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9:10 AM ET, June 11, 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
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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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs Bragged About Privacy—Days Ago
Discussion: Tnooz, Post Tech and eWeek
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Motorola And RIM Make Peace, End All Outstanding Litigation Worldwide  —  Is it Christmas?  —  Motorola and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion have just jointly announced that they have entered into a settlement and licensing agreement that ends all outstanding worldwide litigation between the two companies.
Discussion: PR Newswire, Erictric and Reuters
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!”
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.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google morphs Chrome OS into netbook thin client  —  ‘Chromotes’ legacy PC apps inside browser  —  Exclusive Google's Chrome OS — the operating system that moves all apps and data into a web browser — will provide remote access to “legacy PC applications” through a mystery process …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Begins Urging Developers To Get Their iOS 4 Apps In For Launch  —  Today, Apple has begun emailing iPhone app developers to let them know they're now accepting iOS 4-compatible apps in the App Store.  Just as it does each time before a new OS launches (such as earlier this year with the iPad OS …
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Marco.org:
iPhone multitasking and background updating
Discussion: The Wire
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Super Whales: Top Social Game Spenders Pay More than $10,000 Apiece for Virtual Goods  —  By now, most people in the social gaming industry have heard about “whales”, those players who spend massively on virtual goods and gifts in games like Mafia Wars or Happy Aquarium.
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, Tech Trader Daily and WebProNews
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Macs running Steam are more powerful than PCs, on average  —  No matter which three-legged sentry turret you pick, Steam games run fine if it houses a decent graphics card.  That said, stick this in your breech and shoot it — the latest edition of Valve's hardware survey shows …
Bryan Wolfe / App Advice:
AT&T Offers Up Specials For Recent iPhone 3GS Buyers  —  More A&T customers are about to become happy.  Just days after the company announced that anyone with an iPhone contract ending at anytime in 2010 would be eligible for a iPhone 4 upgrade, comes word that recent purchasers of the iPhone 3GS will also be getting a deal.
Discussion: Pogue's Posts and MacRumors
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft hides mystery Firefox extension in toolbar update  —  As part of its regular Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released an update for its various toolbars, and this update came with more than just documented fixes.  The update also installs an add-on for Internet Explorer and an extension …
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Feature: WWDC Keynote WiFi woes may have been due to iPhone 4 drivers  —  “Ladies and gentleman, put down your MiFis, and step away from your laptops, or there's going to be trouble.”  —  Apple's CEO didn't actually utter these words during his demonstration of the iPhone 4's higher-density screen …
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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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
SCOwned: no new trial, Novell can shut down IBM lawsuit  —  SCO was dealt yet another blow in court today when District Judge Ted Stewart rejected the company's motion requesting a new trial or judgement of law.  In a ruling issued today, Judge Stewart sided with a jury that issued a verdict …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
comScore Says Bing And Yahoo Gained Market Share In May.  Or Have They?  —  Audience measurement firm comScore has released its May 2010 U.S. Search Data report, and it shows continued market share gains for Yahoo and Microsoft.  —  Yahoo and Bing/MSN each added approximately 60 bps and 30 bps to 18.3% and 12.1%, respectively.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Amazon cloud uses FedEx instead of the Internet to ship data  —  Amazon's new way to quickly move data to the cloud relies on air mail, not the Internet.  —  Amazon's cloud storage service has unveiled a brand new way to quickly move giant amounts of data to the cloud …
Clifford Coonan / The Irish Times:
Foxconn says it may move some production back to Taiwan  —  BATTERED BY a wave of suicides at its huge Shenzhen plant, Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn says it is considering moving some of its production back to the self-ruled island where it has its headquarters.
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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: Mashable!, Lifehacker and Bits, Thanks:chrismessina
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.
 
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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David Talbot / Technology Review:
New Cyber Chief Outlines Strategy
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Evolution of Time Magazine's iPad App: Here's What's Next
Discussion: MacStories, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Tunerfish Goes Live With Its First Media Partner, HBO
Discussion: TechCrunch and eHomeUpgrade
Phil Plait / Bad Astronomy:
Resolving the iPhone resolution
Discussion: Kotaku, Lifehacker, Macworld and Gadget Lab
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Best Buy Admits Defeat, Gets Rid of Speakeasy
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Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Judge limits DHS laptop border searches
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More Than Dabbling  —  Every day millions of people use Twitter …
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An iPhone for T-Mobile?
 

 
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