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7:15 PM ET, June 25, 2011


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Rocky Agrawal / reDesign:
Sam Altman will clean your house for $5  —  That's right, the CEO of Loopt will personally clean your house for $5.  But only if 1,000 people sign up.  Only, I haven't told him about the deal yet.  He may not agree, but I'm using his name anyway.  Hell, he doesn't know I've put this offer out there.
Discussion: @rakeshlobster
Dion Almaer /
An Epic conversation between Steve Jobs and developers from WWDC 97  —  It is always fantastic to get a blast from the past, and DHH linked to a conversation between Steve Jobs' and developers from WWDC in 1997.  —  I find it fascinating.  Steve was back as an advisor, but not in as CEO yet …
Discussion: PBT Consulting
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Professional Video Editors Weigh In on Final Cut Pro X  —  In 10 years of writing Times columns, I've never encountered anything quite like this.  —  In Thursday's paper, I reviewed Apple's Final Cut Pro X, a professional video-editing program.  It's not an update of the existing Final Cut …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Shuts Down A Large Number Of Applications  —  Over the past couple days Facebook has been shutting down a large number applications due to changes to the automated platform monitoring system.  —  This morning many developers took to the Facebook dev forums to complain about the issue.
Discussion: TechCrunch and MediaNama
Andrew Colley / TheAustralian:
Hackers put Telstra in filter bind  —  THE voluntary internet filter for child abuse is facing a major setback, with Telstra wavering on the commitment it made to the scheme last July.  —  At the time Telstra public policy director David Quilty said Telstra was happy to implement the filter …
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
GOOGLE OFFERS REVEALED: Here Are The Secret Details About Google's Groupon-Killer  —  Google launched its Groupon-killer, “Offers,” in Portland, Oregon, about a month ago.  —  And now it's gearing up to launch in San Francisco and New York.  —  Could Offers become a massive new revenue stream for Google …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Skype: See no vesting, hear no vesting  —  Last week, Skype took heat for firing three executives just weeks before the company's $8.5 billion acquisition by Microsoft (MSFT) is expected to close.  That was bad, albeit more optical than unethical.  What we learned today, however, might have crossed that line.
Discussion: GigaOM
Felix Salmon:   Upgrading Skype and Silver Lake to Evil
Zach Epstein / BGR:
HP to launch 7-inch tablet in August according to report  —  Hewlett-Packard will follow up its TouchPad launch next month with the release of an unannounced 7-inch tablet in August, Taiwan Economic News reported on Friday.  Citing information from an Inventec Corp. subcontractor …
Dan Gillmor / Guardian:
Can Icann really be necessary?  —  It's a question worth asking as the body that oversees internet domain names will now permit any suffix you want - at a price  —  Are you ready for .xxx, .coke and .insertyournamehere?  You'd better get ready, because an organisation with significant authority and scant accountability says you must.
Discussion: @timoreilly
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
iOS 5 supports over-the-air software updates via 3G networks  —  In early May, we reported that Apple is bringing a long-awaited over-the-air iOS software update feature to iOS 5.  Sure enough, Apple announced the feature as a part of their iOS devices become PC-free initiative …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Inspired By Wikipedia, Quora Aims For Relevancy With Topic Groups And Reorganized Topic Pages  —  Quora has just announced a redesign of its Topic Pages and the introduction of Topic Groups, aiming to make information discovery and navigation on the site a little bit easier.
Discussion: Mashable! and Quora, Thanks:pragmatic_rebel
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Will Zynga give The Sims on Facebook a run for its money with Familyville?
Discussion: The Business Insider and Kotaku
Susan Watts / BBC:
Newsnight online ‘chat’ with Lulz Security hacking group
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