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9:55 PM ET, June 28, 2010

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Stephen Chapman / Microsoft Kitchen:
Windows 8 Plans Leaked: Numerous Details Revealed  —  A big thanks to @floo1989 for the heads-up!  Over the weekend, the Italian Windows site “Windowsette” got a hold of some super secret squirrel Microsoft presentations apparently laying around on the internet somewhere.
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft starts sharing Windows 8 plans with PC partners  —  Windows 8 (which my sources claim recently hit Milestone 1) is starting to take shape.  —  Microsoft's next version of Windows client is far enough along that the Windows team seems to have begun sharing details about its goals with Microsoft's PC partners.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Windows 8 leaks point to facial recognition, app store, Mac envy
Discussion: TechSpot and Techie Buzz
Stephen Chapman / Microsoft Kitchen:
The Anatomy of a Leak: Windows 8 Documentation
Apple:
iPhone 4 Sales Top 1.7 Million  —  Apple® today announced that it has sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone® 4 through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24.  The new iPhone 4 features FaceTime®, which makes video calling as easy as one tap …
Mickey Kataria / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Docs viewer on Mobile Browsers  —  (Cross-posted with the Google Docs Blog)  —  Last week, we announced that the Google Docs viewer supports .doc and .docx attachments.  Today we're also releasing a mobile version of the Google Docs viewer for Android, iPhone and iPad to help you view PDFs …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
A Look at Who's Getting What on Apple's IAds  —  Though Complexity, Delays Mean Most Won't Hit July 1 Rollout, Marketers Appear Excited by the Prospects  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The first of Apple's iAds are expected to start popping up on iPhones later this week, but don't expect …
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:   iPad To Be Blessed By iOS 4 In November According To Apple?
CNET News:
Supreme Court sidesteps software patent issue  —  Anyone hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court would limit the ability to patent software will be disappointed by Monday's ruling.  —  The court ruled against patent applicants Bernard Bilski and Rand Warsaw (PDF), who in 1997 had tried to patent …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Supreme Court Rules Narrowly In Bilski; Business Method & Software Patents Survive
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and tieguy.org
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch TV Launches... Now.  —  It's finally here.  After months of planning and building and learning and fixing and hiring and spending, TechCrunch TV goes live right... NOW.  —  Broadcasting daily from our fully-featured San Francisco studio, TechCrunch TV will be packed …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
What iPhone?  Here Come FOUR MORE Android Phones From Samsung (AAPL, GOOG)  —  One of Google Android's strengths relative to Apple's iPhone — at least from a market share and platform adoption perspective — is that it's quickly getting sprayed everywhere.
The White House:
Presidential Memorandum: Unleashing the Wireless Broadband Revolution  —  MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES  —  America's future competitiveness and global technology leadership depend, in part, upon the availability of additional spectrum.
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple IPhone 4 Parts Cost About $188  —  Researchers at iSuppli tore down the latest iPhone to find parts from LG Display, Samsung, and Broadcom  —  Apple's iPhone 4 wireless handset includes components that cost as little as $187.51, according to market research firm iSuppli.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google: Chrome OS Still On Track For This Year Thanks To “Deep Bench Of Talent”  —  Perhaps you've heard the news by now that Matthew Papakipos, the key architect of Chrome OS, is leaving Google to go to Facebook.  While it's not entirely clear what Papakipos will be doing yet …
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Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
PayPal to take your credit card, no account needed  —  If PayPal has its way, you'll be using its service to pay for all kinds of apps and software updates with your credit card.  —  Last week, the electronic payments company announced a new service for developers that will let software …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why We Check In: The Reasons People Use Location-Based Social Networks  —  Services like Foursquare, Gowalla and others make it easy to post your physical location to the Web - but what makes people want to do that at all?  —  Fifteen-month-old Foursquare is adding 100,000 new users every week …
Discussion: VentureBeat, MediaPost and Screenwerk, Thanks:the_spinmd
Jaime Casap / The Official Google Blog:
Two more states open Google Apps for teachers and students  —  We recently announced that Oregon is the first state to begin offering Google Apps to public schools.  Today, Colorado and Iowa are joining the movement.  Google Apps for Education will now be available to more than 3,000 schools across the two states.
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Eric Schmidt: smartphones are the future for Google and the world  —  The chief executive of the search giant believes smartphones will empower the poor and is the equivalent to the arrival of TV  —  Phenomenally successful, but also imitated, envied and feared - Google is the technological icon of our time.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia muses on grip styles, says you can hold your phone ‘any way you like’  —  If there's one company in the world who knows more about gripping phones than anyone else, it's Nokia — you know, the creator and sole proprietor of sidetalkin'.  So on that note, you might want to sit …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Rumor: Droid 2 will launch with Android 2.2 on August 23rd  —  A trustworthy source has just informed us that Verizon will be launching the Motorola Droid 2 on August 23rd.  We recently got to go hands on with the device and the hardware was finalized so we believe that Verizon planned …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook Server Count: 60,000 or More  —  It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Sometimes a PowerPoint slide can tell the story of thousands of servers.  —  That was the case with a presentation from Facebook's Tom Cook at last week's Velocity 2010 conference …
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Still Image Capture, iPhone 4 v. DROID X (Updated)  —  Last Friday, we published a very basic comparison of the iPhone 4 and DROID X 720p video capture modes.  Some of you agreed with our assessment of which video camera performed better, and some of you did not.
Discussion: Computerworld and Daily Mobile
 
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