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4:30 PM ET, June 10, 2010

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Marissa Mayer / The Official Google Blog:
The art of a homepage  —  Last week, we announced a new feature that lets you add a favorite photo or image to the background of your Google.com homepage.  —  To provide you with an extra bit of inspiration, we've collaborated with several well-known artists, sculptors and photographers …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Kills Its Homepage Background Image Experiment Early  —  Last night, Google decided to temporarily abandon the principles behind its famously spartan homepage in favor of something a little different: a background image, which has been a design element present on rival search engine Bing since it launched.
Brennon Slattery / PC World:
Google's New Look: Why is Everybody So Upset?  —  Google has changed its traditionally stark white homepage by slapping on a big old picture on it.  It didn't take long for the blogosphere to blow up with questions and complaints.  But why, exactly, is everybody so upset and confused?  —  The Change
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Microsoft Europe tweet mocks Google's copy-cat background image feature  —  Microsoft Europe's communication team has used its Twitter account to make fun of Google's latest search page feature: the ability to add background images to said page, a feature that has characterized Microsoft's Bing search service since its debut.
Ryan Hamrick / knowyourcell.com:
Motorola to launch 2GHz Android phone in 2010  —  Motorola is swinging for the fences with superphone plans that may leave all other smartphones in the dust  —  On Monday, Apple announced that the iPhone 4 will become available later this month, with pre-orders starting June 15th.
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Reuters:
Motorola: Droid sales “extremely” strong  —  (Reuters) - Motorola Inc is seeing strong demand for its Droid phone at Verizon Wireless despite the popularity of rival HTC Corp's Droid Incredible, co-Chief Executive Sanjay Jha said on Wednesday.  —  Jha told reporters after an Executives Club presentation …
AppsFire.com blog:
Apple, you win: we're pulling out of the App Store. for now  —  Dear Apple Inc.  —  Your app-roval process is full of holes; you have approved Appsfire v1.0 last August and wished you hadn't because almost no one had any real clue about discoverability issues back then - indeed, we were the very first to address this issue in an app.
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:   Appsfire dumps iPhone App store after 2 month wait for update
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Feds eye Apple-Google ad war  —  A dispute that broke out Monday has already caught the eye of antitrust regulators  —  That didn't take long.  —  On Monday, Apple (AAPL) changed the rules that govern its new iAd mobile advertising platform to exclude competitors like Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT).
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Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Apple iAd platform ‘will harm developers’, says AdMob chief
Choire / The Awl:
‘New York Times’ Bans the Word ‘Tweet’  —  Phil Corbett, the latest standards editor at the Times (maybe the greatest job in the world?), has issued a proclamation!  Yesterday, the following memo went out, asking writers to abstain from the invented past-tense and other weird iterations of the magical noun-verb “Twitter.”
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Twitter acquires Smallthought Systems.  Better analytics coming soon.  —  Twitter is taking yet another step into the legitimate business world.  Many places (ourselves included) realize the importance of Twitter to their business' communication, and nothing screams information louder than good analytics.
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Kevinweil / Twitter Blog:
More Than Dabbling  —  Every day millions of people use Twitter …
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
AI That Picks Stocks Better Than the Pros  —  A computer science professor uses textual analysis of articles from Yahoo Finance to beat the market.  —  The ability to predict the stock market is, as any Wall Street quantitative trader (or quant) will tell you, a license to print money.
Denise Leung / Flickr Blog:
Flickr + Facebook!  —  We're always looking for new ways to make it easier for you to share your photos and videos with the people who matter to you.  Today, we're launching a new and improved way to share your Flickr photos with your friends and family on Facebook!
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 now officially available for download  —  Well look at that — Adobe's now officially serving up Flash Player 10.1 on its download pages.  If you're anything like us, you've been running 10.1 since it hit Release Candidate status a couple months ago …
Chris / iFix your i Blog:
iPhone 4 Glass - Will it break?  —  We here at iFixYouri did a little science experiment the other day.  Many people have been talking that the new iPhone has strong glass, less prone to scratching, 30 times stronger than plastic, etc.  Will the new glass prove to be ultra strong and never break?
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
At the White House, getting in touch with the inner circle's inner iPads  —  The folks who gather early every morning in the West Wing office of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel have something new in common these days.  Practically everyone has an iPad — or will have one very soon.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
An iPhone for T-Mobile?  —  T-Mobile, not Verizon, will be the next carrier to get Apple's smartphone, says an analyst  —  Like most analysts, Kaufman Bros. Shaw Wu believes Apple (AAPL) will eventually end its exclusive relationship with AT&T (T) and give the iPhone to other U.S. carriers …
Marco.org:
iPhone multitasking and background updating  —  One of my most common feature requests is for Instapaper to periodically download articles in the background.  A lot of people forget to launch the app to let it download content before going underground or boarding a plane.
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose To Leave Diggnation  —  Digg founder and CEO Kevin Rose will be leaving his popular Diggnation show, we've heard from a source.  This has not been confirmed by Kevin, but we believe it's accurate.  Revision3, which hosts the show, has not yet returned our request for comment.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Little Feature That Led to AT&T's iPad Security Breach  —  The second question about the AT&T iPad security breach, after “Should I be freaking out?” is “How the hell did it happen?”  Well, AT&T was just trying to make your life easier.  —  You probably know the basics at this point.
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
AT&T Fights Spreading iPad Fear
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Web Alerts No Longer Available  —  Google will no longer offer alerts for web search results and will replace them with comprehensive alerts that include results from Google Web Search, Google News and Blog Search.  Marcel Gordon, Product Manager for Google Alerts, says that web alerts weren't very popular.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Search Engine Land, Thanks:steverubel
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Judge limits DHS laptop border searches  —  A federal judge has ruled that border agents cannot seize a traveler's laptop, keep in locked up for months, and examine it for contraband files without a warrant half a year later.  —  U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in the Northern District …
Discussion: The Register
 
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Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
Google Awaits Beijing Approval to Continue Providing Mapping Services
Discussion: Digits
Steve Lunceford / GovTwit:
Interview provides new details on search for Twitter's government liaison
Discussion: InformationWeek
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
HP Pays $12 Million For Phoenix' Virtualization Technology Assets
Jacqueline Emigh / Technologizer:
Phone.com Launches Advanced Calling Features for Android Phones and iPhones
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Looking to Make Mobile Browsing Better
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What's Missing From iPhone 4 Is Part Of What Makes It Great
Discussion: eWeek
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
How a decade of antitrust oversight has changed your PC
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
The Inside Story of How One Company Didn't Mine Facebook
Thanks:rsingel
Scott W. Rasmussen / Rasmussen Reports:
74% Oppose Taxing Internet News Sites To Help Newspapers
Ben Hardwidge / THINQ.co.uk:
Exclusive: BIOS will be dead in three years