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4:30 PM ET, June 21, 2010

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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Ars reviews iOS 4: what's new, notable, and what needs work  —  iOS 4, previously known as iPhone OS 4, is a major update to Apple's mobile OS which brings a handful of significant changes—namely Apple's implementation of “multitasking” plus the opening up of thousands of APIs to third-party developers …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
New iPhone Software Arrives Today - Can You Run it?  —  Ahead of Thursday's release of the new and improved iPhone 4, Apple is today launching a series of software improvements collectively known as iOS 4 to owners of older generation iPhones and iPod Touch devices. iOS 4 …
Craig Hockenberry / furbo.org:
iPhone multitasking  —  It's no secret that “multitasking” is one of the great new features of iOS 4.  Unfortunately, many people have a misconception about what Apple has implemented.  Hopefully this short essay will help you understand the restrictions and the good reasons for having these limits.
Discussion: Computerworld and Daring Fireball, Thanks:chrismessina
Philip Michaels / Macworld:
iOS 4.0 update available for download
Discussion: Computerworld and 9 to 5 Mac
Paul Thurrott / Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows:
Apple iOS 4  —  Apple's fourth generation mobile operating system …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Thanks:rawmeet
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Slashes Price Of Kindle To $189 (AMZN, BKS)  —  Amazon has cut the price of the Kindle by $70 to $189 in response to Barnes & Noble's Nook price cut and, probably, Apple's iBooks threat.  A WiFi only Nook is still cheaper at $150, but for the extra $40, it's worth having an always on 3G wireless connection.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Gearlog
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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.
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 …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Don't Mean To Be Alarmist, But The Odds Are Increasing That Microsoft's Business Will Just Completely Collapse  —  A few weeks ago, the market delivered its verdict on the relative future prospects of Apple and Microsoft.  —  Apple's prospects are better, the market said.
Craig Wilkinson / Google Mobile Blog:
The Iterative Web App: New Compose Interface for Gmail on iPad  —  Labels: gmail for mobile, Interative web app, ipad … Today we're happy to announce an improved experience for writing emails on Gmail web interface for iPad.  When you write an email you'll now get a big full screen compose window instead …
CT.gov Portal:
Attorney General To Lead Multistate Investigation Of Google's Unauthorized Collection Of Data Broadcast Over WiFi Networks  —  Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced today that his office will lead a multistate investigation into Google Street View cars' unauthorized collection …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Street View Collected Emails, Passwords (Social Security …
Discussion: Download Squad
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Swype Reinvents Typing on Touch-Screen Phones  —  SEATTLE — Back in the 1990s, typing out “hello” on most cellphones required an exhausting 13 taps on the number keys, like so: 44-33-555-555-666.  —  That was before the inventor Cliff Kushler, based here in Seattle, and a partner created software called T9 …
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John Cook / TechFlash:   NYT report: Swype tinkers with the iPhone, voice recognition
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.
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?
Scott Grizzle / App Advice:
Angry Birds' Publisher Refusing Offers From Microsoft, Google  —  When the story came out saying that Microsoft may be offering cash to tempt popular iPhone app developers and publishers to create for their platform, it left us wondering who would take the offer.
Eric Slivka / macrumors.com:
iBooks Update Goes Live: iPhone and iPod Touch Compatibility, PDF Support, and More  —  Alongside today's release of iOS 4, Apple has updated its iBooks application [App Store] to Version 1.1, making it a universal application offering compatibility with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Seven ways AT&T is failing its mobile customers  —  AT&T Wireless has millions of US customers, and it continues to boast the largest number of smartphone users.  Despite this, we hear numerous complaints from readers and reporters that AT&T 3G coverage is spotty; even if AT&T …
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Kunur Patel / AdAge:
How AT&T Plans to Lift Its Image Via Social-Media Customer Care
Discussion: Technologizer and The Next Web, Thanks:learmonth
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 …
DigiTimes:
Nokia preparing ARM-based tablet PC for 4Q10, says Digitimes Research  —  Nokia is currently preparing to launch an ARM-based tablet PC aiming for the fourth quarter of 2010, according to a Digitimes Research senior analyst.  —  Talking with upstream component makers, the analyst pointed …
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
In-the-background location comes to iPhone through Loopt  —  Loopt, an early player in location-based social networking, has become one of the first apps to take advantage of iOS's new multitasking ability.  —  It's adding a feature that has long remained elusive for location apps on the device — in the background location.
 
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Adknowledge Buys Hydra For Affiliate Ad Sales Boost
Discussion: VentureBeat and MediaPost
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
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Jesse David Hollington / iLounge:
iAd apps begin appearing on App Store
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Joseph Menn / Financial Times:
Internet address seller attacked
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and PRWeb
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Samsung Galaxy S Pro specs begin to emerge
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SGN Takes Investment From Eric Schmidt's Tomorrow Ventures
Discussion: mocoNews
Owen Good / Kotaku:
Microsoft Confirms Kinect Bundles, New $199 Xbox 360
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple: FaceTime Video Calls Won't Use Your Carrier Minutes (AAPL, T)
 

 
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The publisher of Seattle's Northwest Asian Weekly sells the outlet to four local partners, seven months after donating the Seattle Chinese Post to a nonprofit

 
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