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9:50 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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Nik Fletcher / nikf.org:
8 Subtle Changes You May (Or May Not) Notice in iOS 4  —  Every time Apple releases a new OS update, be it on the Mac or iPhone, there's a bucketload of smaller - lesser-spotted - changes that appear in the system. iOS 4 very much continues this trend, so whilst you're busy perusing …
Discussion: MacStories
Philip Michaels / Macworld:
iOS 4.0 update available for download  —  The fourth version of Apple's newly renamed mobile operating system arrived Monday, as iOS 4 became available for download.  —  Apple says the update delivers more than 100 features aimed at end users, as well as 1500 APIs for mobile app makers.
Discussion: The Register, PC World and 9 to 5 Mac
Craig Hockenberry / furbo.org:
iPhone multitasking  —  It's no secret that “multitasking” …
Discussion: Computerworld, Thanks:chrismessina
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple collecting, sharing iPhone users' precise locations  —  Apple Inc. is now collecting the “precise,” “real-time geographic location” of its users' iPhones, iPads and computers.  In an updated version of its privacy policy, the company added a paragraph noting that once users agree …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News:   Apple advises users how location data can be used
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.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Confirms New $149 NOOK Wi-Fi, Drops 3G Model Price To $199
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
The E-Reader Price War: What Will Consumers Do?
Discussion: New York Times, CBC News and DVICE
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Odds Are Increasing That Microsoft's Business Will 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.  And in the past few weeks, that vote has only become more decisive.
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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 …
Experian Hitwise:
Google share of searches at 72 percent for May 2010  —  Experian Hitwise announced today that Google accounted for 72.17 percent of all U.S. searches conducted in the four weeks ending May 29, 2010.  Yahoo! Search, Bing and Ask received 14.43 percent, 9.23 percent and 2.14 percent, respectively.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Racing to fill gaps left by Google  —  Several start-ups aim to allow people to pose and answer questions not easily found online  —  The race to build a successor to Web search is heating up as a number of young companies seek to fill gaps they see with Google Inc.
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Velocity
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Early Facebook Employees' New Project Quora Opens to the Public
Discussion: ResourceShelf and MarketingVOX
Craig Wilkinson / Google Mobile Blog:
The Iterative Web App: New Compose Interface for Gmail on iPad  —  In April 2009, we announced a new version of Gmail for mobile for iOS and Android.  Among the improvements was a complete redesign of the web application's underlying code which allows us to more rapidly develop and release …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft takes off the gloves with a Google Apps switchers campaign  —  Remember Apple's “switchers” campaign — the one where they highlighted Windows users who dumped their Windows PCs for Macs?  —  Microsoft is taking a page out of that book in reverse — touting customers that are switching …
Discussion: TechNet Blogs and Maximum PC, Thanks:rawmeet
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.
Aaron Greenspan / The Huffington Post:
Facebook Message to The Facebook Effect Author David Kirkpatrick  —  The following message was sent to David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World
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.
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 …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Is Top Shopping Site, TheFind Passes Yahoo As The New Number Two  —  According to comScore data, Google Product Search has become the top comparison shopping engine online.  Number two is now TheFind, which moved in front of Yahoo Shopping in terms of average daily users:  —  Source: comScore
Discussion: WebProNews, Thanks:atul
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Intel, AMD to Continue Raising Chip Core Count  —  At the Hot Chips conference in August, Intel officials will talk about the processor code-named Westmere EX, which could include up to 10 cores per chip.  For its part, AMD will discuss its upcoming platform code-named Bulldozer, which will offer up to 16 cores per chip.
Carl DiOrio / Hollywood Reporter:
Hollywood faces new piracy threat  —  Illegal sub services on the rise, exec tells Cinema Expo  —  AMSTERDAM — Consumers downloading free pirated movies are no longer Hollywood's worst nightmare, but that's only because of a new, more dreaded menace: cheap, and equally illegal, subscription services.
Discussion: Variety
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 …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes on Bankruptcy, Netflix, and Becoming the Next Apple  —  While it may feel like an all out tug-of-war between Blockbuster and Netflix, don't forget they aren't the only companies battling for market share.  Redbox is fighting for kiosk space.
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
BarMax, The $1,000 iPhone App, Is Profitable And Expanding With New York Version
James DeTar / Investor's Business Daily:
Intel, FTC In Settlement Talks
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Opscode Gets $11M to Take on IBM and HP Management Software
The Wire:
How Soon Will Pandora Become The Default Radio Station In New Cars?
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Adknowledge Buys Hydra For Affiliate Ad Sales Boost
Discussion: VentureBeat and MediaPost
 Earlier Items: 
Jesse David Hollington / iLounge:
iAd apps begin appearing on App Store
Dylan Stableford / TheWrap.com:
Portal Predicament: No One Hangs Around Anymore
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
On Web Video, Captions Are Coming Slowly
Scott Grizzle / App Advice:
Angry Birds' Publisher Refusing Offers From Microsoft, Google
Discussion: Electronista
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Samsung Galaxy S Pro specs begin to emerge
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
First look video: Toshiba “touch” …