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4:45 PM ET, June 4, 2010

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Yusuf Mehdi / Search Blog:
A Farewell to Bing cashback  —  One of the principles we have here at Bing is to constantly experiment and learn.  We do this to ensure we are keeping pace with new social and technology trends, and can continue to deliver great value for our customers and advertisers.
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:   Microsoft axes Bing Cashback, saying it fell short of aspirations
Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
Zuckerberg's Bizarre Facebook Insignia Revealed, And What It Means  —  To much media fanfare, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took off his signature hoodie at D8 conference Wednesday, revealing a what looked strange Illuminati-like diagram printed on the blue silk lining.
Discussion: The Next Web and Yahoo! News, Thanks:andyjeanious
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Jason Calacanis / VentureBeat:
Five things Facebook can do to rebuild trust  —  [Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from an email sent by entrepreneur Jason Calacanis to his personal mailing list from the D8 digital entrepreneurship conference outside Los Angeles, after watching Facebook founder Mark Zuckberg's onstage interview.
Shel Israel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Step Down
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Updated: iPad 3G Shortage Won't Bar Getting Unlimited Data Plan, AT&T Says  —  Since AT&T announced this week that it would eliminate its unlimited monthly data plans beginning Monday, June 7, some customers have been scrambling to get an iPad 3G with the hopes of signing up for the unlimited plan, which would be grandfathered in.
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Felix Salmon:
AT&T tries to defend its data pricing
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Hey, AT&T! We Want Rollover Bytes
Discussion: GigaOM, Computerworld and DailyTech
Robin Wauters / MobileCrunch:
Sprint officially kicks off sales of the HTC EVO 4G  —  “History will be made across the nation as anxious customers get their hands on America's first 3G/4G wireless phone, HTC EVO 4G, packed with industry-leading features.”  —  A little over the top right there, but anyway …
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Matt Mastracci / grack.com:
HTC EVO 4G: Nice Hardware, Horrible Sprint Software  —  UPDATE: Sprint's OTA release last night fixes the serious vulnerability we reported to them.  Kudos to them for moving so quickly.  As an end-user, you'll have to decide between being more secure with the OTA update or having root access to the device you own for now.
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
HTC Evo 4G Debut Brings Price Cut from Walmart, Best Buy
David Feng / techblog86:
China Blocks Foursquare; Too Many People Checking Into Tian'anmen  —  The Chinese censors are a sight to behold.  As in how fast they react.  It's an open secret that while Twitter is probably chock-full of “the wrong people” (to the censors), the censors themselves are there, too.
Boy Genius Report:
AT&T officially stops selling iPhone 3G  —  You had a really, really good run iPhone 3G.  We'll miss you. … Anyone excited for the 3GS to probably drop to $99, or will you spring for the new $199/$299 device?  —  Thanks, AT&TFreshNinja!
Steven Johnson / stevenberlinjohnson.com:
Is Steve Jobs Repeating His Past Mistakes?  —  One of my very favorite writers, Robert Wright, had an interesting Opinionator post at the NY Times site this week, which revolved around the question of Steve Jobs' alleged lust for power and why he was making the same mistakes with the iPhone …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Isn't Negotiating A Search Deal, It's Negotiating A Sale To Microsoft (AOL, MSFT, YHOO, GOOG)  —  AOL, which currently outsources search to Google, began negotiating a new search deal last week, CEO Tim Armstrong said yesterday at the D8 Conference out in California.  —  Tim is just being coy.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Unveils A New HTML5/Web Standards Showcase — Safari Required  —  Under fire for its App Store not being more open, recently, Apple's response has been that there is a portion of its devices that is totally open: the web.  If developers don't like some of the App Store's restrictions, they should make a web app, Apple reasons.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ziff Davis Acquired By Former Time Digital Exec Vivek Shah And Great Hill Partners  —  Ziff Davis has been in some deep financial trouble over the past few years but today, this may come to an end.  The technology publisher has been acquired by former Time Inc. executive Vivek Shah in partnership …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google's iTunes Competitor Will Likely Be Called Google Music  —  At Google I/O a few weeks ago, Google teased the audience with a glimpse of a web-based iTunes competitor that would be a new section of the Android Market.  Details were sparse during that time, but we may have found the name …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
A Facebook privacy scanner that can adjust settings for you  —  Not quite satisfied with Facebook's new streamlined privacy controls?  —  Redwood City-based ReputationDefender has launched a more visual alternative to the social network's tools.  It's a bookmarklet that you can drag and drop …
Discussion: All Facebook
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Try Out Google Docs Without A Google Account  —  If you've ever tried explaining Google Docs to a long-time Microsoft Office user who isn't familiar with buzzwords like “cloud computing” and “real-time collaboration”, you probably know that it can be a trying task.
Adam Singer / The Official Posterous Posterous:
Posterous unveils Pages  —  We are pleased to announce a feature that has been in the works for quite some time: Pages!  You've asked for it, and it's here.  —  We're really excited about pages, so we'd like to give a brief overview of what you can do with this powerful new feature.  —  What are pages?
Discussion: The Next Web
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Is this the first ever Facebook-oriented political attack ad?  —  It seems the issue of Facebook privacy has gained enough currency to earn itself a place in a TV attack ad in the race for California attorney general — almost certainly the first Facebook-oriented TV ad in U.S. politics.
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Apple WWDC Speculation Heats Up: 5 Best Bets  —  Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) gets underway Monday in San Francisco, and speculation is rampant over what revelations CEO Steve Jobs has planned.  Here are my five top picks.  —  1) New iPhone: OK, this one's pretty much a lock.
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David Heinemeier Hansson / Signal vs. Noise:
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Goggles Coming Soon to iPhone
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Chris Tribbey / Home Media Magazine:
Blu-ray Rentals Likely $1.50 a Night at Redbox Kiosks
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Web or Native App? Chomp's App Search Shows Both
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Facebook dev move won't stop rogue apps, say researchers
Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Storage revenue on the rebound, IDC says
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Erik Sherman / BNET Technology Blog:
Google Wants to Find the Perfect Format for Your Ad
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The End of Malware?  —  How Android, Chrome, and the iPad …
Chris Clark / Release Candidate One:
A Services Menu for iPhone
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How iTunes Genius Really Works
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Steve Ballmer admits Microsoft is “number five” in the mobile race
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