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4:00 PM ET, June 28, 2010

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Apple:
iPhone 4 Sales Top 1.7 Million  —  Apple® today announced that it has sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone® 4 through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24.  The new iPhone 4 features FaceTime®, which makes video calling as easy as one tap …
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Amazon.com:
Amazon Announces New Functionality for Kindle Apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch  —  Readers can now enjoy embedded video and audio clips in Kindle books on their iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced a new update to Kindle for iPad and Kindle …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Amazon Adds Video, Audio To Kindle Apple Apps
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple IPhone 4 Parts Cost About $188  —  Researchers at iSuppli tore down the latest iPhone to find parts from LG Display, Samsung, and Broadcom  —  Apple's iPhone 4 wireless handset includes components that cost as little as $187.51, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Elevation Invests Another $120 Million in Facebook as that IPO Looks More Distant  —  Elevation Partners has quietly amassed another huge chunk of Facebook shares on the secondary market, according to a recent letter to its limited partners.  Elevation spent $120 million for five million more Facebook shares.
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
A Look at Who's Getting What on Apple's IAds  —  Though Complexity, Delays Mean Most Won't Hit July 1 Rollout, Marketers Appear Excited by the Prospects  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The first of Apple's iAds are expected to start popping up on iPhones later this week, but don't expect …
Mickey Kataria / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Docs viewer on Mobile Browsers  —  (Cross-posted with the Google Docs Blog)  —  Last week, we announced that the Google Docs viewer supports .doc and .docx attachments.  Today we're also releasing a mobile version of the Google Docs viewer for Android, iPhone and iPad to help you view PDFs …
CNET News:
Supreme Court sidesteps software patent issue  —  Anyone hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court would limit the ability to patent software will be disappointed by Monday's ruling.  —  The court ruled against patent applicants Bernard Bilski and Rand Warsaw (PDF), who in 1997 had tried to patent …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Supreme Court Rules Narrowly In Bilski; Business Method & Software Patents Survive
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Facebook grabs Chrome OS engineering director, VMWare VP  —  Facebook continues to be a Hoover for talent.  The social network hired Matt Papakipos, a Google engineering director who oversaw development of Chrome OS, and Jocelyn Goldfein, a seven-year VMWare veteran and vice president, it said today.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google: Chrome OS Still On Track For This Year Thanks To “Deep Bench Of Talent”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jon Lech / nanocr.eu:
Google's mismanagement of the Android Market  —  Earlier this week, CNET ran an article critical of the permission model of the Android Market.  Google's response to the criticism was that “each Android app must get users' permission to access sensitive information”.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
What iPhone?  Here Come FOUR MORE Android Phones From Samsung (AAPL, GOOG)  —  One of Google Android's strengths relative to Apple's iPhone — at least from a market share and platform adoption perspective — is that it's quickly getting sprayed everywhere.
Discussion: MediaMemo and GottaBeMobile
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Bonnie Cha / Crave: The gadget blog:
Samsung Galaxy S models announced for Sprint, Verizon, U.S. Cellular
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why We Check In: The Reasons People Use Location Based Social Networks  —  Services like Foursquare, Gowalla and others make it easy to post your physical location to the web - but what makes people want to do that at all?  —  Fifteen-month old Foursquare is adding 100,000 new users every week …
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:the_spinmd
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Growing pains afflict HTML5 standardization  —  Listening to marketing messages from companies such as Apple and Google, one might think HTML5, the next-generation Web page standard, is ready to take the Net by storm.  —  But the words of those producing the specification show …
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AT&T Tricks Zuckerberg And Benioff Into Buying MicroCells; Promptly Fails  —  Oh, AT&T.  —  I've already made my feelings on their MicroCell abundantly clear.  Considering the quality of the carrier's network in cities like San Francisco (which is to say, awful), it's a good idea.
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft details early Windows 8 improvements to OEMs  —  Details leaked to a Microsoft enthusiast blog on Monday reveal Microsoft's immediate plans for Windows 8.  —  Francisco Martin, a Microsoft Enthusiast, posted several confidential pieces of information to his blog on Monday revealing improvements …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Broadband Availability to Expand  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is seeking to nearly double the wireless communications spectrum available for commercial use over the next 10 years, an effort that could greatly enhance the ability of consumers to send and receive video and data with smartphones and other hand-held devices.
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
White House backs federal plan for more airwaves for smartphones, wireless broadband
Discussion: The White House
 
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Anand Srinivasan / Go Rumors:
Google Maps To Undergo Minor UI Upgrade
Angus Logan / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live Messenger Connect is now available
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Windows Embedded developers get an update service of their own
Thanks:rawmeet
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Interactive Chart: Where UK Newspaper Websites Get Their Traffic
Discussion: The Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
A Technology Innovator's Move to Mobile
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Touting Redesign, MSNBC Declares Pageviews ‘Dead’
Sam Diaz / ZDNet:
An iPhone wish list looks more like an Android feature list
Matt Rosoff / CNET News:
Bing-Zune integration still not working
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Android vs. iPhone: How Google is winning hearts of developers
Discussion: The Register
Paul Kedrosky / Infectious Greed:
The Web isn't Brought to You By the Letter “T”
Discussion: Domain Name Wire