesting information regarding what 2011 holds for the iPhone and Apple's popular FaceTime video chat service.
Daniel Emery / BBC:
Personal data stolen from UK developer Codemasters  —  UK based Codemasters is the latest firm to be hit by hackers  —  The personal details of thousands of people have been stolen after hackers targeted British games developer Codemasters.  —  The firm described the data theft as …
Lauren Fisher / The Next Web:
Only 30% of YouTube Users Skip Pre-Roll Ads  —  Youtube introduced a new form of advertising in December 2010, called TrueView, where they gave people the option to skip past pre-roll ads on videos.  The news didn't seem too great for advertisers.  Although it meant you only payed …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Pocket-lint
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
Surprise: iOS 5 bumps up video exports in apps from 720p to 1080p  —  Media framework strings in iOS SDK have added a new 1080p video export preset  —  In addition to the newly discovered ability to render 1080p videos on A4-powered devices by scaling down high-definition content on-the-fly …
Discussion: Online Social Media and Neowin.net
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Welcome to a Faster Web  —  The first commercial deployment of SPDY, a protocol designed by Google to make websites faster, launches today. … SPDY, a protocol Google revealed in late 2009, dramatically speeds up Web page loading by changing the way that browsers communicate with servers.
Discussion: The Register and ReadWriteWeb
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Social Network For Kids Everloop Lands $3.1 Million In New Funding
Discussion: FT Tech Hub
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Camcorder Piracy Epidemic Forces Studios To Delay Screenings
Vikas SN / The Next Web:
Anonymous' Operation India removed from Facebook and Twitter
Discussion: PC World, Fast Company and MediaNama
Anna Mulrine / Christian Science Monitor:
CIA chief Leon Panetta: The next Pearl Harbor could be a cyberattack
Discussion: The Next Web
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
French Government Creates Its Own Giant Patent Troll
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
The multilingual web: A year of non-Latin script domain names
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The iPhone feature-checklist steamroller
April Dembosky / Slate:
Invasion of the Body Hackers
Discussion: Gizmodo
Peter Apps / Reuters:
For China activists, hacking attacks a fact of life
Julia Prodis Sulek / Mercury News:
Steve Jobs' first dream for an Apple headquarters: Coyote Valley, San Jose
 

 
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