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9:35 PM ET, June 12, 2011

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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Sees Big Traffic Drops in US and Canada as It Nears 700 Million Users Worldwide  —  Facebook is still growing towards 700 million users, having reached 687 million monthly actives by the start of June, according to our Inside Facebook Gold data service.
Discussion: Soshable and Bloggers Blog
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Lion Can Run in Chrome OS-Like Browser Only Mode  —  While all the focus has been the many new features found in iOS 5 Beta, Apple also released a new developer beta of Mac OS X Lion last week.  —  Many of Mac OS X Lion's features have been known for months, but Apple has snuck …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Why did Apple choose Twitter over Facebook?  —  Apple will deeply integrate Twitter into iOS 5 when it releases this Fall, but not Facebook.  Now why is that?  Facebook is the largest social networking platform on the planet, with more than 500 million users, according to the company (Hell …
Discussion: @howardlindzon
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Game, Set, iMatch  —  Usually Apple launches are all about new product, and the WWDC keynote by Steve Jobs and crew was no exception.  IOS 5, OS/X Lion, and iCloud were the tech version of a triple play, mainlining the iPad into the Mac and virtualizing the two product lines via the Cloud.
Caroline Graham / Daily Mail:
This is not the way I'd imagined Bill Gates... A rare and remarkable interview with the world's second richest man  —  Rocking gently in his chair, he begins to sing: ‘I wanna be a billionaire so freakin’ bad.  Buy all the things I never had.  I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine.
Electronista:
US rumored getting unlocked iPhone 4 Wednesday  —  Yet more rumors about Apple's mystery Wednesday update have suggested the US might finally get the option of unlocked iPhones.  A claim Sunday afternoon has the unlocked iPhone 4 appearing at Apple stores in both capacities and colors.
New York Times:
U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors  —  The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks.
Discussion: Examiner, @shervin, Reuters, Engadget, Smart Mobs and Gizmodo, Thanks:cltom
Julia Prodis Sulek / Mercury News:
Steve Jobs' first dream for an Apple headquarters: Coyote Valley, San Jose  —  Cupertino was not Steve Jobs' first choice for a state-of-the-art Apple headquarters.  —  He had another vision three decades ago, when the computer genius was young and healthy, on the cover of Time magazine and on the verge of introducing the Macintosh.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI:
For Google, iCloud Is Annoying; For Microsoft, It's A Humiliation  —  When it became obvious Apple would come out with a cloud computing offering, it would be interesting to see how they would do things differently from Google, the most prominent consumer cloud computing company.
Discussion: Monday Note
Economist:
The test of time  —  Which of today's technology giants might still be standing tall a century after their founding?  —  from the print edition  —  IT IS not, by any means, the world's oldest company.  There are Japanese hotels dating back to the 8th century, German breweries that hail …
April Dembosky / Slate:
Invasion of the Body Hackers  —  Are “biology-enhancing” gadgets the next big thing?  — Michael Galpert rolls over in bed in his New York apartment, the alarm clock still chiming.  The 28-year-old internet entrepreneur slips off the headband that's been recording his brainwaves all night …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Back to School Promotion to Finally Launch on Wednesday?  —  For the third time in the past four weeks, we're hearing rumors of the imminent launch Apple's Back to School promotion.  The first claim expected the promo to kick off the last week of May as it had in previous years.
Bloomberg:
IMF Computer System Infiltrated by Hackers Said to Work for Foreign State  —  The International Monetary Fund's computer system was attacked by hackers believed to be connected to a foreign government, resulting in the loss of e-mails and other documents, according to a person familiar with the incident.
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New York Times:
I.M.F. Reports Cyberattack Led to ‘Very Major Breach’
 
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The iPhone feature-checklist steamroller
Peter Apps / Reuters:
For China activists, hacking attacks a fact of life
Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
Don't Lose That Number: Why Mobile Communications Is Still About Digits
Kaj Larsen / CNN:
How WikiLeaks has changed today's media
Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Why do Republicans tweet so much more than Democrats?
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Nuance speech-to-text references baked into iOS 5 internal settings
John Cook / GeekWire:
Google, Microsoft hold steady in May search engine rankings
Discussion: eWeek and TechFlash
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's 5.7% drop last week was par for the course