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8:35 AM ET, June 21, 2011

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Heidi / Nokia Conversations:
Introducing the Nokia N9: all it takes is a swipe!  —  SINGAPORE - At the Nokia Connection event in Singapore today, Nokia introduced the Nokia N9, the first-ever pure touch smartphone that is all about making things simpler.  Nokia N9 focuses on the most important things that people do …
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Nokia Introduces N9, Reiterates First Windows Phones Will Ship This Year  —  Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that he has increasing confidence the company will ship its first Windows Phones this year, though significant volumes won't come until next year.  —  “We have shifted our organization …
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Nokia N9 officially announced: unibody design, buttonless ‘swipe’ UI, and the lost promise of Meego  —  Nokia might be all about Windows Phone 7 now, but the Espoo crew isn't quite done with those “burning platforms” yet — and the new N9 might be the ultimate oh-Meego-we-hardly-knew-ye swan song.
Arash Ferdowsi / The Dropbox Blog:
Yesterday's Authentication Bug  —  Yesterday we made a code update at 1:54pm Pacific time that introduced a bug affecting our authentication mechanism.  We discovered this at 5:41pm and a fix was live at 5:46pm.  A very small number of users (much less than 1 percent) logged in during that period …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Security Bug Made Passwords Optional For Four Hours  —  This morning a post on Pastebin outlined a serious security issue that was spotted at Dropbox: for a brief period of time, the service allowed users to log into accounts using any password.  In other words, you could log …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Exclusive: Tiered Data Plans Headed to Verizon July 7, Packages Start at $30 for 2GB  —  We knew that July 7 was going to mark the beginning of something after Verizon extended out the free 4G hotspot promo one more time to the 6th, but what we weren't 100% sure of was if it would have to do with tiered data.
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Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Verizon Dropping Unlimited Data Plan Next Month
Discussion: Droid Life and Macworld
Omar Shahine / The Windows Blog:
Introducing SkyDrive for the modern web, built using HTML5  —  We're committed to making SkyDrive the best place to get access to your content from anywhere, collaborate on Office docs, and share photos.  Mike recently talked about how we're delivering access to your information seamlessly across devices - starting with Windows Phone.
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple about to drop cheaper AirPort Extreme, 3TB Time Capsule (UPDATE: FCC confirms)  —  Apple is set to release upgraded models of their AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule products.  The brand name wireless routers have been constrained for many weeks now in retail locations across the globe …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Tried And Failed To Make A Black MacBook Air?  —  Apple did indeed test out a black powder-coated MacBook Air, but the treatment absorbed body oils and didn't live up to Steve's standards, according to an anonymous Apple employee.  —  This employee got in touch after we wrote about emails …
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
The Real Reason There Was No Email On The BlackBerry PlayBook  —  When Research In Motion shipped the PlayBook without native email support, it was surprising.  —  After all, RIM's greatest strength is a killer email-application for BlackBerrys.  Why didn't it have email baked into the PlayBook?
Discussion: Gadget Lab and GottaBeMobile
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
“Why Should Somebody Buy This Instead of an iPad?”  —  It's been fifteen months since the first iPad shipped.  Nearly every sizable company that makes anything that looks even sort of like a computer or a phone has rushed into the market that Apple created.  Many of these companies haven't yet shipped the tablets they've announced.
Discussion: Google Watch and PadGadget
Foursquare Blog:
Wow!  The foursquare community has over 10,000,000 members!  —  And, to commemorate this pretty crazy occasion, we put together a little infographic.  Be sure to click through to see it bigger; if you're anything like us, watching the full-size animated map puts butterflies in your tummy.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Windows Phone Mango ‘secret’ features demo [video] … WinRumors has been able to play around with a couple of Windows Phone Mango devices this week.  —  Microsoft's next-generation Windows Phone operating system is slick, full of features and addresses the needs of consumers and businesses every step of the way.
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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Windows Phone ‘Mango’ preview
Naked Security / Sophos:
‘LulzSec suspect’ arrested by New Scotland Yard  —  New Scotland Yard has confirmed that it has arrested a 19-year old suspected hacker in Essex, UK, in connection with a series of hacks and denial-of-service attacks against a number of organisations.  —  It is being widely speculated …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Apple iOS 5 now outperforms IE9 HTML5 on Windows Phone Mango  —  Microsoft kicked off a mobile HTML5 performance war back in April.  —  The software giant demonstrated a Windows Phone Mango device against an Android and iPhone 4.  Windows Phone came out on top but it hasn't taken Apple long to respond.
