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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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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.
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Kinect goes legit on Windows as Microsoft releases software development kit  —  Oregon State University student Alex Wiggins gestures to Kinect, which in turn makes a remote-control toy helicopter take off while teammates Ruma Paul (left) and Fabio Matsui (right) look on.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.”
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
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
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Break Out the Pepto-Bismol — RIM Reports Earnings Today  —  With its stock hovering around a five-year low, Research In Motion reports earnings today, and after the company's late April warning, no one seems to be expecting much of it.  —  Since slashing its estimates for the first fiscal quarter …
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.
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 …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft refuses to endorse WebGL, labels it ‘harmful’  —  Microsoft said on Thursday that it refuses to endorse WebGL from a security perspective.  —  The strong words came directly from Microsoft's own security research and defines team.  Microsoft's MSRC engineering team …
Discussion: TechNet Blogs and Security Watch
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 …
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.
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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Want to Transfer Data to Your Phone?  Just Point and Shoot.  —  Researchers at Google and MIT think they have come up with a novel way to transfer applications and data to the cell phone without a cable or wireless network.  Their transfer mechanism of choice?  The camera.
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 …
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
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Rebecca Black Pulls Infamous ‘Friday’ Video From YouTube  —  It's Thursday, Thursday, and Rebecca Black's memetastic “Friday” video is no longer available on YouTube, due to a copyright claim filed by Rebecca Black apparently.  It's not clear what exactly happened to the video …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WAR!  Zynga Sues The Hell Out Of Brazilian Clone Vostu … That's Zynga's statement about a lawsuit they just filed against a well funded Brazilian startup - Vostu - for copyright infringement.  Vostu has raised $45.9 million from Intel Capital, General Catalyst, Accel and others.  —  What did Vostu do?
 
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Google and AOL venture arms fund tool to track retail price changes
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Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China military paper urges steps against U.S. cyber war threat
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Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
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