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12:55 PM ET, June 7, 2010

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Ian Paul / PC World:
WWDC 2010: 10 Things To Watch For  —  Thanks to Gizmodo we know one thing Apple's Steve Jobs will pull out of his pocket at Monday's Worldwide Developers Conference - a next-gen iPhone.  But what else is up Jobs' sleeve?  A cloud-based iTunes, Safari 5, iChat for iPhone, or a Mac OS update?
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Apple's Magic Trackpad revealed?  —  Of all the surprises we expected to hear about in the WWDC keynote, a multitouch trackpad peripheral didn't exactly pop into our brains.  But — whoomp — here it is.  What we appear to be looking at is a brand new input device that Apple has dreamed …
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Apple WWDC 2010 Rumor Round-Up [Updated]
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
John Hodgman (The “PC") Is Rumored To Be Opening Up WWDC (AAPL)
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
HTC spends $13 million to buy French software firm Abaxia; HTC looking to attract operators  —  HTC purchased French software development firm Abaxia for 11 million EUR ($13 million) according to Digitimes.  The official press release is here, but does not mention the financial details.
Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T Moves Up iPhone Upgrade Eligibility On Eve of WWDC Keynote  —  On the eve of the WWDC 2010 keynote and what is believed to be the announcement of the next generation iPhone, AT&T seems to have adjusted user eligibility requirements forward for many customers.
Felix Salmon:
How Sequoia forced Tony Hsieh to sell Zappos  —  I just found Tony Hsieh's astonishing book excerpt in Inc, entitled “Why I Sold Zappos”.  It makes for very sad reading.  Hsieh starts by explaining that he never wanted to sell to Amazon: … But then Amazon came calling again:
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Tony Hseih / Inc.com:
Why I Sold Zappos  —  The first time Amazon.com tried to buy Zappos, we said no without even thinking.  —  It was the summer of 2005, and Zappos, the start-up into which I'd poured the past five years of my life (and almost all of my money), finally seemed to be on the right track.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Hewlett-Packard Wants to Print for Smartphones  —  SAN DIEGO — Vyomesh I. Joshi, the head of Hewlett-Packard's $24 billion printing empire, relaxes by taking long walks on the beaches near his home here.  And, for a while, it seemed as if he might end up spending more time strolling the sand than moving ink and toner.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Steve Jobs live from WWDC 2010  —  9:38AM Hey, if you guys want, click on that Digg badge and vote us up.  No pressure, but if you don't a puppy will die.  —  9:37AM We think they mean to calm everyone down with this music, which makes sense since crazies were literally shoving people out of the way to get to seats.
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Price  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When one of the most important e-mail messages of his life landed in his in-box a few years ago, Kord Campbell overlooked it.  —  Not just for a day or two, but 12 days.  He finally saw it while sifting through old messages: a big company wanted to buy his Internet start-up.
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
HTC EVO 4G sets new sales records for Sprint  —  The EVO eclipsed the sales of the Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct, Sprint's previous record holders, by a huge margin.  —  A Sprint press release this morning tried to quantify the amount of EVOs sold: … So, take the two previous record holders …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Milestone XT720 announced: 8 megapixel cam, 720p video, and Droid heritage (update: video!)  —  Motorola has just outed a Europe-bound Milestone XT720, a handset intended to grab the attention of camera lovers with an 8 megapixel sensor, 720p / 24fps video and — a first for Android handsets — a xenon flash.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Goes All In With Facebook: Here Are The Screenshots
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bing Opens Up Its Map Apps To Developers And Smooths Out Photosynth  —  One of the best part of Bing Maps is the gallery of Map Apps (Silverlight required) which add different informational overlays to the maps.  There are Twitter maps, Foursquare maps, Worldwide Telescope maps, and event maps.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Greystripe And Adobe Partner To Bring Flash Ads To The iPhone And iPad.  Sort Of.  —  The ongoing battle between Adobe and Apple over the lack of support for Flash on the iPhone and iPad has been entertaining to say the least.  Adobe has been candid about what they think of Apple's policy …
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Battery life: The next iPhone's top priority  —  Forget about dual cameras, mobile video conferencing, or multi-tasking.  Those are all innovations that Steve Jobs is expected to talk about on Monday at Apple's WWDC 2010 conference when he unveils the fourth generation iPhone.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
IBM launches software to spur sensor management, ‘Internet of things’  —  IBM on Monday will roll out a software development kit for an application dubbed Mote Runner with the aim of spurring the adoption of sensors in various devices, products and systems.  The real goal is to enable …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Verizon's V CAST Video for Android now available, runs $10 a month  —  Android owners on Verizon now have a new (albeit pricey) way to bide their time as they wait in grocery store checkout lines, doctors' offices, traffic jams, DMVs, and Engadget Show entrance gates, because Big Red …
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