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12:55 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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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 …
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.
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.”
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) …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.”
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.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
6Scan raises a round to provide automated security for web sites  —  6Scan, which offers a web site protection suite that automatically detects and fixes security vulnerabilities, announced today it has received an investment from venture capital firm YL Ventures.
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: TechCrunch
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  —  Today, social CRM company Get Satisfaction announced its most recent round of funding: a $10 million Series B led by InterWest Partners.  —  The four-year-old company has so far raised $20.9 million, including a $6 million Series …
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
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 …
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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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Promoting “Free” Nexus S On Homepage
Discussion: Google Watch and TechSpot
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Mobile app WhosHere raises $1.25M for location-based social networking
Discussion: TechCrunch and Deal Journal
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Verizon loses ActiveVideo patent suit, owes $115m
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Sprint's Galaxy S II dubbed ‘Samsung Epic Touch 4G,’ launches in September
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Chris / cdixon.org:
What the NYC startup world needs (and doesn't need)
Discussion: GigaOM and digiday:DAILY
Rick Osterloh / The Big Blog:
Skype Now Optimized for your iPad
 

 
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