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June 6, 2012, 6:00 AM

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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 …
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.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Tennis Pals Ellison and Hurd Explored HP-Oracle Merger  —  Ellison and Hurd caught a little tennis in Indian Wells, California, just four days before Oracle dumped Itanium.  Photo: EPA/Paul Buck  —  When Mark Hurd was still CEO of Hewlett-Packard, he and Oracle Larry CEO discussed a possible merger of the two companies.
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.
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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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 …
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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Thomas Gryta / MarketWatch:
Sprint's Virgin Mobile USA to offer iPhone … Sprint Nextel Corp. S 0.00% is set to become the second U.S. mobile phone service to offer the Apple Inc. AAPL -0.61% iPhone without a wireless contract.  —  The Overland Park, Kan., carrier will announce this week it will offer the popular smartphone …
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 …
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 …
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.”
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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
More: Engadget

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