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6:45 PM ET, June 26, 2010

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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 …
Thanks:weemundo
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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.
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 …
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
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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 …
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
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).
Discussion: TechnoBuffalo and Erictric
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
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Going, Going, Almost Gone: Foursquare Poised to Get New VC Funding, After Being “One Inch” From Sale to Facebook  —  According to numerous sources close to the situation, Foursquare is in the final stages of striking a funding deal with the very venture firm-Andreessen Horowitz-that had publicly dissed …
Discussion: CloudAve and VentureBeat
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Expands Offices — Wonder How They're Paying For It?
Discussion: CNET News and The Next Web
 
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La Quadrature du Net:
Leak: EU pushes for criminalizing non-commercial usages in ACTA
Discussion: p2pnet, Techdirt and ringtonia.com
Bertrand / Erictric:
Sprint to Update HTC EVO 4G to Android 2.2, Samsung Moment and HTC Hero Left Behind
Russell Garland / Venture Capital Dispatch:
The Daily Start-Up: Carried Interest Tax Dies (For Now)
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Meyers / CNET News:
Palm shareholders approve HP takeover plans
Discussion: Engadget
Jennifer Lawinski / CNNMoney.com:
Where old iPhones go to die
Taylor Buley / Velocity:
Google Isn't Just Reading Your Links, It's Now Running Your Code
Thanks:bcaulfield