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7:10 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.
Rob Crossley / mcvuk.com:
E3 2010: Kinect set for November launch  —  As Microsoft unveils latest version of its controlleress device in LA  —  Microsoft has confirmed that Kinect will launch at retail this year in November.  —  The controllerless input device - previously known as Natal - was given its final moniker at a dazzling pre-E3 event.
Discussion: VG247, Engadget, Go Rumors, Gizmodo and Kotaku
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: TechFlash and BigDoor Media
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 …
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 …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple relaxes iOS SDK terms to allow Lua but block Flash  —  Apple's iOS SDK rules for iPhone developers have relaxed the restriction of section 3.3.2 pertaining to interpreted code, enabling Apple to forbid Flash and other middleware platforms while still enabling popular game engines and libraries.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yelp Co-Founder And CTO Russel Simmons Is Out  —  (Psssst.  I'm leaving ...)  —  Yelp co-founder and CTO Russel Simmons, pictured here (left) with fellow co-founder and chief exec Jeremy Stoppelman, is leaving the company.  Simmons will be transitioning to an advisor role and take some time off to travel …
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
Studying Engineering Before They Can Spell It  —  GLEN ROCK, N.J. — In a class full of aspiring engineers, the big bad wolf had to do more than just huff and puff to blow down the three little pigs' house.  —  To start, he needed to get past a voice-activated security gate …
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.
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 …
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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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Jive's New Features and Management: Finally a Serious Enterprise 2.0 Play?
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
SeaMicro's Low-Power Server Finally Launches
Discussion: PC World, Digits and VentureBeat
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
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Discussion: Electronic Pulp and Liliputing
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Thus spake Steve Jobs: The PC isn't dead yet
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Yelp & Foursquare: Utility vs. Hipster Chic
Discussion: TechCrunch and DailyFinance
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is it time to reconsider Google Buzz vs Facebook or Twitter?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chatroulette Enlists Shawn Fanning In The Fight Against The Masturbators