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9:35 AM ET, June 18, 2010

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Apple MobileMe News:
The New MobileMe Mail.  Now Available to All Members  —  The all-new MobileMe Mail at me.com is now out of beta and available to all members.  We'd like to thank the many people who used the beta and provided us with feedback.  —  Here's a summary of what's new in the Mail web application …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to Launch MobileMe Enhancements: Push Web-Based Mail, Universal ‘Find My iPhone’ iOS Application, and More  —  Apple has noted on its MobileMe support page and the me.com login page that access to MobileMe Web applications will be down from 10:00 PM to midnight Pacific Time this evening for …
Rosa Golijan / Gizmodo:
Droid 2: First Impressions  —  Gizmodo reader Zack recently had a chance to play with Verizon's next offering, the Motorola Droid 2.  He sent us his impressions, some details about the specs, and a few extra pictures.  —  Zack wrote: … Zack's observations and impressions match …
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 4 Confirmed to Have 512MB of RAM (Twice the iPad and 3GS)  —  Since the launch of the original iPhone, Apple has made efforts to hide some of the actual tech specs of the device from consumers.  Apple has never advertised or even published the processor speed or amount of RAM found in the iPhone.
Chris Holt / Macworld:
OnLive gaming service now available for Mac  —  “OnLive can run on most PCs—but on all Macs,” boasted Steve Perlman, founder and CEO of OnLive.  On Thursday, the cloud-based gaming service launched for the Mac and Windows, thereby enabling thousands of players to stream high-end games to their computers like never before.
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:   OnLive gaming service launches with a free one year subscription
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Co-President Jason Hirschhorn Out  —  Less than a month ago I asked the MySpace Co-Presidents, Mike Jones and Jason Hirschhorn (pictured left), if it was possible to effectively run a company with two equal leaders.  Their answer - they've made it work.  I asked if they were both there for the long term.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Real Story Behind MySpace Co-Prez Jason Hirschhorn Quitting (NWS)
Discussion: MySpace
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Demystifying Microsoft's mobile operating system roadmap  —  When Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently criticized Google at the D8 conference for having two different mobile operating systems, it's surprising so few challenged the pot for calling the kettle black.
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Pde / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Encrypt the Web with the HTTPS Everywhere Firefox Extension  —  Today EFF and the Tor Project are launching a public beta of a new Firefox extension called HTTPS Everywhere.  —  This Firefox extension was inspired by the launch of Google's encrypted search option.
Discussion: ZDNet, Ars Technica, Geek.com and Lifehacker
Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:
Photo: first iPhone 4 camper shows up at Dallas Apple store on Knox St. [UPDATED]  —  A reader sends this photo:  —  You've got a long, hot week ahead of you, friend.  —  UPDATE: Drew, the reader who sent me the photo, notes that our intrepid camper has chimed in on the macrumors forum:
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Two location companies that are more important than Foursquare, MyTown, Loopt, Gowalla, or Whrrl  —  I still love Foursquare.  I check in nearly everywhere I go.  I still also check in with Gowalla (my checkins) and Yelp (my Yelps) and a variety of other services.  Why?
Discussion: Chandu Thota, Thanks:scobleizer
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Microsoft floating cash to iPhone devs for Windows Phone app portages  —  Microsoft is splashing out cash to tempt iPhone app developers into porting their software to Windows Phone 7.  —  A report on PocketGamer.biz claims the company is flashing its chequebook as it moves to woo developers …
Discussion: Download Squad and App Advice
Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
DigiTimes: Apple shipping 1.2 million iPads per month  —  In a post this morning, DigiTimes analyst Kuo Ming-Chi stated that Apple, Inc. is currently shipping close to 1.2 million iPads per month.  Ming-Chi also went onto note that, “the monthly shipments may reach 2.5 million units by the end of 2010.”
Christos / Chromium Blog:
Bringing improved PDF support to Google Chrome  —  Millions of web users rely on PDF files every day to consume a wide variety of text and media content.  To enable this, a number of plug-ins exist today which allow users to open PDF files inside their browsers.
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:   Extension sync comes to Google Chrome
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Working at Google - the first 6 months  —  So, what is it like working at Google?  How is it different than working at Microsoft?  I have answered that question at least 500 times in the past 6 months, so I thought I should write a more detailed answer.  Google still feels like a startup.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
When Is a Twitter Trend Not a Trend?  When It's Promoted  —  Twitter has just launched the next phase of its advertising strategy: In addition to “promoted tweets,” in which a brand can pay to have its tweet show up higher in the Twitter stream, the company now offers “promoted trending topics.”
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook '09 revenue neared $800 million  —  (Reuters) - Facebook's financial performance is stronger than previously believed, as the Internet social network's explosive growth in users and advertisers boosted 2009 revenue to as much as $800 million, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
Bill Ray / The Register:
NFC will be in all Nokia smartphones from 2011  —  Who says NFC is dead?  Well... we did  —  Nokia has announced that from next year every Nokia smartphone will have NFC, regardless of fact that the technology lacks a business model or any market demand.  —  The commitment was made during …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
A Google Paid Content System For Publishers May Be Coming By Year-End  —  Updated: Google (NSDQ: GOOG), which had hinted for nearly a year now that it was working on building some sort of paid content system for publishers, is reportedly set to launch such a system by year-end.
EE Times:
Apple's A4 dissected, discussed...and tantalizing  —  The Apple A4 discussion kicked off in earnest when Steve Jobs introduced the iPad on January 27.  In an infamous series of slides tracing the roots of Apple back to the two Steves in his garage, Jobs introduced the Apple A4 processor that powers the iPad …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Engadget and CrunchGear
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Behind the scenes: Windows Phone 7  —  Editor's note: this is the first in an occasional series of stories on the behind-the-scenes efforts by Microsoft to bring Windows Phone 7 to market.  —  REDMOND, Wash.—The first Windows Phone 7 devices won't hit the market until the holidays.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jason Calacanis: Okay, Fine, Here's What I Really Think Of TechCrunch And Mike Arrington  —  A few months ago, TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington threw his TechCrunch50 conference business partner Jason Calacanis under the bus.  —  Specifically, he told Jason that TechCrunch no longer wanted …
Sarah Rotman Epps / Forrester Blogs:
Steve Ballmer Is Right: The PC Market Is Getting Bigger  —  At The Wall Street Journal's D8 conference in June, Apple CEO Steve Jobs compared the PC to a farm truck, saying that when America was an agrarian economy: “All cars were trucks because that's what you needed on the farm.
Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
YouTube Explains Top Secret ‘News Experiment’ to Local Media, But Doesn't Really  —  Sometimes this new media transition thing can be so, how you say, awkward.  —  According to SFAppeal blogger Eve Batey, Google-owned video aggregator YouTube is up to some hush hush citizen journalism project here in our very own San Francisco.
 
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Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
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