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10:10 PM ET, June 30, 2010

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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Kills Kin  —  Just six weeks after launch, Microsoft's Kin phone is dead.  Microsoft is pulling the plug, sources close to Microsoft tell us.  —  There won't be a separate Kin product anymore.  Effective immediately, Andy Lees is shoving the entire Kin into the core Windows Phone 7 team.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft pulls the plug on Kin  —  Microsoft has decided not to move forward with the Kin, a phone aimed at avid social-networking users.  —  Amid slow sales, Microsoft has decided to halt work on its Kin phone, focusing instead on its Windows Phone 7 effort, CNET has learned.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
What killed the Kin?  —  While the news today that Microsoft has killed its troubled Kin line didn't come as the craziest of surprises, it's definitely left a lot of lingering questions about just what happened.  Now we may have a little insight into what went wrong — and what might be in store …
Kevin Stolt / The Official Google Blog:
Extra!  Extra!  Google News redesigned to be more customizable and shareable  —  There's an old saying that all news is local.  But all news is personal too—we connect with it in different ways depending on our interests, where we live, what we do and a lot of other factors.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google News Has Major Redesign: Personalization, Sharing & “News Stream” Offered  —  Today, Google News is undergoing its first major redesign since being launched in 2002.  Gone is the default “section” view, replaced instead by a “news stream” view of stories.
Staska / Unwired View:
Android 3.0 Gingerbread details: 1280×760 resolution, 1Ghz minimum specs, mid-Oct. release  —  We've been hearing about the upcoming Android Gingerbread release in Q4 for a while now.  And also how the new Android user interface will blow our socks off.
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Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) Out October, For Higher-Specced Phones
Discussion: Mashable! and Erictric
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Woot's Deal Of The Day: Woot!  — Amazon Buys It.  Price?  $110 Million  —  Woot has been acquired by Amazon, as they briefly note on their blog today with a big “woot!”  Well, okay, their exact words were “Holy crap!”  —  This is a great deal for daily online bargin service as …
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Acquires Deal Site Woot (AMZN)
Bret Taylor / Facebook Blog:
Applications Ask, You Receive: Simplified Permissions Launch  —  Last month, we announced a number of changes to make privacy simpler and to give you more control over the information you share with other people.  Today, we're taking the next step by providing more transparency and control …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Facebook Finally Gets Around to Putting Users in Control of Apps
Tyler Tschida / App Advice:
Facebook Update Adds Fast App Switching, High-Resolution Icons  —  Facebook has just been given the update treatment, acquiring the now fairly common fast app switching ability and high-resolution icons that will definitely be a treat for all of you iPhone 4 users out there.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Droid X Ad: Hold The Phone Any Way You Like  —  The iPhone 4 hasn't even been out a week yet.  But that apparently isn't stopping rivals from pivoting ad campaigns to play to its weaknesses as quickly as possible.  —  Today, Motorola ran a full page ad in the New York TImes to show off …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
AdMob's Transparency Changing Post-Google Acquisition  —  For the past two years, AdMob has released a jam-packed report each and every month, publicizing its activities in the mobile advertising market and detailing the industry's rapid development.  —  But with the official close …
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foursquare:
We wanted to update you on recent improvements...  We wanted to update you on recent improvements we've made to the controls that help users manage what foursquare account information is shared with others.  Our goal is to make it easy for you to share check-ins with your friends when you so desire …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Firewall, Thanks:hornokplease
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple hiring iPhone antenna engineers for some reason  —  Three Apple job postings for iPhone / iPad antenna engineers to “Define and implement antenna system architecture to optimize the radiation performance for wireless portable devices.”  All three were posted on June 23rd …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Announces $3 Billion Stock Buyback Program (YHOO)  —  Yahoo (YHOO) just announced a $3 billion stock buyback program.  —  From an SEC filing:  —  “On June 24, 2010, the Yahoo! Board of Directors approved a new stock repurchase program.  Under the program, Yahoo! …
Discussion: BoomTown, VentureBeat and paidContent
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon Introduces 70% Royalty Option For Kindle Digital Text Platform  —  Right off the heels of announcing an expansion of its Kindle Digital Text Platform to authors and publishers around the world, Amazon announced back in January that it would introduce a new 70 percent royalty option …
ifixit:
iPhone 4 Gyroscope Teardown  —  Apple's latest creation — the iPhone 4 — features a MEMS gyroscope within its pretty shell.  But how does that little chip work, and what does it do?  We partnered with Chipworks to bring you an in-depth look behind the science of these micro-scale gyroscopes.
Yariv Adan / Google Public Policy Blog:
A Better Dashboard: Helping Detect Suspicious Log ins  —  A few months back we launched a feature in Gmail that notifies you when our servers automatically detect suspicious log in activity on your account.  Since this has been effective in helping people identify improper access …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Wired's iPad App Boasts a New Feature: A Price Cut  —  The second edition of Condé Nast's much-praised Wired magazine iPad app is out, and it boasts some new features.  The biggest one: A 20 percent price cut.  —  The magazine publisher sold some 95,000 digital copies of its June issue at $4.99 …
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
GoDaddy to Launch x.co URL Shortener  —  Coming soon, x.co URL shortener.  —  Domain name registrar GoDaddy is releasing a new URL shortener at x.co, according to a tweet by company founder and CEO Bob Parsons:  —  This is likely a .co “founder's program” deal. .
Discussion: AppScout
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Cisco and video: Wi-Fi for Flip, end to Flash debacle, video client for App Store  —  For Cisco, video technologies ‘are definitely a pervasive play,’ says exec  —  Computerworld - LAS VEGAS — If you didn't realize how pervasive video technology research is at Cisco Systems …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
As Part Of Its Kindle Everywhere Strategy, Amazon Prepares An HTML5 Web Previewer  —  Jeff Bezos wants Kindle books to become ubiquitous and the standard in digital reading.  “Buy once, read everywhere,” is his motto.  He already has the various flavors of the Kindle e-reader …
Discussion: Bits and TechFlash, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Shines-Up Mapquest For Sale (AOL, MSFT)  —  AOL finally updated Mapquest yesterday.  Why, after all these years?  —  Two reasons: Because the thing is still number 2 in maps AND because AOL would very much like to sell it - possibly to Microsoft.  —  We know about this hoped-for-sale …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and AOL Corp
 
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Carriers Go to Battle Over Faster Networks
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Stores See Google as Ally in E-Book Market
George Oates / The Open Library Blog:
Small Moves: Open Library Integrates Digital Lending
Discussion: TeleRead
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Video CAPTCHAs Promise Better Security, Less Frustration
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
“Lawyers Are Expensive. We Can Be Friends.” (@Posterous To @TwitPic)
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Christosap / Google Chrome Blog:
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google In Discussions To Buy Travel Software Company, Will FTC Ground It?
Discussion: Tech Eye, WebProNews, Reuters and Tnooz
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
IMDb Arrives on Android...and “Everywhere”
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and Pulse2
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Clarifies Policy On Site Scrapers As Robots.Txt Gets Updated
Discussion: The Register and VentureBeat
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
4  —  The first thing you notice is that the iPhone 4 feels smaller …
Discussion: displayblog, Thanks:atul
Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
‘Google Me’ is Real, Will Launch in 2010
Discussion: All Facebook and Mashable!
 

 
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