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11:55 AM ET, June 6, 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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Is This iOS 5?  Dunno, But It's Likely The Right Idea  —  Could it be?  Is this it? iOS 5?!  I honestly have absolutely no clue.  But it certainly seems like it at least could have the right idea.  —  Tomorrow morning, Apple is set to preview iOS 5 for the first time during the WWDC keynote.
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
WWDC 2011: iCrowd lines up for iCloud  —  A few hours ahead of Apple's keynote, which will kick off WWDC 2011 at 10am Pacific in San Francisco's Moscone West, the line is already stretching around two blocks.  Seth took the above video at 6:30am Pacific time.  Check out the green Apple guys working diligently to compress the line.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple may surprise with June 14 launch of Mac OS X Lion
Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China paper warns Google may pay price for hacking claims  —  (Reuters) - Google has become a “political tool” vilifying the Chinese government, an official Beijing newspaper said on Monday, warning that the U.S. Internet giant's statements about hacking attacks traced to China could hurt its business.
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Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:   Cyberspies Target China Experts
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Surprise!  Facebook Credits and Apple's iTunes Play Nice With Each Other.  —  Facebook has Credits, Apple has iTunes, and then there's the plethora of points and coins found on the major consoles and online services.  —  For game players, it's the equivalent of traveling in Europe before the Euro.
Discussion: MacStories and The Next Web
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Working With Lady Gaga to Bridge Music and Technology  —  Soon after Apple started its music-centric social network Ping last year, Steven P. Jobs reached out to Lady Gaga and her business manager, Troy Carter, for feedback.  —  At the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Apple faces antitrust complaint over iCloud in Germany  —  It seems a little odd for an as-yet unrevealed product to be the subject of an antitrust complaint, but that's what appears to have happened in Europe.  —  Music streaming service Simfy says that it has submitted a complaint …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, mocoNews, Geeky-Gadgets and WebProNews, Thanks:m4tt
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt And Others Invest In Rich Media Display Ad Startup Spongecell  —  Spongecell, a startup that places rich media ads in display advertisements, has raised a new round of financing led by Eric Schmidt and Jim Pallotta, Chairman and Managing Director of Raptor Group.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Is YouTube Killing Music Piracy?  —  The music industry has witnessed some dramatic changes in recent years, even when piracy is left out of the picture.  In just a decade the Internet and the MP3 revolution have redefined people's music consumption habits.
Discussion: ringtonia.com
Troy Hunt / Troy Hunt's Blog:
A brief Sony password analysis  —  So the Sony saga continues.  As if the whole thing about 77 million breached PlayStation Network accounts wasn't bad enough, numerous other security breaches in other Sony services have followed in the ensuing weeks, most recently with SonyPictures.com.
Discussion: Slashdot
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft needs to tell Windows 8 developers now about ‘Jupiter’ and Silverlight  —  Telling only part of a story can be worse than keeping completely mum, as Microsoft officials seem to be discovering with Windows 8.  —  Last week during the first public preview of the Windows 8 user interface …
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Lionel Menchaca / Dell Community:
Microsoft's Windows 8 Gamble Just Might Work
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
In-flight Internet: the view from 35,000 feet and three years  —  In-flight Internet access has had its up and downs, and, yes, this article will have its share of aviation-related puns.  An aborted launch by Boeing in 2004 seemed to ground the idea, but a second attempt in 2008 has remained aloft.
Francis Tan / The Next Web:
Sina Weibo preparing English site, to go head on against Twitter in 2-3 months  —  TechWeb reports that according to informed sources, Sina Weibo is “actively preparing” to release its microblogging platform in English to go directly head on against Twitter, in about 2-3 months.
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.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
How does Groupon work? Is the business model sustainable?
Discussion: broadstuff, Yipit Blog and parislemon, Thanks:dondodge
 
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Microsoft's Plans for Skype Are Unclear
Eli Hodapp / Touch Arcade:
Behold the Fling Mini, the Little Brother to the Fling for iPad
Discussion: OhGizmo!, Engadget and Technabob
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Nook Simple Touch compared to Kindle 3
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Transitions: The Nokia Way vs. The Microsoft Way
Discussion: Guardian
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Penry Price to Leave Google for Startup Media6Degrees
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Pastebin: How a popular code-sharing site became the ultimate hacker hangout
Nina Mandell / NY Daily News:
1500 people show up for 16-year-old's birthday party after she forgets to set Facebook settings
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Instagram Rises as Social Web Embraces Photo Sharing
Discussion: Instagram News and ReadWriteWeb
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Motorola Droid 3 leaks out in tutorial vids, confirms 8MP camera and 1080p recordings (video)
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Hackers Attack Nintendo