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1:50 PM ET, June 16, 2010

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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T memo: iPhone 3GS, 4 pre-orders temporarily suspended  —  AT&T has sent out a memo to its employees stating that pre-orders for the iPhone — whether they be new activations, upgrades, or exchanges — have been “temporarily suspended.”  Check out the full memo below:
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple: 600,000 iPhone 4 Pre-Orders On First Day (AAPL, T)  —  Holy cow!  Apple just announced it took 600,000 pre-orders yesterday for its new iPhone 4, including orders placed with its carrier partners.  —  That is HUGE.  —  This in addition to AT&T's statement just now that iPhone 4 pre-orders …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AT&T: iPhone 4 Pre-Order Sales Were Ten Times Higher Than First Day 3GS Sales
Discussion: Digital Daily, PR Newswire and mocoNews, Thanks:matthewdp
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
AOL Has Sold Bebo  —  Update: The buyer of Bebo is Criterion Capital Partners, a hedge fund.  We're digging for more details.  —  AOL has found a buyer for struggling social network Bebo, we are hearing from sources close to the deal.  The Internet company has been publicly looking …
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Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL To Sell Bebo to Criterion Capital Partners (AOL)  —  AOL is selling Bebo to Criterion Capital Partners, WSJ reporter Anupreeta Das just tweeted.  —  (Update: She's deleted her tweet.  We've pasted a screengrab below.)  —  Earlier today, Mashable reported AOL had sold the social network, but Mashable didn't know to whom.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   AOL To Sell Bebo For Around $10 Million
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 4 Disaster: Orders Charged and Sent to the Wrong People  —  They denied it, but readers claim that AT&T is exposing credit cards and shipping information during iPhone 4 pre-orders.  Wrong shipping information is even being used by AT&T and Apple's websites to send units to the wrong people.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 4 Order Security Breach Exposes Private Information
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Does the World Need More Than One Twitter?  —  Twitter, after being relatively stable for several months, has seen its downtime and reliability issues mount over the past couple of weeks, with repeated system errors and outages.  It's blamed a flaw in its networking setup and — most recently …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and Scripting News, Thanks:johngushue
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Sean Garrett / Twitter Blog:
What's Happening with Twitter?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Gives Itself A Yellow Card For Downtime; Warns Of More To Come
Discussion: The Register, SFGate and WebProNews
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
San Francisco Passes Cellphone Radiation Law  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Imposing roughly the same cautionary standards for cellphones as for fatty food or sugary soda, this city — never shy about its opinions — voted on Tuesday to require all retailers to display the amount of radiation each phone emits.
Peter Bregman / Harvard Business Review:
Why I Returned My iPad  —  A little more than a week after buying the iPad, I returned it to Apple.  The problem wasn't the iPad exactly, though it has some flaws.  The problem was me.  —  I like technology, but I'm not an early adopter.  I waited for the second-generation iPod …
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.
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 …
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
AT&T-iPad security breach may be worse than first thought
Discussion: SlashGear and Techdirt
Jung-Ah Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Bets on Smartphones, Tablet  —  Pressed by the competition's new generation of sophisticated gadgets, Samsung Electronics also has been seeing demand for some of its products soften amid the European debt crisis.  In response, the South Korean electronics giant …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
I'll Tell You What's Fair  —  Speaking of Joe Wilcox, in the midst of a 1,500 word piece last week accusing yours truly of “not being a man” because there aren't comments on Daring Fireball, Wilcox wrote the following in response to my “Google started this” entry on the Apple / Google / Android / AdMob imbroglio:
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
After Going Premium, Ning Adds E-Commerce And Gaming Revenue Channels For Networks  —  It's been no secret that social network platform Ning has been going through a significant transition in both its leadership and business model in 2010.  In March, longtime CEO Gina Bianchini was replaced by COO Jason Rosenthal.
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Diego Doval / Ning Blog:   Our Product Roadmap
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Finally, Google TV Explained In A Clear, Concise Manner [Video]  —  When Google TV was announced at Google I/O there was a lot of excitement surrounding it.  Unfortunately, there were also a lot of questions.  And the glitchy demo they did on stage certainly didn't help matters.
Seth Rosenblatt / Webware.com:
New Flock divorces Firefox, snuggles up to Chrome  —  Flock made its name as a Firefox remix that came loaded with custom add-ons for tightly integrating social networking with daily Web browsing.  Just opened to the public, the Flock 3 beta keeps its social goals intact while replacing its Firefox base with Google-supported Chromium.
Sysomos:
Judging a Twitter User by Their Followers  —  Everyday at Sysomos, we help people locate key influencers in their areas of interest.  We also slice and dice into these influencers on Twitter to see what kind of Twitter users are seeing their tweets.  —  We thought it would be interesting …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google gets the fabled GDrive, courtesy of Memeo  —  When Google announced the ability to upload and store files in Google Docs, that seemed to be as close as the search giant would get to releasing its long-rumored GDrive storage service.  But the GDrive is finally here, kind of …
Robin Wauters / MobileCrunch:
Get swyping: Swype for Android available now in English, Spanish and Italian  —  We told you this was coming: Swype has just made it possible for any Android handset owner to download their innovative touch-screen enabled text-input application straight from the website.
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
LinkedIn communications at center of unprecedented lawsuit  —  In a first-of-its kind lawsuit, an IT staffing firm has accused one of its former employees of violating the terms of her non-compete agreements through her conduct on LinkedIn.  —  In a first-of-its kind lawsuit …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Wireless Oligopoly Is Smother of Invention  —  If the people who brought us television had played by the same rules that today's wireless carriers impose — we'd probably all be listening to the radio.  —  Which is a nice way of saying the wireless industry — AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile …
Thanks:rsingel
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.
 
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Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
Exclusive: ABC Has Doubled the Number of Ads in Its iPad App; ABC.com Will Be Next
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