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4:01 AM ET, June 21, 2010

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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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?
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Video: The State of Angel Investing & What Startups Can Learn From It, According to Keith Rabois  —  Keith Rabois will tell you that he's not a passive angel investor — quite the opposite.  Along with a check, Rabois wants to bring to his investments the wisdom he's gleaned from his time as an executive …
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 and greg hughes
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 …
 
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K.T. Bradford / LAPTOP Mag:
Dell Introduces Back-to-School Friendly Inspiron 14R, 15R and 17R
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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: TechCrunch
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Like E-Books?  Amazon Sells More of Them, for Less, Than Apple.  For Now.
Discussion: Kindle Review
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David Fincher's ‘The Social Network’ Official Poster Unveiled
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch