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5:30 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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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  —  RIM's BlackBerry 9800 and its tablet companion won't come side by side but could together bet available this year, insiders said this evening with a handful of new details [sub. required].  The 9800, a multi-touch QWERTY slider …
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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Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
RadioShack to Sell Apple iPhone 4 with Sweetened Deal
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.")
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Kinect priced at GameStop: $149, $399 for Elite bundle
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 …
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.
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: 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
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Domains and TechCrunch
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
News Corp. Buys Hearst's Skiff Platform, Leaves the Reader
 
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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
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
Discussion: DealBook
JP Gownder / Consumer Product Strategy:
Office 2010 Will Continue To Succeed With Consumers
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
We're Awarding Goatse Security A Crunchie Award For Public Service
Discussion: CNET News and BetaNews
DeWitt Clinton:
More thoughts on URL shorteners.
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ex-Slingshot Execs (And MySpace Cofounder) …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Data caps force app developers to be efficient
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Content Is King! Rest In Peace, Content
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
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Set to Launch Official Retail Store Application for iOS?
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
The Story of Siri, from Birth at SRI to Acquisition by Apple …
Discussion: Guardian
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Steals Market Share from iPhone