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11:25 AM ET, August 3, 2011

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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 …
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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.
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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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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
Gizmodo Australia:
Samsung's Full Response On Australian Galaxy Tab 10.1 Battle With Apple  —  First we heard that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 had been blocked in Australia.  An injunction?  Not so responded Samsung late yesterday, “The Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the Australian market will be released in the near future.”
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.
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
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 …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Groupme 3.0 goes international and cross-platform, questions everything  —  Groupme, the little group messaging service that made a bit of a splash at Google I/O, turns 3.0 today.  There are some shiny new features on board, including a simpler way to exchange private messages and “Questions” …
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
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Inkling nabs $17M to bring textbooks to the iPad  —  Inkling, the digital textbook software startup, has closed on $17 million in new funding.  —  The San Francisco-based company will use the money to hire more employees and meet the growing appetite it's seeing from traditional textbook publishers …
Discussion: paidContent, AllThingsD and VatorNews
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.
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
6Scan raises a round to provide automated security for web sites
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
Discussion: Music Ally
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Janrain Raises $15.5M for Social Log-ins
Brad Molen / Engadget:
MetroPCS will begin transition to VoLTE early next year
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Groupon Clones Struggle to Compete, but Are Ripe for Acquiring
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Google Hires Federal Trade Commission Intellectual Property Expert Michel
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
T-Mobile wades into mobile payments
Discussion: BGR
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Sprint's Galaxy S II dubbed ‘Samsung Epic Touch 4G,’ launches in September
Chris / cdixon.org:
What the NYC startup world needs (and doesn't need)
Discussion: GigaOM and digiday:DAILY
 

 
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Max Read / Gawker:
Gawker posts belated retort to Gamergate campaign targeting advertisers and partners, says thousands in revenue lost

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