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6:55 PM ET, June 30, 2010

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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Kills Kin  —  Just six weeks after launch, Microsoft's Kin phone is dead.  Microsoft is pulling the plug, sources close to Microsoft tell us.  —  There won't be a separate Kin product anymore.  Effective immediately, Andy Lees is shoving the entire Kin into the core Windows Phone 7 team.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft pulls the plug on Kin  —  Microsoft has decided not to move forward with the Kin, a phone aimed at avid social-networking users.  —  Amid slow sales, Microsoft has decided to halt work on its Kin phone, focusing instead on its Windows Phone 7 effort, CNET has learned.
Staska / Unwired View:
Android 3.0 Gingerbread details: 1280×760 resolution, 1Ghz minimum specs, mid-Oct. release  —  We've been hearing about the upcoming Android Gingerbread release in Q4 for a while now.  And also how the new Android user interface will blow our socks off.
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Kat Hannaford / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) Out October, For Higher-Specced Phones
Discussion: Mashable! and Erictric
Kevin Stolt / The Official Google Blog:
Extra!  Extra!  Google News redesigned to be more customizable and shareable  —  There's an old saying that all news is local.  But all news is personal too—we connect with it in different ways depending on our interests, where we live, what we do and a lot of other factors.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google News Has Major Redesign: Personalization, Sharing & “News Stream” Offered  —  Today, Google News is undergoing its first major redesign since being launched in 2002.  Gone is the default “section” view, replaced instead by a “news stream” view of stories.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Woot's Deal Of The Day: Woot!  — Amazon Buys It.  Price?  $110 Million  —  Woot has been acquired by Amazon, as they briefly note on their blog today with a big “woot!”  Well, okay, their exact words were “Holy crap!”  —  This is a great deal for daily online bargin service as …
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Acquires Deal Site Woot (AMZN)  —  Amazon has acquired deal-a-day site Woot.com.  —  Woot says Amazon will let the site continue to operate independently, similarly to how it lets Zappos and Audible run themselves.  —  There's no price on the deal.
Bret Taylor / Facebook Blog:
Applications Ask, You Receive: Simplified Permissions Launch  —  Last month, we announced a number of changes to make privacy simpler and to give you more control over the information you share with other people.  Today, we're taking the next step by providing more transparency and control …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple hiring iPhone antenna engineers for some reason  —  Three Apple job postings for iPhone / iPad antenna engineers to “Define and implement antenna system architecture to optimize the radiation performance for wireless portable devices.”  All three were posted on June 23rd …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Droid X Ad: Hold The Phone Any Way You Like  —  The iPhone 4 hasn't even been out a week yet.  But that apparently isn't stopping rivals from pivoting ad campaigns to play to its weaknesses as quickly as possible.  —  Today, Motorola ran a full page ad in the New York TImes to show off …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
AdMob's Transparency Changing Post-Google Acquisition  —  For the past two years, AdMob has released a jam-packed report each and every month, publicizing its activities in the mobile advertising market and detailing the industry's rapid development.  —  But with the official close …
Discussion: WebProNews, Electronista, MediaPost and Internet2Go, Thanks:atul
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon Introduces 70% Royalty Option For Kindle Digital Text Platform  —  Right off the heels of announcing an expansion of its Kindle Digital Text Platform to authors and publishers around the world, Amazon announced back in January that it would introduce a new 70 percent royalty option …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Announces $3 Billion Stock Buyback Program (YHOO)  —  Yahoo (YHOO) just announced a $3 billion stock buyback program.  —  From an SEC filing:  —  “On June 24, 2010, the Yahoo! Board of Directors approved a new stock repurchase program.  Under the program, Yahoo! …
Discussion: VentureBeat and BoomTown
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Wired's iPad App Boasts a New Feature: A Price Cut  —  The second edition of Condé Nast's much-praised Wired magazine iPad app is out, and it boasts some new features.  The biggest one: A 20 percent price cut.  —  The magazine publisher sold some 95,000 digital copies of its June issue at $4.99 …
Julia Boorstin / Media Money with Julia Boorstin:
Movie Piracy Crackdown Begins, Internet Sites Seized  —  The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) just announced a major takedown of nine movie piracy sites that illegally offered first-run movies, some within just hours of their theatrical release.
