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3:23 AM ET, June 14, 2010

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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Microsoft Kinect gets official, Video Chat announced  —  You knew it was coming, right?  Hot on the heels of getting leaked a wee bit early Microsoft has made official the rebadging of a device desperately seeking a new name: “Project Natal” is no more, replaced by Microsoft Kinect.
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
New Xbox 360 Coming, Project Natal Renamed to Kinect And More  —  As gaming's big week prepares to kick off tonight with a circus-themed blow-out in downtown Los Angeles, the rumors are beginning to hit a fevered pitch.  —  Three bits of news came to our attention this weekend.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
AT&T Explains iPad Security Breach  —  On Sunday evening, AT&T sent an e-mail to owners of the Apple 3G iPad notifying them of a security breach that was publicized early last week.  —  The e-mail, which was sent from Dorothy Attwood, a senior vice president and chief privacy officer at AT&T …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
I Can Has Cheezburger Blog Leads to a Web Empire  —  SEATTLE — Three years ago Ben Huh visited a blog devoted to silly cat pictures — and saw vast potential.  —  Mr. Huh, a 32-year-old entrepreneur, first became aware of I Can Has Cheezburger, which pairs photos of cats with quirky captions, after it linked to his own pet blog.
Discussion: BigDoor Media
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Exclusive first look at location-based service, Placebook  —  It's not everyday that you get to reveal a new company to the world for the first time.  This is one of those cases.  Placebook is run by former execs from Netflix, among other places, and is about to jump into the location-based …
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.
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.
Jeff Carlson / TidBITS:
iMovie for iPhone Details Surface  —  During the WWDC keynote last week that introduced the new iPhone 4, Apple also revealed iMovie for iPhone, an app that can edit video and still clips into a movie.  The app creates movies complete with themes, transitions, titles, and other features …
Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Massive Afghanistan Lithium Deposit (As In Batteries) Could Alter Nation's Economy  —  A large mineral deposit worth an estimated $1 trillion has been discovered in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials revealed today.  The find could change the nation's economy, alter the war …
Discussion: New York Times
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.”
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Jive's New Features and Management: Finally a Serious Enterprise 2.0 Play?  —  There are few people I would get up to meet on a Sunday morning after spending five weeks on the road and mired in China-to-SFO jet lag.  There are also few people I would believe when they said they were building a great “Enterprise 2.0” company.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
SeaMicro's Low-Power Server Finally Launches  —  SeaMicro, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup building a low-power server using Atom chips and its own specially designed silicon to manage the networking, has finally unveiled its hardware, and it's pretty darn impressive.
Discussion: Digits and VentureBeat
 
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Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
The iPhone, Net Neutrality and the FCC
BBC:
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