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8:00 AM ET, June 11, 2011

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AppleInsider:
Apple poised to build nearly 400K next-gen MacBook Airs this month  —  The second-generation of Apple's revitalized MacBook Air notebooks are scheduled to enter mass production during the month of June, with an initial build volume hovering around 400,000 units.
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
When Engineers Lie  —  Twenty years ago, when I was writing Accidental Empires, my book about the PC industry, I included near the beginning a little rant about how good engineers were incapable of lying, because their work relied on Terminal A being positive and not negative and if they lied …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:   Attacks on Sony, others show it's open hacking season
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Samsung Chromebook Series 5 review  —  For almost two years now, Google's been talking up the idea of always-on, always-connected laptops based on a version of its Chrome browser.  Local storage, of course, was not an ingredient in the equation.  And while a lucky few developers got to put …
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
LulzSec Hackers Get Personal, Dump 26,000 Porn Site Usernames And Passwords  —  After high profile takedowns of PBS and Sony, the anarchic hacker group LulzSec now seems determined to maximize its exploits' embarrassment factor.  —  On Friday afternoon the group announced that it had stolen …
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Patrick Gray / Risky.biz:   Why we secretly love LulzSec
The Lulz Boat / @lulzsec:
Recap of the last 24 hours: NHS assisted, Jihad site taken down, Pron.com owned, Endgames + Prolexic shone upon brightly. Tomorrow... @Sony
Discussion: Neowin.net
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Apple sued by iCloud Communications over iCloud trademark  —  Well that didn't take long.  In a suit filed yesterday in the US Disctrict Court in Arizona, a company named iCloud Communications, LLC has claimed trademark infringements against Apple over the use of the name iCloud.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify Signs Universal Music, May Really Get to U.S., After All  —  Spotify has signed an American distribution deal with Universal Music Group, the world's largest music label.  The pact means that the streaming music company now has U.S. deals in place with three of the four largest labels …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Twitter's Secret Handshake  —  CHARLIE SHEEN'S meltdown took many forms: a cocaine-fueled rampage in a New York hotel room, an erratic radio rant, a vulgar one-man comedy tour.  But his biggest contribution to current culture may have been more subtle.  With a simple Twitter phrase, #winning …
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Google App Store Now Offering Way to Cheat WSJ Paywall  —  Gives new mean to the phrase “just Google it”  —  One of the more interesting dichotomies to develop in the software ecosystem over the past few years has been the open nature of Google's app stores versus the closed and controlled marketplace maintained by Apple.
Discussion: CNN, AddictiveTips and SAI, Thanks:benpopper
Kevin Kelleher / Fortune:
The checkered past of Groupon's chairman  —  Groupon's largest shareholder and chairman, Eric Lefkofsky, has a back story investors might want to know.  FORTUNE — “Lets start having fun... lets get funky... let's announce everything... let's be WILDLY positive in our forecasts …
Discussion: SAI and VentureBeat
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Rocky Agrawal / TechCrunch:
Groupon Was “The Single Worst Decision I Have Ever Made As A Business Owner”
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Apple Recalls “Extremely Small” Number of Verizon iPads Over Duplicate ID Numbers  —  Apple confirmed to AllThingsD on Friday that it has recalled a very small number of Verizon iPad 2 models after the products were inadvertently shipped with identical electronic serial numbers.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Computer Studies Made Cool, on Film and Now on Campus  —  NEW HAVEN — When Keila Fong arrived at Yale, she had never given much thought to computer science.  But then last year everyone on campus started talking about the film “The Social Network,” and she began to imagine herself building something …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft reveals Xbox LIVE will be built into Windows 8 … Microsoft has revealed that its Xbox LIVE service will be built into PCs in the future.  —  Mike Delman, Microsoft's vice president of global marketing in the interactive entertainment business unit, revealed the company's plans in an interview this week.
New York Times:
Spain Detains 3 in PlayStation Cyberattacks  —  PARIS — The Spanish police said Friday that they had apprehended three people suspected of computer hacking in connection with recent cyberattacks on Sony's PlayStation Network as well as corporate and government Web sites around the world.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple slams Amazon's Android e-store as ‘inferior’  —  In legal clash, also calls out Android security gaffes, including malicious apps infiltrating Google's download center  —  Computerworld - Apple this week called Amazon's Appstore for Android “inferior” as it urged a federal court …
Gregory Ferenstein / Fast Company:
KinectShop: The Next Generation Of Shopping [Exclusive Video]  —  A new augmented reality shopping platform for Xbox Kinect will allow users to try on clothes in true 3-D, share photos with friends, and store wish-listed items on smartphones for shopping on-the-go.
Discussion: StartupLocker
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
NATO's Newest Bombing Tool: Twitter  —  In the early days of the Libya war, U.S. commanders were adamant that they didn't communicate with the Libyan rebels about what targets to bomb.  As it turns out, they don't need to.  They've got Twitter.  —  NATO officials conducting air strikes …
Discussion: Agence France Presse
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
EPIC Draft FTC Complaint Vilifies Facebook's Facial Recognition
Discussion: Wendy's Blog and epic.org
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Foursquare (Finally) Checks In To Its Very Own SOMA Office [Pics]
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and About Foursquare
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cafepress IPO Filing Gives A Glimpse At A Crowdsourced Business Model
Discussion: AllThingsD and SAI
Erin Lindsay / White House Blog:
What Our Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers Told Us
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
RIM Shareholder Calls for Separation of Chairman, CEO Roles
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Web Security Start-Up Cloudflare Gets Buzz, Courtesy of LulzSec Hackers
Discussion: Inquirer
Christopher Le Coq / Reuters:
EU states agree on tougher sanctions on cybercrime
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Third-Party Twitter Apps Can Access Your Private Messages Without Authorization
Discussion: Mashable!, SlashGear and Techie Buzz
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Getting to one billion iTunes accounts
Discussion: Electronista
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Facebook begins testing new real-time “Happening Now” feed [Updated]
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Judge furious at “inexcusable” P2P lawyering, nukes subpoenas