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4:25 PM ET, June 24, 2010


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Alexander Macgillivray / Twitter Blog:
FTC Announcement  —  Early in 2009, when Twitter employed less than 50 people, we faced two different security incidents that impacted a small number of users.  Put simply, we were the victim of an attack and user accounts were improperly accessed.  There were 45 accounts accessed …
Federal Trade Commission:
Twitter Settles Charges that it Failed to Protect Consumers' Personal Information; Company Will Establish Independently Audited Information Security Program  —  Social networking service Twitter has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers and put their privacy …
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Twitter settles FTC charge on security, privacy violations  —  Update: With comments by Twitter's general counsel  —  Twitter has settled charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission that it “deceived consumers” by allowing hackers to obtain administrative control over Twitter because of loose security.
Discussion: Pulse2
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
iPhone 4: queues everywhere, selling out  —  iPhone-mania this morning as queues form across the US for Apple's must-have product, even as shops across the UK, France, Germany and Japan have already sold out following huge demand.  —  Video above: The queue outside Apple's flagship Regent Street, London store this morning.
Apple Might Sell 1 Million IPhones in New Model's Debut
Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone 4 Lines Around The World (AAPL)
Discussion: The Register, and Apple
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
iPhone 4 Loses Reception When You Hold It By The Antenna Band?  —  This is a reader video found on Macrumors forums illustrating something weird.  When the guy holds the iPhone in his hands, touching the outside antenna band in two places, he drops reception.  Placing the phone down gets him 4 bars.
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
That iOS 4 reception issue is looking more and more like a software bug  —  Much fuss has been made about the iPhone 4's reception woes, but the evidence continues to mount that suggests the problem is purely the result of a bug in the current build of iOS 4.
Sebastian Anthony / Download Squad:
Internet Explorer 9 destroys Chrome 6 in HTML5 speed test (video)  —  I think the video speaks for itself!  —  If you can't watch the video: IE9 is some orders of magnitude faster than HTML5 when it comes to hardware-accelerated canvas rendering.  —  In some other initial benchmarks …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone 4's yellow spot issue goes away with a bit of time?  —  We're starting to hear a few reports of the dreaded yellow spots disappearing from the iPhone 4's display after a day or so of use.  Interestingly, someone posting on the AppleInsider forums seems to know why:
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Facebook snags White House economic advisor Levine as global policy head  —  Facebook said Thursday that it is expanding its global policy team and poached from the White House, hiring as its new vice president of global public policy, Marne Levine, chief of staff of the National Economic Council.
Discussion:, All Facebook and Pulse2
Farhad Manjoo / Fast Company:
Invincible Apple: 10 Lessons From the Coolest Company Anywhere  —  On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, just after 2:30 p.m., the unthinkable happened: Apple became the largest company in the tech universe, and, after ExxonMobil, the second largest in the nation.  For months, its market capitalization …
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Review: Kirkpatrick's The Facebook Effect Is A Wonderfully Biased History Of Facebook  —  I've read David Kirkpatrick's The Facebook Effect twice now.  I've also interviewed him about the book twice on stage - once at TechCrunch Disrupt and a second time this evening at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.
Discussion: Technology Review
Louis Gray:   Author: Zuckerberg has “Total Control” over Facebook
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
BZZZZZZ: YouTube Gets A Vuvuzela Button (Seriously)  —  YouTube always has had a way with pranks.  Some time in the last hour, the world's largest video portal activated a new button on some videos that looks like a tiny soccer ball.  Clicking it will activate an endless …
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Lawmakers grill Apple CEO Jobs on location information gathering  —  Key lawmakers want to know from Apple how it collects and uses information about the geography of iPhone and iPad users through location-based applications.  —  Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) …
Discussion: ZDNet, FierceWireless and Edible Apple
Rich Cannings / Android Developers Blog:
Exercising Our Remote Application Removal Feature  —  Every now and then, we remove applications from Android Market due to violations of our Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement or Content Policy.  In cases where users may have installed a malicious application that poses a threat …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
GetJar, The ‘Wal-Mart For Mobile Apps,’ Raises $11 Million  —  Fast-growing mobile app store GetJar, which says it has had more than one billion apps downloaded from its store to date, making it second in size only to Apple's app store, has raised $11 million in a second round of funding.
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Android 2.2 hits Nexus One — so who's next?  —  Ladies and gentlemen, the taste of Froyo may finally be upon us.  —  Numerous users of Google's Nexus One phone started receiving an Android 2.2 upgrade over-the-air on their devices Wednesday night.  Gauging by users' reports …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Fox Mobile Launches Its Mobile Hulu Lookalike, BitBop  —  Fox Mobile is rolling out its subscription mobile video service BitBop, making a wide range of TV content available on Blackberry mobile phones.  The service, which costs $9.99 a month, includes full-length TV shows from a number …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
150 Million Licenses of Windows 7 Sold, Windows Live Betas Announced  —  I have a couple of things to tell you about today.  First off, we are excited to announce that Windows 7 has sold 150 million licenses to-date.  As I've said before, Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system …
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple ships iMovie for iPhone, available now  —  In tandem with this morning's introduction of the iPhone 4, Apple's iMovie for iPhone app is available now from the App Store.  —  As announced at WWDC, the app lets you make HD movies on your iPhone using video editing features carried across from iMovie on the Mac.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome OS Adding Polish.  Zip Files, Boot Up, And “Addictive” Games Being Debated  —  Since Chrome OS is an open source project (well okay, technically, Chromium OS is), it's fun to take a look at the Google Code page for it from time to time to see what progress is being made.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Could Accessing Your Own Data On Facebook Make You Criminally Liable?  —  We've been following the rather bizarre and dangerous lawsuit filed by Facebook against, an online service that tries to let users aggregate various social networking activity into a single service.
Ed Burnette / ZDNet:
CNET retracts article on Android app privacy threat  —  When a company writes a white paper they send out a press release to get as many news sites as possible to mention the report in their own stories.  This strategy worked all too well on Tuesday when security firm SMobile Systems published …
Carolina Madrid / Reuters: to buy U.S. e-commerce site Vendio  —  (Reuters) - Top Chinese e-commerce firm, plans to buy Vendio Services Inc, making its first major U.S. acquisition to further its strategy of expanding its global footprint.  —  The fast-growing Web operator founded …
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David Hinkle / Joystiq:
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
FaceTime really works in iPhone 4, new owners say
Discussion: Gearlog and GottaBeMobile
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Security Hole Found, Being Fixed, Company Says
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Esther Dyson / The Moscow Times:
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Kevin Murphy / The Register:
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Gary Orenstein / GigaOM:
Jungledisk Founder Launches New Startup, SolidFire
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon opposes plan to end Saturday U.S. mail delivery
Discussion: The Consumerist
Mark Milian / Los Angeles Times:
IFixit's ‘teardowns’ of Apple gadgets draw customers to its parts business
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Wall Street Journal:
New Fronts Open in Smartphone War
Discussion: Digits and Fast Company
Laura June / Engadget:
Yes, you can certainly scratch the iPhone 4 (updated with more photos)