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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Behold: Facebook's Secret Photo Sharing App  —  Last night, something very interesting came our way.  Something massive — documents and images outlining what appears to be a new Facebook iPhone app built around photo sharing.  We teased what we had with a single image last night.
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Is Facebook about to have the last word in iPhone photo sharing?  —  Facebook is about to lunch a doozy of a photo sharing app for iOS, according to TechCrunch.  The app will enter a space that's already crowded with startup offerings such as Color, Instagram, PicPlz and more …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: Google Nexus 4G detailed - 720p display, 4G LTE, Android 4.0  —  Google is two devices deep in a quest to deliver its vision of what a mobile device should be, while pushing the envelope forward as far as specifications and collaboration is concerned.
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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Google ‘Nexus 4G’ rumored for Thanksgiving launch with 720p display, LTE, and Ice Cream Sandwich
Discussion: BetaNews and PhoneDog.com
Clare Jim / Reuters:
Acer cuts 2011 tablet shipment target by nearly 60 percent  —  (Reuters) - Acer Inc slashed its full-year shipment target for tablets by almost 60 percent and expects lower notebook shipments as the world No.2 PC maker works to clear accumulated inventory.  —  However, Acer …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Duke Nukem's PR threatens to punish sites that run negative reviews  —  Update: 2K Games has officially weighed in on the issue.  “2K Games does not endorse the comments made by Jim Redner and we can confirm that The Redner Group no longer represents our products.
Felix Lin / Google Chrome Blog:
Chromebooks now available for sale  —  Last month we unveiled the first Chromebooks from our partners, Samsung and Acer.  Chromebooks were built and optimized for the web to give you a faster, simpler and more secure experience without the headaches of traditional computers.
Andreas Tuerk / Google Public Policy Blog:
Me, Myself and I: Helping to manage your identity on the web  —  In recent years, it's become easier and easier to publish information about yourself online, through powerful new platforms like social networking sites and photo sharing services.  One way to manage your privacy on these sites …
Sam Gustin / Wired:
Pandora IPO Pops 60 Percent, Closes Up Nearly Nine Percent  —  Update — 4:15 p.m. EDT: Pandora shares ended regular session trading at $17.42, nearly nine percent higher than the $16 offering price.  —  Pandora, the internet radio company, became the latest web company to go public Wednesday …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pandora Puts The “P” In IPO — Our Talk With Them On The Big Day
Discussion: Evolver.fm
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
New AirPort Extremes and Time Capsules confirmed, software update caching references found  —  Following our reports that Apple is gearing up to release updated AirPort Extremes and Time Capsules with software update caching, we have discovered references to unreleased AirPort Extremes …
Hiroki Asakawa / Google LatLong:
My Places now helps you manage your important locations  —  Almost every day you encounter new places and businesses, whether it's a new store you spotted on your commute to work, or a restaurant you visited with friends over the weekend.  To date, you've been able to star places on Google Maps …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dolby Sues RIM Over Patent Infringement, Aims To Halt Sales Of BlackBerry Devices  —  Breaking - Dolby has just announced that it has filed patent infringement lawsuits in the United States and Germany against BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.  —  The lawsuits seek recovery of financial damages …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
TV or Web Video?  Now, Finally, We're Starting To Choose.  —  The weird thing about the Web video boom is that it doesn't seem to have cut into the TV business: Much to the relief of many well-paid people, TV viewing has gone up even as Web video usage has gone up.  Put us in front of a screen, and we'll watch it.
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Retail Secrets Spilled: Don't Correct The Customers, Abide By The A.P.P.L.E. Code  —  It's no accident that Apple's retail empire has grown into a $12 billion+ business.  —  It's run as a strict operation, with specific guidelines on how employees can and can not talk to customers …
Matt LeMay / bitly blog:
bitly Pro is now... bitly!  —  Since launching in December of 2009, our bitly Pro whitelabel service has grown to power over 10,000 custom short domains, including but by no means limited to gat.es (The Gates Foundation), diddy.it, (Diddy), dalaila.ma (His Holiness the Dalai Lama), and cart.mn (South Park Studios).
