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1:00 PM ET, June 15, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Exposed: Facebook's Secret iPhone Photo Sharing App (Which Looks Amazing)  —  It's far too often that the term “killer” gets thrown around in tech blogs.  And yes, we're just as bad as anybody.  But what if I told you that a service that gets 6 billion photo uploads each month …
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Is Facebook about to have the last word in iPhone photo sharing?  —  Facebook is about to lunch a doozy of a photo sharing app for iOS, according to TechCrunch.  The app will enter a space that's already crowded with startup offerings such as Color, Instagram, PicPlz and more …
Discussion: Washington Post and SAI
Richard Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
China's Cyberassault on America  —  If we discovered Chinese explosives laid throughout our national electrical system, we'd consider it an act of war.  China's digital bombs pose as grave a threat.  —  In justifying U.S. involvement in Libya, the Obama administration cited the …
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Michael Kan / Computerworld:
U.S. questioned China about Change.org attack
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: Google Nexus 4G detailed - 720p display, 4G LTE, Android 4.0  —  Google is two devices deep in a quest to deliver its vision of what a mobile device should be, while pushing the envelope forward as far as specifications and collaboration is concerned.
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Acer cuts 2011 tablet shipment target by nearly 60 percent  —  (Reuters) - Acer Inc slashed its full-year shipment target for tablets by almost 60 percent and expects lower notebook shipments as the world No.2 PC maker works to clear accumulated inventory.  —  However, Acer …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
New AirPort Extremes and Time Capsules confirmed, software update caching references found  —  Following our reports that Apple is gearing up to release updated AirPort Extremes and Time Capsules with software update caching, we have discovered references to unreleased AirPort Extremes …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Pandora Opens At $20 Per Share With A Market Cap Of $3.2 Billion  —  Yesterday, music streaming service Pandora priced its IPO at $16 per share (valuing the company at $2.6 billion).  The company originally set the range of its IPO at $7 to $9 per share, at a market cap of $1.3 billion …
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Lynn Cowan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Pandora IPO Prices At $16; Valued At $2.56 Billion
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Retail Secrets Spilled: Don't Correct The Customers, Abide By The A.P.P.L.E. Code  —  It's no accident that Apple's retail empire has grown into a $12 billion+ business.  —  It's run as a strict operation, with specific guidelines on how employees can and can not talk to customers …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Troubled Startup Color Loses Cofounder Peter Pham  —  Peter Pham, the president and a cofounder of mobile social startup Color, is no longer with the company, we've heard from multiple sources.  The company launched publicly less than three months ago.  —  Color has been controversial …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
How Larry Page Thinks About Search  —  Google's SVP of the search division, Alan Eustace, stuck around to answer a few questions after today's Google Inside Search event, and he gave some new insights into the way CEO Larry Page thinks about search.  —  Here are some long term goals:
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Shifting Tides: Google Borrows From Mobile for Latest Desktop Innovations
Discussion: FT Tech Hub and Dice Blog Network
Joel Falconer / The Next Web:
Close to US$500k stolen in first major Bitcoin theft  —  In the first Bitcoin theft of its size, a user has lost 25,000 BTC — or nearly $487,749 at today's market rates — to an unknown thief.  —  While the Bitcoin community has always been quick to point out that it's harder to forge …
Discussion: Gawker
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
No more doubt: Oracle wants billion-dollar amount from Google  —  Yesterday's announcement of the Apple-Nokia settlement led to much speculation over how much money the Finnish handset maker receives.  All analysts agreed that it must be a lot.  But there are also other smartphone patent disputes of similar economic magnitude.
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:rusua
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
More Evidence for 2048x1536 iPad Retina Display  —  More evidence has emerged to suggest that a future version of the iPad will sport a “Retina” display with a resolution of 2048x1536, or double the horizontal and vertical pixels of the current iPad.  —  Back in January, a number of images …
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
iPad 3 rumors in 2011 persist
Felix Lin / Google Chrome Blog:
Chromebooks now available for sale  —  Last month we unveiled the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer.  Chromebooks were built and optimized for the web to give you a faster, simpler and more secure experience without the headaches of traditional computers.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Windows Phone 7 Ad Impressions Up 92%; iOS And Android Neck In Neck For App Revenue  —  Mobile ad network Millennial Media has released its monthly monthly mobile report for May, giving us a view into how each OS and manufacturer is performing on the mobile ad network.
