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June 6, 2012, 8:05 PM

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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Bad day for LinkedIn: 6.5 million hashed passwords reportedly leaked - change yours now  —  Already in the spotlight over concerns that its iOS app collects full meeting notes and details from a device's calendar and sends them back to the company in plain text, LinkedIn user accounts …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
8 million leaked passwords connected to LinkedIn, dating website (updated)  —  An unknown hacker posted the lists online and asked for help in cracking them.  —  A partial list of the 6.5 million passwords leaked by someone identified as dwdm.  The list contains strong passwords that were unique …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google Earth to get radically better 3D images, new UI on iOS and Android  —  Google has announced its plans to improve 3D maps.  It's using “automated technology to extract 3D from aerial images.”  The effect is stunning, every building is competely modeled from street to roof.
Joff Redfern / Linkedin Blog:
More about our mobile calendar feature  —  You may have seen a few press stories highlighting concerns about how your data is used in the opt-in calendar feature of our mobile phone apps.  We deeply care about our members trust so I want to provide clarity around what we do, don't do …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
New Mac spec sheet leaks out, WWDC launch pricing and naming included  —  .  —  The image above represents the full pricing matrix for new devices expected to unveil in a few days at the Worldwide Developers Conference.  You will notice the Mac Pros, Retina MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and iMacs that we discussed before at length.
IDC:
Android Expected to Reach Its Peak This Year as Mobile Phone Shipments Slow, According IDC  —  The worldwide mobile phone market is forecast to grow slightly more than 4.0% year over year in 2012, the lowest annual growth rate since 2009, due to a sharp decline in the feature phone market and sluggish global economic conditions.
John Flowers / McSweeney's:
Prospectus for Silicon Valley's Next Hot Tech IPO, Where Nothing Could Possibly Go Wrong  —  Form S-1  —  Registration Statement  —  Under  —  The Securities Act of 1933  —  Ponzify, Inc.  —  LETTER FROM THE FOUNDERS  —  Forget Facebook.  Forget Groupon.  Forget everything you know about Silicon Valley.
Doug Bowman / Twitter Blog:
Taking flight: #Twitterbird  —  Over the past six years, the world has become familiar with a little blue bird.  The bird is everywhere, constantly associated with Twitter the service, and Twitter the company.  —  Starting today you'll begin to notice a simplified Twitter bird.
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
How Airbnb Earned Me $20,000 And A Restraining Order From My Landlord  —  For a heady year, cash and friendly faces flowed into my apartment, paying my rent while I scraped together money to build a startup I had dreamed about for months.  My apartment photographed well and tourists love Brooklyn …
More: Betabeat
Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
True Ventures Raises $205 Million Fund  —  While Facebook's sagging stock price may have chilled investors' appetite for rising technology start-ups, some venture capital firms continue to collect new money.  —  True Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm with investments in Automattic …
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Google patents location-based mobile alerts that know where you're going to  —  To date, the term smartphone's mostly been a misnomer for larger screen, albeit still dumb, handsets imbued with rich web browsing experiences.  With the exception of the Galaxy S III's SmartStay feature and the Droid RAZR …
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Germany increases USB flash drive tax by over 2000 percent  —  Blank media tax was first introduced when the audio cassette became popular.  It was arguedthat such media would have a negative impact on sales of commercial recordings, and so a secondary tax alongside sales tax was required …
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