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4:40 AM ET, June 27, 2011

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Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
SKYPE SCANDAL: Here's How Big Bad Private-Equity Firm Silver Lake Sees The Situation  —  Over the past week, a minor scandal has emerged in Silicon Valley over the way a bunch of senior Skype executives were treated after the company agreed to be acquired by Microsoft for $9 billion.
Discussion: CNET News
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Felix Salmon / Reuters:
Skype's evil ways, cont.  —  The Skype/Silver Lake story is refusing to die, with Yun Lee's revelations bringing out the same anonymous investor-group sources defending Skype's actions.  But if the defenders are comfortable in their anonymity, it seems only fair for me to share an anonymous email …
Discussion: Techie Buzz and Slashdot
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Google's SOE (Strategy of Everything)  —  As a Venture Capitalist, I occasionally hear entrepreneurs lay out a Strategy of Everything, a plan to be all things to all people.  (SOE rhymes with TOE, the Theory of Everything, the Holy Grail of mathematical physics, only less attainable than the sacred object...)
Discussion: Google Watch, FM Blog and CNET News
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
BestBuy.com stops shipping MacBook Airs ahead of refresh (update: Amazon stock low)  —  We've known for many weeks now that a refreshed line of MacBook Airs is incoming, starting with rumors about Airs with Sandy Bridge processors way back then, our report that the current SKUs are constrained across …
Nick Ross / ABC News:
BREAKING: Anonymous picks up where Lulzsec leaves off with new hack  —  BREAKING: With the notorious Lulzsec hacking group having announced its retirement yesterday, the Anonymous hacking group has stepped back into the fore.  —  The group Tweeted: Little teaser while we work on the actual release …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple to begin assembling iPhone 5 ‘in mid to late August’ - report  —  Apple is set to begin production of the next-generation iPhone later this summer ahead of a projected late third quarter launch, according to a new analyst report.  —  Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty issued the note …
Discussion: Shiny Objects and PhoneArena
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Companies Are Erecting In-House Social Networks  —  What would Facebook look like without photos of drunken nights out and tales of misbehaving cats?  It might look a lot like the internal social network at the offices of Nikon Instruments.  —  The tone is decidedly businesslike …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
How to Bypass the New York Times Paywall In Three Seconds, Zero Hacking Required  —  If you're annoyed by the New York Times' stupid paywall, here's the secret trick to destroy it and read as many articles as you want.  As this video shows, it only takes three seconds:  —  Step 1.
Discussion: @centernetworks, Fast Company and Examiner, Thanks:gizmodo
Tiernan Ray / Barron's Online:
It's Getting Awfully Lonely in PC Land  —  Micron, Dell, HP and others rush to emphasize anything beyond PCs.  —  Has the personal-computer business become too toxic to touch?  —  It seems as if companies can't get out of the PC business fast enough.  Micron Technology (ticker: MU) …
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Facebook overtakes Microsoft in UK: UKOM/Nielsen  —  (Reuters) - Facebook overtook Microsoft websites in Britain for the first time last month, becoming the UK's second-most popular after Google as people aged over 50 flocked to social networks, online measurement body UKOM/Nielsen said.
Discussion: The Next Web
Dave Chase / TechCrunch:
Why Google Health Really Failed—It's About The Money  —  Editor's note: This guest post was written by Dave Chase, the CEO of Avado.com, a health technology company that was a TechCrunch Disrupt finalist.  Previously he was a management consultant for Accenture's healthcare practice and was the founder of Microsoft's Health business.
Discussion: GigaOM and HealthCamp thoughts …
Wall Street Journal:
Nokia, Siemens Fail to Find Investors for Joint Venture  —  Nokia Corp. and Siemens AG have shifted their focus to restructuring their joint venture in telecommunications-networking equipment, after failing to reach a deal with bidders for a controlling stake in the unprofitable business, people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: Guardian, Reuters and Electronista
 
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Lindsey Rupp / Bloomberg:
Citigroup Says Hackers Caused $2.7 Million of Losses on Cards
Discussion: CNET News and Computerworld
Riva Richmond / New York Times:
U.S. to Provide Guidelines to Bolster Computer Security
Andrew Parker / Financial Times:
Microsoft trial to use UK TV signals for WiFi
Discussion: CNET News
Rebecca Boyle / Popular Science:
ISS Will Broadcast First Streaming HD Video of Earth
Rob Moss / Personnel Today:
Monster to launch rival to LinkedIn with BeKnown Facebook app
Joel Lehman / JoelBlog:
AT&T's Rube Goldbergian Web Form
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In The War Over Tech IPOs, The New York Stock Exchange Is Drawing Some Blood
Matthew Prince / CloudFlare's blog:
On LulzSec, Censorship & CloudFlare