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5:50 AM ET, June 3, 2011

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Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Groupon Files For $750 Million IPO; Lost $413 Million In 2010  —  Groupon just filed an S-1 with the SEC in order to raise $750 million in an IPO.  In the filing Andrew Mason wrote the following letter to potential investors: Dear Potential Stockholders, On the day of this writing …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Where Did Groupon's Billion Dollars Go?  —  In January, Groupon raised $950 million.  By the end of March, it had $209 million in cash.  —  What happened to all that money?  —  The company's IPO filing spells that out: Almost all of it went right back out the door, to employees and early investors.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:   Groupon: Doomed to Fail or Worth a Leap? A Twitter Debate
John Cook / GeekWire:
Groupon files for $750 million IPO despite $522 million deficit
Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Sweet Deal: Groupon IPO Could Value Company at Over $15 Billion
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
Groupon IPO: Shades of Google's 'Don't Be Evil' Manifesto
Discussion: VentureBeat
Greg Sandoval / Technology News:
Apple signs Universal Music to iCloud  —  Apple has cut a licensing deal with Universal Music Group that will enable Apple's online music store to offer songs from the largest of the four top record companies, sources with knowledge of the talks told CNET.  —  The agreement means Apple …
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Alex Pham / Company Town:
Major labels, music publishers lining up behind Apple's iCloud  —  Apple Inc. has just sewn up its contracts with the four major record labels Thursday for a cloud music service, with agreements from music publishers to follow on Friday, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iCloud cost pegged at $25 per year, all 4 major labels signed  —  As the WWDC 2011 keynote draws near, more details are emerging about Apple's new iCloud service.  According to sources “familiar with the negotiations” who spoke with the L.A. Times, Apple plans to charge $25 per year to use the service …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Adobe CEO: Android Will Overtake iPad Just Like it Did the iPhone (Video)  —  Adobe's Shantanu Narayen debunked a myth today at D that there's an ongoing feud between it and Apple over running Flash on iOS.  —  Still, he didn't hesitate downplaying Apple's early lead in the tablet market …
Discussion: Pocket-lint and AppleInsider
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Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Windows 8: The Beginning of the End of Windows  —  I have a longstanding rule for evaluating new tech products: Don't judge anything by the demo.  I've seen far too many product previews that hid fundamental flaws in usability.  Until you can touch and play with the product on your own …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Google's CEO steps into spotlight  —  In his most extensive public comments since becoming Google's (GOOG) CEO, Larry Page on Thursday delivered a carefully crafted response to critics who say the company is too free-spending, too unfocused and too aloof to investors and Wall Street.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Execs Are Absolutely Giddy Right Now Says Goldman Sachs  —  Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope has a report out on Apple this morning that is very bullish.  —  He met with COO Tim Cook, retail SVP Ron Johnson, and CFO Peter Oppenheimer.  —  Shope says, “the company appeared …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Executives Optimistic About Future of iOS, Expect Tablet Market to Surpass PCs
Discussion: SAI
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Start-up Offers New Hires $10,000, and All the Accoutrements of Hipsterdom  —  Earlier this year, my colleague Claire Cain Miller and I reported on the fierce recruiting wars among tech companies as they competed to hire and retain talented software developers and engineers.
Mark Milian / CNN:
AT&T: Our 4G will catch up to Verizon's in 2 to 3 years  —  Rancho Palos Verdes, California (CNN) — AT&T's data network won't be on par with Verizon Wireless' until 2013 or 2014, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega said on Thursday.  —  AT&T has yet to launch its faster fourth-generation cellular technology …
Discussion: PC Magazine
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
AT&T's Ralph De La Vega on the T-Mobile Deal, Service Issues, Spectrum Shortage
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
What's In Facebook's Pile Of Evidence Against Paul Ceglia?  —  Earlier today, Facebook offered a significant new filing in the Ceglia case.  The documents show that Facebook has hired a bevy of experts and investigators to look over Ceglia's past, and every shred of evidence he's offered the court.
Discussion: SAI and Technology News
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Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:
Sony hacked again: 1m compromised, claims LulzSec  —  Already infamous for defacing PBS's website earlier this week, cracking outfit LulzSec today claimed a familiar scalp—whatever remains of it, anyway.  This time, it's Sony Pictures Entertainment, the movie-making division.
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Associated Press:
Sony probing claim hackers stole user information
Discussion: Guardian
Efim Bushmanov / skype-open-source:
Skype protocol reverse engineered, source available for download  —  Hello, I'am Efim Bushmanov a freelance researcher and here is my project files on skype research.  —  While “Wall Street Journal” makes politics and skype today's trend, i want to publish my research on this.
Wall Street Journal:
Gmail Hack Targeted White House  —  People who work at the White House were among those targeted by the China-based hackers who broke into Google Inc.'s Gmail accounts, according to one U.S. official.  —  The hackers likely were hoping the officials were conducting administration business …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Amazon May Soon Need to Collect Sales Tax  —  A proposal in the U.S. Senate aims to end the longtime exemption for e-commerce  —  California visitors to Wal-Mart Stores' (WMT) website must pay $214 to buy a Philips Electronics (PHG) 22-inch LCD HDTV, one of the hottest-selling flat-panel televisions on the Web.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
WWDC 2011 banners at Moscone Center show new iCloud icon  —  Apple is working to prepare San Francisco's Moscone Center West for the company's 2011 Worldwide Developer Conference to be held next week.  —  This morning, workers were putting the finishing touches on the giant white Apple logos …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Pandora Prices IPO At $7 To $9 Per Share At Valuation Over $1B, Raising $141.6M  —  Music streaming service Pandora has just filed a new version of its S-1 that indicates the company will be pricing its stock at $7 to $9 per share.  Pandora's stock will be traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “P.”
 
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Vikas SN / The Next Web:
HTC takes the Sense UI open-source and reaches out to developers
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Note to Self: If the Halls Clear at Conferences, IPOs Are Near
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Spark, Lightbank And Yuri Milner Get In On OnSwipe's $5M ‘Series Awesome’
Discussion: OnSwipe Company Blog, Thanks:jasonlbaptiste
Klint Finley / ReadWriteWeb:
Github Has Surpassed Sourceforge and Google Code in Popularity
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How the Library of Congress is building the Twitter archive
 Earlier Items: 
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Groupon Now brings hourly deals to SF, NY
Discussion: Screenwerk and dailywireless.org
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Toshiba Thrive tablet with Android 3.1 ships in July, starts at $429
Sheldon Levine / Sysomos Blog:
How People Currently Share Pictures On Twitter
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Amazon enters the daily deals space with AmazonLocal