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7:15 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
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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Jim Lanzone / Clicker Blog:
How Much Video Can You Actually Stream With AT&T's New Data Plans?
Discussion: Computerworld and TechCrunch, Thanks:oscalito
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Hey, AT&T! We Want Rollover Bytes
Discussion: GigaOM, Computerworld and DailyTech
Felix Salmon:
AT&T tries to defend its data pricing
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.
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
At This Monday's Apple Keynote?  Help Us Liveblog  —  It's no surprise: Apple has not responded to our requests to attend the WWDC keynote on Monday at 10am PST.  But we'll still cover the news.  Want to help?  —  If you're going to the keynote, and want to be a part of the exciting Apple coverage …
Discussion: The Next Web, Techland and Edible Apple
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Gizmodo Denied Press Passes for WWDC Keynote  —  Brian Lam: … WWDC attendees, be warned: guard your conference badges Sunday night if you're at a bar.  —  (If Gizmodo's editors were smart, they'd have purchased WWDC conference badges if they wanted to attend the keynote.  But of course, that's a big “if”.)
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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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Don't Believe the Hype: Sprint “4G” Slower Than T-Mobile 3G, Report Finds
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!
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.
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 …
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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Reuters:
AOL shares up on Microsoft bid target talk
Discussion: TechFlash
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 …
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
John Gruber jumps the shark  —  I have been using Macs since February 1984.  From just about the day the Mac was announced I was writing software for it from my college dorm room using one of the school's two $10,000 Apple Lisa computers.  The Lisa was, at that time, the only tool you could use …
David Heinemeier Hansson / Signal vs. Noise:
You couldn't pay me to work for Ballmer  —  I'm not going to lie.  I was never a Microsoft fan.  Not even when I was using Windows (that I begrudgingly moved to after the Amiga).  But at least you used to have some awe and respect for the gorilla that was Microsoft.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
Apple's HTML5 Showcase Isn't HTML5, Blocks Other Browsers  —  Earlier this week, Apple launched a HTML5 Showcase page, displaying several uses for HTML5 and related technologies.  However, it turns out that Apple is using trickery to block out browsers other than Safari …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Unveils A New HTML5/Web Standards Showcase — Safari Required
John D. Sutter / CNN:
With Foursquare's founder, life is a virtual game  —  New York (CNN) — Dennis Crowley was jogging across a New York bridge when he spotted something exciting: a cartoon mushroom, spray-painted on the sidewalk.  —  It looked like something out of Nintendo's “Super Mario Bros.,” which Crowley grew up playing.
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
Arn / MacRumors:
Other WWDC Possibilities: iPhone OS 4, Mac Pro, Apple TV, Cloud-Based Services  —  Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off next Monday with a keynote given by Steve Jobs.  While almost all of the attention has been focused on the leaked iPhone, Jobs will likely be talking about more than a new iPhone at the event.
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Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Apple WWDC Speculation Heats Up: 5 Best Bets
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google resolves WebM licensing conflict with BSD license
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Yelp Goes Head-to-Head with Foursquare, Adds Badges & Royal Hierarchy
AppleInsider:
iSuppli: Apple was only US PC maker to outgrow market in Q1 2010
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 passes XP on Steam, Mac OS X grabs 8% share
Discussion: Maximum PC and Electronista
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Goggles Coming Soon to iPhone
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
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Blu-ray Rentals Likely $1.50 a Night at Redbox Kiosks
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Posterous unveils Pages
Discussion: The Blog Herald and The Next Web
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Mobile Web or Native App? Chomp's App Search Shows Both
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Try Out Google Docs Without A Google Account
 

 
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