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June 5, 2012, 10:50 PM

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Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Are You Okay With Airtime Secretly Taking Photos Of You While You're Video Chatting?  —  Airtime: You watch it.  It watches you.  —  Facebook is boring, according to a third of its users.  Yikes!  Luckily, tech entrepreneur Sean Parker plans to save the day, launching a new video chat service called Airtime.
Michael Hogan / The Huffington Post:
Sean Parker's Airtime Launch: Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, Jim Carrey & More Improvise As Event Unravels  —  Whatever Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning paid the celebrities who attended this morning's unveiling of their new video-chat application, it wasn't enough.
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 …
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.
Nick Wingfield / Bits:
As Google Bets on Mobile Office, Microsoft Waits  —  If Microsoft couldn't find compelling enough reasons to release its Office applications for the iPad, Google just gave it one.  —  On Tuesday, Google acquired Quickoffice, a start-up that makes a set of applications for iPads and Android tablets …
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 …
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
on{X}: The Coolest Thing to Happen to Android.  Courtesy of... Microsoft Israel?  —  Look at your Android phone!  Now back at this post!  —  Imagine you could program your Android to text your wife when you left work.  Now imagine your Android reminding you in the morning to grab …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Pre to postmortem: the inside story of the death of Palm and webOS  —  It wasn't looking good.  Just months into Elevation Partners' investment, morale in Palm's engineering corps was already flagging.  Executives had sold them on a change-the-world mentality and Duarte had delivered …
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
LinkedIn's iOS app collects and transmits names, emails and notes from your calendar, in plain text  —  The LinkedIn mobile app for iOS devices collects full meeting notes and details from your device's calendar and sends them back to the company, The Next Web has been informed.
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Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Ellen Pao Breaks Her Silence: I'm Still At Kleiner Perkins, And I Don't Plan On Leaving  —  Ellen Pao, the partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers who is suing the legendary venture capital firm for alleged gender discrimination and acts of retaliation she claims to have experienced during …
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.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Carriers' Next Move: One Choice for Voice  —  The largest U.S. wireless carriers are working on ways to keep their customers paying up for something they do less and less—making phone calls.  —  In a sea change for consumer behavior, the amount of time spent making old-fashioned voice calls …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Google Starts Showing Users Alerts For Accounts Hacked By “State-Sponsored Attackers”  —  Here's a message from Google some Gmail users can expect to see in the near future, and that the rest of us hope we never will: “Warning: We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer.”
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Facebook Just Opened Up Its Mobile-Only Ad Market  —  Facebook has added its mobile-only “Sponsored Stories” ads to the list of ad products buyers can purchase via the ads API and Power Editor, without going through its sales force, the company announced.  —  The move makes buying ads …
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg Tech Blog:
Ning Co-Founder Bianchini Has New Design on Online Groups  —  Gina Bianchini, who cofounded Ning, is changing the direction and design of her latest startup, Mightybell.  —  Serial entrepreneur Gina Bianchini is betting that people want to congregate and collaborate around common interests on a site other than Facebook.
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 …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Kobo launches e-book self-publishing platform, “Writing Life”  —  Digital reading company Kobo is launching a competitor to Amazon's KDP and Barnes & Noble's PubIt: Kobo Writing Life, a free self-publishing platform for independent authors and publishers.  —  Writing Life is in beta tests …
Wall Street Journal:
Nasdaq Takes Steps to Compensate Facebook Investors  —  Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. officials are telling brokers they plan to submit Wednesday the first step in the exchange group's bid to compensate investors for the technical glitches that undermined Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Another Big Money Bet on AdTech: PubMatic Raises $45 Million From August Capital  —  After a few years of infatuation, many investors have grown out of love with ad technology companies.  But a handful continue to garner very big bets, and are making noises about going public.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Facebook to help those infected with DNSChanger clean up their computer before July 9th  —  If you've been infected by a dirty little virus called DNSChanger, you won't be able to access the Internet after July 9th.  Even though the people behind the virus have been arrested, there might be millions of computers still infected.
Stephen Lawson / PC World:
HP's Livermore Recalls Close Partnership With Oracle, Now Soured  —  Former Hewlett-Packard enterprise business chief Ann Livermore recalled a close working relationship with Oracle co-President Safra Catz, and the moves by Oracle that eventually eroded the companies' partnership, in a Silicon Valley courthouse on Monday.
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Last-minute travel app HotelTonight books $23M in funding  —  Last-minute hotel booking is proving to be big business for HotelTonight, a one year-old San Francisco-based startup that just closed $23 million in additional funding.  —  Launched in 2011, HotelTonight makes elegant …

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