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We hope you weren’t planning to attend Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference, since it sold out all 5,000 spots in 2 minutes! In other Apple news, the company reported second-quarter revenues that were higher than a year ago, but profits were down. Michael Cohen and Adam Engst run down the details, and Glenn Fleishman takes a hard look at the overall technology industry to see which companies will remain household names in the future. Further afield, Glenn also shares news of the popular Instapaper read-it-later service being taken over by venture-capital firm Betaworks, and Agen Schmitz passes on details of Apple’s latest move to protect Mac users from Java exploits in Safari. Back at home, we’re pleased to announce our latest ebook — Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Dropbox” — and Adam tells the story of how we built it using a new publishing service called Leanpub. Notable software releases this week include PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.0.2, CloudPull 2.4.1, DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.5, and Typinator 5.5.

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“Take Control of Dropbox” Helps You Learn and Teach Dropbox

Our latest book by Joe Kissell looks hard at the popular Dropbox file-sharing service, and explains both the best ways to use it and how to avoid common mistakes. For those of you who already know Dropbox well, a “Teach This Book” chapter includes links to special materials that will help you teach others how to use Dropbox better.

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Push-button Book Publishing with Leanpub

In our continual quest for better publishing tools, we’re trying a new service called Leanpub that lets anyone create a book from Markdown-formatted text files in a Dropbox folder and the click of a Publish button. (Well, it wasn’t quite that easy, so read on for the details.)

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ExtraBITS for 29 April 2013

Three quick bits for you this week: news of yet another massive data breach, a chance to hear the voice of Alexander Graham Bell, and the results of a study that proclaims the 13-inch MacBook Pro to be the most reliable PC laptop.