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6:00 AM ET, July 1, 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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Matt Rutledge / Woot!:
Amazon, Woot, and You: But Mostly Woot
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.
Steve Jobs email: Over the air iPhone 4 HD video uploads coming ‘in the future’  —  MacDailyNews reader “Chris T.” reports the following email exchange with Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently: Steve, I'm a HUGE fan of your products... MBP, Ipad 64gb WIFI, 2 iphone 3g's and now 2 iphone 4's …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
First iPhone 4 Class Action Suit Filed Against Apple and AT&T  —  The first iPhone 4 class action suit against Apple and AT&T has been filed today in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  The lawsuit focus on the antenna design problems, making several claims:
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.
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 …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Facebook Finally Gets Around to Putting Users in Control of Apps
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: Big Body, Big Screen: Droid X Is This Month's Superphone  —  You think technology moves too fast now?  You think your camera, camcorder and computer become obsolete quickly?  —  Try buying an app phone.  In this business, the state of the art changes as often as Lady Gaga changes outfits.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Amazon cuts Kindle DX price to $379, improves e-ink display  —  It's been a big news day for's Kindle electronic reading device, with the company announcing a new royalty program for authors and support of HTML5 to preview book titles.  Now, word comes that is chopping …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Submits Firefox Home iPhone App.  Apple Should Approve It  —  Earlier this afternoon, Mozilla submitted what would be its first iPhone application to the App Store.  No, it's not Firefox — well, not exactly.  —  Mozilla has submitted an app called Firefox Home for approval.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Shades of Webvan?  Here comes delivery service AmazonTote  — has quietly begun testing a new home delivery service in Seattle's Madison Park neighborhood called AmazonTote.  The offering allows customers to purchase select products and then have them home delivered …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The State of iPad Satisfaction  —  Long before anyone knew much of anything about the iPad, people were expressing strong opinions about it.  But the opinions that matter most didn't begin to get formed until April 3rd, the day Apple's tablet finally went on sale.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Web Apps With Push Notifications: W3C Begins Work to Make it Happen  —  Real-time alerts and notifications are a powerful feature being added to more applications every day; the addition of real-time notifications can make a big difference in user experience and peoples' work performance when using apps.
Intel backs off WiMAX industry, dismisses WiMAX Program Office, say sources  —  Intel has announced in an internal meeting it will dissolve its WiMAX Program Office, which was set up to promote the development of related WiMAX technologies, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Discussion: Tech Eye, SlashGear and
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
In-Flight Wireless Revenue Set to Surge, Report Says  —  As airlines rapidly expand Wi-Fi service, keeping passengers connected on airplanes could turn into a near $100 million business this year  —  Checking e-mail on a plane might be about to turn into a big business.
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Online Finance Startup Wesabe Heads To The Deadpool  —  Wesabe, an online personal finance site that looked to help users better keep track of their spending trends, is shutting down.  The startup's homepage now consists of a letter to Wesabe users instructing them to download their account information …
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 …
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
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Fixes, Responds To “Who's Been Here” Privacy Hole  —  Yesterday, Wired published a report detailing an issue with Foursquare privacy, whereby a program could effectively harvest Foursquare checkin data by constantly refreshing venue pages and looking to see which users were showing up in the …
Discussion: foursquare, Threat Level and Gizmodo
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Discussion: Techdirt, The Next Web and Erictric, Thanks:atul
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Carriers Go to Battle Over Faster Networks
George Oates / The Open Library Blog:
Small Moves: Open Library Integrates Digital Lending
Discussion: TeleRead
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GoDaddy to Launch URL Shortener
 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Shines-Up Mapquest For Sale (AOL, MSFT)
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
MeeGo for handsets makes its first appearance
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Wired's iPad App Boasts a New Feature: A Price Cut
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
“Lawyers Are Expensive. We Can Be Friends.” (@Posterous To @TwitPic)
Discussion: PlagiarismToday
iPhone 4 Gyroscope Teardown