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12:55 PM ET, March 28, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off June 6 at Moscone West in San Francisco  —  Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco's Moscone West.  At this year's five-day conference Apple …
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
No iPhone, iPad or Mac hardware coming at WWDC  —  Apple closed the door this morning on any speculation that it would announce new hardware at its Worldwide Developers conference saying it would focus on iOS and Mac OS.  —  Apple's apparent focus on software in its WWDC announcement backs …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
WWDC 2011 June 6-10: “we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS”  —  Apple has just announced that this year's World Wide Developers Conference will take place at the Moscone West Center in San Francisco, CA.  This year's event will be special as it will be the unveiling …
Discussion: BGR, IntoMobile and TUAW
Wall Street Journal:
Google Pursues Role in Mobile Payments  —  Google Inc. is teaming up with MasterCard Inc. and Citigroup Inc. to embed technology in Android mobile devices that would allow consumers to make purchases by waving their smartphones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Facebook May Hire Robert Gibbs, Former Obama Aide  —  Facebook is in talks to hire Robert Gibbs, President Obama's former White House press secretary, for a senior role in helping to manage the company's communications, people briefed on the negotiations said.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
eBay to buy GSI Commerce for $2.4 billion  —  eBay announced Monday that it will acquire GSI Commerce, an e-commerce marketing services company, for $29.25 a share—which will likely come out to be around $2.4 billion.  —  To put things into perspective, that's more than it paid for PayPal …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:   Is it a bubble? It matters if we think it is.
Paul Kedrosky / Bloomberg:
Dear Warren: Here are the Overvalued Social Networking Companies
Discussion: Neowin.net and Webware.com, Thanks:pkedrosky
Seth Rosenblatt / Webware.com:
Benchmark battle: Chrome vs. IE vs. Firefox  —  There's no doubt the latest crop of stable browsers from Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla are the best the companies have ever produced.  But how do they perform when tested under identical conditions?  —  CNET put the latest stable versions of Firefox …
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Jennifer Preston / New York Times:
Ethical Quandary for Social Sites  —  Two days after using Flickr to display photos of police officers from Egypt's feared state security force, Hossam el-Hamalawy watched in disbelief as they vanished, one by one, from the popular social networking site, which he had been using since 2008.
Discussion: Bloggasm and GMSV
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
American Express Launches All-New Digital Payments Platform to Attack PayPal's Bread and Butter  —  American Express, which is better known for its briefcase-toting corporate users, is unveiling a new business today that addresses a much wider market while also competing head-on with PayPal and other emerging payment platforms.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Java founder James Gosling joins Google  —  Gosling announced his new Google employment today on his blog.  “I don't know what I'll be working on.  I expect it'll be a bit of everything, seasoned with a large dose of grumpy curmudgeon,” he said.  —  When Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems last year, Gosling decided not to join.
Discussion: nighthacks.com
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Paul Baran, Internet Pioneer, Dies at 84  —  Paul Baran, an engineer who helped create the technical underpinnings for the Arpanet, the government-sponsored precursor to today's Internet, died Saturday night at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 84.  —  The cause was complications from lung cancer, said his son, David.
Andrew Munchbach / BGR:
LG to produce Nexus tablet for Google, suggests rumor  —  According to intel acquired by blog Mobile Review, LG has been tasked with producing a pure-Google, Nexus tablet for the Mountain View-based Android maker.  Details are scarce (and unconfirmed), but the site states that the device …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Tabula raises $108M, in largest round “in a decade” for a chip company  —  Chip company Tabula, which has developed a semiconductor architecture that it boasts gives it a significant advantage over competitors, has just announced one of the largest rounds in a decade for a chip company.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Will the Web have a place in a world full of apps?  —  This essay is part of Farhad Manjoo's continuing series on the future of innovation.  Read the series introduction, Manjoo's story on the future of mobile gadgets, and readers' predictions on the future of mobile devices.
Naked Security / Sophos:
MySQL.com and Sun hacked through SQL injection  —  Proving that no website is ever truly secure, it is being reported that MySQL.com has succumbed to a SQL injection attack.  It was first disclosed to the Full Disclosure mailing list early this morning.  Hackers have now posted a dump of usernames and password hashes to pastebin.com.
 
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Products Help Block Mideast Web
Discussion: Jillian C. York, Security Watch and ONI
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Warner Brothers Expands Facebook Rentals to “Harry Potter,” “Inception”
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
RIM: The obits are a bit premature
Discussion: ZDNet
Chester Wisniewski / Naked Security:
Comodo hacker outs himself, claims “no relation to Iranian Cyber Army”
Casey Newton / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. tech jobs climb near level of dot-com peak