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1:25 AM ET, August 15, 2011


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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Photos of a Prototype MacBook Pro with Integrated 3G Cellular Modem  —  One of the most requested features for Apple's MacBook Pro line has been for the integration of some sort of built-in 3G cellular data to allow for anywhere wireless connectivity.  MacBook Pro users presently need …
Apple Bitch:   Prototype MacBook Pro With Integrated 3G Modem (Circa 2007) Appears On eBay
Eric Mack / CNET News:
Anonymous defaces BART site, leaks user data  —  Anonymous has apparently made good on a promise to wreak havoc on the Web site of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System today, although not exactly as planned.  —  Earlier, the amorphous collective had threatened to take offline for six hours today …
Zee / The Next Web:
Anonymous hacks SF's myBART website.  Thousands of names, addresses & numbers released.  —  Anonymous, the online hacktivist group, has released thousands of names, email addresses, home addresses and phone numbers believed to be from, an independent site that uses BART's …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Steve, Please Buy Us A Carrier!  —  We're at the end of the 2011 iPhone 5 launch.  The demos went well; Steve Jobs has come back on stage to thank everyone and conclude the proceedings, “...but before you go, just One More Thing.  I'd like you to meet someone.”  And the CEO of Deutsche Telekom walks onstage.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook Pal Buddy Media Raises $54 Million  —  Facebook is worth anywhere from $50 billion to $100 billion.  Now Buddy Media, which helps advertisers manage their presence on the social network, is worth $500 million.  —  That's the valuation sources say the company earned in its most recent $54 million financing round.
Discussion: TechCrunch and AdAge
David Murphy / PC Magazine:
Firefox 6 ‘Released’ Two Days Early  —  Itching to get your hands on the next major revision of Mozilla's Firefox Web browser?  The official release for Firefox 6 is scheduled for this Tuesday, but Mozilla has already thrown up the installation files on its FTP for industrious and impatient users to download and install.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Does Cinemax's iPad app violate Apple's no-porn policy?  —  Anyone who's ever subscribed to Cinemax knows that one of its biggest draws is not the availability of Hollywood movies, but the softcore movies and TV shows available on the network.  With the recent launch of its iPad app …
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
‘London Riots Facial Recognition’ Vigilantes Abandon Their Project  —  Is this as good as the surveillance state gets?  —  After a group of digilantes formed a Google Group this week dedicated to applying facial recognition technology to photos from the London riots to identify culprits, it caused quite a stir in the media.
Discussion: Geekosystem, Thanks:forbestech
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
McAfee launches anti-theft mobile app for the iPhone  —  McAfee, one of the leaders in PC antivirus software, is launching a consumer-focused anti-theft app for the iPhone today.  The new McAfee WaveSecure allows users to protect their privacy and data in case their iPhones are lost or stolen.
Discussion: AllThingsD and Business Wire
Time Warner Cable Said Near $3B Purchase of Insight  —  Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), the second- largest U.S. cable-television operator, is in advanced talks to buy Carlyle Group's Insight Communications Co. for about $3 billion, said people with knowledge of the matter.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Here's What an iPad Looked Like in 1994 (Video)  —  Yesterday we saw what AT&T thought the future would look like, way back in the early '90s.  Pretty accurate!  —  Today we can see what newspaper publisher Knight Ridder thought about future, way back in the early '90s.  Also accurate!
Discussion: Master Feed and Computerworld
Evgeny Morozov / Wall Street Journal:
Repressing the Internet, Western-Style  —  As politicians call for more online controls after London and Norway, authoritarian states are watching  —  Did the youthful rioters who roamed the streets of London, Manchester and other British cities expect to see their photos scrutinized …
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Fred Wilson / A VC:
On Porous Paywalls  —  Felix Salmon has a couple great posts …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YC-Funded MobileWorks Aims To Be A Hands-Off Mechanical Turk
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Hands-on with Edgeworld and other Google+ games
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and Geekosystem, Thanks:deantak
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Suspected Chinese spear-phishing attacks continue to hit Gmail users
Discussion: PC Magazine, contagio and The Register
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Glorious Images Of Apple's New Spaceship Headquarters
 Earlier Items: 
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
2005 Zuckerberg Didn't Want To Take Over The World
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
Reddit and community journalism
Discussion: Ryan Sholin
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Windows Security wrap-up: praise for Vista and a historic first
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
Apple To Eliminate Printer Drivers
Discussion: @kevinmarks and Slashdot