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1:25 PM 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 …
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.
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Tim Carmody / Wired:
“Internet Explorer Users Have Lower IQs” Study Is a Hoax: Here Are Some of the Red Flags  —  If a headline sounds too good to be true, think twice.  A widely circulated research study claiming to show that Internet Explorer users have lower IQs has been outed as a hoax.
Discussion: SiliconFilter and @rakeshlobster
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Promoting “Free” Nexus S On Homepage  —  Hurry, supplies are limited.  If you've been to Google.com today (from a US IP address) then you've already seen the Nexus S “free today only” offer.  Users can obtain the phone from US retailer Best Buy and must sign up for a two-year contract.
Discussion: Google Watch, The Next Web and TechSpot
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 …
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
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.
Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Exclusive: Apple To Launch iTunes Replay In The Coming Weeks  —  While rumors of Apple launching a proper streaming service for its iTunes content have been around for years, it's only recently that Apple has begun turning the dream into a reality.  Just a few days ago …
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 …
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” …
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) …
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 …
Danny Allen / 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.”
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Yahoo Mail suffering outage; users react  —  The error message displayed on Yahoo's Mail site.  —  Yahoo Mail appears to be down for many users.  —  Earlier today, CNET received a tip from a reader, claiming “Yahoo Mail has been experiencing severe outage issues for the last 24-hours plus.”
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 …
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 …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Get Satisfaction raises $10M to go global with its social CRM  —  Social CRM company Get Satisfaction has raised a $10 million second round of funding.  —  The company's online community customer-service platform lets brands create online communities where their customers can post questions …
Drake Martinet / AllThingsD:
Airy Lands $1.5M for Educational Games; Peter Thiel Foundation Does a Happy Dance  —  Palo Alto-based education game maker Airy Labs has raised $1.5 million from Foundation Capital, Google Ventures, and Playdom co-founder Rick Thompson.  —  The funding comes after a $100,000 fellowship grant …
Discussion: alarm:clock and TechCrunch
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.
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.
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
Silicon Valley has jobs advice for Washington  —  The president asked for ideas to improve job creation and innovation.  Now the technorati are delivering.  —  FORTUNE — With the debt ceiling standoff resolved (sort of), Silicon Valley's technorati gathered in Palo Alto …
Discussion: NationalJournal.com
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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Vinicius Vacanti / Entrepreneur:
Why I Quit My Job to Start a Tech Company  —  Back in November of 2006, before NY Mag and TimeOut put startups on the cover, before the “tech bubble”, before Twitter and Foursquare were popular, before working at a startup in NY was considered a reasonable thing to do …
 
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Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Mobile app WhosHere raises $1.25M for location-based social networking
Discussion: TechCrunch and Deal Journal
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
6Scan raises a round to provide automated security for web sites
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Verizon loses ActiveVideo patent suit, owes $115m
Ryan Faas / Macworld:
Opinion: Will OS X Lion roar in the enterprise?
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Mug-Shot Industry Will Dig Up Your Past, Charge You to Bury It Again
Todd Haselton / BGR:
AT&T to offer 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 in August, Bold 9900 and Torch 9860 to follow
 Earlier Items: 
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Lady Gaga And Kanye West Investing In Turntable.fm
Discussion: PC Magazine and Music Ally
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
Bloomberg:
Google Hires Federal Trade Commission Intellectual Property Expert Michel
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and PhoneArena, Thanks:beet_tv
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple hiring iWork web developer as it preps iOS 5 and iCloud support
 

 
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