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6:00 AM ET, June 27, 2011

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Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
SKYPE SCANDAL: Here's How Big Bad Private-Equity Firm Silver Lake Sees The Situation  —  Over the past week, a minor scandal has emerged in Silicon Valley over the way a bunch of senior Skype executives were treated after the company agreed to be acquired by Microsoft for $9 billion.
Discussion: TechCrunch, CNET News and TechCrunch
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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: A VC, Techie Buzz and Slashdot
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 …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple to begin assembling iPhone 5 ‘in mid to late August’ - report  —  Apple is set to begin production of the next-generation iPhone later this summer ahead of a projected late third quarter launch, according to a new analyst report.  —  Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty issued the note …
Discussion: Shiny Objects, PhoneArena and Fudzilla
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 …
Discussion: The Business Insider
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Google's SOE (Strategy of Everything)  —  As a Venture Capitalist, I occasionally hear entrepreneurs lay out a Strategy of Everything, a plan to be all things to all people.  (SOE rhymes with TOE, the Theory of Everything, the Holy Grail of mathematical physics, only less attainable than the sacred object...)
Discussion: Google Watch, FM Blog and CNET News
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Facebook overtakes Microsoft in UK: UKOM/Nielsen  —  (Reuters) - Facebook overtook Microsoft websites in Britain for the first time last month, becoming the UK's second-most popular after Google as people aged over 50 flocked to social networks, online measurement body UKOM/Nielsen said.
Discussion: The Next Web
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
How to Bypass the New York Times Paywall In Three Seconds, Zero Hacking Required  —  If you're annoyed by the New York Times' stupid paywall, here's the secret trick to destroy it and read as many articles as you want.  As this video shows, it only takes three seconds:  —  Step 1.
Discussion: @centernetworks, Fast Company and Examiner, Thanks:gizmodo
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Carmakers race to exploit Internet  —  Carmakers are racing to exploit one of the Internet's final frontiers — the driver's seat.  —  From luxury manufacturer BMW to high-tech electric carmaker Tesla to affordable Fords, automobiles increasingly are coming with Internet-connected features to inform, entertain and protect the driver.
Lee Chyen Yee / Reuters:
Analysis: Tencent in steep climb to be China's Facebook, Twitter  —  (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd, the world's third largest Internet firm, aims to be China's Facebook, Twitter and Google — all rolled into one.  —  While the company's market value has quadrupled to $50 billion over the past 2- years …
Wall Street Journal:
Nokia, Siemens Fail to Find Investors for Joint Venture  —  Nokia Corp. and Siemens AG have shifted their focus to restructuring their joint venture in telecommunications-networking equipment, after failing to reach a deal with bidders for a controlling stake in the unprofitable business, people familiar with the matter said.
 
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Lindsey Rupp / Bloomberg:
Citigroup Says Hackers Caused $2.7 Million of Losses on Cards
Discussion: CNET News and Computerworld
Riva Richmond / New York Times:
U.S. to Provide Guidelines to Bolster Computer Security
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: GigaOM and HealthCamp thoughts …
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
 Earlier Items: 
Rob Moss / Personnel Today:
Monster to launch rival to LinkedIn with BeKnown Facebook app
Joel Lehman / JoelBlog:
AT&T's Rube Goldbergian Web Form
Seth Rosenblatt / The Download Blog:
Avast to go mobile, get VPN
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
In The War Over Tech IPOs, The New York Stock Exchange Is Drawing Some Blood