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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 …
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.
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.
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: AllThingsD, paidContent and Pulse2
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 …
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
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 …
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” …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: NationalJournal.com
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Lockerz Nearing Closure on $45 Million Round From Live Nation, Others  —  Seattle-based Lockerz, an e-commerce company trying to build a rewards-based program for teens, is close to securing a third round of capital totaling $45 million.  —  Lockerz's CEO Kathy Savitt said so far $36 million …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Time Inc. Doubles Down on Tablets, Promises All Magazines on All Platforms by End of Year  —  Magazine publishers have veered back and forth on what tablets means for their business — Savior!  Disappointment!  Maybe sort of promising! — but here's Time Inc. making another bet on the technology …
 
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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
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Verizon loses ActiveVideo patent suit, owes $115m
Discussion: PC World
 Earlier Items: 
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
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Lady Gaga And Kanye West Investing In Turntable.fm
Bloomberg:
Google Hires Federal Trade Commission Intellectual Property Expert Michel
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