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John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
Feature: Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: the Ars Technica review  —  Mac OS X 10.7 was first shown to the public in October 2010.  The presentation was understated, especially compared to the bold rhetoric that accompanied the launches of the iPhone ("Apple reinvents the phone") and the iPad …
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Brian X. Chen / Wired:
Lion Is Smooth, But Tries Too Hard to Be iOS  —  Mac OS X Lion is rich with visual enhancements, such as the new Launchpad feature for launching apps  —  My head started hurting after the first hour of using Mac OS X Lion.  Two words: inverted scrolling.  —  That's correct …
Richard Dunn / Gmail Blog:
Make multiple calls in Gmail  —  Over the years, we've expanded Gmail's communication abilities by allowing you to make voice and video calls to other computers and more recently call phones.  Until now, though, you were limited to making one call at a time.
Fortune:
Larry Summers calls Winklevoss twins ‘A**holes’  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — What did Larry Summers really think of the Winklevoss twins?  —  “Rarely, have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind,” the former president of Harvard said in an interview at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Jack Dorsey Cleaning House At Twitter: 4 Key Product Guys Are Out  —  Breaking news out of Twitter this afternoon, four key product managers have just been let go, we've learned.  The move was led by Jack Dorsey and will see key product guys Kevin Cheng, Josh Elman, and two others we've yet to confirm, leave the company.
George Avalos / Mercury News:
Apple leases a big office campus in Cupertino that could accommodate more than 1,000 workers  —  Apple (AAPL) has struck a deal to lease a big office campus in Cupertino just west of De Anza College, in a move that would enable the tech titan to occupy the complex with more than 1,000 workers.
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Wave Goodbye to Google Labs  —  Google just announced that it is shutting down Google Labs, the company's central hub for testing new product ideas and features.  According to Google, the decision was made in order to allow it to prioritize its product efforts.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google's ‘20 Percent Time’ Will Survive The Death of Google Labs
Discussion: Guardian, Inquirer, Engadget and Widgets Lab
Bloomberg:
Apple, Google Are Said to Be Among Companies Sizing Up InterDigital Offers  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG), aiming to bolster their patent portfolios, are among companies weighing possible bids for InterDigital Inc., a mobile-phone technology designer, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
EBay's PayPal Payments Going Offline With Point Of Sale Product  —  eBay's PayPal unit has been a big driver of the company's growth as the company has retooled its marketplaces unit.  Now PayPal is not just going after online and mobile payments, it's also targeting offline “point of sale” transactions with merchants.
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Nick Marshall / Electricpig:
2011 MacBook Air benchmarks are amazing, outperforms all 2010 MacBook Pros  —  The subtle change in clock speed from 1.4 to 1.6 GHz in the 2011 11-inch MacBook Air might sound small on paper, but in terms of benchmarks, it's nothing short of monumental.  Using Geekbench as a baseline …
Discussion: MacRumors and Electricpig.co.uk
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Twitter Poised to Close a Two-Stage $800M Funding, With Half Used to Cash Out Investors and Employees  —  In a move reminiscent of one done by Facebook in 2009, Twitter is close to completing an $800 million funding deal that will include a second part in which around $400 million of the total …
Jackie Cohen / All Facebook:
REPORT: How Google Plus Stacks Up Against Facebook  —  Ever since Google Plus launched last month, the blogosphere has been making bold declarations about how the search giant's social media product means the beginning of the end for Facebook.  —  Well now, we've got some hard numbers …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteMobile:
Microsoft Makes Windows Live Access Easier for Mobile Developers on iOS, Android & Windows Phone  —  Microsoft is making it easier for mobile developers building apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone to integrate data from Windows Live into their applications.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google blinks in Oracle patent case, indicates willingness to pay  —  Oracle and Google just filed their joint reply to the judge's request for input on “the extent to which” that lawsuit should be stayed.  —  As I expected, the common and agreed-upon part of their response is confined …
