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3:10 PM ET, June 11, 2010

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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comscore Says It'll Fix Search Share Measurement Now That Yahoo And Microsoft Are Gaming It (YHOO, MSFT, GOOG)  —  Yahoo and Microsoft's Bing have recently been “gaining” market share in comScore's search engine stats for somewhat sketchy reasons: The companies have increasingly been putting …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Time To End The Bulls**t Search Engine Share Figures?
Discussion: Digital Daily, comScore Voices and Future Tense, Thanks:atul
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
comScore Says Bing And Yahoo Gained Market Share In May.  Or Have They?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The End Of An Era: Hotmail Ditches The Taglines  —  “Hotmail: Free, trusted and rich email service.  Get it now.”  —  When Hotmail launched in 1996 it grew fast.  Very fast.  It was one of the first free webmail providers, and they had a killer marketing idea - add a tagline at the end …
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
World Cup Fever: Internet Has Busiest Day Ever as Tabulated by Akamai  —  Akamai, the world's largest operator of a network of computers which carry video content, reports that today, opening day of the World Cup, is the busiest day it has tracked, with some 11 million visitor requests to its network …
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Kellex / Droid Life:
Exclusive: First Photos of the Motorola Droid 2  —  Well, hello there Motorola Droid 2.  We would like to officially introduce you to the readers of Droid Life.  We saw your activation screen just the other day, but we'll admit that it's nice to finally see the rest of you.  —  What do you think everyone?
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
iPhone 4 at Wal-Mart on June 24  —  iPhone 4 goes on sale June 24.  —  If you'd rather avoid the lines at Apple and AT&T stores on iPhone 4 launch day, you have options this year.  —  Wal-Mart said Friday that it will be one of several retail outlets that will have the iPhone 4 on June 24, its first day of availability anywhere.
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Google morphs Chrome OS into netbook thin client  —  ‘Chromotes’ legacy PC apps inside browser  —  Exclusive Google's Chrome OS — the operating system that moves all apps and data into a web browser — will provide remote access to “legacy PC applications” through a mystery process …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing New Google News Home Page (With Sharing Options)  —  This never happens to me.  Until now.  While writing my earlier piece, Google News Tests Editors' Picks, I went to Google News on the off-chance that I'd be able to see the “limited test” of editors' picks.  Nope.  As expected.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Google News Gives News Orgs a Chance to Stand Out  —  Many mainstream news organizations have long viewed Google News as a threat to their interests.  —  But more recently, Google has been portrayed as sensitive to the health of the news media.  Eric Schmidt, its chief executive …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Motorola And RIM Make Peace, End All Outstanding Litigation Worldwide  —  Is it Christmas?  —  Motorola and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion have just jointly announced that they have entered into a settlement and licensing agreement that ends all outstanding worldwide litigation between the two companies.
Ben Patterson / Yahoo! News:
Trade-in sites offering up to $320 for old iPhones  —  Leery of coughing up $200 or even $300 for yet another iPhone?  Well, you can always sell your old iPhone on eBay.  But there's another, potentially easier option: trading it in for cash.  Some online trade-in sites offer up to $320 for iPhone hand-me-downs.
John Poirier / Reuters:
U.S. steps up Web security focus after iPad breach  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said it would step up scrutiny of online security and privacy issues following recent security breaches involving Apple Inc's iPad and Google Inc's collection of private data by its Street View cars.
Discussion: The Next Web
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Julie Scelfo / New York Times:
The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In  —  WHILE waiting for an elevator at the Fair Oaks Mall near her home in Virginia recently, Janice Im, who works in early-childhood development, witnessed a troubling incident between a young boy and his mother.  —  The boy, who Ms. Im estimates …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Gawker
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
What's Up With Foursquare, Doc?  Try a Bridge Investment, Facebook Talks and More!  —  Memo to Dennis Crowley: BoomTown has not forgotten you!  —  In fact, I have been tracking the popular social location service he helms the way Elmer Fudd chases Bugs Bunny, since my last update in April.
Nicholas Carlson / The Wire:
Yahoo News Loses Top Spot To CNN - Here's Why (YHOO, TWX, AOL)  —  For the first time in forever, Yahoo! News is no longer at the top property in ComScore's “General News” category.  —  The honor now goes to the CNN Network, which in May saw 75 million unique visitors to Yahoo News's 53 million.
Chang Kim / Blogger Buzz:
Blogger Template Designer Now Available To Everyone  —  When we launched the Blogger Template Designer to Blogger in Draft in March, you gave us a lot of feedback and suggestions.  Our blog post received nearly 1,000 comments and many of you shared your blog's new looks on Twitter using #newbloggertemplate.
Eric T. Peterson / Twitalyzer:
Our thoughts on Twitter buying Dabble DB  —  Just like everyone working to build a business based on Twitter, we at Twitalyzer have always been somewhat circumspect about the relationship we have with “the source.”  Twitter's leadership has always been kind of vague about which direction …
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
North Korea moves quietly onto the Internet  —  IDG News Service - North Korea, one of the world's few remaining information black holes, has taken the first step toward a fully fledged connection to the Internet.  But a connection, if it comes, is unlikely to mean freedom of information for North Korea's citizens.
Discussion: Tech Eye and The Next Web
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: Twitter's Next Money Maker: “Promoted Trends”  —  Twitter is beginning to roll out its ad platform, which allows advertisers to insert messages into users' streams.  But it already has an idea for a new product: Selling some of the real estate it dedicates to its “trending” …
Allie Townsend / Techland:
Hey Google Maps, Why Is Randolph, VT In A Lake?  —  Two months ago, Jessamyn West noticed something about the Google Maps location of her small town, Randolph, VT. Instead of being tucked somewhere in central Vermont, Google had moved the official location of Randolph into the middle of a lake.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google wants to face single mega-lawsuit over WiFi snafu  —  Google is attempting to consolidate the growing number of lawsuits against the company as a result of its “accidental” WiFi data collection.  Meanwhile, a privacy group has analyzed an independent analysis of the situation …
 
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Colleen Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Pew: Cloud Services Will Dominate By 2020
Discussion: CNN and Pew Internet
Bloomberg:
Fujitsu, Toshiba Said to Be in Talks to Merge Cell Phone Units
Discussion: MobileCrunch and DealBook
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Considering Separate WWDC Conferences for Mac and iOS?
Discussion: HardMac.com and Geek.com
Florin / Unwired View:
Verizon will bring Skype to non-smartphone users this year
Discussion: PhoneDog.com and Verizon
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Super Whales: Top Social Game Spenders Pay More than $10,000 Apiece …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Macs running Steam are more powerful than PCs, on average
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft hides mystery Firefox extension in toolbar update
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Sick of Useless Badges and Mayorships?  Topguest Makes Check-ins Meaningful
Bryan Wolfe / App Advice:
AT&T Offers Up Specials For Recent iPhone 3GS Buyers
Discussion: Pogue's Posts and MacRumors
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Evolution of Time Magazine's iPad App: Here's What's Next
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
SCOwned: no new trial, Novell can shut down IBM lawsuit
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Feature: WWDC Keynote WiFi woes may have been due to iPhone 4 drivers
Discussion: Geek.com
James McQuivey / Consumer Product Strategy:
Google TV Is A Bigger Deal Than You Think
Discussion: eWeek, Tech Trader Daily and WebProNews