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12:30 PM 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
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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Joel Gurin / Reboot.FCC.gov:
Consumer View: Staying Safe from Cyber Snoops  —  Recent news reports have focused attention on a growing concern: The ways in which wireless and WiFi networks can make consumers' private data accessible.  —  In May, Google reported that its Street View cars - used to develop Google Maps …
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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.
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
FBI Opens Probe of iPad Breach
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.
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.
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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Yonca Brunini / The Official Google Blog:
FIFA.com and Google team up to help fans celebrate the 2010 FIFA World Cup™
Discussion: Fortune, Tnooz and Search Blog
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Macs running Steam are more powerful than PCs, on average  —  No matter which three-legged sentry turret you pick, Steam games run fine if it houses a decent graphics card.  That said, stick this in your breech and shoot it — the latest edition of Valve's hardware survey shows …
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 like Elmer Fudd chases Bugs Bunny, since my last update in April.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
DigiTimes:
Foxconn and Flextronics to begin shipping Project Natal to Microsoft in August  —  Electronic manufacturing service (EMS) providers Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and Flextronics International are expected to start shipping Project Natal devices for Microsoft's' Xbox 360 gaming consoles …
Florin / Unwired View:
Verizon will bring Skype to non-smartphone users this year  —  Launched by Verizon in March for Android and BlackBerry users, Skype Mobile will be available to some of the carrier's non-smartphone users, too.  —  According to Verizon, “several 3G Multimedia phones” will be compatible with Skype sometime later this year.
Discussion: PhoneDog.com and Verizon
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
SCOwned: no new trial, Novell can shut down IBM lawsuit  —  SCO was dealt yet another blow in court today when District Judge Ted Stewart rejected the company's motion requesting a new trial or judgement of law.  In a ruling issued today, Judge Stewart sided with a jury that issued a verdict …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft hides mystery Firefox extension in toolbar update  —  As part of its regular Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released an update for its various toolbars, and this update came with more than just documented fixes.  The update also installs an add-on for Internet Explorer and an extension …
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 …
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: eWeek, Tech Trader Daily and WebProNews
 
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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David Talbot / Technology Review:
New Cyber Chief Outlines Strategy
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Evolution of Time Magazine's iPad App: Here's What's Next
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Feature: WWDC Keynote WiFi woes may have been due to iPhone 4 drivers
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Best Buy Admits Defeat, Gets Rid of Speakeasy
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Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Judge limits DHS laptop border searches
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Kills Its Homepage Background Image Experiment Early