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June 5, 2012, 12:00 PM

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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 …
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Some Perspective  —  I don't disagree with PG when he says that Facebook's IPO performance (or lack thereof) has the potential to impact valuations in startup land.  I think it will be particularly impactful on the late stage and secondary markets where most of the IPO valuation speculation is happening.
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 …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
In Video Chat Reboot, Nudists Need Not Apply  —  In 2009 a Russian teenager named Andrey Ternovskiy introduced an online video service called Chatroulette, which allowed perfect strangers to meet face to face over the Web.  Its cleverest feature was the “next” button—a way for users to dump …
More: CNNMoney.comTweets: @noahr
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Myriam Joire / Engadget:
Windows RT on Snapdragon S4 hands-on and Rob Chandhok interview (update: video)  —  We just got a hands-on demo of Microsoft Windows RT running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 development tablet here at Computex 2012 in Taipei.  The verdict?  It's smooth as silk on a 1.5GHz dual-core APQ8060A with 2GB of RAM …
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 …
Rick Martin / Tech in Asia:
DeNA Continues China Push, Partners with Renren on Mobile Games  —  Japanese social gaming giant DeNA (TYO:2432) is announcing today that it is allying with Chinese social networking site Renren (NYSE:RENN) in an effort to bring more mobile games to the service the Mobage social gaming platform.
Mary Jo Foley / CNET:
Microsoft SmartGlass: Xbox Live Companion on steroids?  —  As many of my readers know, I'm not a video game fan, nor I am I a big TV fan.  So sitting virtually through a two-hour E3 keynote address, chock-full of video game first-person-shooter previews...kill me now (pun intended).
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 …
Lora Kolodny / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Donuts Raises $100M-Plus To Deliver ‘Dot-Anything-You-Want’ Domain Names  —  Donuts has raised more than $100 million in a mammoth Series A round, not to make crispy, dunk-able diet killers, but to become a registry for generic top-level domains or “gTLDs,” a new type of unique, online identifier, VentureWire has learned.
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
More On Meebo: Price Is Around $100M, Product Team To Work On Google+ Publisher Tools, Layoffs Hit Sales  —  Meebo, the seven year-old chat service that morphed into a website toolbar and ad platform, is indeed selling to Google.  The company confirmed the news a few minutes ago, and we've since dug up some more details.
Dianna Dilworth / AppNewser:
Twitter's Co-founder Biz Stone To Pen Book  —  Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is writing a book called Things A Little Bird Told Me.  In the book, Stone will talk about his experience, which includes a stint at Google, co-founding Twitter and his latest venture The Obvious Corporation …
More: The Next WebTweets: @biz

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