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AnandTech:
iPhone 4S Preliminary Benchmarks: ~800MHz A5, Slightly Slower GPU than iPad 2, Still Very Fast  —  Apple's ability to control the entire information chain, down to the point of limiting leaks, appears to be gradually slipping as it grows as a company.  Case in point are the numerous hardware …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
iPhone 4S delivered early in Germany, packaging & Siri shown off  —  One customer in Germany has been delivered an iPhone 4S early, offering a first glimpse at the packaging of the handset as well as screenshots from the device.  —  The iPhone 4S was delivered by German Telekom …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
The iPhone 4S Appears to Have 512MB RAM
AppleInsider:
Apple releases iTunes 10.5 with support for iOS 5 wireless syncing  —  Apple on Tuesday released iTunes 10.5 for both Mac and PC, bringing with it support for wirelessly syncing with devices running the soon-to-be-released iOS 5.  —  iTunes 10.5 is now available as a direct download from Apple.
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Apple releases iTunes 10.5 with iTunes in the Cloud
Discussion: GigaOM, MacRumors and The Next Web
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
“Project Z,” Zynga's Independent Gaming Network, Launches Today  —  We're here at the Zynga Unleashed event in San Francisco this morning and one product we hear they're launching, among others - is “Zynga Live” their long-awaited platform where people can play games without going through Facebook or another social network partner.
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Zynga:
More social, more fun - Come out and play!  —  We just wrapped up Zynga Unleashed, a news event where we announced brand spankin' new play - including a gaggle of new social games including our next “Ville”, and our very own new play service, code named, “Project Z.”
comScore, Inc.:
Smartphones and Tablets Drive Nearly 7 Percent of Total U.S. Digital Traffic  —  iOS Accounts for Largest Share of U.S. Smartphone and Tablet Devices while Driving the Majority of Non-Computer Traffic  —  comScore Releases Report, “Digital Omnivores: How Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Devices …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cloud Storage Platform Box.net Raises $81M From Salesforce, SAP At $600M-Plus Valuation  —  Cloud storage platform Box.net has raised $81 million in Series D funding from strategic investors Salesforce.com and SAP Ventures with Bessemer Venture Partners, NEA, and prior investors including Andreessen Horowitz …
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Nicole Perlroth / Forbes:   After Rebuffing $600 Million Citrix Takeover, Box.net Closes $81 Million In New Funding
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Adobe demos incredible unblur feature for Photoshop  —  Adobe is developing an upcoming feature for Photoshop that could end the problem of blurred photos forever.  —  The new feature was demoed at the company's MAX 2011 event, drawing gasps of amazement from a crowd that witnessed a blurred photo, retouched and perfected in seconds.
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Microsoft calls out Firefox and Chrome for security weaknesses  —  In a move that's sure to raise hackles in Silicon Valley, Microsoft today debuted a new web site designed to raise awareness of security issues in web browsers.  —  When you visit the site, called Your Browser Matters …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
As Expected, Alternative DNS Systems Sprouting Up To Ignore US Censorship  —  After the US government, via Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division, started seizing domains without any notification or adversarial hearing (things that most of the world would consider …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Sling Media Launches $29.99 SlingPlayer App For Android ‘Honeycomb’ Tablets  —  Sling Media, an EchoStar subsidiary, this morning announced the availability of SlingPlayer for tablets running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) or later.  The app is available on Android Market now and costs $29.99 …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
David Cameron's ‘porn filter’ will make no difference, say ISPs  —  Four big providers insist web controls will only apply to people taking out completely new contracts  —  Claims that David Cameron has forced a new “porn filter” on UK internet content have been disavowed by internet service providers …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
BlueStacks Ready to Test Its Android-on-Windows Software  —  BlueStacks, a start-up focused on allowing Android apps to run on Windows PCs, said it is ready to start public testing of its software.  —  The company is making an alpha, or early test version, of its software available to the public.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Spotify Bug Kept Users Logged In to Facebook Even After They Disconnected  —  Spotify's music software recently had a bug — since removed — that logged users back in to their Facebook accounts even after they had actively disconnected.  —  That the bug existed is particularly notable …
Discussion: Gizmodo, ZDNet, PC Magazine and msnbc.com
Ron Rosenbaum / Slate:
The article that inspired Steve Jobs: “Secrets of the Little Blue Box”  —  The 1971 article about phone hacking that inspired Steve Jobs. … It's also available in Rosenbaum's collection The Secret Parts of Fortune.  Also in Slate: Rosenbaum reflects on the article that inspired Steve Jobs.
