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10:50 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
Reuters:
Motorola: Droid sales “extremely” strong
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.
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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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
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Ben Patterson / Yahoo! News:   Trade-in sites offering up to $320 for old iPhones
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 …
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?
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 …
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:   Google Testing New Google News Home Page (With Sharing Options)
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: The Wire
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!”
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 …
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 …
Discussion: GamePolitics News, ZDNet and Gadget Lab
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
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Judge limits DHS laptop border searches
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Adobe Flash Player 10.1 now officially available for download
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An iPhone for T-Mobile?