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12:15 PM ET, June 7, 2011

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Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
You Can't Always Get What You Want: Apple's Disappointing Music Announcements at WWDC  —  There was a lot of buzz prior to today's announcements at WWDC about the deals that Apple had reportedly struck with the major record labels.  Even before any Apple executives took the stage …
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Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Snubs The iAd  —  Remember Apple's iAd?  Apple might not, either.  —  A year after being shown off as a “tentpole” feature of iPhone software, Apple's mobile advertising business didn't earn a single mention today, as execs previewed a new version of iOS at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Discussion: @dannysullivan
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
25 Million iPads, 1 Billion Tweets: WWDC 2011 by the Numbers
Discussion: TechCrunch and CNET News
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Apple Sounds the PC Death Knell
Jacob Schulman / Engadget:
Apple iOS 5 hands-on preview  —  iOS 5 won't be ready for the masses until this Fall, but lucky developers — and eager tech bloggers — are able to get in on the action right now.  We just got done downloading the 730MB BETA, and have decided to turn our iPhone 4 and iPad 2 into guinea pigs for all the newness.
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft ‘flattered’ with Apple's iOS 5 Windows Phone features  —  Apple introduced its new iOS 5 operating system on Monday.  —  The OS, which powers Apple's iPad and iPhone devices, will be available in the fall and will include more than 200 new features.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Twitter + iOS 5 Will Change Mobile Apps
Discussion: Mashable!, WebProNews, Stowe Boyd, MediaFile and SAI, Thanks:jasoncosta
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
iMessage: Biting RIM's style & sticking it to carriers
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Apple iTunes And The Cloud: The Fine Print  —  For a certain segment of geeks, checking the changes to the Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) iTunes Store Terms and Conditions after new features are added or a new version is released is as much a ritual as unboxing.  One reason, at least in my case …
Discussion: GigaOM, TUAW, App Advice and iClarified
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Michael Muchmore / PC Magazine:
Apple iCloud vs. Amazon Cloud Player vs. Google Music Beta  —  With Apple dropping the third shoe in online streaming music services, after Amazon and Google, some striking differences are now apparent.  —  The biggest player in digital music has finally vaporized its content.
Apple:
Apple Introduces iCloud
Wall Street Journal:
Security ‘Tokens’ Take Hit  —  RSA Offers to Replace Nearly All of Its SecurIDs in Use or Provide Monitoring  —  RSA Security is offering to provide security monitoring or replace its well-known SecurID tokens—devices used by millions of corporate workers to securely log on to their computers …
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Cade Metz / The Register:
App Engine: Google's deepest secrets as a service  —  The software scales.  But will the Google rulebook?  —  Google will never open source its back end.  You'll never run the Google File System or Google MapReduce or Google BigTable on your own servers.
Peter Parkes / Heartbeat:
Problems signing in to Skype  —  Update 2:  —  We are continuing to address today's problems, and are seeing indications that the situation is improving.  —  If you were disconnected from Skype earlier, you shouldn't need to manually sign back in to Skype - it should reconnect automatically when it's able to do so.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
FT Bypasses Apple's iTunes, Launches HTML5 Web App (Free Access First Week)  —  The Financial Times would rather not have Apple take a 30 percent cut of in-app subscriptions for its iOS publications, and has launched a HTML5 Web app that enables readers to access content across tablets and smartphones.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
What Safari's Reading List means for Instapaper  —  Before today, I knew that a reading-list feature similar to Instapaper's core bookmark-saving purpose was being added to Safari in Lion, and wrote a big blog post about its potential impact on Instapaper.  —  I speculated that they wouldn't add …
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Bits:
Which Apps Are Threatened by Apple's Upgrades?
DealBook:
AT&T's Bid for T-Mobile Is Backed by Microsoft and Facebook  —  In its quest to win approval of its $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA, AT&T just got a lot of help from its friends.  —  Eight technology giants, including Facebook and Microsoft, and 10 venture capital firms, filed letters supporting the acquisition late on Monday.
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
One in four US hackers ‘is an FBI informer’  —  The FBI and US secret service have used the threat of prison to create an army of informers among online criminals  —  The underground world of computer hackers has been so thoroughly infiltrated in the US by the FBI and secret service …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
OmniVision and Sony to Supply 8-Megapixel Camera for iPhone 5  —  According to a new report from Digitimes, camera image sensor supplier OmniVision has won “significant orders” for Apple's next-generation iPhone, set to debut later this year.  Whilst OmniVision has been the selected supplier …
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Groupon Goes Into Supermarkets Via Loyalty Cards  —  Deal Has ‘Potential to Revolutionize Grocery-Marketing Landscape’  —  Groupon is joining two Boston marketing-services and analytics firms to get deeper into the traditional grocery coupon business with a test today by Springfield …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Patent Lawsuit Filed Against Skype Same Day Microsoft Deal Was Announced  —  Skype is no stranger to patent litigation.  One time, even its founders pursued a lawsuit against it.  But this is a new lawsuit, not yet reported as far as I can tell.
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Next Big Thing in E-Commerce?  Groupon Founders Fund Online Pawn Shop.  —  Groupon founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell, who have famously extracted all sorts of money from the soon-to-IPO deals start-up and now run an investment group called Lightbank, are onto the next big thing in e-commerce: Pawn shops.
Discussion: Fast Company and Social Markets
Andrew Webster / Ars Technica:
NGP renamed PlayStation Vita: WiFi-only $249, AT&T-only 3G $299  —  As rumored, Sony's PSP successor has been rebadged as the PlayStation Vita and given a retail price.  The WiFi-only version of the device will run users $249, while the 3G model will cost $299, which puts the handheld …
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Online Ads: Where 1,240 Companies Fit In  —  Online advertising is a remarkably complex field.  Terence Kawaja has a new way for potential investors to visualize it.  —  The market involves hundreds of small and large companies that help advertisers reach consumers and help website publishers …
 
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Had 186 iPhone Carriers at the End of March; Now It Has 200
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check Blog:
Average iTunes user only listens to 19% of music library
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and ZDNet
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Mozilla's Webian Shell interface will cloak your OS in a browser (video)
Discussion: Computerworld and Digitizor
Reuters:
Toshiba, Sony in talks to merge small LCD panel ops: sources
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechEye
 Earlier Items: 
Lorenzo Colitti / The Official Google Blog:
World IPv6 Day begins 24 hours from now. Websites, start your engines.
Louis Gray:
Bebo CTO & Hi-5 Cofounder Akash Garg Heads to Twitter
Discussion: AllTwitter, AllThingsD and @rsarver
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
NATO: Anonymous will be “infiltrated” and “persecuted”
Discussion: Fast Company and Techdirt
Dhanji R. Prasanna / RETHRICK CONSTRUCTION:
Waving Goodbye  —  In the past month or two, fully 8 …
Nicholas Carlson / SAI:
THE WORST DM FAIL IN HISTORY: Weiner Admits The Crotch Shot Was His
 

 
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Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
ABC report: UK magazines' digital sales rose 15.4% YoY to an average of 2.6M per edition, including 1.2M from “all you can read” sales via Readly and others

Kristen Hare / Poynter:
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