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June 6, 2012, 7:30 AM

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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.
Joff Redfern / Linkedin Blog:
More about our mobile calendar feature  —  You may have seen a few press stories highlighting concerns about how your data is used in the opt-in calendar feature of our mobile phone apps.  We deeply care about our members trust so I want to provide clarity around what we do, don't do …
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 …
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.
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
After nearly two years without an update, Apple to finally revamp Mac Pro next week  —  Yesterday, we reported that Apple has an incredible WWDC surprise: major updates to four of its Mac lines.  We were able to affirm that three of these updates would cover the redesigned MacBook Pro with a Retina Display …
Hunter Walk / Elapsed Time:
The Death of Social Proof  —  Social proof is dying as a startup differentiation heuristic during fundraising.  Why?  —  A) Blame Angellist for an Advisor Bubble  —  Every company I see has some roster of advisors and/or soft-circled seed investors already committed.
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Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Lenovo demos ThinkPad tablet running Windows 8, we go hands-on  —  Yes, another Windows 8 tablet.  After getting hands-on with some new devices from Acer, ASUS and Samsung, you might already having trouble telling one device from the other.  You might even say the same about Lenovo …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Pre to postmortem: the inside story of the death of Palm and webOS  —  Thirty-one.  That's the number of months it took Palm, Inc. to go from the darling of International CES 2009 to a mere shadow of itself, a nearly anonymous division inside the HP machine without a hardware program and without the confidence of its owners.
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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 …
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 …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
AMD shows off 11-inch Compal Windows 8 hybrid tablet  —  We've seen Intel's vision for Windows 8 already, but don't count out AMD.  The company is showing off a Windows 8 tablet from Compal here at Computex Taipei, and it's in the hot form factor of the moment — the detachable keyboard dock.
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 of ad tech businesses continue to garner very big bets and are making noises about going public.
More: ZDNet and MediaNama
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 …
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.”
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 …
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 …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Madrona Venture Group raises $300 million fund, largest in firm's history  —  Industry reports signal tough times for venture capital firms, with shrinking returns and lackluster results tied to a weak IPO market.  But despite the headwinds, Madrona Venture Group still was able to meet with success on the fundraising trail.
Salvador Rodriguez / Los Angeles Times:
Pandora is lobbying Congress to establish fair royalty rates  —  This post has been corrected.  See note below.  —  Pandora has reportedly spent more than $50,000 this year lobbying Congress to establish a more equal system for how much different forms of radio pay in royalties.
Megan O'Neill / SocialTimes:
New Deals With Publishers Will Allow YouTube To Monetize Nearly All UGC With Copyright Music  —  Attention is looking for a Director, Social Media.  —  Allfacebook Marketing Conference AllFacebook AllTwitter Send an anonymous tip  — Hot: What Makes A Video “Viral”? …
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Solve Media Launches Brand-Research Tool Disguised as a Captcha  —  What Does This Brand Mean to You?  —  Solve Media sure loves its Captchas — those usually hard-to-read letters that web users have to type in to prove that they aren't a bot.  The startup first came out with Captchas …
Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
Voice control comes to MOG's music streaming service with Ford SYNC AppLink  —  Good news for those who like music on-the-go, Ford had just added a new heavy hitter to its AppLink platform, and this time it comes from none other than MOG.  The streaming service boasts a catalog of 15 million tracks …

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