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9:10 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 …
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. …
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.
Discussion: textually.org and Slashdot
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.
Discussion: Penn Olson, paidContent and SAI
 
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Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Microsoft's Plans for Skype Are Unclear
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
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Pastebin: How a popular code-sharing site became the ultimate hacker hangout
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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