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5:40 PM ET, June 20, 2010

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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?  —  The saga continues.  A reader forwarded us this note he got from AT&T, simply stating that his iPhone 4 preorder had been cancelled, for no apparent reason.  And he's not the only one.  —  Even for AT&T, a company that's proven itself adept …
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
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Best iOS 4-Ready Apps So Far  —  We all know that the iPhone 4 launches this coming Thursday.  But on Monday, current iPhone users get an early treat in the form of iOS 4, the new iPhone operating system (formerly known as iPhone OS 4).  It comes with several enhancements …
Discussion: Mashable!, MacRumors and Gadget Lab
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.
Alex Billington / FirstShowing.net:
David Fincher's ‘The Social Network’ Official Poster Unveiled  —  Bold marketing going on here - the tagline is the poster!  So where is the title?  It's along the side, as part of a sidebar that looks like the header from Facebook.  Notice anything similar?
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
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 …
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Napolitano: US must balance liberties, security  —  WASHINGTON — Fighting homegrown terrorism by monitoring Internet communications is a civil liberties trade-off the U.S. government must make to beef up national security, the nation's homeland security chief said Friday.
Discussion: Slashdot
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Like E-Books?  Amazon Sells More of Them, for Less, Than Apple.  For Now.  —  The introduction of the iPad and the iBooks store has lots of people forecasting doom for Amazon's Kindle.  And Citigroup's (C) Mark Mahaney, an Amazon bull, acknowledges that Apple will eat into Kindle's share …
Fred / A VC:
IPOs Just Aren't What They Used To Be  —  I spent the day yesterday with VCs from other firms.  I heard two stories about IPOs that are worth sharing.  —  One VC told me a story about a failed IPO for one of their portfolio companies a few years ago.  He told me the legal and accounting bill …
Discussion: TechCrunch and springstage.com
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
OnLive Streaming Game Service Tested (At Home, Finally!)  —  We've checked out the OnLive pure-streaming gaming system before, but it was always in a somewhat controlled environment.  Finally, the service has launched, and we can see what it's like to play this at home.  Where it matters.
Discussion: Joystiq
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Jeff / Wolfire Games Blog:
Thoughts on OnLive  —  Today OnLive officially launched.
Discussion: Switched
 
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