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10:50 AM ET, June 21, 2010

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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?
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Toshiba offers dual-screen tablet computer to celebrate 25 years of portables
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 …
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple: FaceTime Video Calls Won't Use Your Carrier Minutes (AAPL, T)  —  Good news: Apple's new FaceTime video calls won't use up your allotment of carrier minutes, even if they're initiated from within a voice call, an Apple rep tells us.  —  “The voice call ends as soon as the FaceTime call connects,” Apple tells us.
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Samsung Galaxy S Pro specs begin to emerge  —  The Samsung Galaxy S Pro is real.  We know that, of course, because we've seen a picture of it with Sprint branding.  But what we haven't had is specs or any hands-on impressions — until now.  —  We've got details from a tried-and-true tipster …
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 …
Paul Thurrott / Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows:
Apple iOS 4  —  Apple's fourth generation mobile operating system , renamed just before launch from iPhone OS 4 to iOS 4, is the standard by which all other mobile systems must be judged.  And it's a high bar: The iOS has matured from an amazing but deeply flawed platform to one that is both easy to use and achingly powerful.
Discussion: AppleInsider, Thanks:rawmeet
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 Nook.com or BestBuy.com and will begin shipping this week.
DigiTimes:
Nokia preparing ARM-based tablet PC for 4Q10, says Digitimes Research  —  Nokia is currently preparing to launch an ARM-based tablet PC aiming for the fourth quarter of 2010, according to a Digitimes Research senior analyst.  —  Talking with upstream component makers, the analyst pointed …
Joseph Menn / Financial Times:
Internet address seller attacked  —  A research report to be released on Monday accuses the world's second-largest seller of website addresses of knowingly aiding groups that sell counterfeit and adulterated pharmaceuticals to US residents in violation of federal laws.
Discussion: PRWeb
Manan Kakkar / The Next Web:
Windows Live Messenger For iPhone Now ...  Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger for the iPhone is now available on the iTunes App Store.  —  Windows Live Messenger is Microsoft's fourth (free) application for the iOS platform and was first shown at The Next Web conference earlier this year.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SGN Takes Investment From Eric Schmidt's Tomorrow Ventures  —  Palo Alto based Social Gaming Network, which focuses on multiplayer iPhone/iPod/iPad games, has raised a first tranche in a second round of financing - $2 million from Tomorrow Ventures (Google CEO Eric Schmidt's investment firm) and Xing founder Lars Hinrichs.
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What Valley Companies Should Know about Tencent
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John Naughton / Guardian:
The internet: All you need to know  —  In spite of all the answers …
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft sues spammers for abusing Hotmail anti-spam filters
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