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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 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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Gives Itself A Yellow Card For Downtime; Warns Of More To Come
Discussion: SFGate
Apple:
About the Mac OS X v10.6.4 Update  —  Mac OS X v10.6.4 Update Updating your system  —  You should back up your system before installation; you can use Time Machine.  —  Do not interrupt the installation process once you have started to update your system.
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Casey Chan / Gizmodo:
Mac OS X 10.6.4 Available Now, Brings Safari 5 And Bug Fixes
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.
Discussion: TechSpot, MSDN Blogs and TechNet Blogs
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Office 2010 Now Available for Consumers Worldwide
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Microsoft's Office Web Apps: should Google worry yet?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Even With Pre-Order Failures, iPhone 4 Sells Out In Under A Day  —  Well that didn't take long.  Not even 24 hours after the iPhone 4 became available online for pre-order, it is completely sold out.  Earlier today, reports had AT&T being out of the device.  Now the Apple Online Store is out of them too.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple iPhone 4 Pre-Ordering Is a Total Disaster
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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Want Swype? (yes, you do) - Get It Tomorrow For Android Phones  —  I just heard from Swype, the creators of an amazing touchscreen mobile application that allows text entry way faster than via normal virtual keyboards.  They'll be making the Android version of the their application available to anyone who wants it tomorrow.
The Hindu:
Nokia launches slew of smartphones to take on Apple, Android  —  PTI  —  Nokia Oyj, the world's largest mobile handset company, on Monday launched a slew of smartphones to check its declining share in this growing segment of the market, where it faces stiff competition from Apple's iPhone and Google's Android-based devices.
delbius:
WDYDWYD?  —  As the head of Twitter's Trust and Safety team, I've been asked more than a few times exactly what it is that my team does at Twitter, and the response is invariably something along the lines of “it's too much to cover in 140 characters.”  Trust and Safety has a simple mission statement …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
I was wrong about Apple iPad  —  The world does need an Apple tablet — and perhaps others — contrary to what I asserted in late January.  Gloaters will circle my admission like vultures pecking a carcass, but that's the penalty for being wrong.  Yes, I was wrong.  I admit it.
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Memo to Media Cos.: Disruption?  You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet  —  The media and entertainment industries have been through an unprecedented amount of upheaval over the past several years, as content has become increasingly digital, consumers have correspondingly moved their attention online and advertisers have begun to follow.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
How to Get Your Porn App Into iTunes: Wrap a Newspaper Around It  —  Steve Jobs wants to keep porn out of his iTunes App Store.  But not all porn.  At least if you define porn as “half-naked shots of unknown British models.”  —  Because that's what you get with the new iPad app from The Sun.
Ryan Boyd / Google Enterprise Blog:
Launched in Apps Marketplace: 16 new apps available for Google Apps  —  We've been adding new apps to the Google Apps Marketplace every week since launching in March, but today are happy to bring you 16 new apps in a single day.  These apps, like all installable apps in the Marketplace …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
AT&T-iPad security breach may be worse than first thought  —  Researchers looking into the security of GSM phone networks are suggesting that the recent breach, which saw tens of thousands of e-mail addresses and ICC-IDs inadvertently disclosed by AT&T, could have far more significant implications …
Discussion: Techdirt
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Israeli start-up claims huge boost to SSD reliability  —  Higher-endurance NAND will make SSDs more attractive for data center use  —  Israeli start-up Anobit Technologies Ltd. emerged from quiet mode today and announced its first product, a multilevel cell (MLC) solid-state drive …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
New York Times Plans Public Beta Site for Its Experiments  —  A Place to Test Products Without Disrupting the Main Site  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The New York Times is building a public beta testing site where it will experiment with new ideas and applications before deciding whether they deserve to go live on NYTimes.com.
Seth Rosenblatt / The Download Blog:
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
AT&T CEO on Enterprise iPad Adoption and Wireless Voice Quality Improvements  —  In an interview on CNBC today, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson spent a considerable amount of time discussing the carrier's relationship with Apple, initially focusing on the iPad and its strong adoption, particularly among business users.
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft sends out Windows 7 SP1 beta invites  —  Microsoft began sending beta invites to potential Windows 7 SP1 beta testers on Tuesday.  —  In an email to beta candidates, the Windows Customer Connection Team has picked select testers for an early copy of Windows 7 SP1.
Discussion: Download Squad, Thanks:tom_warren
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Inside Gatorade's Social Media Command Center  —  In the realm of marketing, Gatorade is probably best known for splashy commercials featuring some of the world's most famous athletes.  However, a new effort behind the scenes of the PepsiCo-owned sports drink maker is putting social media quite literally …
 
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Public Safety Agencies Aim to Stop Spectrum Auction
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley readies for privacy battle
Pwarden / PeteSearch:
Facebook changes the rules for the public web
Thanks:atul
Clay Dillow / Popular Science:
iPhone Armed With Facial Recognition App Lets Cops ID Perps on the Street
Discussion: Patriot Ledger and Gizmodo
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple, ATI, NVIDIA Actively Working on Improving Mac Gaming Performance
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacStories and 9 to 5 Mac
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Idiot NY State Assemblyman Wants iPhone 4 Videocalling Banned from Roads
Discussion: Kotaku and New York Magazine
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Developers: You Can Now Submit Safari Extensions to Apple
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
iPad Weekly:
iPad Advertisements Perform Six Times Better Than Desktop Ads
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
States Discuss Joint Inquiry of Google's Data Collection
Nielsen Wire:
Social Networks/Blogs Now Account for One in Every Four and a Half Minutes Online
Hao Yan / CHINAdaily:
Foxconn units to leave Shenzhen after wage hikes
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose Announces fforward, A Weekly Tech/Geek Culture Show
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:atul
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo's 3DS handheld: 3D games without the glasses