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3:20 PM ET, June 12, 2011

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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 …
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: Engadget, Gizmodo, @shervin and Smart Mobs, Thanks:cltom
New York Times:
I.M.F. Reports Cyberattack Led to ‘Very Major Breach’  —  WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund, still struggling to find a new leader after the arrest of its managing director last month in New York, was hit recently by what computer experts describe as a large and sophisticated cyberattack whose dimensions are still unknown.
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Bloomberg:
IMF Computer System Infiltrated by Hackers Said to Work for Foreign State  —  The International Monetary Fund's computer system was attacked by hackers believed to be connected to a foreign government, resulting in the loss of e-mails and other documents, according to a person familiar with the incident.
Discussion: Naked Security and Examiner
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.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
For Google, iCloud Is Annoying; For Microsoft, It's A Humiliation  —  When it became obvious Apple would come out with a cloud computing offering, it would be interesting to see how they would do things differently from Google, the most prominent consumer cloud computing company.
Economist:
The test of time  —  Which of today's technology giants might still be standing tall a century after their founding?  —  from the print edition  —  IT IS not, by any means, the world's oldest company.  There are Japanese hotels dating back to the 8th century, German breweries that hail …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
New MacBook Air Due This Wednesday?  [Updatedx2]  —  On the heels of the Nuance speech screenshots, @ChronicWire claims that Apple will be releasing the new MacBook Air this wednesday.  —  Apple has been said to be prepping the new Sandy Bridge/Thunderbolt MacBook Airs for June-July.
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Digital Black Friday: First Bitcoin “Depression” Hits  —  Currency experiences massive inflation in a single day, markets stay open  —  The day was October 28, 1929 and the sky was falling.  That Monday the DOW Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) fell 12.82 percent.
Jeanine Poggi / TheStreet.com:
Amazon Sales Tax: The Battle, State by State  —  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Amazon(AMZN) is in the midst of a heated battle with states over whether it should be required to collect sales taxes.  —  While this has been an ongoing debate, the dispute recently escalated as states look to recover deficits coming out of the recession.
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Dan Haar / Hartford Courant:
Amazon Cancels Connecticut Website Sales Agreements, Citing New State Tax
Discussion: Examiner and Capitol Watch
Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
Don't Lose That Number: Why Mobile Communications Is Still About Digits  —  Wireless carriers are the punching bags of the mobile industry, notorious for holding back innovative services they don't control to preserve existing profits.  Oftentimes they've earned that enmity …
Kaj Larsen / CNN:
How WikiLeaks has changed today's media  —  CNN takes you inside the private world of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.  Watch “WikiWars: The Mission of Julian Assange,” Sunday night at 8/11 ET on CNN.  —  (CNN) — While investigating a recent story about the geopolitical battle …
 
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