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June 5, 2012, 2:00 PM

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Alan Warren / The Official Google Blog:
Google + Quickoffice = get more done anytime, anywhere  —  We're happy to announce that we have acquired Quickoffice, a leader in office productivity solutions.  —  Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Google buys QuickOffice: Mobile reinforcement ahead of Windows 8  —  Summary: Google's acquisition of Quickoffice is a nice move to counter the Microsoft's Windows 8 and Office mobile ambitions.  —  Google has acquired Quickoffice for an undisclosed sum and the move is billed as a way to bridge Google Apps, mobile and Quickoffice.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
FACEBOOK FALLOUT: Y Combinator's Paul Graham Just Emailed Portfolio Companies Warning Of ‘Bad Times’ In Silicon Valley  —  Facebook has flopped on the public markets, and now we have vivid evidence of how badly Silicon Valley is reeling in the fallout.  —  Paul Graham, cofounder of Silicon Valley's …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Face To Face: How Airtime Will Re-Humanize The Internet  —  One minute into using Airtime I was laughing with someone I'd never met.  That's something special when despite all the asynchronous connection, the Internet threatens to make us feel lonely.  On Airtime, you experience together thanks …
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Nintendo confirms Wii U shipping “this holiday”  —  Nintendo has just confirmed what we've expected all along.  Its next generation console, the Wii U, will be launching this holiday.  As Nintendo mentioned earlier, there's no definitive word on pricing, quite yet.
Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
Hands-On With The Wii U, Nintendo's Risky New Revolution  —  The Wii U does not give the immediately-wonderful first impression that the world-famous Wii did.  But after having played some of the games Nintendo has made for its next console, I'm certain the Wii U has great potential.
More: Guardian and Techland
Nick Wingfield / Bits:
R.I.P. Zune  —  Microsoft is sending Zune to the pasture where Microsoft brands go to die.  It's the end of the road for a name that once symbolized Microsoft's grand plans to curb Apple's entertainment ambitions.  —  In a flurry of announcements that Microsoft made Monday at the E3 games conference …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook comments, ads don't sway most users: poll  —  (Reuters) - Four out of five Facebook Inc users have never bought a product or service as a result of advertising or comments on the social network site, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows, the latest sign that much more needs to be done to turn …
Adrian Holovaty:
The connection between Google Street View and driverless cars  —  I'm in the middle of taking the Coursera Machine Learning class — which has been amazingly good — and it recently covered how one could implement a machine-learning algorithm to power driverless cars.  —  Here's how you might do it.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple and Google Expand Their Battle to Mobile Maps  —  Google's Eric Schmidt, left, and Apple's Steve Jobs, right, in 2008.  The relationship deteriorated as their companies competed.  —  Since they got together in 2007, the iPhone and Google Maps have seemed like ideal digital bedfellows.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to update most of its Mac lineup and multiple accessories at WWDC  —  While Apple has major software announcements planned for the upcoming World Wide Developers Conference - including iOS 6, an updated version of iCloud, and OS X Mountain Lion - Apple is also planning some incredible hardware announcements.
Rafe Blandford / All About Windows Phone:
100,000 apps published to Windows Phone Marketplace  —  More than 100,000 apps have now been published in the Windows Phone Marketplace and new content is currently being added at the rate of 313 apps per day.  At the time of writing, 100,145 apps have been published.
Michael A. Prospero / LAPTOP Magazine:
Toshiba Satellite U845W Breaks Ultrabook Mold with Ultra-Wide 21:9 Screen  —  The big-screen experience is coming to a laptop near you: Among the three Ultrabooks Toshiba has just announced is the Satellite U845W, which has an ultra-wide 14.4-inch display that's tailor-made for watching movies on the go and enhanced multitasking.
Wall Street Journal:
Ad Networks Bypass iPhone Privacy Rules  —  Mobile ad networks are using new techniques to target iPhone users by circumventing Apple Inc.'s earlier efforts to protect user privacy.  —  Apple last summer said it would stop allowing app makers to use a unique identifier embedded in iPhones …
Quentin Hardy / Bits:
Rethinking Privacy in an Era of Big Data  —  Some years ago an engineer at Google told me why Google wasn't collecting information linked to people's names.  “We don't want the name.  The name is noise.”  There was enough information in Google's large database of search queries, location …
Danny McPherson / Forbes:
The Security Paradox Of IPv6; Shoring Up The Holes  —  Guest post written by Danny McPherson  —  Danny McPherson is Chief Security Officer for VeriSign.  —  IPv6 presents a security paradox.  —  The capabilities IPv6 provides will enhance online security - but the shift …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Google Fiber GFHD100 ‘IP set-top box’ breezes through the FCC, doesn't say where it's headed  —  The future of Google as a hardware manufacturer (beyond its purchase of Motorola) continues to be shrouded in rumor and mystery, but the GFHD100 box that just popped up in the FCC's database is very much a fact.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Gamifying The Job Search: Identified Hits 10M Users, Nabs $21M In Series B Funding  —  “People crave feedback on their professional lives,” say Brendan Wallace and Adeyemi Ajao, co-founders and co-CEOs of Identified, a young San Francisco-based startup that has been hard at work at gamifying the job search.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
World's Oldest BitTorrent Site Shuts Down  —  Founded in 2003, UK-based FileSoup was one of the original torrent sites.  —  When the site started there was no Pirate Bay, no Torrentz, and isoHunt wasn't searching .torrent files yet.  FileSoup outlived many of the sites that sprung up around …
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint's Virgin Mobile to Offer iPhone  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. is set to become the second U.S. mobile-phone carrier to offer Apple Inc.'s iPhone on a pay-as-you-go basis.  —  Sprint will announce this week it will offer the popular smartphone on its Virgin Mobile pay-as-you-go brand as soon as July 1 …

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