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1:50 PM ET, June 4, 2010

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Robin Wauters / MobileCrunch:
Sprint officially kicks off sales of the HTC EVO 4G  —  “History will be made across the nation as anxious customers get their hands on America's first 3G/4G wireless phone, HTC EVO 4G, packed with industry-leading features.”  —  A little over the top right there, but anyway …
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Matt Mastracci / grack.com:
HTC EVO 4G: Nice Hardware, Horrible Sprint Software  —  UPDATE: Sprint's OTA release last night fixes the serious vulnerability we reported to them.  Kudos to them for moving so quickly.  As an end-user, you'll have to decide between being more secure with the OTA update or having root access to the device you own for now.
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
HTC Evo 4G Debut Brings Price Cut from Walmart, Best Buy
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Updated: iPad 3G Shortage Won't Bar Getting Unlimited Data Plan, AT&T Says  —  Since AT&T announced this week that it would eliminate its unlimited monthly data plans beginning Monday, June 7, some customers have been scrambling to get an iPad 3G with the hopes of signing up for the unlimited plan, which would be grandfathered in.
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Felix Salmon:
AT&T tries to defend its data pricing
Jason Calacanis / VentureBeat:
Five things Facebook can do to rebuild trust  —  [Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from an email sent by entrepreneur Jason Calacanis to his personal mailing list from the D8 digital entrepreneurship conference outside Los Angeles, after watching Facebook founder Mark Zuckberg's onstage interview.
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Shel Israel / Global Neighbourhoods:
Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Step Down  —  First off, my congratulations.  The company—and team—you have created are very likely to be remembered as the most important—and successful—new company of this decade.  —  You have taken Facebook from fraternity row at a few elite campuses to everywhere.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Facebook dev move won't stop rogue apps, say researchers
David Feng / techblog86:
China Blocks Foursquare; Too Many People Checking Into Tian'anmen  —  The Chinese censors are a sight to behold.  As in how fast they react.  It's an open secret that while Twitter is probably chock-full of “the wrong people” (to the censors), the censors themselves are there, too.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Unveils A New HTML5/Web Standards Showcase — Safari Required  —  Under fire for its App Store not being more open, recently, Apple's response has been that there is a portion of its devices that is totally open: the web.  If developers don't like some of the App Store's restrictions, they should make a web app, Apple reasons.
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
A Facebook privacy scanner that can adjust settings for you  —  Not quite satisfied with Facebook's new streamlined privacy controls?  —  Redwood City-based ReputationDefender has launched a more visual alternative to the social network's tools.  It's a bookmarklet that you can drag and drop …
Discussion: All Facebook
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Screenshot Hints At YouTube “Live Stream” Option  —  YouTube has been dabbling with its own live streams for almost two years now.  It's live streamed presidential speeches, healthcare debates, cricket matches, and a U2 concert.  But so far it's stayed away from opening up live streaming to the general YouTube populace.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Isn't Negotiating A Search Deal, It's Negotiating A Sale To Microsoft (AOL, MSFT, YHOO, GOOG)  —  AOL, which currently outsources search to Google, began negotiating a new search deal last week, CEO Tim Armstrong said yesterday at the D8 Conference out in California.  —  Tim is just being coy.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Now You Can Try Out Google Docs Without A Google Account  —  If you've ever tried explaining Google Docs to a long-time Microsoft Office user who isn't familiar with buzzwords like “cloud computing” and “real-time collaboration”, you probably know that it can be a trying task.
Boy Genius Report:
AT&T officially stops selling iPhone 3G  —  You had a really, really good run iPhone 3G.  We'll miss you. … Anyone excited for the 3GS to probably drop to $99, or will you spring for the new $199/$299 device?  —  Thanks, AT&TFreshNinja!
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish:
AT&T Apologizies  —  I just spoke with Lori (she's a Sr. VP) - she sincerely apologized for what happened and offered to do anything she could to keep me as a customer (it's amazing that even at her level, she doesn't know anything about the iPhone 4G (or she's under an NDA - who knows)) …
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
AT&T apologizes to the guy they threatened to C&D for e-mailing their CEO
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Is this the first ever Facebook-oriented political attack ad?  —  It seems the issue of Facebook privacy has gained enough currency to earn itself a place in a TV attack ad in the race for California attorney general — almost certainly the first Facebook-oriented TV ad in U.S. politics.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP says it's in the smartphone market, after all  —  HP CEO Mark Hurd certainly caused a few sad faces yesterday when he told investors and analysts that HP “didn't buy Palm to be in the smartphone business,” and now the company is trying to walk that back a little — rest easy, folks …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google's iTunes Competitor Will Likely Be Called Google Music  —  At Google I/O a few weeks ago, Google teased the audience with a glimpse of a web-based iTunes competitor that would be a new section of the Android Market.  Details were sparse during that time, but we may have found the name …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Fortune and Erictric
Yusuf Mehdi / Search Blog:
A Farewell to Bing cashback  —  One of the principles we have here at Bing is to constantly experiment and learn.  We do this to ensure we are keeping pace with new social and technology trends, and can continue to deliver great value for our customers and advertisers.
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Steve Ballmer admits Microsoft is “number five” in the mobile race  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer appears to know full well just how far behind his company is in the mobile market.  At the All Things Digital D8 conference this morning, he admitted that Microsoft is number 5 in the mobile race …
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Yelp and OpenTable Join Forces  —  On Thursday evening, Yelp.com, the user-generated review Web site, and OpenTable.com, the restaurant reservations site, announced an integration that will allow Yelp users to make a restaurant reservation directly from a Yelp.com review page.
Robert Scoble / TechCrunch:
Location 2012: Death Of The Information Silos  —  Editor's note: The following is a guest post written by Robert Scoble, who travels the world for Rackspace interviewing tech geeks for building43.com.  He's one of the most popular (stalked) users of location-based services and has 8,215 friends on Foursquare.
Discussion: All Points Blog, Thanks:atul
 
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Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Storage revenue on the rebound, IDC says
Discussion: Computerworld, IBD Click and eWeek
Erik Sherman / BNET Technology Blog:
Google Wants to Find the Perfect Format for Your Ad
Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
Report urges more education about online safety
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The End of Malware?  —  How Android, Chrome, and the iPad …
Mac Slocum / O'Reilly Radar:
How Facebook satisfied a need for speed
Chris Clark / Release Candidate One:
A Services Menu for iPhone
Discussion: MacStories
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Bit.ly Links Now At 4.7 Billion Clicks A Month As Yahoo, MySpace And Others Go Pro
Discussion: bit.ly blog, Erictric and AppScout
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
How iTunes Genius Really Works
Paul Biba / TeleRead:
Boy do I disagree with this! …
Discussion: Kindle Review
Financial Times:
Google to hand over intercepted data
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's supply of Mac minis dwindle ahead of new models