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5:00 AM ET, June 18, 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.
Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:
Photo: first iPhone 4 camper shows up at Dallas Apple store on Knox St. [UPDATED]  —  A reader sends this photo:  —  You've got a long, hot week ahead of you, friend.  —  UPDATE: Drew, the reader who sent me the photo, notes that our intrepid camper has chimed in on the macrumors forum:
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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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Real Story Behind MySpace Co-Prez Jason Hirschhorn Quitting (NWS)
Discussion: MySpace
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Demystifying Microsoft's mobile operating system roadmap  —  When Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently criticized Google at the D8 conference for having two different mobile operating systems, it's surprising so few challenged the pot for calling the kettle black.
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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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to Launch MobileMe Enhancements: Push Web-Based Mail, Universal ‘Find My iPhone’ iOS Application, and More  —  Apple has noted on its MobileMe support page and the me.com login page that access to MobileMe Web applications will be down from 10:00 PM to midnight Pacific Time this evening for …
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
OnLive gaming service launches with a free one year subscription  —  OnLive, the much ballyhooed online gaming service, has finally made its official debut.  Having been in beta and available for select users since September 2009, OnLive has begun activating new accounts for the general public …
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Christos / Chromium Blog:
Bringing improved PDF support to Google Chrome  —  Millions of web users rely on PDF files every day to consume a wide variety of text and media content.  To enable this, a number of plug-ins exist today which allow users to open PDF files inside their browsers.
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Extension sync comes to Google Chrome
EE Times:
Apple's A4 dissected, discussed...and tantalizing  —  The Apple A4 discussion kicked off in earnest when Steve Jobs introduced the iPad on January 27.  In an infamous series of slides tracing the roots of Apple back to the two Steves in his garage, Jobs introduced the Apple A4 processor that powers the iPad …
Discussion: Engadget, Ars Technica and CrunchGear
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Iceland and Wikileaks Try to Make the World Safe for Secrets  —  Updated: Does the world need a refuge for information provided by whistle-blowers and others who leak or publish sensitive and/or secret documents?  Iceland's parliament seems to think so — they have just overwhelmingly approved …
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Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Iceland Hasn't The Bandwidth To Site Large Media Servers
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.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook '09 revenue neared $800 million  —  (Reuters) - Facebook's financial performance is stronger than previously believed, as the Internet social network's explosive growth in users and advertisers boosted 2009 revenue to as much as $800 million, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jason Calacanis: Okay, Fine, Here's What I Really Think Of TechCrunch And Mike Arrington  —  A few months ago, TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington threw his TechCrunch50 conference business partner Jason Calacanis under the bus.  —  Specifically, he told Jason that TechCrunch no longer wanted …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Working at Google - the first 6 months  —  So, what is it like working at Google?  How is it different than working at Microsoft?  I have answered that question at least 500 times in the past 6 months, so I thought I should write a more detailed answer.  Google still feels like a startup.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
A Google Paid Content System For Publishers May Be Coming By Year-End  —  Updated: Google (NSDQ: GOOG), which had hinted for nearly a year now that it was working on building some sort of paid content system for publishers, is reportedly set to launch such a system by year-end.
Michelle Donegan / Light Reading:
AT&T Enforces Data Cap on Femtos  —  In the aftermath of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s announcement of new mobile data price plans, the operator reveals that data used on its Microcell femtocell will be included in subscribers' newly capped monthly data allowance.  (See AT&T Intros Mobile Data Caps …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
FML!  New York City Subway Managers Show Remarkable Web Savvy.  —  If you're the kind of person who uses “FML” in texts, IMs or tweets, then you may be the kind of person who is aware of a recent change to the New York City subway system, which resulted in this sorta-funny signage:
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Droid 2: First Impressions  —  Gizmodo reader Zack recently had a chance to play with Verizon's next offering, the Motorola Droid 2.  He sent us his impressions, some details about the specs, and a few extra pictures.  —  Zack wrote: … Zack's observations and impressions match …
Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
YouTube Explains Top Secret ‘News Experiment’ to Local Media, But Doesn't Really  —  Sometimes this new media transition thing can be so, how you say, awkward.  —  According to SFAppeal blogger Eve Batey, Google-owned video aggregator YouTube is up to some hush hush citizen journalism project here in our very own San Francisco.
Montana Low / RescueTime Blog:
Google is eating Microsoft's lunch, one tasty bite at a time.  —  Microsoft just launched Office 2010 to great fanfare, and quietly slipped in a new free online version.  It looks like they may have finally realized that if they don't cannibalize their core business with a web based offering, Google will.
Discussion: The Next Web
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple posts WWDC session videos to iTunes U (u)  —  Apple has made more than 100 individual sessions filmed at its Worldwide Developers Conference available to developers via iTunes U, for free.  —  Access to the session videos is not limited only to developers in Apple's paid programs …
Pwarden / PeteSearch:
Facebook employee responds on robots.txt controversy  —  I received a comment from Blake Ross on the legal changes Facebook have recently made, and I wanted to highlight that response.  I recommend you look at the document itself, along with both of our commentaries on it, and make up your own mind.
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).
Sarah Rotman Epps / Forrester Blogs:
Steve Ballmer Is Right: The PC Market Is Getting Bigger  —  At The Wall Street Journal's D8 conference in June, Apple CEO Steve Jobs compared the PC to a farm truck, saying that when America was an agrarian economy: “All cars were trucks because that's what you needed on the farm.
 
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Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Fujitsu and Toshiba to Merge Mobile Phone Units
Discussion: Fugitsu and Boy Genius Report
Omar Shahine / The Windows Blog:
Giving you more meaningful choices to control your privacy
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter ‘OAuthcalypse’ Moved To August Thanks To The World Cup
Discussion: Mashable! and Erictric
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
An iPhone-Controlled Drone Will Cost You $300
Discussion: Singularity Hub, I4U News and TUAW
Larissa Zimberoff / Flickr Blog:
“Request to License” via Getty Images is here!
Scott Austin / Wall Street Journal:
Start-Ups Get Free Chance to Pitch to Angel Investors
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Google Commerce Search 2.0 Gets Refinements, $25K Price Point
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