Economist:
Tech bubble  —  This house believes that we are in a new tech bubble.  —  Overview  —  Rebuttal  —  Closing  —  Post-debate  —  Tuesday  —  Friday  —  Wednesday  —  Friday  —  June  —  Opening statements  —  The bursting of the dotcom bubble in 2000 saw the shares …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Next-generation Xbox rumored to be unveiled at E3 2012  —  Microsoft's next-generation Xbox console will likely be shown at E3 2012, according to reports.  —  The software giant is preparing to announce the successor to the Xbox 360 at E3 2012 according to VideoGamer.com.
Katherine Boehret / Wall Street Journal:
A Slender Tablet With Widescreen Ambitions  —  New Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Is Thinner and Lighter Than the iPad 2 but Lags Behind When It Comes to Battery Life  —  If you've ever experienced the anxiety of buying an Apple product while worrying that a new model will come out days later, Apple's competitors feel your pain.
Discussion: SAI
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows Phone update schedule: one major version a year  —  Previously expected, but never before confirmed, Microsoft's plans for Windows Phone updates have been spelled out explicitly in a job posting, of all things.  First noticed by MobileTechWorld, the job spec outlines the update policy …
Discussion: BetaNews
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Backed-Copious Launches A Social Marketplace For The Facebook Era  —  Social commerce has taken on many forms; from purchasing items on Facebook to product recommendations from your social graph to daily deal sites.  There are plenty of startups that offer the functionality listed above …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Duke Nukem's PR threatens to punish sites that run negative reviews  —  A large part of my job is dealing with people who work in public relations.  The vast majority of those whose do PR for video game companies are polite, well-intentioned, and extremely professional.
BBC:
LulzSec opens hack request line  —  Lulz Security's request line features the voice of Pierre Dubois - possibly the name of its comic icon  —  The hacker group Lulz Security has opened a telephone request line so its fans can suggest potential targets.  —  It claims to have launched denial …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Now The Proud Owner Of Re-tweet.com  —  As of yesterday, Twitter is the new owner of the domain name re-tweet.com (placeholder webpage) although it doesn't yet own retweet.com (currently used for some shady video monetization platform).  —  Hat tip goes to Fusible …
Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Bans App That Was Storing iPhone Passcodes  —  We shared some cool data with you on Monday about the most commonly-used passcodes on iPhones.  —  It came from developer Daniel Amitay, who made the Big Brother Security app.  The app was designed to snap a photo of anyone who entered …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Imagination Technologies Starts Licensing Next Gen iPad/iPhone GPU  —  Imagination Technologies, the company behind the iPhone and iPad's PowerVR graphic processor unit (GPU), has announced that six “key partners” have already selected their next generation PowerVR Series 6 GPU (codename: Rogue) for licensing.
 
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Will Richmond / VideoNuze.com:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Rules That Righthaven Lawsuit Was A Sham; Threatens Sanctions
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
US, NZ, Sweden, others condemn “three strikes” Internet laws
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Greg Lindsay / Fast Company:
China's Cell Phone Pirates Are Bringing Down Middle Eastern Governments
Ben Berkowitz / Reuters:
Exclusive: Hacking blitz drives cyberinsurance demand
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Jonathan A. Knee / The Atlantic Online:
Why Content Isn't King  —  How Netflix became America's biggest …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Meet Amazon.com's first employee: Shel Kaphan
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Facebook juror guilty of contempt
Discussion: All Facebook, PC World and Reuters
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter ‘Follow Recommendations’ Let You Make A Personalized ‘Suggested User’ List
Discussion: AllTwitter and The Next Web
 

 
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