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6:35 AM ET, June 22, 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 …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Small Problem: iOS 4 And iPhone 4 One-Up The iPad  —  The tech world is buzzing about iOS 4, the latest version of the iPhone operating system that Apple released today.  And rightly so — it's an improvement over the previous version in every way.  In fact, once you've been using …
Nik Fletcher / nikf.org:
8 Subtle Changes You May (Or May Not) Notice in iOS 4  —  Every time Apple releases a new OS update, be it on the Mac or iPhone, there's a bucketload of smaller - lesser-spotted - changes that appear in the system. iOS 4 very much continues this trend, so whilst you're busy perusing …
Discussion: MacStories
Craig Hockenberry / furbo.org:
iPhone multitasking  —  It's no secret that “multitasking” …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple collecting, sharing iPhone users' precise locations  —  Apple Inc. is now collecting the “precise,” “real-time geographic location” of its users' iPhones, iPads and computers.  In an updated version of its privacy policy, the company added a paragraph noting that once users agree …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple: Here's How to Opt Out of Our Targeted Ads (But Not Our Location Tracking)  —  Apple is rolling out its new iPhone operating system, which means that it is also rolling out its new iAd platform.  Which means that Apple now has to make its users the same offer that other big digital ad players offer …
Discussion: VentureBeat, 9 to 5 Mac and Computerworld, Thanks:beet_tv
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Apple advises users how location data can be used
Discussion: Engadget and ReadWriteWeb
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Amazon's Kindle Will Eventually Win the e-Book Wars  —  To paraphrase Yoda: Begun, the e-book wars have.  —  Barnes & Noble started the week off by cutting prices on its Nook e-book reader to $199 from $259, while also introducing a new, $149 Wi-Fi model.
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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.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
The E-Reader Price War: What Will Consumers Do?
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Racing to fill gaps left by Google  —  Several start-ups aim to allow people to pose and answer questions not easily found online  —  The race to build a successor to Web search is heating up as a number of young companies seek to fill gaps they see with Google Inc.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Early Facebook Employees' New Project Quora Opens to the Public
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Adobe Flash gets its full launch on Android  —  After months of back-and-forth debate about whether Adobe's Flash technology is a good fit for smartphones, Adobe is launching a full version of Flash for mobile devices, starting with Google's Android operating system.
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.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Adds OCR for PDF Files and Images  —  When you upload files to Google Docs, you'll notice a new option that tells Google to convert the text from PDF and image files to Google Docs documents.  The feature has been released last year as an experiment, so Google had enough time to improve the accuracy of the results.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
iPhone 4 arriving one day early on June 23rd, says Apple email  —  Well, here's an interesting turn of events.  Apple has apparently sent out emails notifying at least some of those who ordered iPhone 4 that it'll be arriving June 23rd.  (Well over three dozen people have tipped us …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Odds Are Increasing That Microsoft's Business Will 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.  And in the past few weeks, that vote has only become more decisive.
James Brightman / IndustryGamers:
Nintendo Says 3DS Design Not 100% Final, Guarantees Worldwide Launch by March  —  As we and others have made abundantly clear, Nintendo essentially stole the show at E3 with the 3DS unveiling.  The excitement and industry buzz surrounding the new handheld has been a huge lift for Nintendo …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
BarMax, The $1,000 iPhone App, Is Profitable And Expanding With New York Version  —  When we first wrote about BarMax in January, there was a lot of interest in the iPhone app for one obvious reason: it cost $999.99.  While it may not have been the first $1,000 app (the useless gimmick app …
Daniel Eran Dilger / Roughly Drafted:
Support for iOS 4 multitasking, iPhone 4 Retina Display easy to add  —  Updating existing App Store titles to support new features in Apple's iOS 4, from multitasking to the higher resolution Retina Display of iPhone 4, are relative easy and straightforward to do, developers report. .
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Google and Bing gear up for battle in TV and video search  —  Online video search engines have been around for a while, but there's plenty of room for improvement, and Google has made it clear that it's aiming to step things up in conjunction with the release of Google TV later this year.
Discussion: paidContent
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple's System Apps  —  One recurring sentiment I've seen a few times is that some people wish they could delete built-in iPhone apps that they never use, like, say, Stocks or Weather or whatever.  What they can do now with iOS 4, though, is stash these never-used undeletable apps together in a folder.
Eric Slivka / macrumors.com:
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Is Top Shopping Site, TheFind Passes Yahoo As The New Number Two  —  According to comScore data, Google Product Search has become the top comparison shopping engine online.  Number two is now TheFind, which moved in front of Yahoo Shopping in terms of average daily users:  —  Source: comScore
Discussion: WebProNews, Thanks:atul
 
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
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Craig Wilkinson / Google Mobile Blog:
The Iterative Web App: New Compose Interface for Gmail on iPad