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Facebook growth slowsHP's TouchPad tablet gets a release date and pricing, attacks against high-profile targets like the IMF, Google, and Citigroup worry security experts, and Facebook's massive growth slowed to a paltry 11.8 million new users worldwide last month.
-It's Monday, June 13th, 2011. I'm Wilson Tang on CNET.com and it's time to get loaded. It was gonna happen at some point but Facebook's massive growth is slowing. According to Inside Facebook Gold, the social networking giant has 687 million users at the start of the month. Until 2 months ago, the site had been averaging 20 million new users every month, but it seems only 13.9 and 11.8 millions users joined the site in April and May respectively. The company has been under a string of security and privacy concerns but we think the slowdown might have more to do with the fact that everybody already has a Facebook account. HP's TouchPad has finally confirmed a July 1st, release date. WiFi versions are expected to start at 499 dollars for the 16 gigabyte version. The tablet's accessories also got some pricing. The charger will run 30 dollars. The folding case will cost 50 dollars. 70 dollars buys you the Bluetooth keyboard, and you'll need to pony up 80 dollars for the new Touchstone dock for that cool wireless charging. To build some buzz, HP has also released a set of 9 Youtube videos to show off the tablet's new capabilities. In other tablet news, if you've ordered a Verizon iPad from Apple, and you've been waiting for it's arrival, it might have been recalled by shipment. According to the company, a small number of Verizon iPads were flashed with the same unique device identifying number the Verizon uses to ensure that only one device is accessing data services. Some users who missed the recall or reporting that their iPads are getting booted off Verizon's network, but Apple is working to recall and exchange defective units. Last week, Spain arrested 3 members of the hacking collective known Anonymous who authorities are saying were involved in the attacks on Sony's PlayStation Network. Spanish police alleged that the hackers attacked government website in Egypt, Iran, Columbia, and Chile in additional to the PSN attacks. Anonymous in a brief blog titled V for Spain posted a short message that said, "Expect Us" and it was under a large V for Vendetta logo. The International Monetary Fund says its servers may have been hacked and while the IMF has been reluctant to disclose exactly what was stolen, the organization says a large quantity of data was taken that included emails and documents. The IMF attack has security experts worried about the large number of high profile attacks including Citigroup, Google, Lockheed Martin, RSA Security, Codemasters, and of course, Sony. Panasonic has made its Lumix DMC-GF D-SLR official. The new camera is part of the company's Micro Four-Thirds Format and comes with a 12.1 megapixel sensor that can shoot 1080i AVCHD video and has a 3-inch touchscreen. The new GF3 will be available in July for 699 dollars with a 14-mm lens. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for CNET.com, and you've just been loaded.