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8:55 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
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.
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 …
Paul Thurrott / Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows:
Apple iOS 4  —  Apple's fourth generation mobile operating system , renamed just before launch from iPhone OS 4 to iOS 4, is the standard by which all other mobile systems must be judged.  And it's a high bar: The iOS has matured from an amazing but deeply flawed platform to one that is both easy to use and achingly powerful.
Discussion: AppleInsider, Thanks:rawmeet
Joseph Menn / Financial Times:
Internet address seller attacked  —  A research report to be released on Monday accuses the world's second-largest seller of website addresses of knowingly aiding groups that sell counterfeit and adulterated pharmaceuticals to US residents in violation of federal laws.
Discussion: PRWeb
John Naughton / Guardian:
The internet: All you 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, Boing Boing and Memex 1.1
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 …
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Samsung Galaxy S Pro specs begin to emerge  —  The Samsung Galaxy S Pro is real.  We know that, of course, because we've seen a picture of it with Sprint branding.  But what we haven't had is specs or any hands-on impressions — until now.  —  We've got details from a tried-and-true tipster …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Confirms New $149 NOOK Wi-Fi, Drops 3G Model Price To $199  —  Barnes & Noble has just confirmed the NOOK Wi-Fi at $149, and a new lower price for its NOOK 3G model at $199.  It can be ordered online now from Nook.com or BestBuy.com and will begin shipping this week.
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
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Hands on the Motorola Droid 2  —  Verizon, Google, and Motorola are set to unveil the “Next generation of Droid” this Wednesday, but we got our hands on the Droid 2 a little early.  This phone might look exactly like it's predecessor on the outside, but it packs a speedy 1 GHz processor on the inside.
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.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SGN Takes Investment From Eric Schmidt's Tomorrow Ventures
Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Big Web Operations Turn to Tiny Chips
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Andreessen Horowitz Expands its Ranks
Discussion: TechCrunch and Bronte Media
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
SFO to join San Jose and Oakland airports in offering free Wi-Fi
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
What Valley Companies Should Know about Tencent
Discussion: Daily Patricia
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
Discussion: Slashdot
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft sues spammers for abusing Hotmail anti-spam filters
Discussion: Download Squad and TechCrunch