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11:20 PM ET, June 7, 2011

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
How to Upgrade to iOS 5 Today, Without Any Developer Account  —  One day and iOS 5 has been hacked already.  Gizmodo reader and Apple lover Mert Erdir has discovered how to upgrade to iOS 5 without developer accounts, using a simple backdoor.  Everyone can do it following these extremely simple instructions:
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Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
iOS 5 Works Just Fine On iPhone 3GS  —  Reports are coming out that the iOS 5 beta works just fine on the 3GS, which is a relief since just a couple of weeks ago it was rumored that the 3GS wouldn't work at all.  According to Apple (emphasis added): … Unfortunately, Apple doesn't spell out what …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and 9 to 5 Mac
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
iOS5 Has Been Jailbroken  —  Good news, iPhone jailbreakers!
Carolyn Penner / Twitter Blog:
Link sharing made simple  —  We've been working on a bunch of features to make Twitter easier to use.  Today, we're releasing something that many of you have been asking for - automatic link shortening on Twitter.com  —  How does it work?  —  Just paste a link of any length into the Tweet box on Twitter.com.
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Twitter introduces automatic link shortening on Twitter.com
Discussion: Gizmodo
Naked Security / Sophos:
Facebook changes privacy settings for millions of users - facial recognition is enabled  —  When Facebook revealed last year it was introducing facial recognition technology to help users tag their friends in photographs, they gave the functionality to North American users only.
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Justin Mitchell / Facebook Blog:
Making Photo Tagging Easier
Discussion: Bits
Danny Sullivan / @dannysullivan:   schmidt's talked how google won't do facial recognition even though can. why? set facebook up as ick for doing it now
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Square Raising New Round, Joining Billion Dollar Valuation Club  —  There are a bevy of startups in the process of raising big rounds of capital at billion dollar or higher valuations - something that was a rare occurrence even a few months ago.  We're tracking most of these deals (and have written about the ones we've confirmed).
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile Payments Startup Square Adds Vinod Khosla To Board
John Cook / GeekWire:
Jeff Bezos on innovation: Amazon ‘willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time’  —  One question at Amazon.com's shareholder meeting this morning in Seattle clearly made an impression on Jeff Bezos, sparking an extraordinary response from the Amazon CEO and founder on the qualities …
Discussion: SAI, Thanks:toddbishop
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nintendo Wii U Hands On: An Entirely Different Way to See Things  —  It looks like the product of a fevered fanboy wetdream.  A 6.2-inch touchscreen, surrounded by dual analog sticks and oodles of buttons.  Like the portable hardcore gamers wish Nintendo made.  But it's the most incredible controller ever.
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Steve Boxer / Guardian:
Wii U: first hands-on with Nintendo's new console
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Guess Which Company Is Winning The War For Tech Talent  —  Of all the big tech companies competing for engineering talent, Twitter has fared the best while Yahoo is doing the worst.  —  That's according to statistics released today by TopProspect, which helps companies find technical employees based on peer recommendations.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle wants a huge cut of Google's mobile advertising revenue plus compensation for fragmentation of Java  —  One of the best-kept secrets in the patent dispute between Oracle and Google is what Oracle demands in terms of compensation for past damages and on which terms (monetary and other conditions) …
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac:
AirPlay Mirroring in action (video)  —  One of the new iOS features that has been met with great enthusiasm from journalists and developers attending yesterday's WWDC keynote is AirPlay Mirroring.  Apple's iOS software head honcho Scott Forstall only briefly described it during the keynote talk:
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Files a Whopping 11 Separate US iCloud Trademark Applications  —  On June 7, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's eleven iCloud trademark applications.  Apple filed one iCloud application per International Classification.  The reason for filing eleven separate trademark applications …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Will Investors Take Groupon's Andrew Mason Seriously?  —  Andrew Mason's oddball tendencies have served him well as the head of a quirky Internet upstart. … But now that Groupon Inc. is on the cusp of holding an initial public offering, will the 30-year-old's unconventional leadership style resonate with public investors?
Discussion: @cdixon and techPresident
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Bain: 80% of Twitter engagement is link clicking  —  The social network's real-time access to myriads of content and high levels of user engagement is why marketers keep coming back for more.  —  Adam Bain of Twitter  —  FORTUNE — Hours after Apple (AAPL) announced deep integration …
Discussion: AllTwitter and Steve Rubel
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft finalizes Windows Thin PC; available July 1  —  Microsoft has released to manufacturing its Windows Thin PC client, and plans to make it available to Software Assurance customers starting July 1, company officials said on June 7.  —  Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) is the successor to Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (WinFLP).
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
What's Twitter's Identity Now That It's Apple's Identity Provider?  —  Apple this week anointed Twitter as a built-in feature of the next version of its mobile platform.  —  The partnership, announced during Apple's WWDC keynote yesterday, is an obvious diss to Facebook and its Facebook Connect service …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Computerworld:
Can't reach your favorite site?  IPv6 may be to blame  —  Network World - A small number of Internet users will experience delays or time-outs as they attempt to visit Facebook, Google, Yahoo and other popular websites tonight and tomorrow, due to a 24-hour trial of a new Internet standard called IPv6.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
iOS to get Siri-powered voice commands ahead of launch  —  Citing a source claimed to be reliable, tech blogger Robert Scoble says enhanced voice commands will be included in iOS 5 when it launches this fall.  Apple acquired Siri last year, presumably with the intention of enhancing the lackluster voice command support found in iOS.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhones And iPads Could Be Getting Intel Chips, Says Citi  —  Intel is in talks with Apple to manufacture its custom A4 and A5 chips, says Citi analyst Glen Yueng.  —  However, the manufacture of Apple's chips is only a prelude to a much bigger partnership.
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Motorola backtracks on CEO comments  —  IDG News Service - Motorola is backtracking on comments its CEO made last week about the impact Android apps have on phone performance.  —  Last week, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha saidthe openness of the Android store leads to phone performance issues …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
AOL After the Honeymoon  —  Arianna Huffington.  Image by Getty Images for AOL via @daylife  —  What happens when you mix the ambition of Arianna Huffington with the desperation of Tim Armstrong?  AOL shareholders will soon find out.  —  AOL Chairman Tim Armstrong seemed to find his ideal mate in Arianna Huffington.
Kevin Krause / Android Phone Fans:
Motorola Contacting XOOM Owners about 4G LTE, Upgrade Process Underway?  —  One of our gracious readers just forwarded along an email he received from Motorola customer support.  According to said email the XOOM's promised 4G LTE upgrade for Verizon is already under way.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Kindles Getting Cheaper, and Huge: 10 Percent of Amazon's Business Next Year  —  Amazon's Kindle e-reader, a gawky novelty just three years ago, is now a big business getting bigger.  Really big.  —  Jeff Bezos and company continue not to release sales numbers for the devices, but everyone else keeps guessing.
Discussion: GigaOM, TechCrunch and Digital Trends
 
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