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2:55 PM ET, June 15, 2010

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple iPhone 4 Pre-Ordering Is a Total Disaster  —  The iPhone 4's first pre-ordering day has been a total disaster.  AT&T's online system has collapsed, there are account security breaches, Apple's online upgrades are down, and stores are now using pen and paper to process sales.  Updating live (10)
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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.
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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Office 2010 Now Available for Consumers Worldwide  —  Millions of beta users help Microsoft deliver the best experience for getting things done across the PC, phone and browser.  —  Today, Microsoft Corp. announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010.
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Mike Schackwitz / The Windows Blog:
The new Hotmail is rolling out now!  —  Today, we have reason to celebrate, as we've begun to roll out the new Hotmail worldwide!  —  You may start seeing the new features in you inbox as early as today, features like the new Sweep menu, the freshly integrated Office Web Apps …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Microsoft's Office Web Apps: should Google worry yet?
Discussion: Fortune, Computerworld and eWeek
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 …
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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.
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 …
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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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo announces 3DS handheld for 3D games without the glasses  —  Nintendo announced its new 3DS handheld to deliver 3D viewable games without the glasses.  —  The announcement was expected, but Nintendo also announced a wave of support for the new handheld device from throughout the video game industry.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose Announces fforward, A Weekly Tech/Geek Culture Show … This website uses IntenseDebate comments, but they are not currently loaded because either your browser doesn't support JavaScript, or they didn't load fast enough.
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:atul
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.
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?
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Foursquare To Open Online Store  —  The popular social network is building an online store for T-shirts and other branded products.  —  It's no secret that Foursquare users are a devoted group, often “checking in” to the location-based social network multiple times a day.
Discussion: The Business Insider, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The White House To Hold Oil Spill Q&A On YouTube Tonight  —  Tonight, President Obama will be holding a special press conference to discuss the ongoing Gulf oil spill crisis.  The event will be broadcast on all major TV networks and live streamed on YouTube's White House Channel …
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Facebook CEO Deletes Controversial iPhone 4 Post  —  While I've followed the story about Mark Zuckerberg dissing the iPhone, it wasn't really of much interest to me-or to you.  —  Until today.  —  For those of you unaware, the Facebook CEO posted the following to his Facebook page:
Discussion: Switched, CNET News and Gawker
Lauren Goode / Digits:
Internet Is Set to Overtake Newspapers in Ad Revenue  —  The Internet is poised to overtake newspapers as the second-largest U.S. advertising medium by revenue behind television, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global Entertainment and Media Outlook for 2010 to 2014.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Big Change At Hunch; Caterina Fake Predicts “Traffic Will Plummet,” But Quality Will Rise  —  Decision site Hunch is making a big change today which co-founder Caterina Fake predicts will cut traffic in half, at least, but improve the overall experience for those who remain.
Discussion: cdixon.org and Hunch Blog
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 …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Tabs on Top: Mozilla Previews Some Firefox 4 Updates  —  We expect to see the first beta version of Firefox 4 later this month.  If you want to try out some of the changes that Mozilla plans to make to its browser today, however, you can also download the latest Mozilla Developer Preview.
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 …
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Some Game Developers Don't ‘Like’ Facebook's New Virtual Currency  —  Facebook Inc. has been rolling out its own currency, to be used by members to buy virtual goods in games and other applications.  But the move has rankled some game developers, who say the new monetary system comes …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
China Seems Content to Filter, Not Block, Google  —  Rather than rejecting it outright, China is adapting to Google's new approach to the country, working toward a balance that keeps access to Google.com.hk (a redirect from Google.cn) open while honoring Beijing's longstanding commitment …
 
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Stephen Lawson / PC World:
Verizon to Tie Cloud Storage With Computing
Discussion: eWeek
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
64-bit Flash for Linux dropped as Adobe preps next version
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
uTorrent Web lets you control torrent downloads on your iPhone
Discussion: BitTorrent Blog and TorrentFreak
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TubeMogul: People Watch Facebook Videos Longer, And Click On More Ads
Discussion: MediaPost Raw, Thanks:beet_tv
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Wireless industry pushes back on data roaming regulation
Discussion: FierceWireless
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Twilio Releases OpenVBX, An Open Source Google Voice For Businesses
Discussion: GigaOM
 Earlier Items: 
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Amazon finally begins rolling out Kindle 2.5 firmware update
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Xbox Kinect: Pondering 6 business uses
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Is the iPad going Retina?  —  With the launch of Apple's iPhone 4 …
Discussion: App Advice
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Yahoo Settles Lawsuit and Gets Flicker.com Domain Name
Discussion: The Domains and Softpedia News