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8:55 AM ET, June 27, 2011

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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple to begin assembling iPhone 5 ‘in mid to late August’  —  Apple will begin production of fifth-generation iPhones in August ahead of a projected late third quarter launch, according to intelligence obtained by by one investment banker's recent trip to Taiwan .
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 …
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New York Times:
Dissolution of Hacker Group Might Not End Attacks  —  Facing increasing pressure from law enforcement agencies over its brazen computer attacks, the small group of hackers known as Lulz Security announced over the weekend that it would disband.  —  But security experts said on Sunday …
Discussion: The Business Insider
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 and TechCrunch
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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: A VC, Techie Buzz and Slashdot
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 …
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Hollywood studios ask High Court to block film website  —  Hollywood film studios will ask the High Court tomorrow to force BT to block its millions of broadband customers from accessing a filesharing website, in a test case that could make way for a clampdown on internet piracy.
Discussion: TorrentFreak and The Next Web
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: FT Tech Hub and The Next Web
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Carmakers race to exploit Internet  —  Carmakers are racing to exploit one of the Internet's final frontiers — the driver's seat.  —  From luxury manufacturer BMW to high-tech electric carmaker Tesla to affordable Fords, automobiles increasingly are coming with Internet-connected features to inform, entertain and protect the driver.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Take that Netflix, HBO Go app sees big growth too  —  If you don't believe in cord cutting and that there isn't any competition between Netflix and cable programmers then you needn't read on.  —  If on the other hand, you at least see the potential for Netflix's meteoric growth …
Idannyocean / 9 to 5 Mac:
A spotlight on the world's first iOS jailbreak convention  —  Craig Fox had worked as a carpenter his entire life until the economy took a turn for the worst and he found himself without work.  Craig combined his newly acquired free time and his love for jailbreaking iDevices to conceive MyGreatFest …
Discussion: VG247, Eurogamer and App Advice
 
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Lee Chyen Yee / Reuters:
Analysis: Tencent in steep climb to be China's Facebook, Twitter
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
Tiernan Ray / Barron's Online:
It's Getting Awfully Lonely in PC Land
Dave Chase / TechCrunch:
Why Google Health Really Failed—It's About The Money
Discussion: The Register and GigaOM
Andrew Parker / Financial Times:
Microsoft trial to use UK TV signals for WiFi
Discussion: CNET News
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Boyle / Popular Science:
ISS Will Broadcast First Streaming HD Video of Earth
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Google's SOE (Strategy of Everything)
Rob Moss / Personnel Today:
Monster to launch rival to LinkedIn with BeKnown Facebook app
Joel Lehman / JoelBlog:
AT&T's Rube Goldbergian Web Form