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1:30 PM ET, June 27, 2011

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Report: Apple is building two (!) iPhones for September release  —  An analyst expects Apple to launch both an iPhone 5 and a mid-range iPhone 4S  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Deutsche Bank  —  For much of the spring, the reporters who cover Apple (AAPL) have been arguing among themselves …
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple to begin assembling iPhone 5 ‘in mid to late August’  —  Apple will begin production of fifth-generation iPhones in August ahead of a projected late third quarter launch, according to intelligence obtained by by one investment banker's recent trip to Taiwan .
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:   Analyst Claims Apple May Release $349 iPhone for Prepaid Markets This Year
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Google's first Ice Cream Sandwich phone to be manufactured by Samsung, possibly dubbed ‘Nexus Prime’  —  We exclusively reported details of Google's first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone — either a Nexus device, or a “pure Google” flagship handset from one of Google's key partners …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple to move ARM SoC production away from Samsung in 2012  —  Apple's increasingly tenuous relationship with Samsung as a component supplier for its mobile devices could end next year, according to numerous sources inside the semiconductor industry.  The company will likely tap contract fab …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
BestBuy.com stops shipping MacBook Airs ahead of refresh (update: Amazon stock low)  —  We've known for many weeks now that a refreshed line of MacBook Airs is incoming, starting with rumors about Airs with Sandy Bridge processors way back then, our report that the current SKUs are constrained across …
New York Times:
Dissolution of Hacker Group Might Not End Attacks  —  Facing increasing pressure from law enforcement agencies over its brazen computer attacks, the small group of hackers known as Lulz Security announced over the weekend that it would disband.  —  But security experts said on Sunday …
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Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Companies Are Erecting In-House Social Networks  —  What would Facebook look like without photos of drunken nights out and tales of misbehaving cats?  It might look a lot like the internal social network at the offices of Nikon Instruments.  —  The tone is decidedly businesslike …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple Stores now capable of unlocking full-price AT&T iPhones at checkout  —  As early as last week, my sources in the Apple food chain were hinting at some sort of way for Apple Stores to unlock AT&T iPhone 4s - different than the unlocked models that Apple Stores started selling on June 13th.
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
Skype's evil ways, cont.  —  The Skype/Silver Lake story is refusing to die, with Yun Lee's revelations bringing out the same anonymous investor-group sources defending Skype's actions.  But if the defenders are comfortable in their anonymity, it seems only fair for me to share an anonymous email …
Discussion: Felix Salmon, Fortune and A VC
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Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
SKYPE SCANDAL: Here's How Big Bad Private-Equity Firm Silver Lake Sees The Situation
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
GSV takes stake in Facebook, valuing it at $70 billion  —  (Reuters) - Investment fund GSV Capital Corp has taken a small stake in Facebook that values the world's No. 1 social networking site at about $70 billion.  —  The investment fund said on Monday it bought 225,000 shares in Facebook at an average price of $29.28 per share.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft signs Android patent deal with military contractor General Dynamics  —  Microsoft today made new progress in its Android patent campaign, announcing a licensing deal with General Dynamics Itronix, maker of rugged tablets and handheld devices used by the military.
Virginia Heffernan / Opinionator:
Google's War on Nonsense  —  Imagine a sci-fi universe in which every letter, word and sentence is a commodity.  Companies make money off chunks of language.  Bosses drive writers to make more words faster and for less pay.  Readers then pay for exposure to these cheaply made words in the precious currency of their attention.
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Hollywood studios ask High Court to block film website  —  Hollywood film studios will ask the High Court tomorrow to force BT to block its millions of broadband customers from accessing a filesharing website, in a test case that could make way for a clampdown on internet piracy.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Supreme Court strikes down video game violence law on free speech grounds  —  Arguing that video games qualify for First Amendment protection, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that California's video game violence law is unconstitutional.  —  The state law restricted the sale or rental …
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
The Incredible Sinking Bubble (Debating the Tech Bubble with Steve Blank: Part III)  —  This post originally appeared as my closing argument in our debate in The Economist.  —  Technology stocks currently trade at an all time low vs. industrial stocks based on forward P/E ratios.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Take that Netflix, HBO Go app sees big growth too  —  If you don't believe in cord cutting and that there isn't any competition between Netflix and cable programmers then you needn't read on.  —  If on the other hand, you at least see the potential for Netflix's meteoric growth …
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
LivingSocial expands in Asia, Netherlands, Mideast  —  * Launches daily deal site in the Netherlands  —  LivingSocial bought three online daily deal websites spanning Asia and the Middle East and started a site in the Netherlands as part of its plan to expand globally, the company said on Monday.
Discussion: paidContent and AllThingsD
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Google curbs Web map exposing phone locations  —  Google has taken steps to limit the disclosure of the locations of millions of iPhones, laptops, and other devices with Wi-Fi connections after a CNET article drew attention to privacy concerns.  —  The Mountain View, Calif.-based company's move comes …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google NFC Partner ViVOtech Raises $24M From Motorola, DFJ, Citigroup And Others  —  ViVOtech, the near field communication (NFC) software and systems company, has raised $24 million in Series C funding from Singapore's EDBI, SingTel Innov8, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Alloy Ventures …
 
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Joel Hruska / HotHardware:
AMD Gains HPC Market Share, Interlagos On The Way
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Idannyocean / 9 to 5 Mac:
A spotlight on the world's first iOS jailbreak convention
Discussion: VG247, Eurogamer and App Advice
Lee Chyen Yee / Reuters:
Analysis: Tencent in steep climb to be China's Facebook, Twitter
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Carmakers race to exploit Internet
Lindsey Rupp / Bloomberg:
Citigroup Says Hackers Caused $2.7 Million of Losses on Cards
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Riva Richmond / New York Times:
U.S. to Provide Guidelines to Bolster Computer Security
Discussion: Bloomberg and ReadWriteWeb
Tiernan Ray / Barron's Online:
It's Getting Awfully Lonely in PC Land
Dave Chase / TechCrunch:
Why Google Health Really Failed—It's About The Money
Discussion: The Register and GigaOM
Andrew Parker / Financial Times:
Microsoft trial to use UK TV signals for WiFi
Discussion: CNET News
Rebecca Boyle / Popular Science:
ISS Will Broadcast First Streaming HD Video of Earth
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Wall Street Journal:
Nokia, Siemens Fail to Find Investors for Joint Venture
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Google's SOE (Strategy of Everything)
 

 
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