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2:25 PM ET, June 16, 2011

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Project Spartan: Facebook's Hush-Hush Plan To Take On Apple On Their Own Turf: iOS  —  Given the news that has already come out about Facebook, you're probably thinking there is no way that anything else leaks out today.  They're probably on lockdown (real lockdown, not the crazed coding “lockdown"), right?
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Hit the deck: LulzSec and Anonymous start trading blows  —  Hacker group LulzSec has begun publicly attacking hacker group Anonymous, an action that could lead to a civil war of sorts between the two hacker groups that have similar origins.  —  LulzSec has begun publicly mocking 4chan.org …
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Stephen Chapman / Between the Lines Blog:
LulzSec leaks 62,000 emails and passwords, also targets CIA  —  The infamous rogue hacker group, Lulz Security, is back again with claims of packet-flooding the CIA's Web site and leaking another lengthy list of email addresses and passwords.  —  CIA  —  Following their recent exploits …
Steve Clayton / TechNet Blogs:
Official Kinect Developer Kit: now available for download  —  When we launched Kinect last year it was greeted with amazing enthusiasm by consumers, resulting in sales of over 10m units at last count - and a place in the Guinness World Book of Records as the fastest selling consumer electronics device of all time.
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Jason Tanz / Wired:
Kinect Hackers Are Changing the Future of Robotics  —  For 25 years, the field of robotics has been bedeviled by a fundamental problem: If a robot is to move through the world, it needs to be able to create a map of its environment and understand its place within it.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Kinect goes legit on Windows as Microsoft releases software development kit
Discussion: Ed Burnette's Dev … and Gizmodo
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast shows off 1 Gbps broadband  —  Comcast CEO Brian Roberts showed off the next-generation cable broadband technology on Thursday, which could deliver data at over 1 gigabit per second to our home.  Roberts showed a live 11-mile cable network and downloaded 23 episodes of 30 Rock …
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
Eat Your Vegetables, and Don't Forget to Tweet  —  As a teenager, Jessica Wilson rebelled against her parents.  She refused to tweet.  —  Parents are always looking for ways to position their children for success, from piano lessons to Mandarin immersion.
Discussion: Betabeat
Gary Allen / ifoAppleStore:
Work Begins To Replace Fifth Avenue Glass Cube  —  In a stunning development, an expensive construction project has begun at the Fifth Avenue (NYC) Apple store to completely remove the unique and iconic glass cube entrance to the store and to then reinstall it.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
The MacBook Air: Apple's $3 Billion Baby  —  When he last gauged the revenue opportunity of the MacBook Air back in April, J.P. Morgan hardware analyst Mark Moskowitz estimated it at $2.2 billion.  But with a refresh of the machine in the offing and demand for it still strong, he's reassessed and come up with a new figure: $3 billion.
Politico:
Google denies special deal for Barack Obama  —  Google denied Wednesday that it gave President Barack Obama's re-election campaign special access to a new advertising program, something a sales representative from the search and advertising giant had claimed in an email to customers.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, SAI and WebProNews
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued by New York Publisher Over Trademark for Use of Term ‘iBooks’  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL), maker of the iPad tablet computer and the iPhone, was sued by New York publisher John T. Colby in federal court today for trademark infringement over its use of the term “iBooks.”
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
O2 UK spurns BlackBerry PlayBook, cites issues with ‘end to end customer experience’  —  Today is the PlayBook's official launch day in the UK, but one of the island kingdom's biggest mobile players won't be taking part.  O2 has apparently been reaching out to subscribers who've expressed …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals New Security Features for “Find My iPhone” Part 2  —  A new patent application from Apple this morning reveals that they began working on new security features for “Find My iPhone” shortly after the first iteration was revealed back in 2009.  The next generation security features are noted as being proactive in nature.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Android will gain HUGE tablet marketshare later this year  —  Today I took a brief break from my family vacation to visit Vizio's and Oakley's headquarters down in Southern California with my friends Marc Ostrick and Sam Levin to get up to date on the latest 3D technologies from both companies.
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade, Thanks:scobleizer
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Launches 2011 Back to School Promotion - $100 App Store Credit  —  Apple has finally launched the Back to School promotion for 2011. … As reported, this year's back to school promotion offers a $100 iTunes/App Store Gift Card with the purchase of a qualifying Mac.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Pew report: Facebook users have a higher degree of social well-being  —  In just seven years, Facebook has connected one-eleventh of the world on a single website whose population is now nearly twice as large as the United States.  —  By way of explanation, Mark Zuckerberg says people …
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Sony S1 and S2 tablets hitting Europe in September?  —  Last time we heard talk of a Sony tablet, the company was confirming our suspicions about  —  the existence of the S1 and S2, giving the distinctive Android devices a broad global release time frame of this fall.
Sarah Kessler / Mashable!:
Tumblr Now Has More Blogs Than WordPress.com  —  According to their respective websites, 4-year-old microblogging platform Tumblr now hosts more blogs than 8-year-old WordPress.com.  —  In January, Tumblr had more than 7 million individual blogs.  At the time of this writing …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
IBM Turns 100 Today, We Look Back  —  US computing giant IBM celebrates its 100th anniversary today, a century passing since business Charles Flint oversaw the merger of Hollerith's Tabluating Machine Company with the Computing Scale Company of America and International Recording Company …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
HomeAway Prices IPO Between $24 And $27 Per Share, Now Valued At $2 Billion  —  This is no doubt that this is the year of technology IPOs.  Vacation home rental service HomeAway has set the price range of its offering, pricing the range between $24 and $27 per share, valuing the company at a whopping $2 billion.
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
U.S. CIO Kundra leaving for Harvard post  —  Vivek Kundra, the U.S.' first Chief Information Officer, is stepping down to take a fellowship at Harvard University.  Jack Lew, the director of the United States Office of Management and Budget confirmed the news, saying Kundra will leave in August …
Pratip Banerji / Google Book Search Blog:
Google eBooks Affiliate program - Open for business  —  Posted by Pratip Banerji, Product Manager, Google Books team  —  Retailers, bloggers, book publishers and other website owners in the U.S. can now become Google eBooks affiliates.  Affiliates can link to Google eBooks on their sites …
Discussion: paidContent and The Digital Reader
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Tapjoy Puts up $5M to Help App Developers Port to Android  —  The paid distribution provider Tapjoy, many of whose users' mobile gaming applications are now being rejected by Apple, has established a $5 million fund to help transition existing games to Android.
Discussion: Fast Company and VentureBeat
Mike Bloomberg:
Mayor Bloomberg Calls for Immediate Immigration Reform  —  Mayor Bloomberg today highlighted the essential role of immigrants in America's economic growth and addressed the urgent need for Washington to put aside partisan politics and immediately pass immigration reforms needed to create jobs …
Maria Aspan / Reuters:
Citi says 360,000 customers hacked in May cyber attack  —  (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc said a cyber attack in May affected over 360,000 of its customers, or almost twice the initial number that the bank's figures had suggested.  —  After a week of being pressured over its delayed disclosure …
 
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
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Chris Buckley / Reuters:
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