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iPhone 4 Gyroscope Teardown  —  Apple's latest creation — the iPhone 4 — features a MEMS gyroscope within its pretty shell.  But how does that little chip work, and what does it do?  We partnered with Chipworks to bring you an in-depth look behind the science of these micro-scale gyroscopes.
Fred / A VC:
Some Thoughts On Foursquare  —  Our portfolio company Foursquare closed a second round of financing yesterday.  This was a much covered financing process and also much criticized.  I think it makes an excellent case to talk about some conventional notions and why they might not be right.
Christosap / Google Chrome Blog:
Making the web more accessible, one step at a time  —  From text that is too small to read, to user interfaces that do not offer keyboard navigation options, users with special needs face a lot of challenges when trying to access websites they are interested in.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Cisco and video: Wi-Fi for Flip, end to Flash debacle, video client for App Store  —  For Cisco, video technologies ‘are definitely a pervasive play,’ says exec  —  Computerworld - LAS VEGAS — If you didn't realize how pervasive video technology research is at Cisco Systems …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu CEO Jason Kilar: We're No Cable Killer!  We Swear!  —  If you're planning on swapping out your expensive cable TV service for Hulu's $10 a month subscription offering, Jason Kilar has advice for you: Don't do it!  —  The Hulu CEO insists that his “Hulu Plus” service …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon to launch LTE network on November 15th, handsets on Black Friday  —  This information comes from a new tipster, but we have very good reason to believe that Verizon will begin rolling out its LTE network in 25 markets starting on November 15th.  While 25 markets might not sound like a lot …
Tyler Tschida / App Advice:
Facebook Update Adds Fast App Switching, High-Resolution Icons  —  Facebook has just been given the update treatment, acquiring the now fairly common fast app switching ability and high-resolution icons that will definitely be a treat for all of you iPhone 4 users out there.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
GoDaddy to Launch x.co URL Shortener  —  Coming soon, x.co URL shortener.  —  Domain name registrar GoDaddy is releasing a new URL shortener at x.co, according to a tweet by company founder and CEO Bob Parsons:  —  This is likely a .co “founder's program” deal. .
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Shines-Up Mapquest For Sale (AOL, MSFT)  —  AOL finally updated Mapquest yesterday.  Why, after all these years?  —  Two reasons: Because the thing is still number 2 in maps AND because AOL would very much like to sell it - possibly to Microsoft.  —  We know about this hoped-for-sale …
Discussion: AOL Corp and Tech Trader Daily
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
As Part Of Its Kindle Everywhere Strategy, Amazon Prepares An HTML5 Web Previewer  —  Jeff Bezos wants Kindle books to become ubiquitous and the standard in digital reading.  “Buy once, read everywhere,” is his motto.  He already has the various flavors of the Kindle e-reader …
Discussion: TechFlash and Bits, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
“Lawyers Are Expensive.  We Can Be Friends.”  (@Posterous To @TwitPic)  —  As you may have read yesterday, TwitPic and Posterous are currently in a row after the latter introduced a “Rescue your photos from TwitPic” tool that provides users with a one-click way to import TwitPic photos over to their Posterous blog.
Discussion: PlagiarismToday and Download Squad
 
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Video CAPTCHAs Promise Better Security, Less Frustration
Discussion: TechCrunch and Softpedia News
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Half of mobile data consumed by 6 percent of customers
Discussion: Nielsen Wire, Thanks:paulboutin
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: GeoCities founder invests in gay social network Fabulis
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Twitter Musings in Syria Elicit Groans in Washington
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Google Creates YouTube Video Game to Highlight Chrome and Flash
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google In Discussions To Buy Travel Software Company, Will FTC Ground It?
Discussion: WebProNews, Reuters, Tech Eye and Tnooz
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Clendenin / InformationWeek:
China's Alibaba Wants Yahoo Stake Back
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
IMDb Arrives on Android...and “Everywhere”
Discussion: Pulse2, TechFlash and WebProNews
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Clarifies Policy On Site Scrapers As Robots.Txt Gets Updated
Discussion: VentureBeat
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Google to Push Android Deeper into Asia
Discussion: mocoNews
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
4  —  The first thing you notice is that the iPhone 4 feels smaller …
Discussion: displayblog, Thanks:atul
Computerworld:
Sony says 535,000 laptops at risk of overheating
Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
‘Google Me’ is Real, Will Launch in 2010