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4:01 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.
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 …
Discussion: @howardlindzon
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Game, Set, iMatch  —  Usually Apple launches are all about new product, and the WWDC keynote by Steve Jobs and crew was no exception.  IOS 5, OS/X Lion, and iCloud were the tech version of a triple play, mainlining the iPad into the Mac and virtualizing the two product lines via the Cloud.
Caroline Graham / Daily Mail:
This is not the way I'd imagined Bill Gates... A rare and remarkable interview with the world's second richest man  —  Rocking gently in his chair, he begins to sing: ‘I wanna be a billionaire so freakin’ bad.  Buy all the things I never had.  I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Lion Can Run in Chrome OS-Like Browser Only Mode  —  While all the focus has been the many new features found in iOS 5 Beta, Apple also released a new developer beta of Mac OS X Lion last week.  —  Many of Mac OS X Lion's features have been known for months, but Apple has snuck …
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.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The iPhone feature-checklist steamroller  —  As much as I dislike feature-checklist comparisons, many people base their buying decisions on them, either by choice or by corporate-policy decree.  —  Since the iPhone's release in 2007, many prospective buyers have declined to choose the iPhone …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
The multilingual web: A year of non-Latin script domain names  —  May 6th 2010 was a monumental day for the Internet.  Why?  It was the day the first ever entirely non-Latin script country code top-level domains (ccTLD) went live.  If that just made you blurt out huh?, let me explain.
Anna Mulrine / Christian Science Monitor:
CIA chief Leon Panetta: The next Pearl Harbor could be a cyberattack  —  Leon Panetta, at a confirmation hearing for the post of Defense secretary, says the US will need to take ‘both defensive ... as well as aggressive measures’ to deal with the threat of cyberattack.  —  Washington
Discussion: The Next Web
New York Times:
U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors  —  The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks.
Discussion: @shervin, Engadget, Reuters, Examiner, Smart Mobs and Gizmodo, Thanks:cltom
John Shinal / MarketWatch:
Pandora's box of rising music costs  —  Commentary: Service must pay large chunk of revenue for content.  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — As Pandora readies its initial stock offering, the time is right to examine how much the online music service has to pay to license its content.
Discussion: @howardliptzin and @georgezachary
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
French Government Creates Its Own Giant Patent Troll  —  It may seem like we've been particularly tough on the French government lately, but it keeps doing ridiculous things.  The latest, as written up by Guillaume Champeau, is that it has built its own giant patent trolling operation …
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: Why Microsoft has made developers horrified about coding for Windows 8
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Lauren Fisher / The Next Web:
Only 30% of YouTube Users Skip Pre-Roll Ads
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
 Earlier Items: 
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Don't Lose That Number: Why Mobile Communications Is Still About Digits
Kaj Larsen / CNN:
How WikiLeaks has changed today's media
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
For Google, iCloud Is Annoying; For Microsoft, It's A Humiliation
Discussion: Monday Note
Economist:
The test of time  —  Which of today's technology giants might still …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Nuance speech-to-text references baked into iOS 5 internal settings