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10:30 AM ET, June 15, 2010

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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
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
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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
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.
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Apple:
Apple Unveils All New Mac mini  —  Apple® today unveiled a completely redesigned Mac® mini, featuring up to twice the graphics performance, a new HDMI port and a new SD card slot, all in an amazingly compact aluminum enclosure.  Mac mini is the world's most energy efficient desktop …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
‘Apple Store’ iOS Application Goes Live in App Store [Updated]  —  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 …
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, Electronista, p2pnet 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 …
Discussion: Digital Daily
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
New Xbox 360 gets official at $299, shipping today, looks angular …
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 …
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 …
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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, PC World and AppleInsider
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Dustin Curtis / Hi.:   iPhone 4: Who cares about pixel density?  It's about interface definition.
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 …
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 …
Nancy Scola / American Prospect:
Washington's I.T. Guy  —  One man's quest to liberate all government information — with or without the government's help  —  Shortly after Barack Obama's election, as progressive activists and Democratic operatives were jockeying for positions large and small within the new administration …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
IDC Sees PC Market Grow By 19.8% In 2010  —  IDC reports impressive year-over-year growth for global PC shipments of 27.1% in the first quarter of 2010, which has prompted the company to revise its projection for the entire year.  In light of slow but certain economic recovery …
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
Love Big Data?  Infochimps Have an API Call for That  —  Austin-based data marketplace Infochimps announces the launch of their API today.  The API provides access to the company's Twitter and U.S. Census datasets, giving developers, researchers, and marketers the ability to take advantage …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Beam: world's first Android projector phone on sale in July  —  Ah, here we go, Samsung's other cellphone with an integrated projector just got an official launch date.  The Galaxy Beam (codename: Halo) with its 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display is now slated to hit Singapore in July.
 
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
How the Chinese Internet Needs to Up Its Game
Sherrine / Yahoo! Messenger Blog:
Coming Soon: Yahoo! Messenger IM API
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: OutCast's Wennmachers Joins Andreessen Horowitz as Partner
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Bits
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Foxconn Chief's Brother Plans 100 China Apple Stores
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikipedia to Loosen Controls Tonight
Dianne See Morrison / mocoNews:
Sprint Says It Won't Limit Data Use By Smartphone Customers
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp. Buys Hearst's Skiff Platform, Leaves the Reader
Discussion: The Register, GMSV and PC World
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Was the iPad Breach Enabled By AT&T Layoffs?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
We're Awarding Goatse Security A Crunchie Award For Public Service
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Data caps force app developers to be efficient
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Free WiFi Coming To All U.S. Starbucks Stores Beginning July 1