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2:20 PM ET, June 11, 2010

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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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Brian Hall / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail respects your inbox  —  Your inbox is very personal.  It's your communications, your business, and your archives.  The email you send is clearly very personal too - and it should truly be yours.  —  When designing the new Hotmail, we focused on helping people get the clutter …
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.
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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?
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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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
comScore Says Bing And Yahoo Gained Market Share In May.  Or Have They?  —  Audience measurement firm comScore has released its May 2010 U.S. Search Data report, and it shows continued market share gains for Yahoo and Microsoft.  —  Yahoo and Bing/MSN each added approximately 60 bps and 30 bps to 18.3% and 12.1%, respectively.
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.
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 …
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.
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Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
FBI Opens Probe of iPad Breach
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.
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.
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 …
Bryan Wolfe / App Advice:
AT&T Offers Up Specials For Recent iPhone 3GS Buyers  —  More A&T customers are about to become happy.  Just days after the company announced that anyone with an iPhone contract ending at anytime in 2010 would be eligible for a iPhone 4 upgrade, comes word that recent purchasers of the iPhone 3GS will also be getting a deal.
Discussion: Pogue's Posts and MacRumors
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Considering Separate WWDC Conferences for Mac and iOS?  —  Hardmac reports that it has received information from one of it most reliable sources at Apple indicating that the company could offer two Worldwide Developers Conferences per year, separating Mac OS X and iOS content into individual events.
Discussion: HardMac.com and Geek.com
Colleen Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Pew: Cloud Services Will Dominate By 2020  —  By 2020, most people will access software applications online and access information through the use of cloud services hosted on remote server networks, according to a new Pew Internet & American Life Project survey of 895 technology stakeholders and critics.
Discussion: CNN and Pew Internet
Chris Morrison / Inside Social Games:
Super Whales: Top Social Game Spenders Pay More than $10,000 Apiece for Virtual Goods  —  By now, most people in the social gaming industry have heard about “whales”, those players who spend massively on virtual goods and gifts in games like Mafia Wars or Happy Aquarium.
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.
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
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 …
Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Amazon cloud uses FedEx instead of the Internet to ship data  —  Amazon's new way to quickly move data to the cloud relies on air mail, not the Internet.  —  Amazon's cloud storage service has unveiled a brand new way to quickly move giant amounts of data to the cloud …
 
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Bloomberg:
Fujitsu, Toshiba Said to Be in Talks to Merge Cell Phone Units
Discussion: MobileCrunch and DealBook
Florin / Unwired View:
Verizon will bring Skype to non-smartphone users this year
Discussion: PhoneDog.com and Verizon
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
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Web Series Tap Prime Time
Discussion: VideoNuze, NewTeeVee and SocialTimes.com, Thanks:beet_tv
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Sick of Useless Badges and Mayorships?  Topguest Makes Check-ins Meaningful
David Talbot / Technology Review:
New Cyber Chief Outlines Strategy
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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