Discussion: CNET News and Fast Company
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
We've got the internal docs that Apple employees use to explain iCloud and iOS 5  —  Last week, we detailed the internal docs Apple uses to tell its employees how to sell the iPhone 4S, the new iPods and the new Cards app.  Today a tipster added to the trove two more internal docs. iCloud and iOS 5 First looks.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Kevin Murphy / The Register:
VeriSign demands website takedown powers  —  No court order necessary  —  VeriSign, which manages the database of all .com internet addresses, wants powers to shut down “non-legitimate” domain names when asked to by law enforcement.  —  The company said today it wants to be able to enforce the …
Brandon / Nielsen Wire:
Social Media and TV - Who's Talking, When and What About?  —  Social media continues to influence how consumers interact with brands and share content every day.  Increasingly, TV viewers leverage social media as a platform to talk about and engage with TV content.
Bloomberg:
Pandora Slow to Lure Mobile-Ad Dollars  —  Pandora Media Inc.'s online music service is so popular among smartphone users that it's the most- downloaded free music program on Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s and Google Inc. (GOOG)'s app stores.  So far that hasn't won over mobile advertisers.
Discussion: paidContent
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Roku announces $50 LT model, will add HBO Go streaming to all of its boxes this month  —  That cheaper, purpler, Roku LT we spied passing through the FCC and beta testing is official, and will hit retail shelves for just $50 next month.  It's only $10 less than the also-720p-limited Roku 2 HD …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Here Comes Another Cloud: Hollywood Hopes “UltraViolet” Will Save DVDs  —  Say this for UltraViolet: It actually launched.  —  When word first got out that most of Hollywood and the tech industry was working on a “Giant Media DRM Cloud Coalition Featuring Everyone Except Apple and Disney” …
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
New Topsy Index Leverages Influence & Relevance For Google+ Search  —  Today Topsy Labs, a real-time social search platform, announced the addition of Google+ as a source in its real-time social search index.  Topsy features an influence algorithm to display the most pertinent and popular social results.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
HP set to decide future of Palm, webOS this week  —  HP is rumored to have finished the initial bidding process for its webOS unit and will hold an all-hands meeting tomorrow that may reveal its future plans for selling or spinning off the group, according to people familiar with the company's plans.
 
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Bluefire launches Android-ready e-reader software for independent booksellers
Discussion: GeekWire
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Nvidia Chips to Power World's Most Powerful Supercomputer
Discussion: Bits, VentureBeat and The Register
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Good Technology eyes developers, launches Good Dynamics
Discussion: Good Press Release and GigaOM
Jay Bhatti / Business Insider:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Alfred, The iOS Butler, Serves Up Serendipity On A Silver Platter
Christopher MacManus / CNET News:
Amazon to offer preorders of digital PC games
Discussion: Digital Trends
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Mobile Devices Seen Doubling by 2020
Discussion: FierceWireless, GigaOM and CNET News
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Lulzsec hacker: ‘we still have Sun emails, stored in China’
Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Wal-Mart to localize offers for Facebook fans
Brad Molen / Engadget:
AT&T starts CTIA off right by introducing five new smartphones to its Android lineup
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu will power HP's new cloud service
Discussion: eWeek and ITProPortal
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Spotify Loss Widens Despite Higher Revenue
Discussion: ArcticStartup Posts and Forbes.com
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Facebook Totally Caved To Apple On Its New Mobile Platform