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.
Discussion: I4U News
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: Kinect Windows SDK is Here
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.
Discussion: BGR, L.A. Times Tech Blog, Computerworld, BetaNews, Ed Burnette's Dev … and Gizmodo
Zach Epstein / BGR: Microsoft issues Kinect for Windows SDK beta
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Microsoft releases Kinect for Windows SDK
Richi Jennings / Computerworld: Microsoft Kinect in the enterprise: Not just for gaming
Kyle Wagner / Gizmodo: Microsoft's Kinect for Windows SDK Beta Is Out
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.
Jeffrey Meisner / The Official Microsoft Blog: Kinect for Windows SDK - It's Here!
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog: Microsoft delivers Kinect development kit for non-commercial use
@ch9: We're streaming live on Channel 9, send us your questions about Kinect for Windows now. http://ch9.ms
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter: Microsoft Launches Kinect SDK for Windows
Jay Greene / CNET News: Microsoft advances natural UI with Kinect SDK
Matt Peckham / PC World: Kinect for Windows SDK Beta Available Now to Download
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat: Microsoft unleashes Kinect software development kit
Phillip Torrone / Make: Kinect Hackers Are Changing the Future of Robotics - The Real Story Behind the Kinect
Lee Stott / MSDN Blogs: Kinect for Windows SDK - It's Here!
Dan Fernandez / Channel 9: Installing and Using the Kinect Sensor
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog: Beta for Kinect for Windows SDK Now Available!
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?
Discussion: Friending Facebook Blog, Technologizer, PC Magazine, eWeek, mocoNews, Daring Fireball, iPhone Download Blog, I4U News, All Facebook, FierceMobileContent, Geekosystem, SAI, TUAW, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, ReadWriteWeb, PR Newswire, Softpedia News, GottaBeMobile, Techland, WebProNews, Edible Apple, Touch Arcade, Techie Buzz, SlashGear, TiPb, GigaOM, AppleInsider, iPhone, CNET News, Electricpig.co.uk, Pocket-lint, PC World, Gamasutra and 9 to 5 Mac
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog: Rumor: Facebook to take on Apple with HTML5 platform
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: Facebook's HTML5 Surprise?
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: Facebook Prepping HTML5 Mobile-App Platform: Report
John Gruber / Daring Fireball: Project Spartan — MG Siegler claims a scoop:
Robert Evans / I4U News: Google Will Launch a Browser-Based App Store to Compete With Facebook's ‘Project Spartan’?
David Cohen / All Facebook: Project Spartan: Facebook Aims To Bypass App Store
Jason Ankeny / FierceMobileContent: Report: Facebook mobile platform will circumvent Apple's App Store
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: Facebook's iPhone App Store End-Around Is Exactly The Right Idea
Steven Sande / TUAW: Is Facebook's Project Spartan going after Apple's app lock?
Kelly Hodgkins / Gizmodo: Facebook is Armed With HTML5 and Gunning For Apple
Andrew Couts / Digital Trends: Facebook's ‘Project Spartan’: A covert, web-based rival to Apple's App Store
Chuong Nguyen / GottaBeMobile: Facebook's ‘Project Spartan’ to be HTML5 App Store for iOS
Giles Turnbull / Techland: Report: Facebook Eyes Apple's Achilles' Heel with ‘Project Spartan’
John / Edible Apple: New “Project Spartan” initiative from Facebook looks to circumvent iOS App Store
Chris Davies / SlashGear: Facebook's Project Spartan: An HTML5 Trojan Horse for Apple
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM: Apple might not get social, but Facebook doesn't get mobile apps
J.R. Bookwalter / iPhone: Facebook's “Project Spartan” To Challenge iOS App Store with HTML5 Apps
Don Reisinger / CNET News: Facebook going Spartan to take on Apple?
Paul Lamkin / Pocket-lint: Facebook to take on Apple with own App Store
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: Facebook planning ‘Project Spartan’ attack on Apple's App Store?
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 …
Discussion: SiliconANGLE, Naked Security, Digital Trends, Zero Day Blog, WebProNews, TG Daily, Dusty Tech, Guardian, Computerworld, Geekosystem, InfoWorld, Washington Post and The Next Web
Kit Dotson / SiliconANGLE: Hacker Group LulzSec Downs CIA.gov Website, IT Security Community Rolls Their Eyes
Naked Security / Sophos: CIA website brought down by DDoS attack, LulzSec hackers claim responsibility
Larry Dignan / Zero Day Blog: LulzSec, Anonymous and hacktivism: Crappy security has caught up with us
Josh Wolford / WebProNews: LulzSec Takes Down CIA.gov, Hacking Simply for Enjoyment
Emma Woollacott / TG Daily: LulzSec hacks CIA website - and has fun with telephone hotline
Keith Stuart / Guardian: Why are Lulzsec and Anonymous hacking games companies?
