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4:25 PM ET, August 3, 2011

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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
State actor seen in “enormous” range of cyber attacks  —  (Reuters) - Security experts announced on Wednesday the discovery of an unprecedented series of cyber attacks spanning five years that affected the networks of 72 organizations globally, including the United Nations, governments and corporations.
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Dmitri Alperovitch / McAfee Blog Central:
Revealed: Operation Shady RAT  —  For the last few years, especially since the public revelation of Operation Aurora, the targeted successful intrusion into Google and two dozen other companies, I have often been asked by our worldwide customers if they should worry about such sophisticated …
BBC:
Internet Explorer story was bogus  —  The story claimed that users of internet explorer had a lower IQ than those who opted for other browsers  —  A story which suggested that users of Internet Explorer have a lower IQ than people who chose other browsers appears to have been an elaborate hoax.
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Exclusive: Apple To Launch iTunes Replay In The Coming Weeks  —  While rumors of Apple launching a proper streaming service for its iTunes content have been around for years, it's only recently that Apple has begun turning the dream into a reality.  Just a few days ago …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
HBO Go coming to connected TVs, game consoles  —  Time Warner's HBO Go service has been a big hit, and it's helping to drive more viewers to the premium cable network.  Building on that success, CEO Jeff Bewkes said on the company's earnings call Wednesday morning that HBO's TV Everywhere service …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Promoting “Free” Nexus S On Homepage  —  Hurry, supplies are limited.  If you've been to Google.com today (from a US IP address) then you've already seen the Nexus S “free today only” offer.  Users can obtain the phone from US retailer Best Buy and must sign up for a two-year contract.
David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
When patents attack Android  —  I have worked in the tech sector for over two decades.  Microsoft and Apple have always been at each other's throats, so when they get into bed together you have to start wondering what's going on.  Here is what's happening:  —  Android is on fire.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Google Rips Into Microsoft, Apple, Oracle For “Bogus Patents” And Trying “Strangle” Android
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Latest Crazy Instagram Stats: 150 Million Photos, 15 Per Second, 80% Filtered  —  This past June, we noted that Instagram hit a big milestone: 5 million users.  At the time, the total number of photos shared on the service was at 95 million, and given the rate of growth, they expected to pass 100 million shortly.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ashton Kutcher Or Kevin Rose, Whose Tweets Are Worth More?  —  Whose tweets lead to more actual sales, Ashton Kutcher's or Kevin Rose's?  The answer is not immediately obvious.  Kutcher boasts 7.3 million Twitter followers to Rose's 1.3 million, but a recent promotion run …
Jeffrey McCracken / Bloomberg:
Samsung Is Said to Examine InterDigital Patents  —  Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest maker of mobile phones, is examining InterDigital Inc.'s patent portfolio after being approached to make a bid, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: 'A6′ Chip Will Merge iOS With OS X In 2012, Says Jefferies  —  Is Apple (AAPL) looking to combine its computer operating systems — “OS X” — and its gadget operating system — “iOS”?  —  That's the theory offered today by Peter Misek, who follows the shares for Jefferies & Co …
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Google+ attracts 25 mln visitors - comScore  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc's new social network has attracted 25 million users, making it the fastest website to reach that audience size, according to data released on Tuesday by comScore.  —  Google+, launched in late June …
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Inkling nabs $17M to bring textbooks to the iPad  —  Inkling, the digital textbook software startup, has closed on $17 million in new funding.  —  The San Francisco-based company will use the money to hire more employees and meet the growing appetite it's seeing from traditional textbook publishers …
Discussion: AllThingsD and paidContent
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Groupme 3.0 goes international and cross-platform, questions everything  —  Groupme, the little group messaging service that made a bit of a splash at Google I/O, turns 3.0 today.  There are some shiny new features on board, including a simpler way to exchange private messages and “Questions” …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Google, TI cozy up on Android Ice Cream Sandwich  —  Texas Instruments and Google are hooking up on Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Android that will run on both phones and tablets.  —  Though TI has been a player in Android phones (most notably the Motorola Droid series) …
Joanna Geary:
Privacy and social media investigation: how I tracked down an entire family from one tweet  —  Last Saturday I presented to students taking part in the brilliant Young Journalist Academy.  —  The topic was “New Media” (not my title) and the primary aim was to get them up and running with their own blog and learn to publish online.
Vinicius Vacanti / Entrepreneur:
Why I Quit My Job to Start a Tech Company  —  Back in November of 2006, before NY Mag and TimeOut put startups on the cover, before the “tech bubble”, before Twitter and Foursquare were popular, before working at a startup in NY was considered a reasonable thing to do …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Pegatron to begin shipments of iPhone 5 in September  —  Pegatron Technology has landed orders for 10 million units of iPhone 5 to become the second ODM of the smartphone.  Shipments will start in September, according to industry sources.  —  As iPhone gross margins are relatively small …
Foursquare Blog:
Pages are now self-serve!  A new home for brands and organizations on foursquare.  —  Back in January of 2010, Intel became the first organization with a Page on foursquare.  We hacked together a new template for them (look at our spec, with our crazy old logo!) and built it out by hand.
Discussion: The Next Web and Marketing Pilgrim
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
Silicon Valley has jobs advice for Washington  —  The president asked for ideas to improve job creation and innovation.  Now the technorati are delivering.  —  FORTUNE — With the debt ceiling standoff resolved (sort of), Silicon Valley's technorati gathered in Palo Alto …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Time Inc. Doubles Down on Tablets, Promises All Magazines on All Platforms by End of Year  —  Magazine publishers have veered back and forth on what tablets means for their business — Savior!  Disappointment!  Maybe sort of promising! — but here's Time Inc. making another bet on the technology …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteMobile:
Mobile Developers See More Promise in Google+ than iCloud  —  Mobile application developers believe that Google's new social network Google Plus will have more impact on mobile growth and adoption than Apple's iCloud, or even iOS 5's Twitter integration.  This is just one of the fascinating …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
BlackBerry PlayBook will run Android apps by ‘late fall,’ later than expected  —  RIM previously announced that its PlayBook tablet would be able to run Android apps by the summer, but we've just heard something to the contrary.  A reliable source told us that this highly anticipated feature …
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to focus on HTML5 and JavaScript for Office 15 development
Discussion: The Next Web
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Breaking: Shake up at YuMe, founder replaces CEO
Discussion: Beet.TV
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Lockerz Nearing Closure on $45 Million Round From Live Nation, Others
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Yahoo Mail suffering outage; users react
Drake Martinet / AllThingsD:
Airy Lands $1.5M for Educational Games; Peter Thiel Foundation Does a Happy Dance
Discussion: alarm:clock
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
6Scan raises a round to provide automated security for web sites
Reuters:
South Korea fines Apple $2,855 over location data
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Microsoft releases new Zune HD apps. We don't know why
Ryan Faas / Macworld:
Opinion: Will OS X Lion roar in the enterprise?
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Mug-Shot Industry Will Dig Up Your Past, Charge You to Bury It Again
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Lookout Report: Android Malware Has Increased Significantly Over Past 6 Months