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June 6, 2012, 10:55 PM

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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Bad day for LinkedIn: 6.5 million hashed passwords reportedly leaked - change yours now  —  Already in the spotlight over concerns that its iOS app collects full meeting notes and details from a device's calendar and sends them back to the company in plain text, LinkedIn user accounts …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Confirms Hack And Leak Of “Some” User Passwords  —  Shortly after it was reported that nearly 6.5 million LinkedIn account passwords were leaked onto the net, LinkedIn leapt into action and mounted their own investigation.  —  Though most of the morning was spent claiming …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Earth to get radically better 3D images, new UI on iOS and Android  —  Google has announced its plans to improve 3D maps.  It's using “automated technology to extract 3D from aerial images.”  The effect is stunning, every building is competely modeled from street to roof.
MG Siegler:
What Google Maps Actually Just Unveiled: Anxiety Over Apple Maps  —  You want to know how I know that Google is very concerned about the forthcoming launch of Apple's own mapping product for iOS?  I simply followed the Google Maps press conference today.  —  The mere fact that Google decided …
IDC:
Android Expected to Reach Its Peak This Year as Mobile Phone Shipments Slow, According IDC  —  The worldwide mobile phone market is forecast to grow slightly more than 4.0% year over year in 2012, the lowest annual growth rate since 2009, due to a sharp decline in the feature phone market and sluggish global economic conditions.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
New Mac spec sheet leaks out, WWDC launch pricing and naming included  —  .  —  The image above represents the full pricing matrix for new devices expected to unveil in a few days at the Worldwide Developers Conference.  You will notice the Mac Pros, Retina MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and iMacs that we discussed before at length.
John Flowers / McSweeney's:
Prospectus for Silicon Valley's Next Hot Tech IPO, Where Nothing Could Possibly Go Wrong  —  Form S-1  —  Registration Statement  —  Under  —  The Securities Act of 1933  —  Ponzify, Inc.  —  LETTER FROM THE FOUNDERS  —  Forget Facebook.  Forget Groupon.  Forget everything you know about Silicon Valley.
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
How Airbnb Earned Me $20,000 And A Restraining Order From My Landlord  —  For a heady year, cash and friendly faces flowed into my apartment, paying my rent while I scraped together money to build a startup I had dreamed about for months.  My apartment photographed well and tourists love Brooklyn …
More: Betabeat
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
This Beautiful Device Turns Your iPhone and Android Into an Ultra-Thin Laptop  —  This is the ClamBook, a super-sleek, airier-that-Air thingamajig that has a 16:9 widescreen, a keyboard, and a battery.  It will turn your iPhone or Android cell into a beautiful, ultra-thin laptop.
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Germany increases USB flash drive tax by over 2000 percent  —  Blank media tax was first introduced when the audio cassette became popular.  It was arguedthat such media would have a negative impact on sales of commercial recordings, and so a secondary tax alongside sales tax was required …
More: Techdirt and Betabeat
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Google patents location-based mobile alerts that know where you're going to  —  To date, the term smartphone's mostly been a misnomer for larger screen, albeit still dumb, handsets imbued with rich web browsing experiences.  With the exception of the Galaxy S III's SmartStay feature and the Droid RAZR …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Angry Birds Space hits 100 million downloads in just 76 days  —  Further demonstrating the size of its pig-smashing franchise, Rovio has announced that Angry Birds Space has topped more than 100 million downloads, reaching the milestone in just 76 days.  —  The company shared the figure via …
More: CNET, Examiner and MobileSyrup.comTweets: @angrybirds
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Investment Values Web Retailer Fanatics at $1.5 Billion  —  Kynetic LLC is set to announce an investment from Andreessen Horowitz and Insight Venture Partners that will value its sports apparel site Fanatics.com at $1.5 billion.  —  The two investment firms will invest a combined $150 million …

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