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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's iPad App Is Hidden Inside Of Their iPhone App  —  There are things out there all around us that we often miss because we're just not looking.  This is perhaps most true in the tech world, where thousands of secrets are out there in the wild, hidden in code.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Secret iPad App Exposed [Pictures]  —  So, we just exposed the awesome secret that Facebook's iPad app is actually already out there, hidden inside of the iPhone app.  Now it's time to show it to you.  —  I've been playing with the app for much of the night, and it seems solid.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Facebook blocks access to hidden iPad app
Discussion: SlashGear
Andrew Grossman / Metropolis:
First Glimpse of Apple's Plans for Grand Central Terminal … Grand Central Terminal's iconic main concourse, with its ceiling of glittering stars, will likely welcome another icon later this year: a single, glowing white apple.  —  Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials offered …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Says Its Price Hike Will Clip Revenues For a Quarter  —  A quick first look at the Netflix Q2: Revenue of $788.6 million, earnings of $1.26 a share Wall Street was looking for $791.5 million and earnings of $1.11 per share.  Analysts are unlikely to be happy with the company's guidance for the next quarter, though.
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Netflix Is Coming To Facebook Soon — But Not In The U.S.  —  In its Q2 earnings report today, Netflix revealed that its long-rumored integration with Facebook is coming and they'll “likely launch it before our next earnings report.”  —  The catch: it's not going to be available in the U.S. at first.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix rises to 25 million subscribers in Q2, thinks DVD business has already peaked
Discussion: All Facebook
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Street View cars grabbed locations of phones, PCs  —  Some locations that Google associated with Wi-Fi devices spotted in a San Francisco coffee shop.  —  scoop Google's Street View cars collected the locations of millions of laptops, cell phones, and other Wi-Fi devices around the world …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
HTC's Chief Innovation Officer, Horace Luke, resigns for personal reasons  —  BGR has exclusively learned that Horace Luke, former Chief Innovation Officer at HTC, has left the company as of April 30th 2011.  “Horace Luke, HTC's chief innovation officer, has left HTC for personal reasons.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
RIM Slips: Lays Off 2,000, Splits COO Role; Is It Enough?  —  Shares of Research in Motion (RIMM) are down 58 cents, or 2%, at $27.33 after the company this morning announced the details of layoffs as part of a broad restructuring discussed in June.  —  The company plans to cut staff by roughly 10% …
Tim Carmody / Wired:
Sidestepping Apple: From Amazon to Conde Nast, Companies Rethink App Strategies  —  We all knew that once Apple starting enforcing new rules for in-app purchases, it would change how media companies do business on the iPhone and iPad.  Now, we're beginning to see just what that looks …
Robert Scoble / Google+:
I talked with Google VP Vic Gundotra tonight (disclaimer, he used to be my boss at Microsoft).  He is reading everything we have written about names, and such.  Both pro and con.  —  He says he is making some tough choices and that he will be judged over time how those choices turn out.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google+ and the loss of online anonymity
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Boot to Gecko: Mozilla Plans a ChromeOS Rival for Mobile Devices  —  Mozilla today announced Boot to Gecko, a very ambitious project that aims to create a “complete, standalone operating system for the open web.”  This project's goal is to develop what seems like a ChromeOS-like operating system where all the apps are based on HTML5.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Monetization And The Mainstream In Mind, Twitter Adds To Senior Management Team  —  While Twitter was busy last week making some quick, but big cuts in an attempt by Jack Dorsey to streamline the product side of things, this week they're doing the opposite — at least on the sales and marketing side of things.
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Report: Web Applications Attacked Every 2 Minutes  —  Data security company Imperva released research today that says Web applications are probed or attacked 27 times an hour, or once every two minutes.  At the peak of attacks, some Web applications see probes or attacks 25,000 times an hour, or seven times per second.
Discussion: eWeek, Imperva and CircleID
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Internet Prankster Sends SWAT Team to Cyberbullying Expert's House  —  Among the many, many people who irk the anarchic message board 4chan, cyberbullying expert Parry Aftab is one of the most consistently despised.  So it's not surprising that an anonymous internet denizen sent a SWAT team to her New Jersey home this weekend.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Atomico, Conway, And Founders Fund Put $10 Million Into Quid; Max Levchin Joins Board  —  Quantitative analysis startup Quid is getting a major vote of confidence and $10 million in a Series C round from a raft of serious investors.  Niklas Zennstrom's Atomico Ventures, Ron Conway's SV Angel …
Reuters:
Chinese city orders closures of two fake Apple shops  —  (Reuters) - Chinese officials in Kunming ordered two fake Apple shops to close, a local newspaper reported on Monday, an apparent reaction to a storm of media attention about an unauthorized and elaborate hoax store in the southwestern city.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Xbox launches Avatar Kinect: A review by my avatar  —  After a long wait, Microsoft today is releasing Avatar Kinect, the online video chat application that uses the Kinect sensor to track facial expressions and mouth movements and translate them into a user's avatar on screen.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Adobe Shuts Down Its App Stores  —  Adobe is shutting down two of its app stores dedicated to mobile and desktop application distribution, Adobe InMarket and the Adobe AIR Marketplace.  The decision, the company says, was based on developer feedback.  Adobe says it will now focus its efforts …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
SEO Shop Puts 50 Google +1s on Sale for Just $9.99  —  You knew it had to happen, right?  As soon as Google opened up its search engine to “social signals,” the search engine optimization shops had to find ways to game the system.  One, Plussem.com, an arm of SEOShop.com …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
AT&T confirms Gingerbread coming to entire 2011 Android lineup (and Samsung Captivate)  —  The HTC Status was the only device with Gingerbread on AT&T's lineup for a small slice of time, but that's quickly coming to an end.  The carrier has confirmed that Android 2.3 will be pushed …
Elizabeth Montalbano / InformationWeek:
US-CERT Director Leaves Abruptly  —  Randy Vickers, head of the organization responsible for protecting the U.S. against cyber attacks, has resigned effective immediately.  —  The director of the agency that protects the federal government from cyber attacks has resigned abruptly in the wake …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft extends SUSE deal, agrees to buy another $100M in Linux support  —  Linux vendor Novell Inc. is no longer a standalone company, but Microsoft today announced an agreement with its successor, Attachmate's SUSE unit, to extend by four years the technology collaboration agreement …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Consumers spend average of $14 per transaction in iPhone and Android freemium games  —  Not everyone buys virtual goods in mobile games.  But among those who do, the average purchase price is pretty big: $14.  —  That's a pretty big number, considering free-to-play games are relatively new to consumers …
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Business Insider:
France's Forerunner Of The Internet To Be Turned Off  —  The Minitel, France's forerunner of the Internet, is going to be shut down this year, the Journal says.  —  It's a sad moment.  —  To be sure, the Minitel seems ridiculous compared to the Internet: dumb terminals, monochrome screens, text-only.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Google engineer Steve Lacey victim of Kirkland car wreck  —  Google engineer Steve Lacey, 43, a veteran of the Seattle region's tech community who worked for more than a decade at Microsoft, died Sunday in a car crash in Kirkland.  —  KING 5 News reports that that Lacey was the victim …
 
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Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Amazon briefly pulls Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS due to ‘inventory issues,’ reinstates it moments later
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Eying An IPO In The Next Year, LegalZoom Raises $66M From Kleiner Perkins And IVP
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