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5:35 PM ET, June 17, 2010

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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 4 Confirmed to Have 512MB of RAM (Twice the iPad and 3GS)  —  Since the launch of the original iPhone, Apple has made efforts to hide some of the actual tech specs of the device from consumers.  Apple has never advertised or even published the processor speed or amount of RAM found in the iPhone.
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Apple iPhone to Verizon drumbeat picks up (again)  —  A version of Apple's iPhone that would be compatible with Verizon Wireless' network will reportedly start shipping in the fourth quarter.  —  According to DigiTimes, contract equipment manufacturer Pegatron Technology is using its plants in Shanghai to manufacture CDMA iPhones.
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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
DigiTimes: CDMA iPhone 4 in Q4
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Commerce Search 2.0 Gets Refinements, $25K Price Point  —  Google on June 17 upgraded its Commerce Search product in the United States and United Kingdom, adding a full merchandising dashboard to let retail merchants better control promotions, product ranking rules and filtering.
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Nitin Mangtani / The Official Google Blog:
Summer is here, and so is Google Commerce Search 2.0  —  School is out for the summer, and that means it's time for some swimsuit shopping, travel purchases and—before we know it—buying back-to-school supplies.  —  To help retail sites get ready for the summer shopping season …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Co-President Jason Hirschhorn Out  —  Less than a month ago I asked the MySpace Co-Presidents, Mike Jones and Jason Hirschhorn (pictured left), if it was possible to effectively run a company with two equal leaders.  Their answer - they've made it work.  I asked if they were both there for the long term.
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MySpace:   Statement from Jon Miller, Chief Digital Officer, News Corporation …
Matt Mullenweg / WordPress:
WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious”  —  Filed under Releases.  —  Arm your vuvuzelas: WordPress 3.0, the thirteenth major release of WordPress and the culmination of half a year of work by 218 contributors, is now available for download (or upgrade within your dashboard).
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
AT&T locks down Android again with HTC Aria  —  All right, I'll just say it: AT&T is the most reliable carrier in America.  —  Not in terms of network performance, mind you — no, I haven't gone completely nutty.  AT&T, rather, is the most reliable carrier when it comes to making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Criterion Capital Partners Acquires Bebo From AOL  —  The rumors are true: hedge fund Criterion Capital Partners is indeed the buyer of Bebo.  As we reported yesterday, AOL is offloading the social networking service for less than $10 million (other media are reporting a purchase price of around $2.5 million).
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Bebo - The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle? Or AOL's screw-up?
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Edit video in the cloud with the YouTube Video Editor  —  Video editing usually requires installing software packages and having a fair amount of technical savvy.  But we think video editing should be fun and easy, so we're introducing a new tool that anyone — even this guy — could figure out …
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Microsoft Announces Mobile OS for Enterprise Devices  —  Microsoft will soon release a new mobile OS for embedded and enterprise devices based on Windows Mobile 6.5, to be followed by an enterprise-focused version of Windows Phone 7 in 2011, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said by video …
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Demystifying Microsoft's mobile operating system roadmap
Discussion: eWeek and mocoNews
Vikki Chou / Docs Blog:
Sharing in Google Docs just got easier  —  The ability to share my Google Docs is crucial to my productivity.  My teammates and I often add comments to docs, collaboratively organize our feature-planning spreadsheet, and send links of interesting company presentations to each other.
Adam Dachis / Lifehacker:
How Does the New Hotmail Stack Up to Gmail?  —  This may come as a surprise, but the new Microsoft Hotmail is actually pretty good.  But how does it stack up to Google's email champion, Gmail?  Here's a look at the good and bad of both services.  More »  —  Gmail - Google - Microsoft - Search Engines - Hotmail
Discussion: Technologizer
Jacob Aron / New Scientist:
First replicating creature spawned in life simulator  —  IF YOU found a self-replicating organism living inside your computer, your first instinct might be to reach for the antivirus software.  If, however, you are Andrew Wade, an avid player in the two-dimensional, mathematical universe known …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Behind the scenes: Windows Phone 7  —  Editor's note: this is the first in an occasional series of stories on the behind-the-scenes efforts by Microsoft to bring Windows Phone 7 to market.  —  REDMOND, Wash.—The first Windows Phone 7 devices won't hit the market until the holidays.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
The Droid X gets real on Verizon (update: 720p video capture, not display)  —  Looks like Verizon and Motorola are coming clean with the Droid X a little earlier than planned — it just appeared on the official Droid page, complete with comfirmation of that 4.3-inch screen size.
Arn / MacRumors:
First iOS 4 Multitasking Aware Apps Appearing in App Store  —  Apple has started approving updates for apps that support the new features of iOS 4.  The most notable feature that requires explicit support is OS 4 multitasking.  One particularly prominent app that now supports …
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Paramount to end delay in providing DVDs to Redbox  —  Movies on DVD will be available to rent the same day they go on sale.  Three other studios had recently signed deals with Redbox to block rentals of DVDs until 28 days after their release.  —  Setting up opposing camps among …
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Switched and Techdirt
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Huffington Post Buys Adaptive Semantics To Keep Up With 100,000 Comments A Day  —  The Huffington Post has acquired its first company in a small cash deal, and it is not another blog or media site, but a pure technology startup called Adaptive Semantics.  The two-person startup provides …
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.
Oliver Chiang / Velocity:
Microsoft's Xbox Live Is Making Boatloads Of Money On Virtual Goods  —  Zynga has made a splash with hit Facebook games like “FarmVille” making boatloads of money primarily through sales of virtual goods.  But in this new virtual gold rush, a more traditional competitor has been overlooked by many: the videogame console.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000 tablet sports WiFi and 3G data, about as thick as an iPhone?  —  Samsung's 7-inch Tab has certainly captured everyone's attention as another possible anti-iPad tablet.  So far, Samsung's only saying that its Galaxy Tab will launch in Q3 without providing …
 
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N.Y. attorney general tackles child porn on social networks
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