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10:05 PM ET, June 10, 2010

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Kellex / Droid Life:
Exclusive: First Photos of the Motorola Droid 2  —  Well, hello there Motorola Droid 2.  We would like to officially introduce you to the readers of Droid Life.  We saw your activation screen just the other day, but we'll admit that it's nice to finally see the rest of you.  —  What do you think everyone?
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Ryan Hamrick / knowyourcell.com:
Motorola to launch 2GHz Android phone in 2010  —  Motorola is swinging for the fences with superphone plans that may leave all other smartphones in the dust  —  On Monday, Apple announced that the iPhone 4 will become available later this month, with pre-orders starting June 15th.
Reuters:
Motorola: Droid sales “extremely” strong  —  (Reuters) - Motorola Inc is seeing strong demand for its Droid phone at Verizon Wireless despite the popularity of rival HTC Corp's Droid Incredible, co-Chief Executive Sanjay Jha said on Wednesday.  —  Jha told reporters after an Executives Club presentation …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Kills Its Homepage Background Image Experiment Early  —  Last night, Google decided to temporarily abandon the principles behind its famously spartan homepage in favor of something a little different: a background image, which has been a design element present on rival search engine Bing since it launched.
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Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
The art of a homepage  —  Last week, we announced a new feature …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
FBI Opens Probe of iPad Breach  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened an investigation into the security breach in AT&T Inc.'s website that exposed the email addresses of some iPad owners.  —  “The FBI is aware of these possible computer intrusions and has opened an investigation …
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Goatse Security:   On disclosure ethics  —  There's some buzz about that the FBI …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
FBI Investigating iPad Breach (Update)
Discussion: Computerworld and eWeek
Phil Plait / Bad Astronomy:
Resolving the iPhone resolution  —  With much bruhaha, Steve Jobs and Apple revealed the new iPhone 4 yesterday.  Among other features, Jobs said it has higher resolution than older models; the pixels are smaller, making the display look smoother.  To characterize this, as quoted at Wired.com, he said,
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 now officially available for download  —  Well look at that — Adobe's now officially serving up Flash Player 10.1 on its download pages.  If you're anything like us, you've been running 10.1 since it hit Release Candidate status a couple months ago …
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Rik Myslewski / The Register:
iPhone manufacturer to shutter China factories  —  Foxconn idles up to 800,000  —  Foxconn - the massive Taiwan-based contract manufacturer whose clients include Apple, Dell, HP, Intel, Sony, and others - will shutter its mainland China operations in a restructuring that could move …
Ryan Naraine:
Googler Drops Windows Zero-Day, Microsoft Unhappy  —  Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy has set the cat among the “responsible disclosure” pigeons with the release of technical details of a zero-day vulnerability affecting the Microsoft Windows Help and Support Center without giving Microsoft adequate time to prepare a patch.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
WordPress Gives Us The VIP Treatment, Goes Down On Us Again  —  Well, that was fun.  If you tried to access TechCrunch any time in the last hour or so, you probably noticed that it wasn't working at all.  Instead, you were greeted by the overly cheery notice “WordPress.com will be back in a minute!”
Discussion: The Next Web, Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:evelynrusli
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Think Safari Reader looks familiar?  That's because Apple used open source Readability code  —  One of the most talked-about features in Apple's new Safari 5 browser is Safari Reader, the button that delivers a stripped-down, ad-free, extra-readable version of any web article.
AppsFire.com blog:
Apple, you win: we're pulling out of the App Store. for now  —  Dear Apple Inc.  —  Your app-roval process is full of holes; you have approved Appsfire v1.0 last August and wished you hadn't because almost no one had any real clue about discoverability issues back then - indeed, we were the very first to address this issue in an app.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Judge limits DHS laptop border searches  —  A federal judge has ruled that border agents cannot seize a traveler's laptop, keep in locked up for months, and examine it for contraband files without a warrant half a year later.  —  U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in the Northern District …
Discussion: TG Daily and The Register
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Twitter acquires Smallthought Systems.  Better analytics coming soon.  —  Twitter is taking yet another step into the legitimate business world.  Many places (ourselves included) realize the importance of Twitter to their business' communication, and nothing screams information louder than good analytics.
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Kevinweil / Twitter Blog:
More Than Dabbling  —  Every day millions of people use Twitter …
James McQuivey / Consumer Product Strategy:
Google TV Is A Bigger Deal Than You Think  —  It has only been a few weeks since Google announced it would create a brave, new world with its Google TV platform.  In all the reactions and the commentary, I have been amazed at how little people understand what's really going on here.
Discussion: eWeek and Tech Trader Daily
Choire / The Awl:
‘New York Times’ Bans the Word ‘Tweet’  —  Phil Corbett, the latest standards editor at the Times (maybe the greatest job in the world?), has issued a proclamation!  Yesterday, the following memo went out, asking writers to abstain from the invented past-tense and other weird iterations of the magical noun-verb “Twitter.”
Arno Gourdol / Adobe AIR Team Blog:
Adobe AIR 2 Now Available!  —  We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Adobe AIR 2 runtime.  Starting today, you can download and install the new version at get.adobe.com/air/.  Developers can now deploy applications built for AIR 2 on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
An iPhone for T-Mobile?  —  T-Mobile, not Verizon, will be the next carrier to get Apple's smartphone, says an analyst  —  Like most analysts, Kaufman Bros. Shaw Wu believes Apple (AAPL) will eventually end its exclusive relationship with AT&T (T) and give the iPhone to other U.S. carriers …
Avi Muchnick / Aviary Blog:
Aviary launches Music Creator!  —  We're happy as a lark to announce the launch of Aviary's new online music creator (codenamed Roc).  Aviary's music creator turns anyone into a musician with a few simple clicks.  —  Try it now!  —  Now anyone can create music and beats completely …
Discussion: Bits, Lifehacker and Mashable!, Thanks:chrismessina
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google News experiments with human control, promotes a new serendipity with Editors' Picks  —  Late this afternoon, Google News rolled out a new experiment: Editors' Picks.  Starting today, a small percentage of Google News users will find a new box of content with that label …
Discussion: The Next Web
Marco.org:
iPhone multitasking and background updating  —  One of my most common feature requests is for Instapaper to periodically download articles in the background.  A lot of people forget to launch the app to let it download content before going underground or boarding a plane.
Discussion: Pocket-lint and The Wire
 
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Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Feature: WWDC Keynote WiFi woes may have been due to iPhone 4 drivers
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Tunerfish Goes Live With Its First Media Partner, HBO
Discussion: TechCrunch and eHomeUpgrade
Agam Shah / Network World:
Canonical developing Ubuntu OS for tablets
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Kevin Rose: I'm Sticking With Diggnation Through 2010, Announcing New Show Soon
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Teaching You How To Tweet With Videos
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Best Buy Admits Defeat, Gets Rid of Speakeasy
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
New York AG Suing Social Network Tagged.com for Child Porn
Discussion: Techdirt and ABCNEWS
Steve Lunceford / GovTwit:
Interview provides new details on search for Twitter's government liaison
Discussion: InformationWeek
Jacqueline Emigh / Technologizer:
Phone.com Launches Advanced Calling Features for Android Phones and iPhones
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Web Alerts No Longer Available
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch, Thanks:steverubel
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Looking to Make Mobile Browsing Better
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
AI That Picks Stocks Better Than the Pros
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Feds eye Apple-Google ad war
 

 
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