James Bishop / Geekosystem: LulzSec, Anonymous and The Days Of Internet Rage
Robert X. Cringely / InfoWorld: Dial ‘h’ for ‘hacker’: LulzSec is the future of the Net
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post: CIA Web site hacked; group LulzSec takes credit
Joel Falconer / The Next Web: Should we paint Anonymous and LulzSec with the same brush?
Stephen Chapman / Between the Lines Blog:
LulzSec leaks 62,000 emails and passwords, also targets CIA
LulzSec leaks 62,000 emails and passwords, also targets CIA
Discussion: Guardian, Fast Company, SiliconFilter, THN, Inquirer, The Next Web, Gizmodo, Gizmodo, Softpedia News, Geekosystem and msnbc.com
Patrick Kingsley / Guardian: Danger: hackers at work
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter: Has Lulzsec Leaked Your Data Online? Here's a Simple Tool to Check
Dean Wilson / Inquirer: Lulzsec releases 62,000 emails and passwords
Matt Brian / The Next Web: LulzSec releases 62,000 user credentials, followers begin accessing accounts
Winda Benedetti / msnbc.com: Nerd fight! 4chan takes on LulzSec over game attacks
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM COO Leaving The Company — Research In Motion's COO Don Morrison is leaving the company for medical reasons, the WSJ reports. — He is expected to return in the fall. — Last week we heard from a source that Morrison was going to be leaving the company, but not for medical reasons.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Business Insider
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Break Out the Pepto-Bismol — RIM Reports Earnings Today
Break Out the Pepto-Bismol — RIM Reports Earnings Today
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and MarketBeat
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: RIM COO Morrison Takes Medical Leave, WSJ Says
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 …
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable!: Friday No More: Rebecca Black Takes Down Her Hit YouTube Video
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider, CNET News, PC Magazine, 9 to 5 Mac, TUAW, CrunchGear, SAI, The Next Web, MacNN, AppleInsider, MacDailyNews, MacRumors, iClarified and Edible Apple
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News: Apple begins $6.6M overhaul on NYC ‘cube’ store
Leslie Horn / PC Magazine: Report: Fifth Avenue Apple Store Getting a Makeover
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac: Apple spending $6 million to revamp the Fifth Avenue store's iconic glass cube entrance
Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW: 5th Avenue Apple Store's iconic glass cube to be reinstalled
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: Apple Spending $6.7 Million To Remove And Reinstall The Glass Cube At Its NYC Store
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Apple to Upgrade Fifth Avenue Store Plaza, Temporarily Remove Iconic Glass Cube
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 …
Discussion: CNET News, SAI, Electronista and VentureBeat
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News: Comcast shows off next-generation broadband, TV
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat: Actually Comcastic: Gigabit broadband gets shown off
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.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, @jason and Fortune
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: Apple: JP Morgan Ups MacBook Air Estimates
Jason Calacanis / @jason: Clearly the MacBook Air is Apple's best product EVER CREATED. Better than iPhone and iPad—clearly. http://t.co/G1RrbYl
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune: J.P. Morgan sees the MacBook Air as a $3 billion business
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
Discussion: Andreas Gal, Web Browser, The Digital Reader and Neowin.net
Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader: HTML5 PDF reader now under development
Stefano Elia / Neowin.net: Mozilla developing Firefox PDF renderer
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.”
Discussion: Ars Technica, 9 to 5 Mac, BGR, App Advice, TUAW, AppleInsider, Betabeat, iPhone Buzz, SlashGear, PhoneArena, PC Magazine, Neowin.net and iLounge
Christian Zibreg / 9 to 5 Mac: New York publisher takes Apple to court for infringing ‘iBooks’ trademark
Zach Epstein / BGR: Apple sued for infringing ‘iBooks’ trademark
Bryan M. Wolfe / App Advice: Apple Sued Over iBooks Name
Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW: Apple faces trademark infringement lawsuit over the use of iBooks
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat: How Do You Like Dem Lawsuits, Apple?