Nikhil Pahwa / MediaNama:
Google Street View Stops Driving In India; Bangalore Police  —  Exclusive: Google has paused it's Street View project in India, the company has confirmed to MediaNama, stating that they received a letter from the Commissioner of Police regarding street view, and decided to stop Street View cars …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
If You Use All Your iCloud Storage, Apple Sends You This Email  —  A reader sent us this email he received from the “MobileMe Quota Service”, informing that he was using 4.2GB of his 5GB of free iCloud storage.  —  The email notes that once the storage is full, iOS devices will no longer …
Discussion: The Next Web and TUAW
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Now Your Embarrassing/Job-Threatening Facebook Photos Could Haunt You For Seven Years  —  These privacy sunglasses are seeming like more of a necessity  —  Last week, the Federal Trade Commission gave a stamp of approval to a background check company that screens job applicants based on their Internet photos and postings.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Caterina Fake Raising $2M for New Social Start-Up  —  Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr and Hunch and an investor in companies like Etsy, has a new start-up that she says will be consumer-facing and social.  —  She's raising what looks like a $2 million round, according to an SEC filing …
Discussion: Fortune, cdixon.org and Digital Media
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why We Often Blindside Companies
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
DARPA-Born TrapIt Wants to be Your Personalized Newsreader of the Future  —  How would you like to have a “cognitive prosthetic” that could “adapt to unexpected events” in situations of “intense information overload”...as a personal newsreader app online?  That sounds pretty hot and it's exactly …
Cindy Cohn / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF and Bitcoin  —  For several months, EFF has been following the movement around Bitcoin, an electronic payment system that touts itself as “the first decentralized digital currency.”  We helped inform our members about this unique project through our blog and we experimented …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google bypasses admin controls with latest Chrome IE  —  ‘Screw your BOFH.  Install our plug-in’  —  Google has released a new version of Chrome Frame - the Internet Explorer plug-in that turns Microsoft's browser into a Google browser - letting users install the plug-in even when they …
Discussion: Chromium Blog
Brooke Crothers / CNet News:
Intel adds Sandy Bridge chips for ultraslim laptops  —  Intel has added three power-frugal Sandy Bridge chip models to its lineup, while a research note Monday from a Gleacher & Company analyst says the chipmaker will boost its presence in the burgeoning market for ultrathin laptops like the MacBook Air.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Seesmic dumps BlackBerry: Start of a stampede?  —  Seesmic, a popular third-party Twitter client for desktop and mobile devices, today announced it would end support for BlackBerry handsets at the end of June.  In a blog post today, the company shared the news, saying the reason for the decision is …
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
THEY STILL EXIST: Startups That Survived The Dot-Com Bust And Are Ready To Cash In On The New Boom  —  Pandora's recent IPO is a good reminder that the tech industry is sometimes a game of attrition.  —  The company was founded in 1999 and struggled for years — founder Tim Westergren went through …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
iControl raises $50M from Intel, Cisco, Comcast, Kleiner  —  On the heels of Silion Valley startup iControl securing a deal to provide its software for Comcast's new home security and energy management service, iControl announced Monday that it has raised another $50 million in a Series D round …
Discussion: PR Newswire and SiliconANGLE
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Onswipe Wants To Make Slate, Forbes And Your Website Feel Like A Native Tablet App  —  Onswipe, the publishing platform that allows any content site to create an app like experience on the iPad and other tablets, is coming out of beta this week and will be available to the public tomorrow …
 
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Technology writer Helft leaves NYT for Fortune
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Sprint proposes ways for AT&T to meet demand growth without T-Mobile
Discussion: Gizmodo and CNET News
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Google disputes possible $6B Java lawsuit price-tag
Discussion: Fast Company and InfoWorld
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
What's Really Going on With Facebook's Mobile Plans? An Explainer for the Rest of Us.
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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Righthaven Loss: Judge Rules Reposting Entire Article Is Fair Use
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Companies Push for Tax Break on Foreign Cash
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Android Honeycomb 3.2 coming this summer, will support 7-inch screens, Qualcomm processors
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Officially Acquires “AirDrop” & Files for “Photo Stream” Trademark in Canada
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Consumers Don't Want Tablets, They Want iPads
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
‘Reminder: Call Dad’ Is Another Notch In Google's Belt Of Social Fail