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2:40 PM ET, June 4, 2011

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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iTunes Leaks ‘Automatic Download’ Over-the-Air Updates in iOS 5 [Updated]  —  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 (and we verified) that when asking iTunes to check your app library for updates …
Conor Sen / Minyanville:
Groupon is Effectively Insolvent  —  I'll start by tipping my hat to Andrew Mason.  He caught social mood just right, creating a coupon/local/flashmob hybrid business model at the perfect time, and has created the fastest-growing company on a revenue basis in American history.
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David Sinsky / Yipit Blog:
Groupon S-1 Reveals Business Model Deteriorating in Oldest Markets  —  While no one has ever doubted Groupon's impressive topline growth - the question has always been around the defensibility of a business that has so few barriers to entry.  —  In its long awaited S-1, it's clear that Groupon has impressive topline growth.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
That Queasy Feeling You Get Reading The Groupon S-1 Doesn't Come From One Thing But From Everything  —  There are many things that feel a bit “off” in Groupon's IPO filing.  —  But the biggest takeaway from the filing, as our boss Nicholas Carlson put it in our SAIcast yesterday …
Gizmodo:
Find Out if Your Sony Pictures Subscriber Information Was Leaked Right Here  —  Sony's been hacked again, with over a million SonyPictures.com accounts lifted, containing vital personal information like home addresses.  Is yours included?  We've got an exclusive, easy database to check.
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pastebin.com:
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.
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Sony Pictures Confirms LulzSec Hack as Group Targets FBI  —  Sony Pictures on Friday confirmed that its Web sites were hacked by a group that identifies itself as LulzSec.  —  LulzSec, meanwhile, said tonight that it also hacked into FBI-affiliated Web sites.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Exclusive: Microsoft Has Acquisition Deal With Nvidia  —  Redmond's purchase option automatically kicks in if a third-party offers $3.4 billion or more for tablet chipmaker's shares.  —  Microsoft and Nvidia have an agreement in place that spells out terms relating to a possible acquisition …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Kno Textbook App Hits The iPad  —  Last night, Kno quietly released its first digital textbook app for the iPad.  It includes its own store of “over 70,000 titles at 30% to 50% off list” price.  And the app is a full textbook reader.  —  Kno, whose CEO Osman Rashid previously founded …
Discussion: App Advice
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
White-Hot Flickr Alternative 500px Raises $525K In Series A  —  As the complaints about Flickr continue to pile on, scrappy Toronto-based service 500px continues to grow, going from 1000 users in 2009 to over 85K (around 45K of which have joined in the last three months).
Discussion: @naval and @nivi
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
How top U.S. government officials got hacked  —  The targeted phishing scheme that struck hundreds of top U.S. government officials' personal Gmail accounts was neither difficult to perform nor incredibly sophisticated.  The attackers were able to pose as legitimate, trusted senders …
Discussion: New York Times, Thanks:steverubel
Naked Security / Sophos:
Sony Europe hacked by Lebanese hacker... Again  —  By my count this is unlucky hack number 13 for Sony.  A Lebanese hacker known as Idahc dumped another user database at Sony Europe containing approximately 120 usernames, passwords (plain text), mobile phone numbers, work emails and website addresses.
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Mac RSS champ NetNewsWire sold to Black Pixel, developer moving on
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter.com Adds Content From Amazon, Foursquare, Meetup & More
Discussion: Foursquare Blog
David Kravets / Threat Level:
U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right
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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Woah! Apple Worth More Than Microsoft And Intel Combined
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Apple Hires The Guy Who Hacked Together A Better iOS Notifications System
Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
MI6 Hacked Al Qaeda Website, Swapping Bomb Recipes With Cupcake Recipes
 

 
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