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1:50 PM ET, June 21, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
Paul Thurrott / Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows:
Apple iOS 4  —  Apple's fourth generation mobile operating system …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Thanks:rawmeet
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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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 Cook / TechFlash:
NYT report: Swype tinkers with the iPhone, voice recognition  —  One of the hottest startup companies in Seattle right now is Swype, which has been scoring capital and winning deals to bring its innovative text input technology to mobile devices.  Given that momentum, it's not surprising …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Jesse David Hollington / iLounge:
iAd apps begin appearing on App Store  —  The first applications supporting Apple's new iAd mobile advertising platform have appeared on the App Store.  Avantar, developer of mobile search applications such as OneTap Movies, Showtimes, Munch and Yellow Pages, has updated several …
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon to Offer FiOS Without Contract  —  Verizon Communications Inc., under fire from cable-TV operators, said it would offer the option to sign up for its FiOS bundle of Internet, telephone and television services without a long-term contract or early-termination fees.
BBC:
French find e-mail passwords in Google Street View data  —  Google scooped up sensitive data such as passwords when putting together its Street View service, suggests an early look at the information.  —  The examination was carried out by French data protection agency CNIL as it decides whether …
 
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Facebook hack day: Zuckerberg talks up merits of personalisation
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Dylan Stableford / TheWrap.com:
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Lucia Moses / Adweek:
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Kunur Patel / AdAge:
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Joseph Menn / Financial Times:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SGN Takes Investment From Eric Schmidt's Tomorrow Ventures
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
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