Booting Up: While You Were Out at WWDC Edition

WWDC. (Photo:

Apple went all-in on Steve Jobs’ vision of a PC-less future at WWDC, says Steven Levy. [Wired]

Speaking of Mr. Jobs, in 1987 he applied for security clearance and had to admit that yes, okay, there was a chance someone one day might try to blackmail him. [Threat Level]

Meanwhile, you might want to make sure LulzSec hasn’t jacked your Twitter password. And that is why you reel in those third-party authorizations. [PC Mag]

Here, for the love of God, we’ll even be a little servicey and direct you to directions for better passwords. [Information Week]

Feeling a little… targeted? Perhaps it’s because Microsoft and Yahoo are offering politicians the ability to sell highly customized ads. Will this election ever end?[ProPublica]

When we were freshmen, all we got were dorky lanyards. Now the incoming class at Seton Hall University gets Lumia 900s. [Engadget]

It’s not a cyber cold war until the wild-eyed conspiracy theorists show up. [MSNBC]


Booting Up: Shaking My Damn Head Edition

An important figure in the history of computing who also happened to be a woman. {

There we were, idly checking our Twitter feed over brunch, when out lept the lede for the Times piece on Kleiner Perkins, Ellen Pao, and Silicon Valley sexism. The opening line: “MEN invented the Internet.” [New York Times]

Ladybeat considered a takedown, but there’s no way we could top what Xeni Jardin has already written. [Boing Boing]

At least they didn’t drag “brogramming” into this. []

Elsewhere on the Internet, Facebook is working on ways for kids younger than 13 to use the social networking site with parental supervision. That’s going to end well. [Wall Street Journal]

Basically admitting the U.S. government was behind Stuxnet is going to have foreign policy fallout. [Ars Technica]

Here’s how Groupon wound up turning down that enormous acquisition offer from Google. It all seems so long ago and far away. [Wall Street Journal]


Booting Up: Fight or Flight Friday Edition

Mr. Dotcom. (commons.wikimedia.orgAndreas_Bohnenstengel)

Things are suddenly looking up for the MPAA’s arch nemesis, Kim Dotcom. [Wall Street Journal]

Yup, sounds like the U.S. and Israel are behind Stuxnet. Guess Iran called that one. [Ars Technica]

The great Java Wars of 2012 are winding down, as Google racks up another victory against Oracle. [Wired]

Elsewhere in the Googleverse: Judge clears the way for a Google Books class-action lawsuit. [CNET]

Somehow we doubt the U.N. has either the power or the bandwidth to censor the Internet. [CNET]

Kickstarter says it hides dead projects in the interest of UI, nothing more. [TechCrunch]


Booting Up: Google Here, Google There, Google Everywhere

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Kickstarter would prefer that you don’t notice failed projects, and those are definitely not the droids you’re looking for. []

Google takes down 250,000 search links every week due to alleged copyright violations. In the spirit of transparency, the company is now keeping a running list of who’s requesting what. [Google Official Blog]

Speaking of, looks like Microsoft has a bit of a piracy problem. [BBC News]

Google had a decent week. For one thing, the company closed that Motorola deal and so now owns a hardware company. [BusinessWeek]

The company also won that Oracle suit, which means no, Android isn’t going anywhere and the company doesn’t have to shell out for royalties. [CNET]

Finally, we thought you should know that someone has created “Skipper Nick Bilton,” a nautically themed fake Twitter account for New York Times tech writer Nick Bilton. [Twitter]


Booting Up: It’s Good to be the King Edition

Thompson. (Source: Yodel Anecdotal/Yahoo! Inc. via Wikipedia)

No severance for departing Yahoo CEO — but he does get around $7 million in “Make-Whole” money. [All Things D]

The CEO of Time Warner Cable isn’t entirely sure he knows what AirPlay is [New York Times]

Report: Amazon prepping a front-lit Kindle to launch in July [Reuters]

After Q4’s embarrassing earnings amendment, Groupon beat the estimates this quarter [All Things Digital]

Facebook’s redesigned mobile app looks a little Instagramish [TechCrunch]

LightSquared has filed for bankruptcy but insists it’s just a matter of “breathing room” [Bloomberg]

Booting Up: Teenage Riot Edition

Mr. Tramiel. (Alex Handy via Wikipedia)

Is CISPA the new SOPA? [Los Angeles Times]

Atari and Commodore’s Jack Tramiel dies at 83 [CNET]

Mopar wireless charging mats coming in next year’s Dodge Dart [Engadget]

Major wireless players, U.S. government will collaborate to combat and deter phone theft [Ars Technica]

Actually, Sony’s net loss is expected to be a much worse $6.4 billion [Associated Press]

Is Iran trying to create its own internal “clean Internet” to clamp down on dissent? [Ars Technica]