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8:30 AM ET, June 15, 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: 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
Discussion: Ubergizmo
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iPhone 4 Up For Pre-Order — Black Only  —  Henry Ford once famously said, “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”  The same can now be said for the iPhone 4.  —  Just moments ago, Apple's latest mobile device was put up for pre-sale on Apple's Online Store.
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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Hate commitment? iPhone 4 goes SIM-free and unlocked in the UK  —  Today is the day that most of the UK mobile carriers are taking iPhone 4 pre-orders.  But, if like me, you're afraid of commitment - well the 2 year mobile contract kind, anyway - then you might want to hold off for now.
Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
RadioShack to Sell Apple iPhone 4 with Sweetened Deal
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Google music store could launch this fall  —  With the iTunes' banner waving supremely over the digital music landscape, Google continues to build its own music service.  —  According to multiple music industry sources, Google could launch a music service that offers song downloads and streaming music as early as this fall.
Discussion: ZDNet and Ubergizmo
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Xbox Kinect: Pondering 6 business uses  —  Microsoft launched its Xbox Kinect, a gaming unit sans controllers, and this pup goes on sale Nov. 4.  Will this technology make it to the business world and how would it be used?  —  This Kinect technology, which allows you to use gestures …
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
New Xbox 360 gets official at $299, shipping today, looks angular …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Kinect priced at GameStop: $149, $399 for Elite bundle
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Mac mini updated with HDMI, aluminum unibody, and SD card reader  —  Would you look at that, some love for the seemingly abandoned desktop crowd.  Apple has today unveiled a freshly redesigned Mac mini, which benefits from a unibody aluminum exterior and more grunt under the hood.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's 7-inch ‘Galaxy Tape’ to run Android 2.2 on 1.2GHz A8 processor?  —  More details about Samsung's new tablet have emerged courtesy of Tinh te and from what it claims is a highly reliable source.  This time around, the Vietnamese site is claiming that Samsung's 7-inch Tab will be running Anroid 2.2 …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Is the iPad going Retina?  —  With the launch of Apple's iPhone 4 and its gorgeous retina display, it's a high probability that Apple will soon update their other iOS devices with better displays as well.  Perhaps you don't need 326 PPI on a device that is meant to sit on your lap?  Nonsense!
Discussion: App Advice, AppleInsider and MacStories
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Dustin Curtis / Hi.:
iPhone 4: Who cares about pixel density?  It's about interface definition.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Bloomberg:
Zynga Said to Get $147 Million Softbank Investment  —  Zynga Game Network Inc., the biggest provider of Facebook games, received a 13.5 billion yen ($147 million) investment from Softbank Corp., according to two people familiar with the agreement.  —  Softbank and Zynga have discussed distributing …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Very Down, And Could Be Well Into The Night  —  Earlier today, Twitter rolled out a pretty killer new feature: Place support for geolocation.  With it, you can tag your tweets to a specific place you're at, or pipe in your check-ins from Foursquare and Gowalla to do the same thing.
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 …
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Yahoo Settles Lawsuit and Gets Flicker.com Domain Name  —  Yahoo now has Flicker.com for Flickr.com web site.  —  As Michael Berkens pointed out today, Yahoo now owns the domain name Flicker.com.  —  But this wasn't your typical domain name sale.  It was actually the culmination …
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Google Earth 3.0 Available in the App Store with Native iPad Support  —  An update for the Google Earth app has been released in the App Store, which finally comes as a universal application with native iPad support.  It's available for free here as a 12MB download.
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 …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Exclusive: Droid 2 and Droid X Commercial Slides, New Juicy Details  —  Over the weekend we got a hold of the commercial slides and scripts for the new batch of Motorola Droid 2 and Droid X commercials that are slated to run as we get closer to launch next month.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp. Buys Hearst's Skiff Platform, Leaves the Reader
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: OutCast's Wennmachers Joins Andreessen Horowitz as Partner  —  Margit Wennmachers (pictured here), one of Silicon Valley's leading public relations and communications execs, is joining Andreessen Horowitz as a partner.  —  Wennmachers, 45, co-founded OutCast Communications …
Discussion: Bits
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
‘Apple Store’ iOS Application Goes Live in App Store  —  As rumored, Apple's new iOS application dedicated to the company's retail store experience is now live in the App Store.  Known simply as Apple Store, the free application allows users to shop the full online Apple Store …
Discussion: AppShopper.com, Engadget and 9 to 5 Mac
 
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Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Love Big Data? Infochimps Have an API Call for That
Dudley Wong / Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Coming Soon: Yahoo! Messenger IM API
Discussion: Go Rumors
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Foxconn Chief's Brother Plans 100 China Apple Stores
Discussion: Computerworld, MacNN and Macsimum News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikipedia to Loosen Controls Tonight
Dianne See Morrison / mocoNews:
Sprint Says It Won't Limit Data Use By Smartphone Customers
Nick Bilton / Bits:
One on One: Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures
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JP Gownder / Consumer Product Strategy:
Office 2010 Will Continue To Succeed With Consumers
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Data caps force app developers to be efficient
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Content Is King! Rest In Peace, Content
Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Nokia Left Behind as Application Developers Abandon It for IPhone, Android
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Free WiFi Coming To All U.S. Starbucks Stores Beginning July 1