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12:15 PM ET, June 16, 2010

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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T memo: iPhone 3GS, 4 pre-orders temporarily suspended  —  AT&T has sent out a memo to its employees stating that pre-orders for the iPhone — whether they be new activations, upgrades, or exchanges — have been “temporarily suspended.”  Check out the full memo below:
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Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:   Apple: 600,000 iPhone 4 Pre-Orders
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AT&T: iPhone 4 Pre-Order Sales Were Ten Times Higher Than First Day 3GS Sales
Joanna Stern / Engadget:
Exclusive: Motorola Droid X preview  —  Not interested in waiting until the 23rd for Verizon's big announcement?  Don't worry, we've got you covered right now!  The Motorola Droid X has probably been one of the worst kept smartphone secrets in recent memory, but after spending two hours with the phone we sort of see why.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 4 Disaster: Orders Charged and Sent to the Wrong People  —  They denied it, but readers claim that AT&T is exposing credit cards and shipping information during iPhone 4 pre-orders.  Wrong shipping information is even being used by AT&T and Apple's websites to send units to the wrong people.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 4 Order Security Breach Exposes Private Information  —  Apple's iPhone 4 pre-ordering has been a total disaster, but it gets much worse: An AT&T insider claims that this iPhonecalypse may be related to “a major fraud update that went wrong.”  The bug is exposing AT&T users' private information.
Sean Garrett / Twitter Blog:
What's Happening with Twitter?  —  From a site stability and service outage perspective, it's been Twitter's worst month since last October.  —  What's the problem?  —  Last Friday, we detailed on our Engineering blog that this is going to be a rocky few weeks.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Does the World Need More Than One Twitter?
Discussion: Scripting News, Thanks:johngushue
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Gives Itself A Yellow Card For Downtime; Warns Of More To Come
Discussion: The Register, SFGate and WebProNews
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Hacker in AT&T-iPad security case arrested on drug charges  —  A hacker in a group that discovered the AT&T iPad-related flaw was arrested on an FBI search warrant in Arkansas on Tuesday, authorities told CNET.  —  Andrew Auernheimer, 24, was being held in Washington County Detention Center …
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
AT&T-iPad security breach may be worse than first thought
Discussion: Techdirt and SlashGear
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
AOL Has Sold Bebo  —  AOL has found a buyer for struggling social network Bebo, we are hearing from sources close to the deal.  The Internet company has been publicly looking for an acquirer for some time, and in April, news leaked that AOL would likely shut down the site if a buyer was not found.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL Won't Deny It Has Sold Bebo
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
San Francisco Passes Cellphone Radiation Law  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Imposing roughly the same cautionary standards for cellphones as for fatty food or sugary soda, this city — never shy about its opinions — voted on Tuesday to require all retailers to display the amount of radiation each phone emits.
Jung-Ah Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Bets on Smartphones, Tablet  —  Pressed by the competition's new generation of sophisticated gadgets, Samsung Electronics also has been seeing demand for some of its products soften amid the European debt crisis.  In response, the South Korean electronics giant …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Finally, Google TV Explained In A Clear, Concise Manner [Video]  —  When Google TV was announced at Google I/O there was a lot of excitement surrounding it.  Unfortunately, there were also a lot of questions.  And the glitchy demo they did on stage certainly didn't help matters.
Robin Wauters / MobileCrunch:
Get swyping: Swype for Android available now in English, Spanish and Italian  —  We told you this was coming: Swype has just made it possible for any Android handset owner to download their innovative touch-screen enabled text-input application straight from the website.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
I'll Tell You What's Fair  —  Speaking of Joe Wilcox, in the midst of a 1,500 word piece last week accusing yours truly of “not being a man” because there aren't comments on Daring Fireball, Wilcox wrote the following in response to my “Google started this” entry on the Apple / Google / Android / AdMob imbroglio:
Discussion: Technovia, bijan sabet, Oddly Together and parislemon, Thanks:atul
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
I was wrong about Apple iPad
Discussion: Podcasting News
Seth Rosenblatt / Webware.com:
New Flock divorces Firefox, snuggles up to Chrome  —  Flock made its name as a Firefox remix that came loaded with custom add-ons for tightly integrating social networking with daily Web browsing.  Just opened to the public, the Flock 3 beta keeps its social goals intact while replacing its Firefox base with Google-supported Chromium.
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Office 2010: No Upgrade Pricing, No Transfers, No Way!  —  I'm a Microsoft Office devotee.  Sure, cloud-based apps are fine.  But I like dependable, fast software right on my own computer.  My life revolves fairly happily around Outlook.  You can pry Excel out of my cold dead fingers.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google gets the fabled GDrive, courtesy of Memeo  —  When Google announced the ability to upload and store files in Google Docs, that seemed to be as close as the search giant would get to releasing its long-rumored GDrive storage service.  But the GDrive is finally here, kind of …
Discussion: PC World, ZDNet, Macworld and TechCrunch
Peter Bregman / Harvard Business Review:
Why I Returned My iPad  —  A little more than a week after buying the iPad, I returned it to Apple.  The problem wasn't the iPad exactly, though it has some flaws.  The problem was me.  —  I like technology, but I'm not an early adopter.  I waited for the second-generation iPod …
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
LinkedIn communications at center of unprecedented lawsuit  —  In a first-of-its kind lawsuit, an IT staffing firm has accused one of its former employees of violating the terms of her non-compete agreements through her conduct on LinkedIn.  —  In a first-of-its kind lawsuit …
Discussion: ZDNet, Fast Company and Computerworld
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Wireless Oligopoly Is Smother of Invention  —  If the people who brought us television had played by the same rules that today's wireless carriers impose — we'd probably all be listening to the radio.  —  Which is a nice way of saying the wireless industry — AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile …
Thanks:rsingel
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Opera 10.60 Beta Lands, Brings More Speed, Geolocation And WebM Support  —  Fresh off the heels of the release of Safari 5, Norwegian software company Opera is today launching version 10.60 of its desktop browser.  And yes, they promise it's faster.  Much faster.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
T-Mobile Rolls Out “4G Speed” Network In 15+ New Cities  —  4G is in the air!  Or, at least for T-Mobile, 4G speeds are in the air.  While T-Mobile isn't technically allowed to pitch their HSPA+ network as 4G, its speeds can exceed that of the networks that some carriers (read: Sprint) have been toting as 4G for the last few months.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
YouTube adds cloud-based video editor  —  In a significant philosophical shift, Google has added a basic video editing system to YouTube, giving a new creative aspect to the video sharing site.  —  The YouTube editor isn't going to make Apple's Final Cut Pro or Adobe Systems' Premiere Pro …
 
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Ryan Boyd / Google Enterprise Blog:
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WDYDWYD?  —  As the head of Twitter's Trust and Safety team …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
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Pwarden / PeteSearch:
Facebook changes the rules for the public web
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Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
iPhone Armed With Facial Recognition App Lets Cops ID Perps on the Street
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Patriot Ledger and Gizmodo
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple, ATI, NVIDIA Actively Working on Improving Mac Gaming Performance
Discussion: ZDNet, AppleInsider and MacStories
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