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Next Web and AllTwitter
Andrew Lipsman / comScore Voices:
The Network Effect: Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter & Tumblr Reach New Heights in May  —  With each passing month it seems that social networking becomes more deeply ingrained into our digital lives.  If we take a look back at the past few years we can see just how pervasive it has become.
Richard Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
China's Cyberassault on America  —  If we discovered Chinese explosives laid throughout our national electrical system, we'd consider it an act of war.  China's digital bombs pose as grave a threat.  —  In justifying U.S. involvement in Libya, the Obama administration cited the …
Discussion: Digital Trends, CNET News and SAI
John Cook / GeekWire:
Starbucks unveils Android app, brings mobile payment to Safeway  —  Starbucks today rolled out a new Android application that allows users to pay with their mobile phones, find nearby stores and manage gift cards.  The Seattle coffee retailer also announced that its mobile payment technology …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
No more doubt: Oracle wants billion-dollar amount from Google  —  Yesterday's announcement of the Apple-Nokia settlement led to much speculation over how much money the Finnish handset maker receives.  All analysts agreed that it must be a lot.  But there are also other smartphone patent disputes of similar economic magnitude.
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and The Next Web, Thanks:rusua
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Windows Phone 7 Ad Impressions Up 92%; iOS And Android Neck In Neck For App Revenue  —  Mobile ad network Millennial Media has released its monthly monthly mobile report for May, giving us a view into how each OS and manufacturer is performing on the mobile ad network.
Agence France Presse:
Three in China convicted for iPad2 design theft  —  BEIJING — A court in south China has jailed three people for stealing the design to Apple's iPad2 tablet computer and using it to manufacture counterfeits, state press said Wednesday.  —  The theft from a plant run by Foxconn …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
A risky currency?  Alleged $500,000 Bitcoin heist raises questions  —  Bitcoin, the decentralized virtual currency whose value has skyrocketed in recent weeks, faced a key test Monday as a veteran user reported that Bitcoins worth hundreds of thousands of dollars had been stolen from his computer.
BBC:
LulzSec opens hack request line  —  Lulz Security's request line features the voice of Pierre Dubois - possibly the name of its comic icon  —  The hacker group Lulz Security has opened a telephone request line so its fans can suggest potential targets.  —  It claims to have launched denial …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
In Run-Up To Kindle Lending Program, Libraries Beef Up E-Book Offerings  —  The number of people that check out e-books from libraries is still relatively small—under 15 percent, according to a January Digital Book World survey.  But as e-book sales surpass print sales and e-readers add support …
Discussion: Market Wire, ReadWriteWeb and TeleRead
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Senators introduce location privacy bill  —  Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal unveiled a bill Wednesday that would require firms like Apple and Google along with app developers to obtain consent before collecting or sharing consumers' location data.
Hajj Flemings / BLACK ENTERPRISE:
Minority Startups Get Big Push From New Me Accelerator  —  There's a big difference between consuming technology and creating it.  Angela Benton, the Principle of Black Web 2.0, along with partners Wayne Sutton and Toby Morning will help other African Americans make headway in the creation department.
Discussion: But You're A Girl.com
Mary Branscombe / TechRadar.com:
Microsoft hints at Windows 8 release date  —  Autumn 2012 still the most likely date for the next version of Windows By Mary Branscombe 3 hours ago |  Tell us what you think [ comments ] microsoft-hints-at-windows-8-release- date Corporate VP Dan'l Lewin says the tablet race …
 
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
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La Quadrature du Net:
The Entire Internet Under Governmental Censorship In France?
Discussion: Boing Boing
Will Richmond / VideoNuze.com:
New Research Shows Netflix Is A Catalyst for Cord-Cutting and Cord-Shaving
Discussion: Bits, CNET News and AllThingsD
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Imagination Technologies Starts Licensing Next Gen iPad/iPhone GPU
Katherine Boehret / Wall Street Journal:
A Slender Tablet With Widescreen Ambitions
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Now The Proud Owner Of Re-tweet.com
Discussion: AllTwitter
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows Phone update schedule: one major version a year
Discussion: BetaNews
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
US, NZ, Sweden, others condemn “three strikes” Internet laws
Discussion: Digital Trends
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
How Larry Page Thinks About Search
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Lady Gaga and 50 Cent Sign on for Custom Link Shortner, Bre.ad
Discussion: PR Newswire, SAI and Computerworld