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It’s only a few weeks until Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), which means the rumor mongers are in high gear. We’ve got stories of Apple buying TV makers, a security company claiming Apple wants their help (and then backtracking), 7 inch iPads…

The weird part is, once these stories get posted, they get reported so many times that people begin to think they are factual because they’ve seen them in so many places. But really, if you want to know if a rumor is true or not, consider the source.

If the source is the Wall Street Journal, John Gruber of Daring Fireball, or Jim Dalrymple of the Loop, you can bet it’s pretty reliable (and maybe even leaked from Apple on purpose). On the other hand, if the source is DigiTimes, Forbes, or most other places, they are generally guessing (and in the case of some, like DigiTimes, almost always wrong).

Sure, these other places occasionally get something right – but it’s more  “a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut” sort of thing than anything else.

So when the Journal says there’s upgrades coming to iCloud to allow for some sort of gallery option, like is going away with the soon-to-be turned-off MobileMe service, you can bet money on it. As for the rest…we’ll all know in a few weeks…


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