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3:50 AM ET, June 28, 2010

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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Death by Gadget  —  “Blood diamonds” have faded away, but we may now be carrying “blood phones.”  —  An ugly paradox of the 21st century is that some of our elegant symbols of modernity — smartphones, laptops and digital cameras — are built from minerals that seem to be fueling mass slaughter and rape in Congo.
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Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
Financial overhaul targets minerals used by Intel and Apple
Discussion: Macsimum News and ReadWriteWeb
Amazon.com:
Amazon Announces New Functionality for Kindle Apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch  —  Readers can now enjoy embedded video and audio clips in Kindle books on their iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced a new update to Kindle for iPad and Kindle …
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
An iPhone wish list looks more like an Android feature list  —  What do iPhone users want most?  According to the results of a survey released today, the top four things that U.S. iPhone users want most are already available from Google's Android.  —  The survey, conducted …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Android vs. iPhone: How Google is winning hearts of developers  —  Software engineer Alberto Fonseca considered making apps for Apple's iPhone after his job at Microsoft was cut during the company's layoffs last year.  After studying the situation, and the market, he made Google's Android phones a priority instead.
Discussion: The Register
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhone 4 Video Sex Chat Services Already Staffing Up  —  That was quick: Just a few days after Apple's iPhone 4 went on sale — featuring video chat capabilities — the “FaceTime” sex chat services are already starting up.  —  Here's a Craigslist ad offering a free iPhone 4 and a …
Discussion: App Advice and Shelly Palmer
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
There is no spoon  —  It's a pretty safe assumption that if you're reading this blog, you've seen “The Matrix.”  And you may or may not remember the scene where a kid explains to Neo that the trick to bending a spoon with your mind is simply to remember that, “There is no spoon.”  —  So it is with marketing.
Discussion: Engadget
Paul Smalera / The Big Money:
Why the future of paid dating sites is rocky.  —  How many marriages per day do Internet dating Web sites generate?  If that sounds like a simple question to answer, it is not.  Last year the Wall Street Journal tried to cut through the hype and found, unsurprisingly, the claims put forth …
Discussion: Washington Post
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Elevation Invests Another $120 Million in Facebook as that IPO Looks More Distant  —  Elevation Partners has quietly amassed another huge chunk of Facebook shares on the secondary market, according to a recent letter to its limited partners.  Elevation spent $120 million for five million more Facebook shares.
Matt Rosoff / CNET News:
Bing-Zune integration still not working  —  commentary On Tuesday evening, Microsoft announced the integration of playable songs into Bing search results.  At the time, when you clicked the play button by each song result, the pop-up window for the player said that this feature was “coming soon.”
Fritz Nelson / InformationWeek:
iPhone 4 Teardown Telegraphs Future iPad Gyro  —  The first true teardown of Apple's iPhone 4, performed by UBM TechInsights, reveals its internal A4 processor and points the way to a related iPad slot that might soon host the handset's digital gyroscope.  —  In the first teardown to reveal …
Discussion: TG Daily, CNET News and EE Times
Paul Kedrosky / Infectious Greed:
The Web isn't Brought to You By the Letter “T”  —  Mostly because I had too much time this week on planes, plus I had some data, I got to thinking about domain name frequency.  Does the first-letter frequency among the top 1,000,000 web domains by traffic match the first-letter frequency of words in the English language?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
For 1 billion speakers, domain names officially go Chinese  —  ICANN oversees the worldwide domain name system that turns “arstechnica.com” into an IP address, and at a major ICANN meeting today in Europe, the organization made two important decisions.  If you read the Interwebs …
 
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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
US unveils plan to make online transactions safer
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Drew Wilson / ZeroPaid.com:
Creative Commons Responds to ASCAP
Discussion: Mind the Gap
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
iPhone 4 upgrades to HSDPA/HSUPA can double 3G bandwidth speeds
Discussion: MacRumors, Thanks:jasonhiner