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10:10 AM ET, June 16, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Project Spartan: Facebook's Hush-Hush Plan To Take On Apple On Their Own Turf: iOS  —  Given the news that has already come out about Facebook, you're probably thinking there is no way that anything else leaks out today.  They're probably on lockdown (real lockdown, not the crazed coding “lockdown"), right?
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Kelly Hodgkins / Gizmodo:
Facebook is Armed With HTML5 and Gunning For Apple  —  Facebook is secretly working on an HTML5-based version of its social network that will target iOS devices.  Internally, it's called Project Spartan.  —  The project's goal is to undermine Apple's App Store with a web application that can infiltrate millions of iOS devices.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Behold: Facebook's Secret Photo Sharing App  —  Last night, something very interesting came our way.  Something massive — documents and images outlining what appears to be a new Facebook iPhone app built around photo sharing.  We teased what we had with a single image last night.
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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's Unreleased Mobile Photos App: How We Think It Works
Discussion: SAI, Inside Mobile Apps and TechCrunch
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Hit the deck: LulzSec and Anonymous start trading blows  —  Hacker group LulzSec has begun publicly attacking hacker group Anonymous, an action that could lead to a civil war of sorts between the two hacker groups that have similar origins.  —  LulzSec has begun publicly mocking 4chan.org …
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
CIA Web site hacked; group LulzSec takes credit  —  The hacker group LulzSec claimed credit Wednesday for taking down the CIA's Web site for a couple of hours, the latest in a string of embarrassing Web site disruptions the group has pulled off — apparently more to poke fun and highlight vulnerabilities than to cause real damage.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Launches 2011 Back to School Promotion - $100 App Store Credit  —  Apple has finally launched the Back to School promotion for 2011. … As reported, this year's back to school promotion offers a $100 iTunes/App Store Gift Card with the purchase of a qualifying Mac.
Sarah Kessler / Mashable!:
Tumblr Now Has More Blogs Than WordPress.com  —  According to their respective websites, 4-year-old microblogging platform Tumblr now hosts more blogs than 8-year-old WordPress.com.  —  In January, Tumblr had more than 7 million individual blogs.  At the time of this writing …
Andreas Tuerk / Google Public Policy Blog:
Me, Myself and I: Helping to manage your identity on the web  —  In recent years, it's become easier and easier to publish information about yourself online, through powerful new platforms like social networking sites and photo sharing services.  One way to manage your privacy on these sites …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
O2, Vodafone, Everything Everywhere Team Up For M-Payment Push In UK  —  Big news today in the world of mobile payments: the three largest operators in the UK have announced a joint venture to offer mobile wallet services to its customers.  O2 UK, Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) UK and Everything Everywhere …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Android will gain HUGE tablet marketshare later this year  —  Today I took a brief break from my family vacation to visit Vizio's and Oakley's headquarters down in Southern California with my friends Marc Ostrick and Sam Levin to get up to date on the latest 3D technologies from both companies.
Thanks:scobleizer
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Builds App Search For PC, AppSpot For iPhone, Android  —  Shashi Seth, SVP of Search & Marketplaces at Yahoo believes that mobile apps are like websites in the early days of the internet and will only continue to multiply just as websites have done — seemingly exponentially.
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued by New York Publisher Over Trademark for Use of Term ‘iBooks’  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL), maker of the iPad tablet computer and the iPhone, was sued by New York publisher John T. Colby in federal court today for trademark infringement over its use of the term “iBooks.”
Mike Bloomberg:
Mayor Bloomberg Calls for Immediate Immigration Reform  —  Mayor Bloomberg today highlighted the essential role of immigrants in America's economic growth and addressed the urgent need for Washington to put aside partisan politics and immediately pass immigration reforms needed to create jobs …
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Sun co-founder launches new startup — on Twitter  —  WayIn is a new startup being developed by Sun Microsystems' co-founder Scott McNealy.  But so far, the tech industry titan is going about the company's launch in a slightly unexpected way: entirely over Twitter.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
IBM Turns 100 Today, We Look Back  —  US computing giant IBM celebrates its 100th anniversary today, a century passing since business Charles Flint oversaw the merger of Hollerith's Tabluating Machine Company with the Computing Scale Company of America and International Recording Company …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Kinect for Windows SDK beta available to download this week  —  Microsoft will release its Kinect for Windows SDK beta this week.  —  WinRumors understands that the company plans to release the beta bits during a special developer event on Thursday.  Microsoft is planning to stream …
VentureBeat:
Exclusive: Why did Glam Media spend over $100K on Foodie.com?  —  The female-focused media and advertising company Glam Media has purchased Foodie.com, potentially as the first step towards launching a new food vertical, VentureBeat has learned.  —  According to a source …
Adrianne Jeffries / The New York Observer:
Bit O'Money: Who's Behind the Bitcoin Bubble?  —  A new virtual currency has computer nerds playing bankers.  But is Bitcoin really an “unbreakable bubble”?  And how do we get some?  —  Comic by Rasmus Rasmussen, Z1Xwitch ArtWork)  —  It was a tweet from a stranger that crystallized the concept of Bitcoin for Bruce Wagner.
Brent Simmons / inessential:
What we talk about when we talk about RSS  —  (Disclaimer: I started working with RSS even before creating NetNewsWire nine years ago.  I still very much want NetNewsWire to succeed.  But know that I don't speak for NetNewsWire or for its new owner, Black Pixel.)  —  Varieties of RSS
Maria Aspan / Reuters:
Citi says 360,000 customers hacked in May cyber attack  —  (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc said a cyber attack in May affected over 360,000 of its customers, or almost twice the initial number that the bank's figures had suggested.  —  After a week of being pressured over its delayed disclosure …
Politico:
Google denies special deal for Barack Obama  —  Google denied Wednesday that it gave President Barack Obama's re-election campaign special access to a new advertising program, something a sales representative from the search and advertising giant had claimed in an email to customers.
Louis Gray:
Tech Leaders Don't Win By Saying They'll Crush Somebody  —  The best technology companies in the world, be they in hardware, software or Web services, didn't get there by brashly saying they were going to take out #1, kill them or stomp on their grave.  If you think about it …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Votocracy looks to shake-up 2012 presidential race, recruits Average Joes to campaign online  —  Think you're better equipped to run for president than Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney or Barack Obama?  If so, Votocracy wants to give you a shot at the White House.
AppleInsider:
Source: Apple drastically reduces orders for iPhone 4 camera flash  —  Apple's next-generation iPhone could feature a new LED camera flash module from a different manufacturer, a person familiar with the company's supply chain has told AppleInsider.  —  Apple is said to have “greatly reduced” …
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
PopBooth turns your iPhone or iPad into a photo booth, prints and all  —  The folks over at mobile photo-printing startup Sincerely have been fast and furious in recent months.  First came the company's April debut with the launch of Postagram for iPhone.  Then came last week's update …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Investors Flock To Boston To See TechStars' 12 Cool New Startups (Here's A Peek)  —  Today, seed fund and accelerator, TechStars, put on its “Demo Day” in Boston to debut 12 new companies to the world.  Investors came in from far and wide to vet these young startups and to potentially take out their checkbooks.
Discussion: GigaOM and The Next Web
 
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