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7:05 PM ET, June 28, 2010

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Stephen Chapman / Microsoft Kitchen:
Windows 8 Plans Leaked: Numerous Details Revealed  —  A big thanks to @floo1989 for the heads-up!  Over the weekend, the Italian Windows site “Windowsette” got a hold of some super secret squirrel Microsoft presentations apparently laying around on the internet somewhere.
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft starts sharing Windows 8 plans with PC partners  —  Windows 8 (which my sources claim recently hit Milestone 1) is starting to take shape.  —  Microsoft's next version of Windows client is far enough along that the Windows team seems to have begun sharing details about its goals with Microsoft's PC partners.
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:   iPad To Be Blessed By iOS 4 In November According To Apple?
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.
The White House:
Presidential Memorandum: Unleashing the Wireless Broadband Revolution  —  MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES  —  America's future competitiveness and global technology leadership depend, in part, upon the availability of additional spectrum.
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Cecilia Kang / Post Tech:
White House backs federal plan for more airwaves for smartphones, wireless broadband
Discussion: eWeek, Switched and Black Web 2.0
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Broadband Availability to Expand
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.
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 …
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: Fortune and Computerworld
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: MediaPost and Screenwerk, Thanks:the_spinmd
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia muses on grip styles, says you can hold your phone ‘any way you like’  —  If there's one company in the world who knows more about gripping phones than anyone else, it's Nokia — you know, the creator and sole proprietor of sidetalkin'.  So on that note, you might want to sit …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Rumor: Droid 2 will launch with Android 2.2 on August 23rd  —  A trustworthy source has just informed us that Verizon will be launching the Motorola Droid 2 on August 23rd.  We recently got to go hands on with the device and the hardware was finalized so we believe that Verizon planned …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Eric Schmidt: smartphones are the future for Google and the world  —  The chief executive of the search giant believes smartphones will empower the poor and is the equivalent to the arrival of TV  —  Phenomenally successful, but also imitated, envied and feared - Google is the technological icon of our time.
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”.
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Kindle For Android Now Available  —  The battle for the eBook / eReader market continues to heat up - Kindle for Android has come out of beta is now available in the Android Market (requires Android 1.6 or higher).  On your phone, just go to the Android market and search for “Kindle” and read away!
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.
 
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Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Trouble installing iOS 4? This may help
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Microsoft identity guru questions Apple, Google on mobile privacy
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
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Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
uTorrent 1.0 for Mac gets a stable release
Discussion: Slyck, BitTorrent Blog and NewTeeVee
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Feature: Farewell, Stevens: the Supreme Court loses its cryptographer
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Pandora's Guide to Mobile App Platforms
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Howard Greenstein / Inc.com:
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Anand Srinivasan / Go Rumors:
Google Maps To Undergo Minor UI Upgrade
Softpedia News:
Firefox 3.6.6 Released for FarmVille Players with Slow Computers
Angus Logan / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live Messenger Connect is now available
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Growing pains afflict HTML5 standardization
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:beet_tv
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Touting Redesign, MSNBC Declares Pageviews ‘Dead’