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7:15 PM ET, June 8, 2011

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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Microsoft reportedly considers launching own-brand tablet PC  —  Microsoft is reportedly considering to launch an own-brand tablet PC that features Windows 8 by the end of 2012 with cooperation from Texas Instruments and Taiwan-based OEMs/ODMs, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
A Microsoft-Branded Windows 8 Tablet?  Doubt It.  —  Microsoft is considering another run at the hardware business, this time with a tablet PC of its own making.  —  That's the rumor, anyway.  —  Supply chain sources tell occasionally reliable Taiwanese trade mag DigiTimes that the company …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:   Could and should there be a Microsoft-branded Windows 8 tablet?
Sasha Gontmakher / The Official Google Blog:
Know when your bus is late with live transit updates in Google Maps  —  Often when I'm taking public transit, I arrive at my stop on time only to anxiously check my watch and look down the street for my bus, which is running late once again.  Those extra minutes I'm forced to wait seem like an eternity …
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Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Google Maps Navigation to get offline mode? Garmin and TomTom on notice
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Jobs To Cupertino: We Want A Spaceship-Shaped, 12K Capacity Building As Our New Apple Campus  —  After having a banner WWDC start yesterday, Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs humbly presented his idea for a new Apple campus at the Cupertino City Council today.
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Sajid Farooq / NBC Bay Area:
We Have No Plan to Let Apple Go: Cupertino Mayor  —  Steve Jobs appearance before Cupertino's City Council may have caught many off guard Tuesday night, including the council members.  But a day later, Mayor Gilbert Wong said the city was excited about Jobs presentation of Apple's proposed new campus in the city.
Discussion: Cupertino and @cityofcupertino
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Facebook to Be Probed in EU for Facial Recognition in Photos  —  Facebook Inc. will be probed by European Union data-protection regulators over a feature that suggests people's names to tag in pictures without their permission.  —  A group of privacy watchdogs drawn from the EU's 27 nations …
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Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Why Copyright Holders Love iTunes Match And Pirates Hate It  —  Steve Jobs presented a web storage service called iCloud this week that marked cloud computing's transition to the mainstream.  But a debate is already raging about what some of iCloud's features could mean for the future of digital music and video.
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Nick Bilton / Bits:   How Apple Can Make Money From Higher-Quality Songs
Dave Caolo / TUAW:
iOS 5 hints at iPhone, iPad updates  —  TUAW sources inspecting the USB device files in yet-unreleased iOS 5 firmware have discovered suggestions of two future iPad 3 models as well as a pair of iPhone 5 models.  What's most surprising is a big omission: no mention of an iPod touch 5.
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Steve Kovach / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
iOS 5 Is Amazing — You Have To See It To Believe It!
Discussion: App Advice and 9 to 5 Mac, Thanks:alleyinsider
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evernote Peek: The First Smart Cover App That Could Make You Smarter  —  One of the best parts of the iPad 2 is the colorful, magical smart cover that comes as a peripheral.  Lift the cover and your iPad turns on, drop it and it goes to sleep.  It's kind of addictive.
Arild Moen / Dow Jones Newswires:
Samsung Declines Comment On Nokia Bid Speculation  —  HELSINKI (Dow Jones)—Samsung Electronics Co. (005930.SE) Wednesday declined to comment on market speculation that it could be preparing a bid for ailing Finland-based handset maker Nokia Corp. (NOK).  —  “It seems like a market rumor …
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Verizon confirms sales of its Galaxy S II ‘superphone’ start in July  —  Other major carriers are also expected to have the hottest new smartphone, made by Samsung  —  Computerworld - Verizon Wireless Wednesday confirmed that it plans to start selling the Samsung Galaxy S II “superphone” …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review  —  When we met with Samsung in late May, company representatives didn't seem entirely sure that the company would meet the rumored June 8th ship date here in the US, but lo and behold, it's done just that.  The tablet's launching at noon today at the Best Buy …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android's App Attrition Rate Much Higher than iOS: 32% vs. 19%  —  95,000 of the roughly 300,000 mobile applications that have ever appeared on the Android Market are no longer available - an app attrition rate of 32%.  In comparison, 80,000 apps out of approximately 500,000 (or 16%) …
Andy Chu / Bing:
Bing for Mobile Browse Gets More Social  —  Today we unveiled an update to Bing for Mobile Browse (m.bing.com), which includes a number of new features to help you make faster, more informed decisions while on the go.  Today's updates make it easier to share on Facebook, access news …
Discussion: Neowin.net, The Next Web and WinRumors
Brett Wolf / Reuters:
Senators seek crackdown on “Bitcoin” currency  —  ST. LOUIS (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Two senators are pressing federal authorities to crack down on an online black market and “untraceable” digital currency known as Bitcoins after reports that they are used to buy illegal drugs anonymously.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Forget About 99 Cents, What If You Could Rent Mobile Games for 25 Cents?  —  T-Mobile USA is teaming up with WildTangent to test out a Netflix-like model for renting mobile games on Android smartphones.  —  Instead of having to purchase a game without knowing if it's any good, users will have the ability to rent the game for a day.
 
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Golnaz Esfandiari / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
In Iran, Beware Of New Facebook ‘Friends’
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Leahy re-introduces bill to make concealing data breaches a crime
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Has Begun Rolling Out New Photo Service To Users
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Flipboard's Traffic Just Quadrupled: Now At 400 Million “Flips” Per Month
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Stars Align For Spotify (Really This Time, Maybe)
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com and parislemon
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Apple now world's largest semiconductor buyer
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Apple, Google cloud can help curb online piracy: U.S.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Thiel: Tech Bubble? What Tech Bubble?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Glassboard: Rock Star Team Regroups From RSS-Land to Tackle Private Mobile Content Sharing
Discussion: Ars Technica
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Vidyo launches low-cost HD video chat for up to 20 people at once
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
iCloud's real purpose: kill Windows
Discussion: GigaOM and GMSV