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6:20 PM ET, June 13, 2010

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is it time to reconsider Google Buzz vs Facebook or Twitter?  —  OK, Google Buzz has been out several months now (you can see my Google Buzz items on my Google profile page).  When it first came out lots of people tried it.  But they just as quickly went away.
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
Microsoft previews controller-free games for Xbox 360  —  The company is expected to unveil so-called Project Natal titles at Electronic Entertainment Expo.  —  Microsoft's Project Natal games for Xbox 360 use a device that reads movement.  (Xbox Lifestyle, Stuart Isett / June 13, 2010)
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John Davison / PC World:
E3's Eve: Trends to Watch For  —  Analysis: Beyond the most anticipated games, here are the picks for top trends at the gaming show opening next week.  —  Recommends … Since Red Dead Redemption came out a few weeks ago I've been stewing on a number of ideas for Friday editorials about it.
Sam Stanton / Sacramento Bee:
Famous hacker suddenly finds himself infamous, in some quarters  —  On Thursday afternoon, Adrian Lamo sat quietly in the corner of a Starbucks inside the Carmichael Safeway, tapping on a laptop that requires his thumbprint to turn on and answering his cell phone.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Soldier leaked Google attack investigation details, hacker says  —  An Army analyst jailed for allegedly leaking a video of a controversial Iraq air strike also allegedly leaked classified information about a U.S. investigation into cyberattacks on Google that originated in China …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Thus spake Steve Jobs: The PC isn't dead yet  —  Daniel Lyons, the Newsweek tech writer notorious for his Fake Steve Jobs blog, penned an epistolary piece last week (R.I.P., Macintosh) in which he asks and answers the question: “Is Apple ignoring its signature line of computers and laptops?  Yup.”
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chatroulette Enlists Shawn Fanning In The Fight Against The Masturbators  —  Russian website Chatroulette, founded by Andrey Ternovskiy, is perhaps most well known as a place to watch men expose their genitals.  —  But that hasn't stopped up to a million people a day from visiting the site.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
iPad Media Apps: can do better  —  It's time for a first assessment of a few iPad media applications.  To sum up: a) most are disappointing; b) no need to worry.  Instead of subjectively pointing fingers at hits and misses, let's rise to a bird's eye view and see if we can understand why some apps work and why others don't.
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Yelp & Foursquare: Utility vs. Hipster Chic  —  I told myself this morning I wasn't going to write any blog posts to work on a couple of client deliverables.  But I can't resist commenting on a Robert Scoble post: “Foursquare's Yelp problem.”  —  Scoble makes a number of points about Yelp …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Robert Scoble / Silicon Alley Insider:
Here's What Foursquare Needs To Do With Its New Money
Discussion: The Next Web
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Coming soon: an open source Dropbox alternative with collaboration  —  Dropbox is a great little service (and app).  Developer Hylke Bons seems to like it — but he's got designs on building an alternative with a few improvements.  As he writes on his blog, “Dropbox has a great user experience …
Discussion: BlogsDNA
Roberto / PadGadget:
Reeder for iPad - First Look  —  Reeder for iPad hit the App Store yesterday.  And, it is already following the steps of its predecessor, Reeder for iPhone.  If you're not familiar with Reeder, it's an RSS reader that syncs with your Google Reader account.  —  We've seen several RSS reader apps hitting the iPad App Store.
Discussion: TUAW
Glyn Moody / Computerworld UK:
Why No Billion-Dollar Open Source Companies?  —  Last week, I met up with Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat's CEO.  He gave a very fluent presentation to a group of journalists that ran through Red Hat's business model, and explained why - unsurprisingly - he was optimistic about his company's future growth.
Nick / Rough Type:
Steven Pinker and the Internet  —  As someone who has enjoyed and learned a lot from Steven Pinker's books about language and cognition, I was disappointed to see the Harvard psychologist write, in Friday's New York Times, a cursory op-ed column about people's very real concerns …
Discussion: Snarkmarket
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
The Defense of Computers, the Internet and Our Brains
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:atul
 
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Fred / A VC:
How We Measure Success  —  Interesting comment discussion between …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
CHARTS OF THE WEEK: iPad Browser Share Already Beating Android …
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
The iPhone, Net Neutrality and the FCC
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
ESPN bypasses corporate red tape with iPad and Xbox 360 …
Thanks:rawmeet
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
When Google Fails, Yahoo & Ask.com Win: Study
Discussion: Chitika, Inc., Thanks:dannysullivan
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
In the Singularity Movement, Humans Are So Yesterday
Discussion: ZDNet, TechSpot and Feld Thoughts