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2:45 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
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Google Kills Its Homepage Background Image Experiment Early
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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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
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.
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!
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.
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, TiPb, PadGadget, Gearlog and 9 to 5 Mac, Thanks:atul
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?
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
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 …
Steve Lunceford / GovTwit:
Interview provides new details on search for Twitter's government liaison  —  Part one of two posts based on a chat with Sean Garrett, Twitter's Vice President of Communications.  Up Next: Government Account Verification. … That quote, from the job posting Twitter made earlier this week seeking …
Discussion: InformationWeek
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 …
Jacqueline Emigh / Technologizer:
Phone.com Launches Advanced Calling Features for Android Phones and iPhones  —  Today is the official launch date for a pair of mobile software applications from Phone.com aimed at giving users of Android handsets, iPhones and other smartphones sophisticated telephone and VOiP calling features …
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 …
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 …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
HP Pays $12 Million For Phoenix' Virtualization Technology Assets
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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Looking to Make Mobile Browsing Better
Discussion: eWeek, 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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What's Missing From iPhone 4 Is Part Of What Makes It Great
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
How a decade of antitrust oversight has changed your PC
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
The Inside Story of How One Company Didn't Mine Facebook
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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)
Peter Yared / VentureBeat:
iPhone now as fragmented as Android