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12:15 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  —  As you might know, I've been poking around in the guts of the HTC EVO with some other developers during the last few weeks of early EVO ownership looking to get access to root.  It turned out to be fairly easy - a few hours into the investigation and we had access to root.
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
HTC Evo 4G Debut Brings Price Cut from Walmart, Best Buy
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.
Discussion: /Message and MarketWatch
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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
Nick Bilton / Bits:
IPad 3G Shortage Spurs AT&T Discussions About Its New Data Plan  —  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.
Discussion: MacRumors, SlashGear, MacStories and Gizmodo
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
AT&T: No iPhone-iPad tethering  —  We have some bad news for the clever geeks who were hoping to take advantage of the newly announced iPhone tethering capability in the U.S. to provide an Internet connection for their iPad, avoiding paying for an iPad-specific data plan.  Looks like that won't be happening.
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.
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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
Financial Times:
Google to hand over intercepted data  —  Google will begin handing over to European regulators the rogue data it intercepted from private WiFi internet connections within the next two days, in an effort to defuse growing controversy over its latest privacy blunder.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's supply of Mac minis dwindle ahead of new models  —  Supply of Apple's existing Mac mini lineup has become increasingly constrained over the past two weeks as the company prepares to introduce refreshed models that may serve as a harbinger for some new I/O technology on the Mac.
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.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
AOL eyeing new search deal
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Is this the first ever Facebook-oriented political attack ad?  [Updated]  —  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.
Discussion: Digits, The Politico, Hillicon Valley and The Snitch, Thanks:atul
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.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The End of Malware?  —  How Android, Chrome, and the iPad are shielding us from dastardly programs.  One day in April, David Green, the president of a party supply firm in Oklahoma, needed to authorize a bank transfer.  Green's company has a policy about online banking: Never do it on a Windows machine.
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
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
AT&T apologizes to the guy they threatened to C&D for e-mailing their CEO  —  If you spend any more than a few minutes a day on the Internet, you've probably already heard the story of Giorgio G.: Upset with AT&T about his iPhone eligibility dates, he e-mails the company's CEO.
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
How iTunes Genius Really Works  —  An Apple engineer discloses how the company's premier recommendation engine parses millions of iTunes libraries.  —  Ever since the feature debuted in 2008, there's been a lot of speculation about how iTunes Genius accomplishes its playlist-building magic.
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
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google To Change Gmail, Add “Normal Email” Option Instead Of Just “Conversations”  —  Google is planning to offer a standard email option in Gmail in the next few months, two executives at the company say.  —  Currently, Gmail presents email in a “Conversations” format …
 
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Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
Storage revenue on the rebound, IDC says
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
Mac Slocum / O'Reilly Radar:
How Facebook satisfied a need for speed
Will Richmond / VideoNuze:
MeFeedia Unveils HTML5 Analytics for All Player
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Chris Clark / Release Candidate One:
A Services Menu for iPhone
Discussion: MacStories
 Earlier Items: 
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, AppScout and Erictric
Paul Biba / TeleRead:
Boy do I disagree with this! …
Discussion: Kindle Review
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
LinkedIn Looks To Almost Double Headcount In 2010
Thanks:atul
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Apple will Have a Powerful Search Engine for the “AppWorld,” John Battelle
Discussion: The Next Web