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7:55 PM ET, June 26, 2010

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Frank X. Shaw / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft by the numbers  —  You probably saw the news this week that we've sold 150 million Windows 7 licenses in 8 months.  That's more than 600,000 per day.  And, perhaps fittingly for a product called Windows 7, it adds up to 7 copies every second of every day since launch.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Decoding Microsoft's Fantastic Passive-Agressive Numbers Post  —  Yesterday, Microsoft communications head Frank Shaw put up a post on The Official Microsoft Blog rattling off some numbers regarding many of Microsoft's products.  The intention was obviously to lend some perspective …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
iPhone 4 antenna problems were predicted on June 10 by Danish professor  —  Well, this must be one of the most epic “I told you so” moments in the history of consumer electronics.  Professor Gert Frølund Pedersen, an antenna expert over at Denmark's Aalborg University …
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Death Grip hysteria may end Monday with iOS 4.01  —  Reception issues observed by new iPhone 4 owners, derided as the “Death Grip” by bloggers, appears to actually be a software issue that an iOS update is expected to resolve early next week.  —  Identifying the problem
TechnoBuffalo:
Blackberry Curve 9300 Prototype - Hands On  —  The good folks at Negri Electronics managed to hook us up with an unannounced Blackberry Curve 9300 prototype.  This little guy packs quite a redesigned punch, featuring an optical trackpad, flush control buttons on the front, new media buttons on the top …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Gyroscope gunning on the iPhone 4 with Eliminate: Gun Range (video)  —  We'd heard earlier that ngmoco's new game Eliminate: Gun Range was one of the first apps to really take advantage of the iPhone 4's gyroscope, and now that we've had a chance to play with it, we've got say there's a ton of potential here.
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:   IPhone Gyroscope To Rev Up Location Apps
John Levine / CircleID:
The .XXX Fiasco is Almost Over  —  At Friday's meeting of the ICANN board in Brussels, they voted, probably for the last time, to approve the 2004 application for the .XXX domain.  —  Purely on the merits, there is of course no need for a top level domain for porn.
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A New Suffix for X-Rated Web Sites
Discussion: The Informer, ICM Registry and ZDNet
Ben Gottesman / PC Magazine:
Internet Speed Test: The Fastest ISPs in the U.S. 2010  —  We put Internet browsing speeds to the test to see which providers are the best at delivering the Web to you.  —  Is your Web browsing as fast as it could be?  Fifteen years after Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer to compete …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Subscription Hulu: Beginning of the End for Cable, Satellite TV?  —  Hulu, which currently showcases free content from NBC, Wired.com and other video providers, will try charging for a premium version soon, according to reports (Image: Wired.com interviews Nick Cave on Hulu).
Heather Kelly / Macworld:
iPhone 4 camera beats the smartphone competition  —  Camera quality is a competitive area for the current crop of smartphones.  With each new device, the gap between phones that happen to have cameras, and actual point-and-shoot cameras, shrinks.  —  To accurately see how good the iPhone 4's 5-megapixel …
Chris / cdixon.org:
Competition is overrated … Suppose you have an idea for a startup, and then do some research only to discover there are already similar products on the market.  You become disheartened and wonder if you should abandon your idea.  —  In fact, the existence of competing products is a meaningful signal …
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Traditional Media Is Having A Field Day On Tumblr  —  Tumblr, the innovative blogging platform created by young web entrepreneur David Karp in 2007, had a bit of a media moment on the afternoon of Thursday, June 24.  —  Around 1 p.m., we reported that The New York Times had recently created a Tumblr …
Aliya Sternstein / Nextgov.com:
White House abolishes decade-old cookies ban  —  As expected, White House officials on Friday rolled back a 10-year-old prohibition on web-tracking devices called cookies, a policy that online experts said prevented agencies from personalizing online services to engage the public.
 
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La Quadrature du Net:
Leak: EU pushes for criminalizing non-commercial usages in ACTA
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Sprint to Update HTC EVO 4G to Android 2.2, Samsung Moment and HTC Hero Left Behind
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The Daily Start-Up: Carried Interest Tax Dies (For Now)
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Going, Going, Almost Gone: Foursquare Poised to Get New VC Funding …
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