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June 5, 2012, 9:40 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.
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.”
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.
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.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Nuance's Dragon ID lets you unlock your phone by voice  —  In the last few months, Nuance Communications has launched Dragon TV, Dragon Drive and even an Android version of Dragon Go, its Siri-like Semantic search app.  Now we have a new Dragon to contend with: Dragon ID …
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Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Last-minute travel app HotelTonight books $23M in funding  —  Last-minute hotel booking by way of mobile app 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 …
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
HP's Whitman works to assure customers as company cuts staff  —  CEO emphasizes a customer-focused direction at HP Discover  —  LAS VEGAS - As Meg Whitman, the CEO of HP, took the stage here today, the thousands sitting in this cavernous hall applauded politely and then stilled.
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.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
HTC One X finally hits AT&T stores June 10 — or you can order it online now  —  HTC's awesome One X smartphone with a 4.7-inch screen and an incredible camera will finally hit AT&T stores on June 10 for $200 with a 2-year contract, the company announced today.  You can also order one online now.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Samsung becomes Linux Foundation platinum member, takes a seat on board  —  Samsung says that it plans to increase its commitment to the open source OS.  —  The Linux Foundation will announce today that consumer electronics giant Samsung is becoming a platinum member of the organization, the highest tier of membership.

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