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1:15 AM ET, June 22, 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
Craig Hockenberry / furbo.org:
iPhone multitasking  —  It's no secret that “multitasking” …
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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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple: Here's How to Opt Out of Our Targeted Ads (But Not Our Location Tracking)  —  Apple is rolling out its new iPhone operating system, which means that it is also rolling out its new iAd platform.  Which means that Apple now has to make its users the same offer that other big digital ad players offer …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, VentureBeat and Computerworld, Thanks:beet_tv
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Apple advises users how location data can be used
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Engadget
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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Amazon's Kindle Will Eventually Win the e-Book Wars  —  To paraphrase Yoda: Begun, the e-book wars have.  —  Barnes & Noble started the week off by cutting prices on its Nook e-book reader to $199 from $259, while also introducing a new, $149 Wi-Fi model.
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
The E-Reader Price War: What Will Consumers Do?
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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Early Facebook Employees' New Project Quora Opens to the Public  —  Real-time social Question and Answer service Quora has opened to the public after months of high-profile development in closed beta.  The service was started by a group of early Facebook employees, most notably Facebook's first CTO Adam D'Angelo.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Adobe Flash gets its full launch on Android  —  After months of back-and-forth debate about whether Adobe's Flash technology is a good fit for smartphones, Adobe is launching a full version of Flash for mobile devices, starting with Google's Android operating system.
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.
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.
Discussion: MediaPost, eWeek, ChannelWeb and X-bit labs
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple's System Apps  —  One recurring sentiment I've seen a few times is that some people wish they could delete built-in iPhone apps that they never use, like, say, Stocks or Weather or whatever.  What they can do now with iOS 4, though, is stash these never-used undeletable apps together in a folder.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
BarMax, The $1,000 iPhone App, Is Profitable And Expanding With New York Version  —  When we first wrote about BarMax in January, there was a lot of interest in the iPhone app for one obvious reason: it cost $999.99.  While it may not have been the first $1,000 app (the useless gimmick app …
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 …
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.
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
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
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Google and Bing gear up for battle in TV and video search  —  Online video search engines have been around for a while, but there's plenty of room for improvement, and Google has made it clear that it's aiming to step things up in conjunction with the release of Google TV later this year.
Discussion: paidContent
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
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Back room net neutrality deal?  Reform groups up in arms  —  The media reform crowd is going nuts over reports that the Federal Communications Commission is holding closed door meetings with ISPs, Google, and Skype in a bid to reach a compromise deal on the agency's proposed net neutrality rules.
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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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Feature: Saving “virtual worlds” from extinction
Carl DiOrio / Hollywood Reporter:
Hollywood faces new piracy threat
Discussion: Variety
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Opscode Gets $11M to Take on IBM and HP Management Software
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Intel, AMD to Continue Raising Chip Core Count
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes on Bankruptcy, Netflix, and Becoming the Next Apple
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Seven ways AT&T is failing its mobile customers
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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: AfterDawn.com and Electronista
DigiTimes:
Nokia preparing ARM-based tablet PC for 4Q10, says Digitimes Research
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Hands on the Motorola Droid 2