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11:15 PM ET, June 18, 2010

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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Tells FCC: There's more to the iPhone than the Public Knows  —  Apple tells that FCC that there's more to the iPhone than the public knows and wants them to commit to a 45 day short term confidentiality that will freeze internal photos of the iPhone 4.  What could Apple be holding back?
Google Open Source Blog:
Introducing the Google Command Line Tool  —  Ever wanted to upload a folder full of photos to Picasa from a command prompt?  We did, a lot, last summer.  It made us want to say:  —  $ google picasa create —title “My album” ~/Photos/vacation/*.jpg  —  So we wrote a program to do that, and a whole lot more.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Ray Kurzweil Vows to Right E-Reader Wrongs  —  There's Amazon.com's Kindle, Sony's Reader, Barnes and Noble's Nook, Apple's iPad and a bevy of iPad and Kindle clones.  Still, Ray Kurzweil, the famed inventor, thinks people deserve yet another option when it comes to reading books and magazines with an electronic device.
Discussion: Electronista
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Verizon May Follow AT&T's IPhone to Tiered Pricing  —  Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, may follow AT&T Inc. in introducing tiered pricing and eliminating unlimited data plans this year as it moves to its faster fourth-generation network technology.
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Jason Hiner / ZDNet:   A step closer to 4G: Verizon moves to ‘user trials’ in LTE
Graham Cluley / Sophos:
Apple secretly updates Mac malware protection  —  Apple's 10.6.4 operating system upgrade earlier this week silently updated the malware protection built into Mac OS X to protect against a backdoor Trojan horse that can allow hackers to gain remote control over your treasured iMac or MacBook.
Twitter Blog:
Big Goals, Big Game, Big Records  —  It's been an eventful week for World Cup fans around the globe.  Many have taken to Twitter in record numbers to tweet about coaching decisions, referee calls and, of course, goals.  —  In this spirit, we thought it would be fun (and instructive) …
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Deane Rimerman / ReadWriteWeb:
World Cup Becomes Most Popular Web Event Ever
Cade Metz / The Register:
Pakistani lawyer petitions for death of Mark Zuckerberg  —  Police probe Facebook chief over ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest  —  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is being investigated by Pakistani police under a section of the penal code that makes blasphemy against Muhammad publishable by death.
Wall Street Journal:
Motorola to Pump Cash Into Spinoff  —  Board to Pump Bulk of Cash Reserves Into Cellphone Business After Spinoff  —  Motorola Inc. is planning to funnel billions of dollars to its money-losing cellphone business when it splits off into a separate company next year.
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
Google's Street View Wi-Fi data included passwords, email  —  The French data protection authority has found passwords and email messages among the Street View Wi-Fi data Google intercepted  —  Wi-Fi traffic intercepted by Google's Street View cars included passwords and email …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
White HTC EVO 4G coming exclusively to Best Buy on July 11th, pre-orders start today  —  Jumpin' Jehosaphat!  Just when you thought America's first 4G phone couldn't get any hotter, along comes this: a striking white version of the HTC EVO 4G (so much for that unavailable white iPhone 4, eh?).
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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Apple MobileMe News:
Find My iPhone App Now Available
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Welcome to Valhalla: Inside the New 250GB Xbox 360 Slim  —  I own a total of five Xbox 360s.  Four of them have died.  Three because of the Red Ring of Death, all out of warranty.  Many have had serial Xbox 360 failures, I had them in parallel.  —  The last revision of the Xbox 360 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Square Delays Mass Roll-Out, Admits They Began Before Things Were “Fully Baked”  —  When Jack Dorsey's new startup, Square, was first unveiled in December, there was a lot of excitement about it.  And rightly so.  It looked like it could revolutionize the way individuals accept payments for their work using their smartphones.
Discussion: VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and Erictric
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The strange and consequential case of Bradley Manning, Adrian Lamo and WikiLeaks  —  On June 6, Kevin Poulsen and Kim Zetter of Wired reported that a 22-year-old U.S. Army Private in Iraq, Bradley Manning, had been detained after he “boasted” in an Internet chat — with convicted computer hacker Adrian Lamo …
Discussion: Gawker
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple On The Cusp Of Crushing Amazon Kindle Platform (AAPL, AMZN)  —  Amazon's stock has been down this year, as investors worry about the threat of Apple's iPad to the long term health of the company's media business.  —  Citi analyst Mark Mahaney put out a report this morning tackling …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AdMob Deal Breakdown: $530 Million In Stock, $220 Million In Cash  —  Thanks to an SEC filing, another detail emerged today about Google's acquisition of mobile ad network AdMob.  We already knew the $750 million Google-AdMob acquisition was a cash and stock deal but we didn't know the breakdown between the two.
Discussion: Erictric and Maximum PC
Neil Swidey / Boston Globe:
Inside the mind of the anonymous online poster  —  These users comment on everything from today's news to hotel rooms.  Many are harmless.  But some are ruthless.  Who are they exactly, and why do they do what they do?  —  On Monday, May 17, at 2 p.m., a breaking news article headlined …
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google opens up VP8 for Web video tweaks  —  One month after releasing its open-source, royalty-free VP8 video compression technology, the company already is working on significant revisions to the technology.  —  VP8, combined with the Vorbis audio technology, form the WebM codec …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Check-In Stickers Coming To A Store Window Near You (Video)  —  How can Foursquare get more people to check into places as they go about town?  One way is stickers.  Next month you will start to see stickers in storefront windows reminding Foursquare users to check in and unlock specials.
Discussion: Local Media Watch
BBC:
Utah firing squad death announced on Twitter  —  Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff uses Twitter to get his message out  —  It was a very modern way to announce a very old-fashioned death.  —  Shortly after midnight in the US state of Utah, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff picked up his Apple iPhone …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Is Quora Blocking Access by Facebook Employees?  —  According to a number of reports from users of Q&A startup Quora, the site is unavailable to Facebook employees who are on the corporate network (although some have been able to reach the site using non-Facebook IP addresses).
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Latest comScore Stats Show Twitter Growth Is Still Strong
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Gov't workers: Fourth Amendment won't protect your sexy texts
Discussion: PC World
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Analyst: iPhone 4 Launch a “2 Million-3 Million iPhone Event”
Discussion: Fortune
Monica Horak / Facebook Blog:
Answering Recent Questions on Privacy Controls
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