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12:45 PM ET, June 5, 2011

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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.
Discussion: SAI, App Advice, MacRumors, TiPb and iClarified
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Kevin Fox / fox @ fury:
My guesses on the huge changes Apple will unveil at WWDC  —  I get the feeling that the announcements at next week's Apple WWDC are going to represent the same kind of fundamental shift in Apple's offering that the iPod did in 2001.  —  I don't have any inside info, and I make a point …
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  —  Editor's note: Guest author Ben Elowitz (@elowitz) is co-founder and CEO of Wetpaint, an online publisher with an audience of 10 million monthly uniques, and author of the Digital Quarters blog.  Prior to Wetpaint, Elowitz co-founded Blue Nile, the online retailer of luxury goods.
Discussion: @scottbreynolds and SAI
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: 9 to 5 Mac
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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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.
JC Fletcher / Joystiq:
Nikkei: Wii successor has touchscreen controller, will arrive in second half of 2012  —  The Nihon Keizai Shinbun — the same publication that successfully “predicted” the DSi, the DSi XL and 3DS — posted an article today stating that the Wii successor's controller will feature a six-inch touchscreen, as previously rumored.
Electronista:
AT&T working on Apple mini-SIM, sees low Windows Phone sales  —  AT&T's wireless head Ralph de la Vega in an interview late this week said his company was also joining in Apple's plan to develop an even smaller SIM card.  He hesitated to directly make the link with Apple, like France Telecom's CEO did …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Exclusive: CEO says hackers tried to extort data, money  —  Karim Hijazi knew his nightmare was just beginning when he saw that a mysterious e-mail had arrived in his inbox at 3 a.m. on May 26 that included his e-mail password and the subject line “Let us talk.”
Fred / A VC:
Investing In The Cultural Revolution  —  In a talk with Erick Schonfeld at Disrupt a couple weeks ago, we talked about what is coming next for the Internet.  Erick asked me what I thought was coming after the infrastructure and application phases of the Internet.
Discussion: @semilshah
TechEye:
Taipei insists Apple and Google give seven day free trial for apps  —  On the last day of Computex 2011, Apple and Google were hit by a bombshell when consumer forces in the capital, Taipei City, dictated that both American firms offer a seven day free trial on apps for the machines that use their operating systems.
 
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