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12:35 AM ET, June 11, 2010

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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?
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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.
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 …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
FBI Opens Probe of iPad Breach  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened an investigation into the security breach in AT&T Inc.'s website that exposed the email addresses of some iPad owners.  —  “The FBI is aware of these possible computer intrusions and has opened an investigation …
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Goatse Security:   On disclosure ethics  —  There's some buzz about that the FBI …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
FBI Investigating iPad Breach (Update)
Discussion: Computerworld and Tnooz
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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
WordPress Gives Us The VIP Treatment, Goes Down On Us Again  —  Well, that was fun.  If you tried to access TechCrunch any time in the last hour or so, you probably noticed that it wasn't working at all.  Instead, you were greeted by the overly cheery notice “WordPress.com will be back in a minute!”
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Begins Urging Developers To Get Their iOS 4 Apps In For Launch  —  Today, Apple has begun emailing iPhone app developers to let them know they're now accepting iOS 4-compatible apps in the App Store.  Just as it does each time before a new OS launches (such as earlier this year with the iPad OS …
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Marco.org:
iPhone multitasking and background updating
Discussion: Pocket-lint and The Wire
James McQuivey / Consumer Product Strategy:
Google TV Is A Bigger Deal Than You Think  —  It has only been a few weeks since Google announced it would create a brave, new world with its Google TV platform.  In all the reactions and the commentary, I have been amazed at how little people understand what's really going on here.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, eWeek and WebProNews
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 …
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Phil Plait / Bad Astronomy:
Resolving the iPhone resolution  —  With much bruhaha, Steve Jobs and Apple revealed the new iPhone 4 yesterday.  Among other features, Jobs said it has higher resolution than older models; the pixels are smaller, making the display look smoother.  To characterize this, as quoted at Wired.com, he said,
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Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Feature: WWDC Keynote WiFi woes may have been due to iPhone 4 drivers  —  “Ladies and gentleman, put down your MiFis, and step away from your laptops, or there's going to be trouble.”  —  Apple's CEO didn't actually utter these words during his demonstration of the iPhone 4's higher-density screen …
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.
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: TG Daily and The Register
Clifford Coonan / The Irish Times:
Foxconn says it may move some production back to Taiwan  —  BATTERED BY a wave of suicides at its huge Shenzhen plant, Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn says it is considering moving some of its production back to the self-ruled island where it has its headquarters.
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Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google News experiments with human control, promotes a new serendipity with Editors' Picks  —  Late this afternoon, Google News rolled out a new experiment: Editors' Picks.  Starting today, a small percentage of Google News users will find a new box of content with that label …
Ryan Naraine:
Googler Drops Windows Zero-Day, Microsoft Unhappy  —  Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy has set the cat among the “responsible disclosure” pigeons with the release of technical details of a zero-day vulnerability affecting the Microsoft Windows Help and Support Center without giving Microsoft adequate time to prepare a patch.
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 …
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.”
Avi Muchnick / Aviary Blog:
Aviary launches Music Creator!  —  We're happy as a lark to announce the launch of Aviary's new online music creator (codenamed Roc).  Aviary's music creator turns anyone into a musician with a few simple clicks.  —  Try it now!  —  Now anyone can create music and beats completely …
Discussion: Mashable!, Lifehacker and Bits, Thanks:chrismessina
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.
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Evolution of Time Magazine's iPad App: Here's What's Next
Discussion: MacStories, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
SCOwned: no new trial, Novell can shut down IBM lawsuit
Discussion: Techdirt and Electronista
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Tunerfish Goes Live With Its First Media Partner, HBO
Discussion: TechCrunch and eHomeUpgrade
Agam Shah / Network World:
Canonical developing Ubuntu OS for tablets
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Kevin Rose: I'm Sticking With Diggnation Through 2010, Announcing New Show Soon
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Teaching You How To Tweet With Videos
Discussion: The Next Web
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Best Buy Admits Defeat, Gets Rid of Speakeasy
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Kevinweil / Twitter Blog:
More Than Dabbling  —  Every day millions of people use Twitter …
Steve Lunceford / GovTwit:
Interview provides new details on search for Twitter's government liaison
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Web Alerts No Longer Available
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch, Thanks:steverubel
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
AI That Picks Stocks Better Than the Pros