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9:25 PM ET, June 14, 2010

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Othman Laraki / Twitter Blog:
Twitter Places: More Context For Your Tweets  —  If you're like everyone at the Twitter office, you're going crazy about the World Cup.  When turning to Twitter to keep up with the current game, it helps to know where a Tweet is coming from—is that person watching the game on TV or is he actually in the stadium?
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Joins The Place Race — Foursquare, Gowalla Come Along For The Ride
Discussion: VentureBeat and Tnooz, Thanks:susanbeebe
Wall Street Journal:
RIM Tests A Tablet And New BlackBerry to Rival iPhone  —  Research In Motion Ltd. is readying a slate of new devices and software as it looks to keep its BlackBerry smartphone from losing more ground to touch-screen devices like Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPad.
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Electronista:   BlackBerry 9800 due soon, tablet by end of 2010
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Free WiFi Coming To All U.S. Starbucks Stores Beginning July 1  —  At Wired's Business Conference in New York City, Starbucks' Howard Schultz announced that the coffee giant is now offering free Wifi to customers beginning July 1.  —  Currently, you can connect to AT&T WiFi in Starbucks stores …
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:   With Starbuck's Move and Widespread 3G, Who Pays for Wi-Fi at Hotspots?
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
We're Awarding Goatse Security A Crunchie Award For Public Service  —  This iPad security breach story from last week continues to spin way out of control, and in our opinion fingers are being pointed in the wrong direction.  The FBI is investigating the incident, and a few hours ago …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Was the iPad Breach Enabled By AT&T Layoffs?
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
New Xbox 360 gets official at $299, shipping today, looks angular and ominous (video hands-on!)  —  At first we were doubtful that a edgy box appearing in a little Flash ad from Italy last night could be legit, but Microsoft just got real with the new Xbox 360.  (That's all it's officially called — just “the new Xbox 360.")
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Facebook CEO Disses iPhone  —  Mark Zuckerberg recently bought an iPhone.  But the mobile phone is not very mobile, and not much of a phone, the Facebook CEO says.  —  In a post to his Facebook wall, Zuckerberg explained that, within one week of acquiring the device, he's already …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
SeaMicro drops an atom bomb on the server industry  —  Coming out of stealth, SeaMicro is dispelling the Silicon Valley myth that you can't innovate in hardware anymore.  The startup is announcing today it has created a server with 512 Intel Atom chips that gets supercomputer performance …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Kinect priced at GameStop: $149, $399 for Elite bundle  —  Microsoft didn't say a peep about Kinect pricing at its E3 keynote, but GameStop isn't being shy: Kinect is now listed on the retailer's website for $149.99.  The page is dead if you try to click through from search results …
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Microsoft Kinect gets official, Video Chat announced
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp. Buys Hearst's Skiff Platform, Leaves the Reader
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
RadioShack to Sell Apple iPhone 4 with Sweetened Deal  —  The Apple iPhone 4 will go on sale at RadioShack, as well as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, AT&T and Apple online and retail stores beginning June 24.  RadioShack will also begin taking preorders June 15 and allow customers to trade in older electronics toward their iPhone 4 purchase.
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 …
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.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Sprint cans employee for leaking EVO 4G sales numbers  —  The tales surrounding the launch of the EVO 4G have been intriguing, to say the least.  On June 4th, the device launched.  By June 7th, Sprint was touting the phone's sales as mammoth, claiming that it had broken their previous one-day sales records …
Steve Grove / YouTube Blog:
The YouTube News Feed: What's happening now?  —  Whether it's an altercation between a Congressman and a student in Washington, D.C., violent attacks against ethnic minorities in Kyrgyzstan, or oil washing up on a beach in the Gulf Coast, videos uploaded to YouTube by both amateur reporters …
Discussion: Mashable!, The Next Web and Maximum PC
Dustin Curtis / Hi.:
iPhone 4: Who cares about pixel density?  It's about interface definition.  —  There has been a lot of discussion about the pixel density in iPhone 4's Retina display, but most of those discussions are missing the point.  The Retina display isn't revolutionary because of pixel density …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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.
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 …
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.
 
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Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ex-Slingshot Execs (And MySpace Cofounder) …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Data caps force app developers to be efficient
Discussion: TechStartups.com, Thanks:jasonhiner
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Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
How Insurance Companies Will Influence Rates Based On Your Tweets …
Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Nokia Left Behind as Application Developers Abandon It for IPhone, Android
Discussion: Technologizer and mocoNews