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Jason Tanz / Wired:
Kinect Hackers Are Changing the Future of Robotics  —  For 25 years, the field of robotics has been bedeviled by a fundamental problem: If a robot is to move through the world, it needs to be able to create a map of its environment and understand its place within it.
Discussion: I4U News
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Kinect goes legit on Windows as Microsoft releases software development kit  —  Oregon State University student Alex Wiggins gestures to Kinect, which in turn makes a remote-control toy helicopter take off while teammates Ruma Paul (left) and Fabio Matsui (right) look on.
Steve Clayton / TechNet Blogs:
Official Kinect Developer Kit: now available for download  —  When we launched Kinect last year it was greeted with amazing enthusiasm by consumers, resulting in sales of over 10m units at last count - and a place in the Guinness World Book of Records as the fastest selling consumer electronics device of all time.
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
RIM implodes: announces layoffs, 500,000 PlayBooks shipped  —  RIM's first quarter results are in and things don't look good.  —  According to the company's results, net income for the quarter was $695 million, or $1.33 per share diluted, compared with net income of $934 million …
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Stephen Chapman / Between the Lines Blog:
LulzSec leaks 62,000 emails and passwords, also targets CIA  —  The infamous rogue hacker group, Lulz Security, is back again with claims of packet-flooding the CIA's Web site and leaking another lengthy list of email addresses and passwords.  —  CIA  —  Following their recent exploits …
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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 …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Oracle seeks billions in lawsuit against Google  —  (Reuters) - Oracle Corp is seeking damages “in the billions of dollars” from Google Inc in a patent lawsuit over the smartphone market, according to a court filing.  —  Oracle sued Google last year, claiming the Web search company's Android …
Discussion: SAI, AllThingsD and 24/7 Wall St.
Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
Work Begins To Replace Fifth Avenue Glass Cube  —  In a stunning development, an expensive construction project has begun at the Fifth Avenue (NYC) Apple store to completely remove the unique and iconic glass cube entrance to the store and to then reinstall it.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Rebecca Black Pulls Infamous ‘Friday’ Video From YouTube  —  It's Thursday, Thursday, and Rebecca Black's memetastic “Friday” video is no longer available on YouTube, due to a copyright claim filed by Rebecca Black apparently.  It's not clear what exactly happened to the video …
Discussion: Techdirt, WebProNews and Mashable!
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?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast shows off 1 Gbps broadband  —  Comcast CEO Brian Roberts showed off the next-generation cable broadband technology on Thursday, which could deliver data at over 1 gigabit per second to our home.  Roberts showed a live 11-mile cable network and downloaded 23 episodes of 30 Rock …
Discussion: SAI, Electronista, CNET News and VentureBeat
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals New Security Features for “Find My iPhone” Part 2  —  A new patent application from Apple this morning reveals that they began working on new security features for “Find My iPhone” shortly after the first iteration was revealed back in 2009.  The next generation security features are noted as being proactive in nature.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
The MacBook Air: Apple's $3 Billion Baby  —  When he last gauged the revenue opportunity of the MacBook Air back in April, J.P. Morgan hardware analyst Mark Moskowitz estimated it at $2.2 billion.  But with a refresh of the machine in the offing and demand for it still strong, he's reassessed and come up with a new figure: $3 billion.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, @jason and Fortune
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
Mozilla planning to use HTML5 and JavaScript to render PDFs in Firefox  —  This is really cool, and a really good idea.  Mozilla is working on a project that will allow PDF documents to be rendered within the browser using HTML5 and JavaScript as opposed to having to rely on a separate plug-in.
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Here's Google's Secret Plan To Kill Groupon In New York And San Francisco  —  Google recently launched its Groupon-killer, Google Offers, in Portland, Oregon.  —  We don't yet know how that launch went.  —  But Google is now planning to launch Offers in New York and San Francisco.
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
Eat Your Vegetables, and Don't Forget to Tweet  —  As a teenager, Jessica Wilson rebelled against her parents.  She refused to tweet.  —  Parents are always looking for ways to position their children for success, from piano lessons to Mandarin immersion.
Discussion: Betabeat
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Pandora Stock Free Falls 24% on Day 2 … Look out below!  On just its second day as a public company, Pandora's stock price dropped a static-filled 24%, to close trading Thursday about 17% below its IPO price.  —  Pandora's stock hit absolute freefall territory in the last hour or so of trading …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Facebook, Groupon investor Accel raises $1.35B  —  Accel Partners, the firm whose recent successes have put it in the top tier of the venture capital industry, just announced that it has raised two new funds — $475 million its eleventh venture fund and $875 million for its second growth fund.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.”
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Internet users now have more and closer friends than those offline  —  Have a computer, Internet connection, and no Facebook profile?  Now you're the weirdo outcast.  In a new study done by the Pew Research Center, collections of data from thousands of participants showed that people …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Sony Ericsson readying NFC in Android phones  —  Sony Ericsson is preparing to add near-field communication (NFC) radio chips to its Google Android smartphones, enabling wireless mobile payments, ticketing applications and location-based promotions.  The news, however, didn't come by way of Sony Ericsson …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple and Google may be contractually precluded from challenging Lodsys's patents  —  I'm still waiting for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to grant Apple's motion for an intervention.  More than that, I'm waiting for Apple and Google (that lawsuit and various Lodsys letters …
Discussion: MacRumors and PC Advisor
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft refuses to endorse WebGL, labels it ‘harmful’  —  Microsoft said on Thursday that it refuses to endorse WebGL from a security perspective.  —  The strong words came directly from Microsoft's own security research and defines team.  Microsoft's MSRC engineering team …
Pratip Banerji / Google Book Search Blog:
Google eBooks Affiliate program - Open for business  —  Retailers, bloggers, book publishers and other website owners in the U.S. can now become Google eBooks affiliates.  Affiliates can link to Google eBooks on their sites for any of the hundreds of thousands of titles available for sale …
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, WebProNews and SAI
 
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Jennifer Moire / All Facebook:
Connecticut AG To Facebook: Don't Tag My Photo!
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Alibaba to split, not IPO, e-commerce unit Taobao
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WAR! Zynga Sues The Hell Out Of Brazilian Clone Vostu
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Weiner resigns, and Twitter claims its first major political casualty
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Google and AOL venture arms fund tool to track retail price changes
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Tapjoy Puts up $5M to Help App Developers Port to Android
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Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China military paper urges steps against U.S. cyber war threat
Discussion: CircleID, CNET News and TechEye
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Launches 2011 Back to School Promotion - $100 App Store Credit
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Android will gain HUGE tablet marketshare later this year
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