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11:05 PM ET, June 15, 2010

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 4 Order Security Breach Exposes Private Information  —  Apple's iPhone 4 pre-ordering has been a total disaster, but it gets much worse: An AT&T insider claims that this iPhonecalypse may be related to “a major fraud update that went wrong.”  The bug is exposing AT&T users' private information.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple iPhone 4 Pre-Ordering Is a Total Disaster  —  The iPhone 4's first pre-ordering day has been a total disaster.  AT&T's online system has collapsed, there are account security breaches, Apple's online upgrades are down, and stores are now using pen and paper to process sales.  Updating live (10)
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
AT&T iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Have Sold Out  —  According to Boy Genius Report, all of AT&T's pre-order iPhones have been reserved as of 4:30pm EST. And if you placed an order any time after that, you might have a bit of a wait on your hands.  Updated:  —  People who got their orders in after 4:30 …
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Exclusive: Motorola Droid X preview  —  Not interested in waiting until the 23rd for Verizon's big announcement?  Don't worry, we've got you covered right now!  The Motorola Droid X has probably been one of the worst kept smartphone secrets in recent memory, but after spending two hours with the phone we sort of see why.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola, Verizon announcing ‘next generation of Droid’ on June 23  —  We don't know whether this is going to be the Droid 2, the Droid X, or both, but Motorola, Google, Verizon, and Adobe — yes, Adobe — are all getting on stage out in New York on the 23rd of the month to announce some new Android gear.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Office 2010 Now Available for Consumers Worldwide  —  Millions of beta users help Microsoft deliver the best experience for getting things done across the PC, phone and browser.  —  Today, Microsoft Corp. announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010.
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Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Office 2010: No Upgrade Pricing, No Transfers, No Way!  —  I'm a Microsoft Office devotee.  Sure, cloud-based apps are fine.  But I like dependable, fast software right on my own computer.  My life revolves fairly happily around Outlook.  You can pry Excel out of my cold dead fingers.
Discussion: TechSpot and MSDN Blogs
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Microsoft's Office Web Apps: should Google worry yet?
Apple:
About the Mac OS X v10.6.4 Update  —  Mac OS X v10.6.4 Update Updating your system  —  You should back up your system before installation; you can use Time Machine.  —  Do not interrupt the installation process once you have started to update your system.
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Casey Chan / Gizmodo:
Mac OS X 10.6.4 Available Now, Brings Safari 5 And Bug Fixes  —  Mac OS X 10.6.4 is currently sitting pretty in your Software Update and brings Safari 5, if you haven't already jumped on the train, and what looks to be a ton of bug fixes with it.  Our update weighs in at 640MB but we've seen some as low as 300MB.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Sean Garrett / Twitter Blog:
What's Happening with Twitter?  —  From a site stability and service outage perspective, it's been Twitter's worst month since last October.  —  What's the problem?  —  Last Friday, we detailed on our Engineering blog that this is going to be a rocky few weeks.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Hacker in AT&T-iPad security case arrested on drug charges  —  A hacker in a group that discovered the AT&T iPad-related flaw was arrested on an FBI search warrant in Arkansas on Tuesday, authorities told CNET.  —  Andrew Auernheimer, 24, was being held in Washington County Detention Center …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
I was wrong about Apple iPad  —  The world does need an Apple tablet — and perhaps others — contrary to what I asserted in late January.  Gloaters will circle my admission like vultures pecking a carcass, but that's the penalty for being wrong.  Yes, I was wrong.  I admit it.
Discussion: Podcasting News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Want Swype? (yes, you do) - Get It Tomorrow For Android Phones  —  I just heard from Swype, the creators of an amazing touchscreen mobile application that allows text entry way faster than via normal virtual keyboards.  They'll be making the Android version of the their application available to anyone who wants it tomorrow.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Android and Me
Miguel Helft / Bits:
States Discuss Joint Probe of Google's Data Collection  —  Google's headaches over its collection of private data from Wi-Fi networks are intensifying.  —  Attorneys general from about 30 states are investigating whether Google violated any laws when vehicles used by the company to snap pictures …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
AT&T CEO on Enterprise iPad Adoption and Wireless Voice Quality Improvements  —  In an interview on CNBC today, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson spent a considerable amount of time discussing the carrier's relationship with Apple, initially focusing on the iPad and its strong adoption, particularly among business users.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
New York Times Plans Public Beta Site for Its Experiments  —  A Place to Test Products Without Disrupting the Main Site  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The New York Times is building a public beta testing site where it will experiment with new ideas and applications before deciding whether they deserve to go live on NYTimes.com.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo's 3DS handheld: 3D games without the glasses  —  Nintendo announced its new 3DS handheld to deliver 3D games without the geeky glasses required to watch 3D movies and television.  —  The announcement was expected, but Nintendo also announced a wave of support for the new handheld device …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Beam: world's first Android projector phone on sale in July  —  Ah, here we go, Samsung's other cellphone with an integrated projector just got an official launch date.  The Galaxy Beam (codename: Halo) with its 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display is now slated to hit Singapore in July.
Apple:
Apple Unveils All New Mac mini  —  Apple® today unveiled a completely redesigned Mac® mini, featuring up to twice the graphics performance, a new HDMI port and a new SD card slot, all in an amazingly compact aluminum enclosure.  Mac mini is the world's most energy efficient desktop …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Idiot NY State Assemblyman Wants iPhone 4 Videocalling Banned from Roads  —  On the surface, NY State assemblyman Felix Ortiz's push to ban iPhone videocalling from roads makes sense.  It would be horribly unsafe!  But then you realize that it would be impossible, and you shake your head.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony to sell Move motion-sensing wand for $49.99  —  said it will sell its motion-sensing Move controller for $49.99, a low mass-market price that could kickstart the company's attempt to take games to the next level.  —  The company will also sell its PlayStation Eye camera, which is used with the Move, for $29.
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Internet Is Set to Overtake Newspapers in Ad Revenue  —  The Internet is poised to overtake newspapers as the second-largest U.S. advertising medium by revenue behind television, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global Entertainment and Media Outlook for 2010 to 2014.
Matthew Paulson / iPad Weekly:
iPad Advertisements Perform Six Times Better Than Desktop Ads  —  In a press release dated on Tuesday, textPlus, PointRoll and AdMarvel reported some impressive campaign metrics from ads served on the iPad, showing unusually high levels of user engagement and long interaction times compared to other mobile ad platforms.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Unpatched Windows XP-related hole exploited in attacks  —  Malicious hackers were found to be exploiting a hole on Tuesday affecting Windows XP that a Google researcher disclosed last week before Microsoft had a chance to fix it, the software giant confirmed.
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft sends out Windows 7 SP1 beta invites  —  Microsoft began sending beta invites to potential Windows 7 SP1 beta testers on Tuesday.  —  In an email to beta candidates, the Windows Customer Connection Team has picked select testers for an early copy of Windows 7 SP1.
Discussion: Download Squad, Thanks:tom_warren
 
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Pwarden / PeteSearch:
Facebook changes the rules for the public web
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Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
iPhone Armed With Facial Recognition App Lets Cops ID Perps on the Street
Discussion: Patriot Ledger and Gizmodo
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple, ATI, NVIDIA Actively Working on Improving Mac Gaming Performance
Discussion: MacStories, 9 to 5 Mac and AppleInsider
Katitza Rodriguez / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Developers: You Can Now Submit Safari Extensions to Apple
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Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:atul
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