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7:25 PM ET, June 5, 2011

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
WWDC 2011 Prelude  —  What I Know  —  If I were to publish everything I know regarding tomorrow's announcements, it would be a short and decidedly unsensational article.  What I know are a handful of minor features at the edges.  The big picture regarding iOS 5 and iCloud — and how the two interrelate — is an utter mystery to me.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacStories and Electronista
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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
What Is Steve Jobs Announcing Monday?  Here's The Scoop About iCloud & Time Capsules [Exclusive]  —  Apple has already revealed that Steve Jobs will talk about iCloud, iOS 5 and OS X Lion during his WWDC keynote on Monday morning.  —  In addition, it's rumored that Apple's wireless Time Capsule backup/router will get a big update.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple may surprise with June 14 launch of Mac OS X Lion  —  While Apple has publicly acknowledged that they are tracking a summer release window for their upcoming Mac OS X Lion release, sources have indicated to 9to5Mac that Apple may surprise customers with a Tuesday, June 14 launch of the next-generation Mac operating system.
Kevin Fox / fox @ fury:
My guesses on the huge changes Apple will unveil at WWDC
Vinicius Vacanti / Yipit Blog:
The Reports of Groupon's Death Are Greatly Exaggerated  —  Since Groupon filed its S-1 on Thursday, there have been hundreds of negative articles written about Groupon (including one of our own).  —  While some of the concerns brought up about Groupon are legitimate, many of them are unfounded.
Discussion: SAI, Felix Salmon, Examiner and Yipit Blog, Thanks:vacanti
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Steve Cheney / steve's blog:
Why Groupon is Worth $25 Billion Dollars  —  Admittedly, Groupon is a work in progress.  They continue to spend insane amounts of money to acquire customers and merchants to try to extend their dual-sided network effect with consumers and merchants.  Many people see this as unsustainable, some adamant it's all just a Ponzi scheme.
Discussion: knewton.com
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
How does Groupon work? Is the business model sustainable?
Discussion: eWeek and Minyanville, Thanks:dondodge
Nina Mandell / NY Daily News:
1500 people show up for 16-year-old's birthday party after she forgets to set Facebook settings  —  It's her party - and she'll invite everyone on Facebook if she wants to.  —  A 16-year-old girl in Germany ditched her own party after she forgot to set the privacy settings on the invitation and accidentally invited ... well everybody.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Motorola Droid 3 leaks out in tutorial vids, confirms 8MP camera and 1080p recordings (video)  —  Verizon and Motorola have kept a tighter lid on the Droid 3 than many recent smartphones we've seen, but a nice big leak just sprang from the bottom of the pot — startup gadget blog PhonePads …
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Hackers Attack Nintendo  —  Nintendo Co. said Sunday that a server for its U.S. unit's website had been hacked into but that no company or customer information was compromised, marking the first time the Japanese gaming giant has been targeted in widespread global hacking attacks.
Niall Harbison / The Next Web:
McDonald's Brilliant Interactive Billboard Campaign  —  We thought we had seen every type of app and interactive billboard campaign under the sun until we came across this brilliant one from Mcdonald's that the company ran in Sweden recently.  The concept is a simple one in that users …
Discussion: CNET News, 9 to 5 Mac and Mashable!
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Instagram Rises as Social Web Embraces Photo Sharing  —  Digital camera sales may be weak, but thanks to cellphones, picture-taking has never been more of an everyday thing.  Now a wave of mobile applications is letting people tweak their cellphone snapshots and share them with friends and strangers.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Instagram News
John Hiesler / Edible Apple:
Vandals plaster Windows Logo on upcoming Apple Store in Hamburg, Germany  —  On Friday morning, folks walking past the upcoming Apple Store in Hamburg, Germany were greeted with some Banksy inspired nerd vandalism on the side of one of the building's construction barricades.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
The Silliest Idea Ever: Facebook Going After Google In Search  —  Yesterday, Blue Nile and Wetpaint founder Ben Elowitz hypothesized on TechCrunch that Facebook could kill Google completely by getting into the search business.  —  I heard the same idea floated at a dinner for tech journalists hosted …
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Ben Elowitz / TechCrunch:
How Facebook Can Put Google Out of Business
Discussion: @scottbreynolds and SAI
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Amazon/iBookStore post pre-releases of iSteve authorized biography: The Book of Jobs  —  Amazon today lists the Walter Issacson authorized Biography of Steve Jobs, the one commissioned by the Apple CEO last year.  Issacson will have had three years of access to the normally reclusive Steve Jobs.
 
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