Shane McGlaun / iPhone Buzz: Beacon Universal Remote, Publisher sues Apple offer iBooks trademark, i-FlashDrive
Shane McGlaun / SlashGear: Publisher sues Apple over iBooks trademark
Leslie Horn / PC Magazine: Apple Sued for Use of ‘iBooks’ Name
John Callaham / Neowin.net: Apple sued over iBooks name
Charles Starrett / iLounge: Apple sued over use of ‘iBooks’ name
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: Computerworld, PC Magazine, mocoNews and Techie Buzz
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld: Google launches affiliate program for eBooks
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine: Google Calls for Allies in eBook Battle
Laura Hazard Owen / mocoNews: Google Launches E-Book Affiliates Program
Keith Dsouza / Techie Buzz: Google eBookstore Announces Affiliate Program
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Oracle seeks billions in lawsuit against Google — (Reuters) - Oracle Corp is seeking damages “in the billions of dollars” from Google Inc in a patent lawsuit over the smartphone market, according to a court filing. — Oracle sued Google last year, claiming the Web search company's Android …
Discussion: SAI and 24/7 Wall St.
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 a cellphone without a cable or wireless network. Their transfer mechanism of choice? The camera.
Discussion: CNET News, Computerworld, News Office, Popular Science, Geeky-Gadgets, PhysOrg.com and TG Daily
Clay Dillow / Popular Science: Finally, A Simple Way to Throw Applications Between Your Computer and Your Phone, While They're Running
Julian Horsey / Geeky-Gadgets: Google Intern Creates Open App Transfer System From PC To Phone Via Camera
Larry Hardesty / PhysOrg.com: You can take it with you: Transfer open applications between computer, cellphone with a snapshot
Emma Woollacott / TG Daily: Google system transfers open apps from a cellphone to a PC
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, WebProNews and SAI
Pamela Parker / Search Engine Land: Updated: Google Embroiled In Political Controversy Over Cost-Per-Lead Ad Test
Ricky Kreitner / SAI: Google And Obama Team Have Special Ad Deal, GOP Alleges
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.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Facebook, Groupon investor Accel raises $1.35B — Accel Partners, the firm whose recent successes have put it in the top tier of the venture capital industry, just announced that it has raised two new funds — $475 million its eleventh venture fund and $875 million for its second growth fund.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Accel Partners Closes $1.35 Billion In Two Funds
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, CNET News, PC World and Security Watch
Swiat / TechNet Blogs: WebGL Considered Harmful
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Microsoft declares WebGL ‘harmful’ to security
Tony Bradley / PC World: Dangerous WebGL Flaws Haunt Chrome and Firefox
Larry Seltzer / Security Watch: Microsoft Engineers Criticize WebGL Design Security
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, MacRumors, The Next Web, MacStories and TUAW
Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Apple Patent Application Addresses Advanced ‘Find My iPhone’ Features and Customizability
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web: New Apple patent wants to give you James Bond's Find my iPhone features
Graham Spencer / MacStories: Patent Details Potential Future Find My iPhone Features
Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW: Apple patent reveals possible Find My iPhone improvements
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?
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 …
Discussion: Computerworld, AllThingsD, The Politico, BetaNews, ReadWriteWeb, Data Center Knowledge and Bloomberg
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld: Obama's CIO quits
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD: Federal CIO Kundra Decamps for Green Pastures of Harvard
Kim Hart / The Politico: Sources: Kundra leaving White House
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb: Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Resigns, Plans to Join Harvard
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge: Federal CIO Kundra Leaving for Harvard
Roger Runningen / Bloomberg: Obama's Chief Information Officer Kundra to Leave Post in August
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: paidContent, Fast Company, digiday:DAILY and VentureBeat
Gregory Ferenstein / Fast Company: Google Launches Reputation Management, Tapjoy Pays For Android Porting, Restaurant Tabs Go Mobile
Saya Weissman / digiday:DAILY: The Signal: Vizio's Tablet Play
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Tapjoy launches $5M fund to port apps to Android
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 …
Discussion: Electronista, Electricpig.co.uk, CNET News, GottaBeMobile, BGR, Guardian, CrackBerry.com blogs and SAI
Adam Mills / GottaBeMobile: O2 UK Won't Carry BlackBerry PlayBook Due to Issues with ‘End to End Customer Experience’
Charles Arthur / Guardian: BlackBerry PlayBook review
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Alibaba to split, not IPO, e-commerce unit Taobao — (Reuters) - Alibaba Group said on Thursday it has reorganized Taobao, China's largest e-commerce website, into three separate companies, squashing any chance of a Taobao public offering. — The move to split Taobao comes …
Josh Hargreaves / MediaFile: Tech wrap: Government bringing knife to cyber gun fight?