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June 2, 2012, 5:20 AM

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
After Years Of Flirting, Facebook And Apple Set To Achieve Relationship Status In iOS 6  —  There's been a lot of flirting going on in recent months between Apple and Facebook.  In February, Apple CEO Tim Cook told a group of investors that Facebook was “the one company that is closest to being like Apple”.
Wall Street Journal:
Behind Groupon's $6 Billion Brushoff  —  Adapted from “Groupon's Biggest Deal Ever,” by Frank Sennett, to be published by St. Martin's Press on June 5.  ©2012 by Frank Sennett.  —  If you believe the rumored numbers, it would have been the biggest acquisition in Internet history—and you definitely should believe the numbers.
Wailin Wong / Chicago Tribune:
Lock-up over, Groupon shares tumble 9%  —  Shares of Groupon Inc. tanked on Friday, reflecting heavy selling as restrictions on insider sales of stock were lifted.  —  The stock closed down nearly 9 percent, or 95 cents, at $9.69 per share.  Earlier in the session, it hit a 52-week low of $9.53.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
When Facebook goes down, the Internet barely blinks  —  Facebook went down for a few hours last night, causing people to turn to Twitter to complain, quip and mourn.  But despite the outsized reactions from the site's 901 million users, the web itself barely felt the shock of losing the largest social network on the planet.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Microsoft Smart Glass coming at E3, AirPlay-style streaming from iOS, Android and Windows Phone?  —  Windows 8 is coming and it features more and better Xbox integration than we've yet seen in an operating system from the company — but it looks like Microsoft has something even bigger up its sleeve.
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
iOS 6: Higher hanging fruit  —  Features and functionality from Android, BlackBerry, webOS, Windows Phone and more, still ripe for iOS 6 inspiration  —  What will Apple bring to iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad with iOS 6?  What will be the “tentpole” features to take Apple's mobile software into 2013?
Guilbert Gates / New York Times:
How a Secret Cyberwar Program Worked  —  Programmers at the National Security Agency and in the Israeli military created a series of worms to attack the computers that control Iran's nuclear enrichment center at Natanz.  The attacks were repeated for several years, and each time the programs varied to make them difficult to detect.
Lex Friedman / Macworld:
Sandboxing deadline arrives: What it means for Apple, developers, and you  —  Depending upon whom you ask, Friday, June 1 is the best or worst thing to come to the Mac App Store since it opened its doors in 2011.  As of now, new and significantly updated apps submitted to Apple's Mac App Store must implement sandboxing.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google to head Apple off at the pass by holding 3D Maps event on June 6th, just before WWDC  —  We just got an invite in our inbox to an interesting Google event centered around Google Maps.  The invite says we're invited to an event that will show off The Next Dimension of Google Maps, so we're betting its related to 3D.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S III for T-Mobile USA leaks with Euro-style home button  —  The Verge has just received pictures of T-Mobile USA's branded Galaxy S III from Samsung that's expected to be announced in the coming weeks.  The strangest thing about the leaked phone is what isn't different about it …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Windows 8: Why I'm struggling with Microsoft's new thing  —  The debut of the Windows 8 Release Preview yesterday was a key milestone in Microsoft's march to release its new operating system later this year.  —  I've been using different versions of Windows 8 off and on since last September …
David Cohen / AllFacebook:
Facebook's Proposed Revisions To Statement Of Rights And Responsibilities, Data Use Policy Up For Vote Through June 8  —  Facebook users have until Friday, June 8, at 9 a.m. PT, to vote on the social network's proposed (and extensive) revisions to its statement of rights and responsibilities …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Judge won't bar Steve Jobs quotes from patent trial  —  (Reuters) - Steve Jobs gave a lot of juicy quotes before he died, and Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has failed to keep some of them out of an upcoming patent trial against Google's (GOOG.O) Motorola Mobility unit, according to a court ruling.
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Bob Pittman to Join Board of Soon-to-Launch Airtime  —  Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman will join the board of Airtime, the soon-to-launch video start-up from Napster co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning.  —  Pittman, who founded MTV, was formerly COO of AOL and CEO of MTV Networks before joining Clear Channel last year.

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