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Sarah Kessler / Mashable!:
EXCLUSIVE: Apple Store Sets Secret Service on Spy Camera Artist  —  Artist Kyle McDonald installed a program on computers in two New York Apple Store locations that automatically takes a photo every minute.  Now his personal computers have been confiscated by the U.S. Secret Service.
James Brightman / IndustryGamers:
John Carmack: ‘Unquestionable’ That Mobile Will Surpass Current Consoles  —  id Software's John Carmack has taken a greater and greater interest in mobile gaming over the last couple years, and the rate at which the hardware iterates in the smartphone and tablet space has allowed the technology to nearly catch up with consoles.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Apple Store overnight planned for July 13th, new MacBook Airs and Lion signage awaits  —  We've heard from a few overseas sources that Apple Retail stores are planning ‘overnights’ on July 13th.  Overnights are generally where Apple refreshes store displays and trains up management on new products.
Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
I Flunked My Social Media Background Check.  Will You?  —  Your next job application could require a social media background check.  Odds are, you have no clue what that means.  Nobody does.  It's new and scary and probably scours the Web for pictures of you puking on the beach.  —  But screw speculation.
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:gizmodo
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Has Dropbox set the stage for a privacy revolution?  —  Life has been something of a rollercoaster ride for Dropbox lately.  In May, the consumer cloud-storage service was hit with an FTC complaint based on allegedly misleading contractual language about data security.
Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Google's Schmidt sees room for several social networks  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc is leaving open the door to more co-operation with social-media giants Facebook and Twitter, and believes there is room for multiple social networks as it rolls out its own, executive chairman Eric Schmidt said.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Although Many Investors Are Spinning, Turntable.fm Has Not Yet Picked A DJ  —  Although many investors are spinning for the chance to invest in Turntable.fm, the hot music startup has not yet picked a DJ, despite reports to the contrary.  Business Insider claims that Turntable has raised $7.5 million …
Discussion: hypebot, Betabeat and VatorNews
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Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Facebook trapped in MySQL ‘fate worse than death’  —  According to database pioneer Michael Stonebraker, Facebook is operating a huge, complex MySQL implementation equivalent to “a fate worse than death,” and the only way out is “bite the bullet and rewrite everything.”
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Good Bet: We Can Stop Betting on Spotify's U.S. Launch Next Week  —  Alrighty.  So we know that Spotify has a new round of funding, and deals with most of the big music labels, and we know that the music service itself says it's coming to the U.S. soon.  So when will it actually open for business in America?
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
The BlackBerry PlayBook is my favorite tablet  —  Research In Motion launched its first tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, on April 19th of this year.  Since that point in time — and even before, courtesy of reviews — the slender slate has been lambasted.  A vocal minority belts praises …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
As Web IPOs Hit, Few Share the Spoils  —  Silicon Valley's technology boom is giving a lift to the venture-capital industry.  —  But many of the gains are being disproportionately reaped by brand-name venture firms, which are benefiting from a wave of Internet IPOs and the soaring valuations …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Hangouts gives the “Alive Web” a big boost  —  A few weeks ago when I fell in love with Turntable.fm, I wrote about the emergence of a web that was alive.  Driven by constant connectivity, this “Alive Web” is a web that is experienced when and if we want.  It was about immersion and interactions.
Discussion: Off On A Tangent
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wants to Beat HP's WebOS Sharing Feature with Something Cooler  —  When HP first introduced the TouchPad's “Touch to Share” feature earlier this year, fans and industry pundits alike applauded them for their innovation.  Well, it appears that Apple has been working on something similar for about 18 months now.
Timothy Lee / Disruptive Economics:
Microsoft's Android Shakedown  —  In the 1980s, attorney Gary Reback was working at Sun Microsystems, then a young technology startup.  A pack of IBM employees in blue suits showed up at Sun headquarters seeking royalties for 7 patents that IBM claimed Sun had infringed.
Brian David Eoff / ReadWriteWeb:
How We Use the Tools We Choose: A Week of Worldwide Usage Data  —  Does the type of device that you use change the way that you consume and create information?  Does it alter the types of content that you look at?  We were curious, so we took a look at a week of Bitly click data (June 6th - 12th) to find out!
Discussion: 9to5Mac, MacStories and MacRumors
Thomas Ricker / This is my next:
How Sony accidentally did the right thing with Light Peak  —  Sony and Thunderbolt — they go together like Memory Stick and SD, ATRAC and MP3, or Betamax and VHS.  Consequently, Sony's high-speed I/O implementation is similar to Thunderbolt, but it isn't Thunderbolt.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Google+ (And A Tweak For Analytics), The Social Sharing War Is Fully On  —  Google and Facebook are at war.  This is old news.  They both want to be the center of the Internet — but there can be only one center.  For a while, it looked like things were quickly shifting Facebook's way after years of dominance by Google.
Discussion: digiday:DAILY
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Open-Xchange launches Facebook contact exporter  —  Open-Xchange, a company making open-source software for e-mail and other collaboration tasks, released a tool today to help people migrate extract contact information their Facebook friends have shared.  —  “The cloud needs to be open …
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Google+ Brand Pages Coming in Two Weeks  —  Ford, MTV and Mashable Likely Among First Allowed to Create Company Pages  —  Soon after the launch of Google+ came the inevitable next question: When can brands set up pages there, as they have successfully on Facebook?  Now, an answer: in about two weeks.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Netvibes Debuts Powerful Social Analytics Platform For Brands And Agencies  —  Netvibes, a company that provides social media dashboards and news aggregators for brands and agencies, is debuting a powerful new analytics platform tonight.  Netvibes' new social analytics and monitoring platform …
Discussion: GigaOM
Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
Amazon Put In An Order For 1.2 Million Tablets, More Than Any Other Company Besides Apple  —  Amazon is feeling more optimistic about its tablet than any non-Apple company, DigiTimes reports.  —  Sources in the supply chain told DigiTimes how many tablets each big company was ordering.
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Investment Values Twitter at $8 Billion  —  While Twitter isn't rushing to go public like some of its larger peers, the micro-blogging service doesn't lack investor interest.  —  The San Francisco, Calif.-based start-up is in the process of raising $400 million dollars …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP, Oracle exchange court jabs in escalating Itanium support showdown  —  HP and Oracle are dueling in California Superior Court documents over the support of Itanium and whether the enterprise software giant is contractually obligated to support the processor.
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
HTC facing backlash for S3 acquisition  —  Wall Street does not like HTC's decision to purchase S3 Graphics.  —  Bloomberg reports that HTC's shares saw its largest drop in three weeks after Citigroup downgraded the stock's investment rating over concerns about the $300 million acquisition.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Bloomberg
 
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Reuters:
Twitter security lags some other sites: experts
Mike Webb / Mac Post:
‘iPad HD’ Launching this Fall with Pro-Level Apps Support
Discussion: Digital Trends, TechSpot and Techland
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Amazon Is Building Out Warehouses Like Crazy
John D. Sutter / CNN:
When it comes to presentation, Mark Zuckerberg is no Steve Jobs
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Victoria Espinel / White House.gov Blog:
Working Together to Stop Internet Piracy
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Realtime Search & The Aftermath Of The Google-Twitter Split
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Samsung Electronics Second-Quarter Profit Drops After Slump in Displays
Jeferson Valadares / Flurry:
Free-to-play Revenue Overtakes Premium Revenue in the App Store
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Former Top Editor Makes Another Talent Raid on AOL's Engadget for New Competing Gadget Site
Discussion: @acedtect, This is my next and Pulse2