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6:45 PM ET, June 21, 2010


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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Ars reviews iOS 4: what's new, notable, and what needs work  —  iOS 4, previously known as iPhone OS 4, is a major update to Apple's mobile OS which brings a handful of significant changes—namely Apple's implementation of “multitasking” plus the opening up of thousands of APIs to third-party developers …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
New iPhone Software Arrives Today - Can You Run it?  —  Ahead of Thursday's release of the new and improved iPhone 4, Apple is today launching a series of software improvements collectively known as iOS 4 to owners of older generation iPhones and iPod Touch devices. iOS 4 …
Philip Michaels / Macworld:
iOS 4.0 update available for download  —  The fourth version of Apple's newly renamed mobile operating system arrived Monday, as iOS 4 became available for download.  —  Apple says the update delivers more than 100 features aimed at end users, as well as 1500 APIs for mobile app makers.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Slashes Price Of Kindle To $189 (AMZN, BKS)  —  Amazon has cut the price of the Kindle by $70 to $189 in response to Barnes & Noble's Nook price cut and, probably, Apple's iBooks threat.  A WiFi only Nook is still cheaper at $150, but for the extra $40, it's worth having an always on 3G wireless connection.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Confirms New $149 NOOK Wi-Fi, Drops 3G Model Price To $199  —  Barnes & Noble has just confirmed the NOOK Wi-Fi at $149, and a new lower price for its NOOK 3G model at $199.  It can be ordered online now from or and will begin shipping this week.
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Dell in talks with Google over Chrome OS  —  (Reuters) - Dell Inc (DELL.O) is in talks with Google Inc (GOOG.O) over the use of the Chrome operating system on its laptops, a top company executive said on Monday.  —  “We have to have a point of view on the industry and technology direction two years …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Don't Mean To Be Alarmist, But The Odds Are Increasing That Microsoft's Business Will Just Completely Collapse  —  A few weeks ago, the market delivered its verdict on the relative future prospects of Apple and Microsoft.  —  Apple's prospects are better, the market said.
Craig Wilkinson / Google Mobile Blog:
The Iterative Web App: New Compose Interface for Gmail on iPad  —  Labels: gmail for mobile, Interative web app, ipad … Today we're happy to announce an improved experience for writing emails on Gmail web interface for iPad.  When you write an email you'll now get a big full screen compose window instead …
Experian Hitwise:
Google share of searches at 72 percent for May 2010  —  Experian Hitwise announced today that Google accounted for 72.17 percent of all U.S. searches conducted in the four weeks ending May 29, 2010.  Yahoo! Search, Bing and Ask received 14.43 percent, 9.23 percent and 2.14 percent, respectively.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple collecting, sharing iPhone users' precise locations  —  Satellite image of a Target store in New York.  Credit: daiji / flickr  —  Apple Inc. is now collecting the “precise,” “real-time geographic location” of its users' iPhones, iPads and computers.
Discussion: Apple
Jesse David Hollington / iLounge:
iAd apps begin appearing on App Store  —  The first applications supporting Apple's new iAd mobile advertising platform have appeared on the App Store.  Avantar, developer of mobile search applications such as OneTap Movies, Showtimes, Munch and Yellow Pages, has updated several …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Seven ways AT&T is failing its mobile customers  —  AT&T Wireless has millions of US customers, and it continues to boast the largest number of smartphone users.  Despite this, we hear numerous complaints from readers and reporters that AT&T 3G coverage is spotty; even if AT&T …
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
How AT&T Plans to Lift Its Image Via Social-Media Customer Care
Discussion: Technologizer and The Next Web, Thanks:learmonth
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Swype Reinvents Typing on Touch-Screen Phones  —  SEATTLE — Back in the 1990s, typing out “hello” on most cellphones required an exhausting 13 taps on the number keys, like so: 44-33-555-555-666.  —  That was before the inventor Cliff Kushler, based here in Seattle, and a partner created software called T9 …
John Cook / TechFlash:   NYT report: Swype tinkers with the iPhone, voice recognition
Eric Slivka /
iBooks Update Goes Live: iPhone and iPod Touch Compatibility, PDF Support, and More  —  Alongside today's release of iOS 4, Apple has updated its iBooks application [App Store] to Version 1.1, making it a universal application offering compatibility with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Hands on the Motorola Droid 2  —  Verizon, Google, and Motorola are set to unveil the “Next generation of Droid” this Wednesday, but we got our hands on the Droid 2 a little early.  This phone might look exactly like it's predecessor on the outside, but it packs a speedy 1 GHz processor on the inside.
Scott Grizzle / App Advice:
Angry Birds' Publisher Refusing Offers From Microsoft, Google  —  When the story came out saying that Microsoft may be offering cash to tempt popular iPhone app developers and publishers to create for their platform, it left us wondering who would take the offer.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
First look video: Toshiba “touch” netbook prototype shows how Japanese might fight back against iPad (oh, and a cool 3D laptop, too)  —  The iPad is highly popular around the world and is taking market share away from netbooks.  That much you can see all around you.  —  But, how could the other manufacturers fight back?
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes on Bankruptcy, Netflix, and Becoming the Next Apple  —  While it may feel like an all out tug-of-war between Blockbuster and Netflix, don't forget they aren't the only companies battling for market share.  Redbox is fighting for kiosk space.
Robin Hindery / Mercury News:
In California, license plates might go electronic  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif.—As electronic highway billboards flashing neon advertisements become more prevalent, the next frontier in distracted driving is already approaching—ad-blaring license plates.  —  The California Legislature is considering …
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