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8:15 PM ET, June 29, 2010

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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Verizon Wireless Said to Start Offering IPhone in January  —  Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, will start selling Apple Inc.'s iPhone next year, ending AT&T Inc.'s exclusive hold on the smartphone in the U.S., two people familiar with the plans said.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon iPhone Coming In January (AAPL, VZ, T)  —  An iPhone for Verizon Wireless, the no. 1 U.S. carrier, will be introduced next January, according to a Bloomberg report citing “two people familiar with the plans.”  —  If true, this is good news for Verizon and Apple, which will be set to sell a LOT of iPhones.
Discussion: ZDNet, Fortune and 901am
Jason Kilar / Hulu Blog:
Introducing Hulu Plus: More wherever.  More whenever.  Than ever.  —  Everyone on the Hulu team shares three things in common.  I'll cover two of those immediately.  We'll get to the last one at the end of this post.  —  First, we are proud to say that we love TV shows.
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Hulu Unveils Subscription Service For $9.99 a Month  —  Updated: 2:50 p.m.: Confirming what the entertainment world has been expecting for months, the online television Web site Hulu unveiled a subscription service on Tuesday, promising access to more episodes of TV shows to customers who pay $9.99 a month.
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Hulu Plus announced with support for iPad, iPhone, PS3, Xbox Live, and more  —  We've just received word that the premium Hulu service we've heard chatter about for a while now has just become official.  Dubbed Hulu Plus, the $10 / month service will feature entire seasons of shows …
Ben Horowitz / ben's blog:
Why Andreessen Horowitz Invested in Foursquare … Today we are extremely excited to announce that we are investing in Foursquare, a service that mixes social, locative, and gaming elements to encourage people to explore cities in which they live.  —  Here are the three reasons we invested.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Closes $20 Million Series B From Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square, And O'Reilly  —  Foursquare, the geo-mobile startup everybody tried to invest in or buy, now has officially closed its Series B funding round.  The “wire transfer heard 'round the world,” as board member Bryce Roberts puts it …
Dennis Crowley / foursquare:   We're just getting started...  Hey all -  —  It's been quite the year for foursquare.
Boy Genius Report:
Leaked: Apple's internal iPhone 4 antenna troubleshooting procedures  —  The antenna issues plaguing the iPhone 4 have infuriated many iPhone users (and rightfully so), but have you ever wondered how Apple is training its employees to deal with the fiasco?  Well thanks to one of our Apple connects …
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
Meet Cisco Cius: Android tablet for workers, students.  Watch out, iPad?  —  It's not quite an iPad - or better yet, the iPad isn't quite this.  —  Cisco CEO John Chambers today unveiled the Cisco Cius, a “mobile collaboration tablet that delivers virtual desktop integration with anywhere …
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Google Nexus One:
New Android 2.2 Software Update for Nexus One phones  —  Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones.  This update provides some great new features including support for making your handset a portable hotspot …
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Everything You Need to Know About Android 2.2, aka Froyo
Discussion: PC World, jkOnTheRun and VentureBeat
David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
An update on China  —  Ever since we launched Google.cn, our search engine for mainland Chinese users, we have done our best to increase access to information while abiding by Chinese law.  This has not always been an easy balance to strike, especially since our January announcement …
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Former Facebook Executive Adam D'Angelo Confirms New Google Social Networking Effort  —  Google is making a new move into social networking, following past efforts like Orkut, Google Profiles and Buzz, according to a tweet by Digg founder Kevin Rose.  He said so last weekend, but his tweet has since been deleted.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NY Hotels Upset Over More Efficient ‘Home’ Competition; Gets Politicians To Try To Outlaw Such Things  —  We've seen it time and time again.  The internet enables people to communicate directly with each other and create more efficient solutions than some larger (often regulated) industry, and that industry freaks out.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Jeff Bezos's mission: Compelling small publishers to think big  —  In the face of Kindle price cuts and wild iPad sales, Jeff Bezos is taking Amazon into new markets and onto every device he can.  Will it be enough?  —  Jeff Bezos has been dismissed before.
Mike Lopyrev / Social Web Blog:
Find more in Google Social Search  —  In January we introduced Google Social Search to help you discover relevant web content published by your friends and broader network of contacts.  Since that time we've worked to steadily improve our comprehensiveness using public URLs and data on the web.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Slashes API Rate Limits In Half Across The Board To Deal With Capacity Issues  —  As you may have noticed, Twitter has been having a rough month.  Due in part to traffic from the World Cup, Twitter has had its worst month in terms of uptime in a year.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Shopping Spree Isn't Over (AAPL, RIMM, GOOG)  —  Apple's shopping spree isn't over.  Expect more deals soon.  —  At least that's some of the gossip we heard while moderating a CEO dinner last night at Il Buco in Manhattan, set up by the local Mobile Monday group and folks from Skyhook Wireless and Gunderson Dettmer.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Mapquest Introduces New Look, New Capabilities  —  You might not have thought of it this way but the old MapQuest was mostly about driving directions.  The new Mapquest (launching today) is about local search and an expanded range of capabilities and use cases.
Electronista:
Seagate unveils first-ever 3TB external drive  —  Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk hits 3TB  —  Seagate claimed a record in storage today by launching a 3TB FreeAgent GoFlex Desk drive.  The first of its kind packs a single, 3TB disk inside and is large enough to need a 64-bit OS to work …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Performance Issues for Amazon.com  —  Amazon.com says it is experiencing “latencies” that are affecting the performance of its web site, the Internet's leading retail store.  “We are currently experiencing an issue that is impacting customers' ability to place orders on the Amazon.com website …
Discussion: TechCrunch, ZDNet and GalleyCat
Ina Fried / CNET News:
New Hotmail taking its time  —  Microsoft acknowledged on Tuesday that fewer than 1 percent of Hotmail customers have thus far been upgraded to the new service, though it said that it plans to add more users this week.  —  In a blog post, Mike Schackwitz said that as is often the case …
Discussion: ZDNet and The Windows Blog
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Google to block outdated plug-ins in Chrome
Discussion: Computerworld and Softpedia News
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
White Hat Uses Foursquare Privacy Hole to Capture 875K Check-Ins
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Caroline Ghiossi / Facebook Blog:
Explaining Facebook's Spam Prevention Systems
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 4 FaceTime doesn't need a mobile signal to work
David Kaplan / paidContent:
YouTube's Following Hulu On Ad-Skipping, But Not Yet On Subscriptions
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Facebook analytics company Kontagent grabs $5.9M
Discussion: TechCrunch
Andrew Baron / Dembot:
Techcrunch TV Launches
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Ad.ly Expands In-Stream Ad Network To Twitter Apps
Discussion: lalawag and Download Squad
Wall Street Journal:
ITA Becomes Hot Software Ticket
Discussion: Tnooz
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MOG Gets Green Light From Apple For Upcoming iPhone App, Lands Deal With Roku
Discussion: paidContent
Vincent Chan / Power of Scale:
Why did so many successful entrepreneurs and startups come out of PayPal?
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Larry Hardesty / PhysOrg.com:
An Internet 100 times as fast: A new network design could boost capacity
Discussion: GigaOM and The Next Web
 

 
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