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10:55 AM ET, August 3, 2011

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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Biggest-ever series of cyber attacks uncovered, U.N. hit  —  (Reuters) - Security experts have discovered the biggest series of cyber attacks to date, involving the infiltration of the networks of 72 organizations including the United Nations, governments and companies around the world.
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Michael Joseph Gross / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: Operation Shady rat—Unprecedented Cyber-espionage Campaign and Intellectual-Property Bonanza  —  For at least five years, a high-level hacking campaign—dubbed Operation Shady rat—has infiltrated the computer systems of national governments, global corporations, nonprofits …
Dmitri Alperovitch / McAfee Blog Central:
Revealed: Operation Shady RAT  —  For the last few years, especially since the public revelation of Operation Aurora, the targeted successful intrusion into Google and two dozen other companies, I have often been asked by our worldwide customers if they should worry about such sophisticated …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Pegatron to begin shipments of iPhone 5 in September  —  Pegatron Technology has landed orders for 10 million units of iPhone 5 to become the second ODM of the smartphone.  Shipments will start in September, according to industry sources.  —  As iPhone gross margins are relatively small …
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Next iPhone in October?  I'll stick to September - and here's why  —  Murmurings that the next iPhone won't appear until October are being echoed all around the web, but they don't fit the way that Apple operates - nor with the details emerging from carriers
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's fifth-gen iPhone could be ‘bigger upgrade than expected’
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Apple iPhone 5 to launch in October in Canada
Discussion: I4U News and WebProNews
BBC:
Internet Explorer story was bogus  —  The story claimed that users of internet explorer had a lower IQ than those who opted for other browsers  —  A story which suggested that users of Internet Explorer have a lower IQ than people who chose other browsers appears to have been an elaborate hoax.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Rolls Out HTML5 Version Of Twitter.com For iPad  —  Because the stream of realtime palaver that is Twitter needed even more platforms to be consumed on even more devices, the company has just announced that it has started to roll out its HTML5-based Twitter.com for iPad …
Jeffrey McCracken / Bloomberg:
Samsung Is Said to Examine InterDigital Patents  —  Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest maker of mobile phones, is examining InterDigital Inc.'s patent portfolio after being approached to make a bid, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteMobile:
Mobile Developers See More Promise in Google+ than iCloud  —  Mobile application developers believe that Google's new social network Google Plus will have more impact on mobile growth and adoption than Apple's iCloud, or even iOS 5's Twitter integration.  This is just one of the fascinating …
Push Pop Press:
Push Pop Press acquired by Facebook  —  Last year Push Pop Press set off to re-imagine the book.  We created a new way of publishing and exploring text, images, audio, video and interactive graphics, then teamed up with Melcher Media and Al Gore to create a new kind of book.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Why Did Facebook Buy an e-Book Publisher?
Discussion: eWeek and Guardian
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Google, TI cozy up on Android Ice Cream Sandwich  —  Texas Instruments and Google are hooking up on Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Android that will run on both phones and tablets.  —  Though TI has been a player in Android phones (most notably the Motorola Droid series) …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft releases new Zune HD apps.  We don't know why  —  Despite killing off the Zune HD line (effectively) and telling people to buy Windows Phones instead, Microsoft today released a spate of new applications for its old music player line.  —  Why would it do that?  We have no idea.
Foursquare Blog:
Pages are now self-serve!  A new home for brands and organizations on foursquare.  —  Back in January of 2010, Intel became the first organization with a Page on foursquare.  We hacked together a new template for them (look at our spec, with our crazy old logo!) and built it out by hand.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Mug-Shot Industry Will Dig Up Your Past, Charge You to Bury It Again  —  Ex-con Rob Wiggen gets hate mail daily for running a website that hosts 4 million mug shots.  Photo by James Branaman/Wired.com  —  Philip Cabibi, a 31-year-old applications administrator in Utah …
Discussion: Trackur
Adrian Croft / Reuters:
UK to legalize private copying of CDs: source  —  (Reuters) - Britain will signal on Wednesday that it intends to legalize copying of CDs or DVDs onto digital music players or computers for personal use, a government source said on Tuesday.  —  The move was one of the recommendations …
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Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Google+ attracts 25 mln visitors - comScore  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc's new social network has attracted 25 million users, making it the fastest website to reach that audience size, according to data released on Tuesday by comScore.  —  Google+, launched in late June …
Ryan Faas / Macworld:
Opinion: Will OS X Lion roar in the enterprise?  —  So far there's been a lot of focus on Lion's new features.  But what about the updated version of Mac OS X in the workplace?  Computerworld's Ryan Faas takes a look at how Mac OS X Lion will impact companies that have an installed base …
Discussion: The Register
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lookout Report: Android Malware Has Increased Significantly Over Past 6 Months  —  Lookout, a company that offers security services for a number of smartphones, is releasing the results of its Mobile Threat Report.  The report is based on threat and security data from Lookout's Mobile Threat Network …
Todd Haselton / BGR:
AT&T to offer 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 in August, Bold 9900 and Torch 9860 to follow  —  AT&T announced early Wednesday morning that it will offer three new BlackBerry smartphones this year.  It will first launch the 4G HSPA+ capable BlackBerry Torch 9810 in August.
Bloomberg:
Google Hires Federal Trade Commission Intellectual Property Expert Michel  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission for its dominance of Internet searches, has hired one of the commission's top intellectual property officials, Suzanne Michel, the company said.
John Cook / Gawker:
Only 92% of Newt Gingrich's Twitter Followers Are Fake  —  Yesterday, we published an item based on a former Newt Gingrich staffer's claim that Gingrich assembled his 1.3 million Twitter followers—a number that he's taken to bragging about—in part by buying fake Twitter followers.
Reuters:
South Korea fines Apple $2,855 over location data  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc's South Korean unit has been fined 3 million won ($2,855) by the country's communications regulator after the iPhone and iPad maker collected location data from users without proper authorization.
 
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Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Inkling nabs $17M to bring textbooks to the iPad
Discussion: paidContent, AllThingsD and VatorNews
Gizmodo Australia:
Samsung's Full Response On Australian Galaxy Tab 10.1 Battle With Apple
Discussion: TechCrunch and Sydney Morning Herald, Thanks:danny_allen
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Verizon loses ActiveVideo patent suit, owes $115m
Discussion: PC World
Zack Whittaker / Between the Lines Blog:
Patriot Act affects European cloud adoption
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Lady Gaga And Kanye West Investing In Turntable.fm
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Janrain Raises $15.5M for Social Log-ins
Brad Molen / Engadget:
MetroPCS will begin transition to VoLTE early next year
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Cyrus Farivar / Deutsche Welle:
Facebook violates German law, Hamburg data protection official says
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