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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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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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ashton Kutcher Or Kevin Rose, Whose Tweets Are Worth More?  —  Whose tweets lead to more actual sales, Ashton Kutcher's or Kevin Rose's?  The answer is not immediately obvious.  Kutcher boasts 7.3 million Twitter followers to Rose's 1.3 million, but a recent promotion run …
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.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: 'A6′ Chip Will Merge iOS With OS X In 2012, Says Jefferies  —  Is Apple (AAPL) looking to combine its computer operating systems — “OS X” — and its gadget operating system — “iOS”?  —  That's the theory offered today by Peter Misek, who follows the shares for Jefferies & Co …
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 Lawler / GigaOM:
HBO Go coming to connected TVs, game consoles  —  Time Warner's HBO Go service has been a big hit, and it's helping to drive more viewers to the premium cable network.  Building on that success, CEO Jeff Bewkes said on the company's earnings call Wednesday morning that HBO's TV Everywhere service …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Latest Crazy Instagram Stats: 150 Million Photos, 15 Per Second, 80% Filtered  —  This past June, we noted that Instagram hit a big milestone: 5 million users.  At the time, the total number of photos shared on the service was at 95 million, and given the rate of growth, they expected to pass 100 million shortly.
Joanna Geary:
Privacy and social media investigation: how I tracked down an entire family from one tweet  —  Last Saturday I presented to students taking part in the brilliant Young Journalist Academy.  —  The topic was “New Media” (not my title) and the primary aim was to get them up and running with their own blog and learn to publish online.
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” …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Next Web and Marketing Pilgrim
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 …
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) …
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 …
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 …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Qualcomm Overhauls The Snapdragon Brand, Ditches The Confusing Chipset Names  —  If you've got any smartphone made in the last year or so that isn't made by Apple or Samsung, chances are preeeetty good that it's powered by one of Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipsets.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Shock, awe: British government agrees that copyright has gone too far  —  The British government today pledged (PDF) to enact significant changes to copyright law, including orphan works reforms and the introduction of new copyright exceptions.  And the tone of the comments was surprising …
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Lending Club gets $25M in round led by Union Square  —  The personal loan and investing platform has raised $77.7M to date  —  Union Square Ventures is banking on personal loans and peer-to-peer investing as it leads a $25 million into Lending Club, a platform where users can take out personal loans or invest in them.
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 …
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Breaking: Shake up at YuMe, founder replaces CEO  —  YuMe founder Jayant Kadambi is back in the CEO position at the video ad optimization company, the company has confirmed.  He replaces Michael Mathieu, who was brought in about three years ago to bring some sales expertise to the tech-heavy startup.
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Lockerz Nearing Closure on $45 Million Round From Live Nation, Others
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Yahoo Mail suffering outage; users react
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
Reuters:
South Korea fines Apple $2,855 over location data
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Verizon loses ActiveVideo patent suit, owes $115m
Discussion: PC World
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft releases new Zune HD apps. We don't know why
Ryan Faas / Macworld:
Opinion: Will OS X Lion roar in the enterprise?
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Lady Gaga And Kanye West Investing In Turntable.fm
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lookout Report: Android Malware Has Increased Significantly Over Past 6 Months
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it's mass-media business models that are ailing

Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims

Associated Press:
Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US

 
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