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June 7, 2012, 3:30 PM

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Peter Farago / Flurry Blog:
App Developers Signal Apple Allegiance Ahead of WWDC and Google I/O  —  This month, the world's two largest mobile app platform providers, Apple and Google, enter what is arguably the most critical month of the year for each company, when each hosts their annual developer conference …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Dear Eric Schmidt, It's Been 6 Months — Where Are Those iOS-Slaying Android Exclusive Apps?  —  Flashback to December 6, 2011: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is on stage at LeWeb in Paris and is asked by an audience member why most application developers still choose to develop for iOS first rather than Android?
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Change your Last.fm password now, there may have been another security breach  —  24-hours after LinkedIn confirmed a massive password leak, online music streaming service Last.fm has issued a statement saying that it's currently investigating whether it too has leaked some of its users' passwords.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
The New iPad's Closest Competitor?  The Old iPad.  —  During Apple's last earnings call, CEO Tim Cook said the iPad 2′s new lower price point was unlocking demand among price-sensitive customers.  So how is it selling?  —  Very well, turns out.  —  According to new data …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
MD5 password scrambler ‘no longer safe’  —  Summary: MD5 encryption is “no longer considered safe” by the original software developer, a day after the leak of more than 6.4 million LinkedIn passwords.  —  The original author of the MD5 password hash algorithm has publicly declared …
Nicole Perlroth / Bits:
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Video hands-on with the purported next-generation iPhone metal back  —  In late May, we had exclusive high-resolution photos of both black and white next-generation iPhone backs.  These backs showed a brand-new, thinner design with a smaller dock connector, new speaker grills, and a new metal back plate.
Dalton Caldwell:
“RIP Good Times”: Silicon Valley's Cuban Missile Crisis  —  Not too long ago, I found myself sitting in the second row of a conference room, anxiously scribbling notes, at what is now known as the “RIP Good Times” presentation.  The presentation has become a cultural touchstone of modern-era silicon valley.
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
If a Tweet Falls In the Forest...  Twitter has proven to be an effective way for the average Internet user to get @ your favorite NBA player or indie rocker.  And yet as the site grows, the noise of individual tweets is being drowned out.  Enter Thunderclap, a Twitter app from Chinatown-based De-De …
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung Elec names components chief Kwon as new CEO  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co (005930.KS), Asia's technology powerhouse, reshuffled some of its top team on Thursday as it battles Apple Inc (AAPL.O) for supremacy in smartphones and leads the charge to new chip technology.
Bloomberg:
Apple Said To Add Baidu As Iphone Search-Engine In China  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans to add Baidu Inc. (BIDU)'s search engine on iPhones in China, part of a push to broaden its services and user base in the world's most-populous nation, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
Matt Macari / The Verge:
Ultrabooks beware: Apple receives broad patent on MacBook Air wedge design  —  It's been pretty easy to look at recent Apple design patents and see that they haven't carried with them the broad patent coverage many might think, but that isn't the case with Apple's new US patent — D661,296 — that issued on Tuesday.
More: Engadget and Gizmodo
bitly blog:
Speedier Shortening  —  We mean it when we say we've been reading all your tweets and emails.  And we're listening!  In the week since our release, we're already making adjustments, so that saving and shortening links in the new bitly is a whole lot easier.
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Microsoft SmartGlass and Internet Explorer for Xbox 360 video walkthrough  —  Following up on our Microsoft SmartGlass in-depth preview, Senior Product Manager Peter Orullian gave us a pretty thorough walkthrough of the service and its level of functionality right now.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Confirmed: Sprint's Virgin Mobile second US carrier to offer prepaid iPhone; from June 29, plans start at $30  —  Apple's push into the US prepaid market has been given another significant boost after Sprint-owned Virgin Mobile announced that it will become the second operator to offer the iPhone to its customers.
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Twitter's mobile revenue surpassed Web on many days: CEO  —  (Reuters) - Twitter has generated more advertising revenue from its mobile platform than from its website on many days in the last quarter, CEO Dick Costolo said Wednesday, highlighting Twitter's progress in squeezing ad dollars …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
An Ivy Bridge too far?  AMD may have finally lost the battle against Intel's juggernaut  —  Welcome to Computex 2012, the coming-out party for Intel's Ivy Bridge CPU refresh and Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.  The two halves of an irresistible hardware-software combination …
More: CNET
Robert McMillan / Wired:
In Battle With Oracle, HP Outs Customer Cell Numbers  —  As part of its court battle with Oracle, HP has released names, email addresses, and cell phone numbers from over 150 customers.  But why?  Image: Peter McCollough/Wired  —  When Oracle announced plans to dump support …
More: CNET
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
RIM discontinues 16GB PlayBook, still ‘committed to the tablet space’  —  RIM's beleaguered PlayBook line is being pared down.  The company has confirmed that it's canceled the 16GB PlayBook and will be moving forward with only the 32GB and 64GB models.  While there are still …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Import bans over patents cause ‘substantial harm,’ FTC says  —  Google's efforts to block imports of Microsoft's Xbox and Apple's iPhone could cause “substantial harm” to consumers, competition, and innovation, the Federal Trade Commission said in a letter today.
Bloomberg:
Facebook Trading Losses May Near $200 Million, Knight CEO Says  —  Industry trading losses from Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NDAQ)'s mishandling of Facebook Inc. (FB)'s initial public offering may be close to $200 million, Knight Capital Group Inc. (KCG) Chief Executive Officer Thomas Joyce said.
More: broadstuff
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Matthew Modine of ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and Josh Gad from ‘Book of Mormon’ cast in ‘jOBS’ with Ashton Kutcher  —  As the Ashton Kutcher film jOBS prepares to start filming, we're seeing some more information about the other actors.  Entertainment Weekly has reported that Matthew Modine …
More: Gizmodo and Gizmodo UK
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Social marketing is hot: Unified scores $14M following big industry exits  —  Facebook's market value may be plummeting, but the demand for its ads, and social ads in general, remains at fever pitch.  Here to help brands and enterprises with their social play-calling is startup Unified …
Darrell Etherington / BetaKit:
Algoriddim Makes Any iPad a Real-Time Video Editing Suite With vjay  —  German multimedia company algoriddim today released its latest product, a video editing and remixing suite for the iPad called vjay ($9.99).  It's a spiritual successor to the company's djay music-mixing software, which appears on Mac, iPhone and iPad devices.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
The all new foursquare launches to cash in on “making the real world easier to use”  —  Foursquare has been teasing the fact that it was about to launch a brand new version this week, and we've been following all of the clues on what it might potentially entail.
Evan Elias / Tumblr Engineering:
Jetpants: a toolkit for huge MySQL topologies  —  Tumblr is one of the largest users of MySQL on the web.  At present, our data set consists of over 60 billion relational rows, adding up to 21 terabytes of unique relational data.  Managing over 200 dedicated database servers can be a bit of a handful …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Why Google Couldn't Pal Up With Buddy Media  —  Marc Benioff is a big, intimidating dude who is also a billionaire.  He runs a company that did more than $2 billion in sales last year.  But compared to Larry Page, he's a piker.  —  So how did Benioff end up with Buddy Media this week …

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