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12:35 AM ET, June 4, 2011

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Ilya Grigorik / PostRank Blog:
PostRank has been acquired by Google!  —  From the seed of an idea in late 2006, to the launch of PostRank in mid 2007, and an incredible four years of continuous learning, iteration, and developing and launching new products—what an amazing experience it has been.  And yet, the best is still yet to come.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires PostRank, An Analytics Service For The Social Web  —  In another move that makes it clear that Google is putting a much greater focus on ‘social’, the search giant has just acquired PostRank.  Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.  —  PostRank is a service that helps measure …
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LulzSec versus FBI Affiliates + Whitehats  —  Dear Internets, It has come to our unfortunate attention that NATO and our good friend Barrack Osama-Llama 24th-century Obama have recently upped the stakes with regard to hacking.  They now treat hacking as an act of war.
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Kevin Mitnick / @kevinmitnick:   Lulzsec apparently hacked the FBI infragard web site. Talk about poking the tiger.
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Syrian Internet Shutdown  —  Starting at 3:35 UTC today (6:35am local time), approximately two-thirds of all Syrian networks became unreachable from the global Internet.  Over the course of roughly half an hour, the routes to 40 of 59 networks were withdrawn from the global routing table.
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Elizabeth Flock / Washington Post:
Syria internet services shut down as protesters fill streets
Matthew Fraser / This Much I Know:
YOU DON'T SAY: WORDS “FACEBOOK” AND “TWITTER” ARE BANNED FROM FRENCH AIRWAVES  —  The French are notorious for their obsession with maddening, micro-meddling rules and regulations.  —  Anglo-Saxons who live in France, as I do, constantly struggle with the puzzling paradox in a society universally admired …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Apple Hires The Guy Who Hacked Together A Better iOS Notifications System  —  Back in February, I wrote that MobileNotifier (a replacement notifications system for jailbroken iOS devices) would be the one thing that would make anyone want to jailbreak — and I stand by it.
David Heinemeier Hansson / Short Logic:
Groupon IPO: Pass on this deal  —  Groupon has filed its S-1 and hopes to raise $750M in its initial public offering.  Given they're currently losing a staggering $117M per quarter, despite revenues of $644M, they'll be burning through that cash almost as soon as it hits their account.
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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Apple pays music bigs $100M+  —  Apple will fork over between $100 million and $150 million in advanced payments to the four major music labels in order to get its iCloud off the ground, three separate sources told The Post.  —  The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant has agreed to pay …
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter.com Adds Content From Amazon, Foursquare, Meetup & More  —  Amazon, AOL Video, Gowalla, Foursquare, Meetup and Plancast are the newest social tools to be integrated with Twitter.com, allowing users to access more multimedia content without leaving the site.
Discussion: Foursquare Blog
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Android Share Surges Again, Apple Gains A Bit, RIM Destroyed  —  New data from comScore on the U.S. smartphone market shows Android share is still surging, while Apple is just barely growing share.  —  Research in Motion and Microsoft, on the other hand are being destroyed.
Susan Panico / PlayStation Blog:
UPDATED: Welcome Back Program Available Now - Details Inside … We're so excited to welcome you back to PlayStation Network.  With the PlayStation Store back online, we've been getting all caught up this week, having launched an abundance of amazing content for download on PlayStation 3 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook VP Chamath Palihapitiya Forms New Venture Fund, The Social+Capital Partnership  —  Facebook vice president Chamath Palihapitiya will leave the company as he launches a large new venture fund called The Social+Capital Partnership, with backing from some of the worlds leading business and technology leaders.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iTunes Leaks ‘Automatic Download’ Over-the-Air Updates in iOS 5  —  In the days leading to WWDC, Apple's iTunes seems to have leaked a new feature that must be coming in iOS 5.  A MacRumors reader discovered that when asking iTunes to check your app library for updates, the above screen reveals a new feature for iOS devices.
Thanks:arnoldkim
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
U.S. Antitrust Regulators Concerned Over Apple's Interest in Nortel Patents  —  Last December, it was revealed that Apple was among the parties interested in bidding on a huge trove of patents from Nortel Networks that had been placed up for auction.  While group of over 6,000 patents covers …
Josh Phillips / The Windows Blog:
A tour of the new Music +Video Hub  —  From the beginning, the chief design principle for the Music+Videos Hub in Windows Phone was simple: make it easy to discover and consume the content you love.  —  In Mango, it only gets better.  —  The next release of Windows Phone introduces on-phone podcasts …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to launch Office 365 on June 28  —  Microsoft is holding its official launch of its cloud-hosted application suite, known as Office 365, on June 28.  —  CEO Steve Ballmer will be on hand at the New York launch event, according to an invitation I received.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Xbox LIVE Diamond subscription TV service to debut at E3  —  Microsoft is planning to reveal its Xbox LIVE subscription TV service at E3, WinRumors has learned.  —  The software giant is close to finishing a key number of components for its full Xbox LIVE subscription TV service.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Woah!  Apple Worth More Than Microsoft And Intel Combined  —  At the close of markets today, Apple has a bigger market cap than Microsoft and Intel combined (the so-called Wintel alliance).  —  Here's how much Apple, Microsoft and Intel are worth on Wall St.:  — Apple (AAPL) — $317.60 billion
David Kravets / Threat Level:
U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right  —  A United Nations report said Friday that disconnecting people from the internet is a human rights violation and against international law.  —  The report railed against France and the United Kingdom, which have passed laws to remove accused copyright scofflaws from the internet.
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Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
MI6 Hacked Al Qaeda Website, Swapping Bomb Recipes With Cupcake Recipes  —  Just imagine the look of surprise on an al Qaeda member's face when they thought they were loading a tutorial on how to “make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom” but actually got...a recipe for mojito cupcakes.
Associated Press:
China calls US culprit in global ‘Internet war’  —  BEIJING - The Chinese military accused the U.S. on Friday of launching a global “Internet war” to bring down Arab and other governments, redirecting the spotlight away from allegations of major online attacks on Western targets originating in China.
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
C'est Magnifique: Google to Offer Paid Version of Translate API
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Photos Live For Twitter Employees, User Roll-Out Begins Next Week
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Discussion: Inside Social Games, GigaOM and SAI
Michael Kan / Computerworld:
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Nathan Hodge / Wall Street Journal:
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