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7:55 PM ET, June 18, 2010

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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.
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?
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
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
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.
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?).
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 …
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
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 …
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 and ReadWriteWeb
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.
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
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 …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Photo, video quality of Apple's iPhone 4 demonstrated in Prague  —  An iPhone 4 obtained early by a user in the Czech Republic has allowed a look at the photo and video recording quality of Apple's latest handset, prior to its public release.  —  A reader of Jablickar.cz offered the hands …
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
FCC expects 90 MHz of new wireless broadband spectrum to come from satellite licenses  —  Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced that its Spectrum Task Force expects up to 90MHz of spectrum to be freed up for wireless broadband by July in the commission's strategy to unleash 500MHz by 2020.
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 …
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
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Apple iPhone Debut Nipped by Shortages  —  Supplies of Apple's iPhone will be far below the company's plan and most likely not sufficient enough to keep up with the presumably strong early consumer demand.  Apple's iPhone production has hit a speed bump due to display screen shortages …
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 / CNET News:
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google unites its display ad efforts under one name  —  Google may have made its name and fortune with those text ads we see alongside our search results, but today it's emphasizing the fancier display side of the advertising world with the announcement of the Google Display Network.
 
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The strange and consequential case of Bradley Manning, Adrian Lamo and WikiLeaks
Discussion: Gawker
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Latest comScore Stats Show Twitter Growth Is Still Strong
Discussion: Bits
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
Discussion: The Next Web and Computerworld
 Earlier Items: 
George Ponder / WMExperts:
Hotmail gets Exchange ActiveSync support
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
On Google Chrome's Lack of Native Support for Feeds
Discussion: Download Squad
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Law enforcement has apparently become an arm of AT&T and Apple
Discussion: Bits, Thanks:atul
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Two location companies that are more important than Foursquare …
Discussion: MediaPost Raw and Chandu Thota, Thanks:scobleizer