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Firefox 8 for Windows x64: Has 64-bit browsing finally come of age?  —  Over the last couple of weeks, Mozilla has finally stepped up its 64-bit testing process.  There are now five slaves dedicated to building Firefox for Windows x64, which means that from Firefox 8 and onwards …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Exclusive: Google offers credit card to advertisers  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc is introducing a credit card for its advertising customers, offering its clients a credit line to try and drum up business as competition in the online ad market heats up.  —  Google is offering the card …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple initiates mass discontinuation of boxed retail software  —  Further emphasizing the Mac App Store as the preferred place to get new software for Mac OS X, Apple on Wednesday discontinued a slew of boxed software products.  —  Virtually all of Apple's retail software was declared …
Andy Chalk / The Escapist:
Hackers Hit Anonymous Social Network  —  Just two days after it was revealed to the world, the Anonymous Social Network has been hacked.  —  Disclaimer: this whole situation could very easily be one big, silly joke.  It's certainly ridiculous enough to merit at least a little bit of disbelief.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Zynga Is Hit With Countersuit Over Game Designs  —  Vostu, a Brazilian company whose social games are popular in South America, filed suit against the online gaming giant Zynga on Wednesday, responding to a suit from Zynga claiming that Vostu copied its game designs.
Discussion: Digits and TechCrunch
Business Week:
Cyber Weapons: The New Arms Race  —  The Pentagon, the IMF, Google, and others have been hacked.  It's war out there, and a cyber-weapons industry is exploding to arm the combatants  —  In the early morning hours of May 24, an armed burglar wearing a ski mask broke into the offices of Nicira Networks …
Todd Brix / Windows Phone Developer Blog:
Windows Phone Developers Get New App Hub Features: Mango app submission just one month away  —  This week marks another significant developer milestone on the path to the release of Mango and also gives me a chance to talk about where we're headed.  —  We know there's tremendous excitement among …
Christopher S Penn / Christopher S. Penn:
Google+ and Search Signals: Tinfoil Hat Edition  —  I was recently examining Google+ and how it transparently redirects through plus.google.com as it sends readers to your website.  One of the oddities I noticed was this: … Take a look at how the URL starts.  The second query string variable looks awfully familiar.
Discussion: @mathewi
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Top general says Defense Department IT in ‘Stone Age’  —  Cartwright sees fault with proprietary systems  —  Computerworld - WASHINGTON — U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was sharply critical Tuesday of the Defense Department's IT systems and sees much room for improvement.
Discussion: The Cloud Blog
Electronista:
Judge won't toss lawsuit against Apple, AT&T over iPad 3G  —  Judge wil not dismiss iPad 3G data lawsuit  —  Federal Judge Ronald Whyte on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit over iPad 3G data.  He believed the class action case could go ahead as its main plaintiff, Adam Weisblatt …
 
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Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
The Government Clampdown on Anonymous for ‘Operation Avenge Assange’
Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Former DoubleClick team raises $6M for comparison-shopping engine
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Hires JustSpotted/Scoopler Team To Work On Google+
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
San Francisco Passes Law Requiring Radiation Warnings For Cell Phones
 Earlier Items: 
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Suppressed Report Found Busted Pirate Site Users Were Good Consumers
Discussion: Geek.com and Boing Boing
Adam Klasfeld / Courthouse News Service:
Trial Looms for Price-Fixing in Digital Music
Discussion: hypebot
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
D-Link And OpenDNS To Bring Parental Controls To Your Router
Discussion: OpenDNS
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Lack Of A Legal Or Moral Basis For The Aaron Swartz Indictment Is Quite Troubling
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel Q2 Crushes Estimates; Q3 View Beats; Raises Spending View
Larissa Fontaine / Google Book Search Blog:
Pottermore and Google team up to enable Harry Potter ebooks push to Google Books libraries
Lee Youkyung / YONHAP NEWS:
Samsung to release Galaxy S2 in U.S. next month