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5:55 AM ET, June 21, 2010

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
First look video: Toshiba “touch” netbook prototype shows how Japanese might fight back against iPad (oh, and a cool 3D laptop, too)  —  The iPad is highly popular around the world and is taking market share away from netbooks.  That much you can see all around you.  —  But, how could the other manufacturers fight back?
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Toshiba offers dual-screen tablet computer to celebrate 25 years of portables  —  Twenty-five years ago, Toshiba shipped its first laptop computers.  And the Japanese company is still unveiling some radical new designs in personal computing.  Today, the company is unveiling …
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.
Robin Hindery / Mercury News:
In California, license plates might go electronic  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif.—As electronic highway billboards flashing neon advertisements become more prevalent, the next frontier in distracted driving is already approaching—ad-blaring license plates.  —  The California Legislature is considering …
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
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Dell in talks with Google over Chrome OS  —  (Reuters) - Dell Inc (DELL.O) is in talks with Google Inc (GOOG.O) over the use of the Chrome operating system on its laptops, a top company executive said on Monday.  —  “We have to have a point of view on the industry and technology direction two years …
Owen Good / Kotaku:
Microsoft Confirms Kinect Bundles, New $199 Xbox 360  —  Ask the right questions, get the right answers.  An internal marketing Q&A for Microsoft about confirm that Kinect will be bundled with consoles, and a $199 configuration of its new Xbox 360 will be available this fall.
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
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 …
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
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 Arrington / TechCrunch:
SGN Takes Investment From Eric Schmidt's Tomorrow Ventures  —  Palo Alto based Social Gaming Network, which focuses on multiplayer iPhone/iPod/iPad games, has raised a first tranche in a second round of financing - $2 million from Tomorrow Ventures (Google CEO Eric Schmidt's investment firm) and Xing founder Lars Hinrichs.
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.
 
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Paul Thurrott / Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows:
Apple iOS 4  —  Apple's fourth generation mobile operating system …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Andreessen Horowitz Expands its Ranks
Discussion: TechCrunch and Bronte Media
K.T. Bradford / LAPTOP Mag:
Dell Introduces Back-to-School Friendly Inspiron 14R, 15R and 17R
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Napolitano: US must balance liberties, security
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft sues spammers for abusing Hotmail anti-spam filters
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Like E-Books?  Amazon Sells More of Them, for Less, Than Apple.  For Now.
Discussion: Kindle Review
Matthew DeCarlo / TechSpot:
Mozilla intern examines startup speed of Firefox, Chrome
Soulskill / Slashdot:
German Publishers Want Monopoly On Sentences
Royal Pingdom:
Exploring the software behind Facebook, the world's largest site
Discussion: Nelson's Weblog and greg hughes
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Best iOS 4-Ready Apps So Far
Discussion: Mashable!