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1:25 PM 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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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.
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
New Xbox 360 Coming, Project Natal Renamed to Kinect And More
Goatse Security:
A response to AT&T's letter — We have an iPad exploit and all iPads are vulnerable.  —  So, AT&T calls us malicious in their letter to their customers.  I think this calls for a statement to clear the air.  —  AT&T mailing so much of their subscriber base exposes a potential I have been suspicious of.
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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 …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Steals Market Share from iPhone  —  Online tracking firm Quantcast has just released new data that shows mobile operating systems' current market share in North America, with the newly renamed “iOS” (originally called “iPhone OS” - the OS powering the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) in the lead...by miles.
Discussion: Quantcast and Big in Japan
Kim Hart / The Politico:
Apple secrecy is bitter fruit on Hill  —  Apple is famous for its veil of secrecy around the new iPads and iPhones.  But Sen. John Rockefeller and others in Congress wonder whether the company has more than technological innovations to hide.  —  When Apple didn't participate in an April hearing …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Bloomberg:
Apple Under Pressure to Ease Software Limits as Jobs's Influence Widens  —  Apple Inc., under growing scrutiny from antitrust regulators, may have to loosen restrictions on software developers and music labels to avoid legal wrangling with the government and prevent damage to how its brand …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Video export to Facebook coming in iOS 4  —  It isn't available yet, but it is coming down the pike.  Here are your current options:  —  Here's the FaceBook bit in the iOS 4 code which shows the above export plus one additional:  —  480 pixels looks to be the max height or width with a max 30FPS framerate.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HTC Aria goes official for AT&T, gets toyed with on video (update: $130, coming June 20)  —  Um... okay?  In what's easily one of the most curious product introductions of the year (in terms of method, not design), AT&T has seemingly just made official the first not-awful Android device to be sold in subsidized fashion for its network.
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
The Story of Siri, from Birth at SRI to Acquisition by Apple—Virtual Personal Assistants Go Mobile  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  A couple of years ago, a $999 iPhone app called “I Am Rich” made headlines for being the most expensive item in Apple's iTunes App Store.
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.
Golnaz Esfandiari / Foreign Policy:
The Twitter Devolution  —  Far from being a tool of revolution in Iran over the last year, the Internet, in many ways, just complicated the picture.  —  Before one of the major Iranian protests of the past year, a journalist in Germany showed me a list of three prominent Twitter accounts …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Set to Launch Official Retail Store Application for iOS?  —  MacRumors has heard from several sources that Apple is planning to launch a new iOS application tomorrow that will offer customers access to the company's online store and iPhone pre-ordering, as well as the ability …
News Corporation:
News Corporation Acquires Skiff, LLC; Makes Investment in Journalism Online, LLC  —  Jon Housman Appointed President of News Corporation's Digital Journalism Initiatives  —  New York, NY, June 14, 2010 - News Corporation today announced that it has acquired Skiff, LLC …
Discussion: paidContent and TechCrunch
Starbucks Newsroom:
Starbucks Previews Free One-click Wi-Fi and Next Generation In-store Digital Content Offering  —  WIRED's Business Conference “Disruptive by Design” provides stage to announce Starbucks plans for enhanced digital experience in U.S. stores  —  WHAT: Appearing at WIRED's Business Conference Disruptive …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
iPhone 4 Pre-Sales At Best Buy Start June 15, In Stores June 24  —  Best Buy just announced that pre-sale orders of the iPhone 4 can be placed starting tomorrow, June 15.  Apple.  Pre-sale orders can be placed at any Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile standalone store nationwide.The iPhone 4 …
W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
iPhone Trade-In Volume Jumps Almost 1,000%  —  Gazelle, a consumer trade-in service, says trade-ins of older iPhones since the announcement of the iPhone 4 are up almost tenfold over last year when the iPhone 3GS was announced.  —  Users of older iPhones are trading in their Apple handsets …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and iPhone Buzz
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.
Tova Cohen / Reuters:
IBM in talks to buy Storwize for $140 milllion: report  —  (Reuters) - IBM Corp (IBM.N) is in talks to acquire U.S.-Israeli data storage company Storwize Inc for $140 million, Israel's TheMarker financial news website reported on Sunday.  —  Storwize, which develops online data compression software …
Discussion: VentureBeat and SiliconANGLE
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yahoo Finds More Real Estate to Sell: Ads Come to the Login Page  —  If Google (GOOG) can decorate its famously pristine home page, then everything else is fair game too: Yahoo has started renting out its login page to marketers.  —  The login page is prime real estate.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Begins Testing An “Add To Foursquare” Button With WSJ  —  One surefire way to know that a service is doing well is when you see their buttons start appearing all over the web.  We've seen it with Facebook, we've seen it with Twitter (Tweetmeme buttons), and now we're going to start seeing it with Foursquare.
Discussion: foursquare
 
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