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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
RIM implodes: announces layoffs, 500,000 PlayBooks shipped  —  RIM's first quarter results are in and things don't look good.  —  According to the company's results, net income for the quarter was $695 million, or $1.33 per share diluted, compared with net income of $934 million …
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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.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
4G PlayBook launches delayed until fall
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
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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
Zee / The Next Web:
Lulzsec has released over 150,000 names, emails and home addresses.  Check if you're one of them here  —  Hacker group Lulz Security has been busy over the past five weeks.  It has successfully managed to hack Sony BMG, Nintendo.com, Sonypictures.com, PBS.org, Fox.com and its US X Factor …
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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 …
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Hit the deck: LulzSec and Anonymous start trading blows
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.
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 …
Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
Vostu Responds To Zynga Lawsuit, Does Not Deny Copying Zynga Games  —  Vostu, a social gaming company that's big in Brazil, has responded to a lawsuit from social gaming leader Zynga, which accused Vostu of stealing its games.  (With pretty serious evidence.)
Discussion: SAI
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   WAR! Zynga Sues The Hell Out Of Brazilian Clone Vostu
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, AllThingsD and 24/7 Wall St.
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.
Henry Blodget / SAI:
Here's Google's Secret Plan To Kill Groupon In New York And San Francisco  —  Google recently launched its Groupon-killer, Google Offers, in Portland, Oregon.  —  We don't yet know how that launch went.  —  But Google is now planning to launch Offers in New York and San Francisco.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
4 Million Users Strong And Apple Design Award In Hand, Pulse Grabs $9 Million Series A  —  Apple doesn't hand out a lot of design awards.  When they do, it's a pretty clear indication of the apps they feel best showcase their platforms.  This year at WWDC, one of the winners was Pulse …
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 …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Internet users now have more and closer friends than those offline  —  Have a computer, Internet connection, and no Facebook profile?  Now you're the weirdo outcast.  In a new study done by the Pew Research Center, collections of data from thousands of participants showed that people …
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
Facebook Launches Send Dialog For Private Shares  —  Starting today, you can share a link as a private message or group post within Facebook, thanks to the new send dialog button plugin.  —  This feature builds on the popularity of the send button unveiled one month ago and implemented on over 100,000 websites.
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
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0 Blog:
Mozilla planning to use HTML5 and JavaScript to render PDFs in Firefox  —  This is really cool, and a really good idea.  Mozilla is working on a project that will allow PDF documents to be rendered within the browser using HTML5 and JavaScript as opposed to having to rely on a separate plug-in.
Jennifer Moire / All Facebook:
Connecticut AG To Facebook: Don't Tag My Photo!  —  Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen wants meet with Facebook over privacy concerns linked to the photo-recognition system that's the basis of the tag suggestions feature.  —  Facebook's Manager of Public Policy Communications, Andrew Noyes, said in an email:
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 …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Patent Ruling Means Nokia May Have to Stop Selling Two Discontinued Devices  —  After four years of legal wrangling, IPCom has emerged victorious from its battle with Nokia, though perhaps with less than it had hoped to show for its efforts.  —  The U.K. High Court ruled today that IPCom's …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Inquirer
Sean Cooper / Engadget Mobile:
T-Mobile doubles speed in 42 of its HSPA+ 4G markets  —  T-Mobile's choice of fast just got doubly faster in 42 — clever, right? 42 new markets for its 42Mbps service — of its HSPA+ markets.  With this addition the tally for the faster service now stands at 97 centers — when added to the 55 we saw launched back in May.
 
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Sony Ericsson readying NFC in Android phones
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Facebook, Groupon investor Accel raises $1.35B
Discussion: VatorNews and TechCrunch
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Alibaba to split, not IPO, e-commerce unit Taobao
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Weiner resigns, and Twitter claims its first major political casualty
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Pratip Banerji / Google Book Search Blog:
Google eBooks Affiliate program - Open for business
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Tapjoy Puts up $5M to Help App Developers Port to Android
Chris Buckley / Reuters:
China military paper urges steps against U.S. cyber war threat
Discussion: CircleID, TechEye and CNET News
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
O2 UK spurns BlackBerry PlayBook, cites issues with ‘end to end customer experience’
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued by New York Publisher Over Trademark for Use of Term ‘iBooks’