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11:55 PM ET, June 20, 2010

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John Naughton / Guardian:
The internet: Everything you ever need to know  —  In spite of all the answers the internet has given us, its full potential to transform our lives remains the great unknown.  Here are the nine key steps to understanding the most powerful tool of our age - and where it's taking us
Discussion: TeleRead
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Big Web Operations Turn to Tiny Chips  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Is this Silicon Valley or Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?  —  Over the last 18 months or so, this question has become tougher to answer as a flood of products with names like Voldemort, Hadoop and Cassandra have appeared on the scene.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple: FaceTime Video Calls Won't Use Your Carrier Minutes (AAPL, T)  —  Good news: Apple's new FaceTime video calls won't use up your allotment of carrier minutes, even if they're initiated from within a voice call, an Apple rep tells us.  —  “The voice call ends as soon as the FaceTime call connects,” Apple tells us.
Discussion: The Next Web, iPhone Savior and Gizmodo
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
SFO to join San Jose and Oakland airports in offering free Wi-Fi  —  Soon all three major Bay Area airports will offer free Wi-Fi to always-connected travelers.  —  San Francisco International will join Mineta San Jose International and Oakland International airports in offering free Internet connections.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
What Valley Companies Should Know about Tencent  —  Quick quiz: Who are the three largest Internet companies in the world by market capitalization?  —  If you guessed Google and Amazon you got two right, but I'm betting few of our American readers guessed the third.  I certainly wouldn't have a year ago.
Discussion: Daily Patricia
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Andreessen Horowitz Expands its Ranks  —  Andreessen Horowitz, the venture-capital firm launched a year ago by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen and former Opsware chief executive Ben Horowitz, is beefing up its ranks with a new general partner and two other partners.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Royal Pingdom:
Exploring the software behind Facebook, the world's largest site  —  At the scale that Facebook operates, a lot of traditional approaches to serving web content break down or simply aren't practical.  The challenge for Facebook's engineers has been to keep the site up and running smoothly …
Discussion: Nelson's Weblog
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Begins Shipping iPhone 4 to Customers  —  Several readers have notified us that they have started receiving shipment notifications and FedEx tracking numbers for their iPhone 4.  Several of the shipment notifications indicate a “Delivers By” date of June 23rd — a day before the official launch day.
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Kyle VanHemert / Gizmodo:
AT&T Randomly Cancelling iPhone 4 Pre-Orders?
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
‘Power Eye’ Lets Consumers Know Why That Web Ad Was Sent to Them  —  First Trial of What Some Hope Will Become Online Ad Industry's Long-Promised Self-Policing System  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Starting this week, AT&T, American Express, Microsoft and dozens of other major marketers will pull …
K.T. Bradford / LAPTOP Mag:
Dell Introduces Back-to-School Friendly Inspiron 14R, 15R and 17R  —  Today Dell launched a new line of Inspiron notebooks geared toward mainstream consumers and the Back to School crowd.  The Inspiron R series — 14R, 15R and 17R — come wrapped in attractive, metal chassis, pack Intel Core i CPUs …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft sues spammers for abusing Hotmail anti-spam filters  —  Two anti-spam systems developed by Microsoft for Hotmail designed to help ISPs track down offending users were abused by spammers, a lawsuit brought last week by the software giant alleges.  The spammers are accused …
Matthew DeCarlo / TechSpot:
Mozilla intern examines startup speed of Firefox, Chrome  —  A Mozilla intern has figured out a way to make Firefox open faster - or at least seem like it's opening faster.  In a blog post, interface designer John Wayne Hill explained how Chrome, although only slightly faster than Firefox at starting, feels much quicker.
 
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Napolitano: US must balance liberties, security
Discussion: Slashdot
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Like E-Books?  Amazon Sells More of Them, for Less, Than Apple.  For Now.
Soulskill / Slashdot:
German Publishers Want Monopoly On Sentences
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Best iOS 4-Ready Apps So Far
Discussion: Mashable!
Alex Billington / FirstShowing.net:
David Fincher's ‘The Social Network’ Official Poster Unveiled
Discussion: Stuff.co.nz, Mashable! and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Sommer / New York Times:
Strategies: A Coding Error Spells Problems at AXA Rosenberg
Russell Beattie:
The end of WIMP and the rise of Touch
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
OnLive Streaming Game Service Tested (At Home, Finally!)
Discussion: Wolfire Games Blog and Joystiq
Fred / A VC:
IPOs Just Aren't What They Used To Be  —  I spent the day yesterday …
Discussion: TechCrunch and springstage.com