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12:35 AM ET, June 17, 2010

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Disney/Pixar Buys The First Twitter Trending Topic Ad  —  Since April, Twitter users have grown accustomed to Twitter's first ad revenue play: Promoted Tweets.  Today, the second phase of that strategy is starting to be tested: Promoted Trending Topics.  The first such topic?
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Now Live, Twitter's New Ads: Are You Brave Enough for This?  —  Short-form social network Twitter has taken a bold new step in exploring its potential business model.  The company appears to have begun promoting keywords in its “trending topics” list for sponsors.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 4 Delayed Again: Now July 14th  —  The iPhone 4 order disaster continues, now with a new delay after AT&T suspended all sales for the device.  The iPhone arrival was delayed for many pre-orders.  Now there's a new date at Apple's website: July 14th.
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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T memo: iPhone 3GS, 4 pre-orders temporarily suspended
Wall Street Journal:
With Bebo a No-Go, AOL Will Unload the Social Site  —  AOL Inc. is close to selling its social-networking site Bebo to a private investment firm, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Exact terms of the deal couldn't be learned, but people familiar with the situation said the price …
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Tom Foremski / ZDNet:   Steve Case criticizes AOL's $850m Bebo buy - Time Warner was a bigger folly
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
AOL: Please Give Us (A Little) More Than $2.5 Million for Bebo
Discussion: GigaOM and Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Android Team “Laser Focused” On The User Experience For Next Release  —  Google's Android team has been pushing new versions of the operating system at a furious pace since the first Android device hit the market in 2008.  Lots of features have been added over the last couple of years.
Tom Whitnah / Facebook Blog:
“I Like Your Comment”  —  Since first launching the “Like” feature in 2009 and the ability to comment on News Feed stories in 2008, we've seen these features become central to the way people communicate on Facebook.  They're two of the most heavily used features on the site and have proven …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Facebook's Likable Little Comments Could Be a Big Deal
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: Sprint's Bold Evo Phone Fades a Bit in the Details  —  Fine print, baby.  It's all about the fine print.  —  It'll get you when you buy a car.  When you rent an apartment.  When you sign a prenup.  —  Most of all, it'll get you when you buy the new Sprint Evo 4G phone …
Discussion: parislemon
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
YouTube adds cloud-based video editor  —  In a significant philosophical shift, Google has added a basic video-editing system to YouTube, giving a new creative aspect to the video-sharing site.  —  The YouTube editor isn't going to put Apple's Final Cut Pro or Adobe Systems' Premiere Pro …
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Mia / YouTube Blog:   Edit video in the cloud with the YouTube Video Editor
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
AT&T and Apple's marriage made in hell  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — AT&T's epic iPhone 4 pre-order snafu on Tuesday was the latest in a long line of headaches the carrier has caused Apple.  But even with concerns that AT&T accidentally revealed some subscribers' account information …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 4 Disaster: Orders Charged and Sent to the Wrong People
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 …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Wants To Become The Primary Shopping Option On Bing (AMZN, MSFT)  —  Amazon wants to own the shopping results that are served up from Microsoft's Bing search engine, we've heard from an industry source close to both companies.  —  After Microsoft announced it would shut …
Discussion: AuctionBytes Blog and LiveSide.net
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
What Is I.B.M.'s Watson?  —  'Toured the Burj in this U.A.E. city.  They say it's the tallest tower in the world; looked over the ledge and lost my lunch.  Multimedia  —  Enlarge This Image  —  MASTERMIND The one behind Watson's mastermind, that is: David Ferrucci of I.B.M., who himself is not a huge “Jeopardy!” fan.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
AT&T: drop net neutrality or U-verse gets it  —  Back when Google announced it was looking for cities to test its fiber-to-the-home trial network, we profiled a host of municipalities that tried every possible publicity stunt in the book to get the search engine giant's attention.
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Is Embracing the End of Email, Here's Why  —  “If you want to know what people like us will do tomorrow, you look at what teenagers are doing today,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told the audience at Nielsen's Consumer 360 conference yesterday.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Arrington: By ‘see ya later,’ what I meant was, I'm sticking around  —  It's always fun and controversial when Michael Arrington is around, and his Seattle debut at our TechFlash Live event last night was no exception.  One of his remarks on stage, implying that he was ready to leave TechCrunch behind …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
“How Do I Delete My Facebook Account” Search Volume Drops.  Facebook Privacy Fiasco Over?  —  Is it time to officially declare the Facebook privacy fiasco over?  While a record number of users were previously searching for “How Do I Delete My Facebook Account” as “Quit Facebook Day” …
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Advocacy groups: Facebook privacy changes not enough
Discussion: The Register
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 …
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Twitter Servers Can't Keep Up With World Cup Traffic
Discussion: DailyFinance, WebNewser and PC World
 
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
US record labels starts fake “citizen's group” to support Canada's DMCA
Susan Crawford / GigaOM:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
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Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
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