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6:50 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.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
What Is Steve Jobs Announcing Monday? Here's The Scoop About iCloud & Time Capsules [Exclusive]
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
Eli Hodapp / Touch Arcade:
Behold the Fling Mini, the Little Brother to the Fling for iPad  —  The Fling joysticks for the iPad are fantastic little contraptions.  Two suction cups, a conductive joystick, and a cleverly designed plastic spiral all work in perfect harmony to provide a tactile gameplay experience …
Discussion: Engadget and Technabob
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 and parislemon, Thanks:dondodge
Vinicius Vacanti / Yipit Blog:
The Reports of Groupon's Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Windows 8: features, screenshots, and everything else you need to know  —  It finally happened!  On Wednesday, we finally got a glimpse at what Microsoft has in store for its next version of Windows and how it plans to compete in the tablet market.  Yes, after months of some leaked screenshots and rumors …
Discussion: LiveSide.net
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Lionel Menchaca / Dell Community:
Microsoft's Windows 8 Gamble Just Might Work
Discussion: Computerworld and The Business Insider, Thanks:dell
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.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Nook Simple Touch compared to Kindle 3  —  Paul Miller wrote a great review at This Is My Next that any potential Nook owner should read.  But it doesn't seem like he owns a Kindle or does a lot of e-ink reading, so I'm going to take a different slant: whether someone who wants an e-reader …
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.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Transitions: The Nokia Way vs. The Microsoft Way  —  One false step and you're dead.  Or worse: You're the walking dead.  This is what awaits CEOs who mismanage a product transition and allow the existing revenue stream to run dry before the promising new product shows up.
Alison Gendar / NY Daily News:
Anthony Weiner's stimulating week: How a lewd Twitter photo may have derailed politician's future  —  WASHINGTON - In the nano-second it takes to send a tweet, Rep. Anthony Weiner's political career has short-circuited.  —  From the moment a lewd photograph of bulging briefs was sent …
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.
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Is YouTube Killing Music Piracy?
Discussion: ringtonia.com
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Penry Price to Leave Google for Startup Media6Degrees
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Instagram Rises as Social Web Embraces Photo Sharing
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Motorola Droid 3 leaks out in tutorial vids, confirms 8MP camera and 1080p recordings (video)