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2:30 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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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
Discussion: CNN, Silicon Alley Insider and ZDNet
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 Tate / Gawker:
Apple's Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed  —  Apple has suffered another embarrassment.  A security breach has exposed iPad owners including dozens of CEOs, military officials, and top politicians.  They—and every other buyer of the wireless-enabled tablet—could be vulnerable to spam marketing and malicious hacking.
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Taylor Buley / The Firewall:
AT&T's iPad Hackers ‘Ignored’ By Reuters, Other Mainstream Press
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
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Twitter acquires Smallthought Systems.  Better analytics coming soon.  —  Social Media nut?  Join TNW Social Media on Facebook and Twitter, or grab our RSS feed here.  —  Twitter is taking yet another step into the legitimate business world.  Many places (ourselves included) …
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
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!
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?
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, DailyTech, PadGadget, TiPb, Gearlog and 9 to 5 Mac, Thanks:atul
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.”
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Sprint CFO: HTC EVO can take on iPhone 4  —  NEW YORK—A senior Sprint Nextel executive is hopeful that the new HTC EVO 4G will entice Sprint customers to stick with the carrier instead of defecting to AT&T for the new iPhone 4 this summer.  —  At an investor conference here Wednesday …
Florin / Unwired View:
LG to launch 20 Android smartphones this year  —  LG may be the world's third largest phone maker, but when it comes to Android (and smartphones in general), it's far behind other companies.  —  Until now, LG announced five Android handsets: LG GW620, LG Optimus GT540 (pictured below) …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What's Missing From iPhone 4 Is Part Of What Makes It Great  —  On Monday, Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 4.  After playing around with it for 20 minutes or so after the keynote, I can safely say that it's the most impressive mobile device I've ever seen.
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Box.net Moves Beyond Storage In The Cloud; Adds File Syncing To The Mix  —  Cloud-based storage and sharing application Box.net is getting into the syncing game today.  The startup is unveiling Box Sync, an extension of the Box.net platform that connects users' desktops to Box.net's cloud …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Logitech brings HD video chat to the masses with new webcams and Vid HD software  —  Webcams that support high-definition video chat have been around for some time now, but they've generally been too expensive, or too difficult to use, for most consumers.  Logitech aims to change …
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 …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
HP Pays $12 Million For Phoenix' Virtualization Technology Assets
Discussion: The Register
Jacqueline Emigh / Technologizer:
Phone.com Launches Advanced Calling Features for Android Phones and iPhones
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Looking to Make Mobile Browsing Better
Discussion: TechCrunch and mocoNews
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Collecta Scores More Funding for Real-Time Search
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Steven Clift / MediaShift Idea Lab:
Pew: 27% of Americans Use Digital Tools to Talk to Neighbors
Arik Hesseldahl / Bloomberg:
Samsung Unit to Invest $3.6 Billion to Expand Chip Plant in Austin, Texas
Discussion: Digits and IBD Click
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
How a decade of antitrust oversight has changed your PC
 Earlier Items: 
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
Aoife White / Canadian Press:
Google asks US, Euro governments to press China on Internet …
Peter Robins / Guardian:
How Apple's new ad-blocker could save the media (maybe)
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Microsoft Office Simplified For the Web
Discussion: Bloomberg
Peter Yared / VentureBeat:
iPhone now as fragmented as Android