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6:45 PM ET, June 10, 2010

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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.
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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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey... Google Is Doing Its Bing Impersonation Today
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
Ryan J. Reilly / Main Justice:
FBI Opens Investigation Into iPad Security Breach  —  The FBI has opened an investigation to address potential cybersecurity threats after basic information about thousands of Apple iPad users was exposed, a bureau spokeswoman told Main Justice.  —  At least one Justice Department employee …
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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.
Discussion: The Next Web and Tubefilter News
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Kevin Rose: I'm Sticking With Diggnation Through 2010, Announcing New Show Soon
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Arno Gourdol / Adobe AIR Team Blog:
Adobe AIR 2 Now Available!  —  We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Adobe AIR 2 runtime.  Starting today, you can download and install the new version at get.adobe.com/air/.  Developers can now deploy applications built for AIR 2 on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Think Safari Reader looks familiar?  That's because Apple used open source Readability code  —  One of the most talked-about features in Apple's new Safari 5 browser is Safari Reader, the button that delivers a stripped-down, ad-free, extra-readable version of any web article.
Kevinweil / Twitter Blog:
More Than Dabbling  —  Every day millions of people use Twitter to create, share and discover information, and as we grow, analytics becomes an increasingly crucial part of improving our service.  —  Up until about a year ago, we used an online database called Dabble DB to track and share information about our projects internally.
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Twitter acquires Smallthought Systems. Better analytics coming soon.
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 …
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 and The Wire
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.”
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).
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 and TG Daily
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 …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google News experiments with human control, promotes a new serendipity with Editors' Pick  —  Late this afternoon, Google News rolled out a new experiment: Editors' Pick.  Starting today, a small percentage of Google News users will find a new box of content with that label …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Best Buy Admits Defeat, Gets Rid of Speakeasy  —  Best Buy agreed to merge its Speakeasy DSL business with Covad and Megapath today, creating a managed service local exchange carrier, and sounding the death knell for independent DSL providers.  In return, Best Buy is getting a minority stake …
Discussion: DSLreports
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!
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
PC makers no longer allowed to preinstall Windows XP on new netbooks as of October  —  Before Windows 7 launched, there was a lot of consternation about when Microsoft planned to cut off the supply of Windows XP to netbook makers.  —  This week, Microsoft officials reminded customers …
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) …
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Teaching You How To Tweet With Videos
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
New York AG Suing Social Network Tagged.com for Child Porn
Discussion: Techdirt and ABCNEWS
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Adobe says Flash gaining in smartphone market
Discussion: Digital Daily and Electronista
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
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 Earlier Items: 
Jacqueline Emigh / Technologizer:
Phone.com Launches Advanced Calling Features for Android Phones and iPhones
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Web Alerts No Longer Available
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch, Thanks:steverubel
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Looking to Make Mobile Browsing Better
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
Box.net Moves Beyond Storage In The Cloud; Adds File Syncing To The Mix
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What's Missing From iPhone 4 Is Part Of What Makes It Great
Discussion: AppScout and eWeek
Chris / iFix your i Blog:
iPhone 4 Glass - Will it break?