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1:15 AM ET, July 1, 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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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
What killed the Kin?  —  While the news today that Microsoft has killed its troubled Kin line didn't come as the craziest of surprises, it's definitely left a lot of lingering questions about just what happened.  Now we may have a little insight into what went wrong — and what might be in store …
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.
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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Matt Rutledge / Woot!:
Amazon, Woot, and You: But Mostly Woot  —  To be uncharacteristically serious for half a nanosecond, yes, Woot has signed an agreement to be acquired by Amazon.  It shouldn't change anything much for us or you after the deal closes, we just figured you'd like to know a few details.
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
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 …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Facebook Finally Gets Around to Putting Users in Control of Apps
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
First iPhone 4 Class Action Suit Filed Against Apple and AT&T  —  The first iPhone 4 class action suit against Apple and AT&T has been filed today in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  The lawsuit focus on the antenna design problems, making several claims:
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia, Thanks:jesusdiaz
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple hiring iPhone antenna engineers for some reason
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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: Big Body, Big Screen: Droid X Is This Month's Superphone  —  You think technology moves too fast now?  You think your camera, camcorder and computer become obsolete quickly?  —  Try buying an app phone.  In this business, the state of the art changes as often as Lady Gaga changes outfits.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The State of iPad Satisfaction  —  Long before anyone knew much of anything about the iPad, people were expressing strong opinions about it.  But the opinions that matter most didn't begin to get formed until April 3rd, the day Apple's tablet finally went on sale.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Online Finance Startup Wesabe Heads To The Deadpool  —  Wesabe, an online personal finance site that looked to help users better keep track of their spending trends, is shutting down.  The startup's homepage now consists of a letter to Wesabe users instructing them to download their account information …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon Back To Normal; So Where's The Explanation?  —  Amazon.com (AMZN) seems to be back to normal after a Tuesday outage which left customers unable to place orders or otherwise use the site for hours.  As the Wall Street Journal notes, the company disclosed on a bulletin board …
Discussion: PC World and Technologizer
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: BoomTown, VentureBeat and paidContent
Yariv Adan / Google Public Policy Blog:
A Better Dashboard: Helping Detect Suspicious Log ins  —  A few months back we launched a feature in Gmail that notifies you when our servers automatically detect suspicious log in activity on your account.  Since this has been effective in helping people identify improper access …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Stores See Google as Ally in E-Book Market  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Independent bookstores were battered first by discount chains like Barnes & Noble, then by superefficient Web retailers like Amazon.com.  —  Now the electronic book age is dawning.  With this latest challenge …
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 …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Carriers Go to Battle Over Faster Networks  —  Most media attention in the cellphone arena is focused on the battle between sexy super-smartphones like Apple's new iPhone 4 or the latest models based on Google's Android software.  But there is a parallel war under way among U.S. wireless carriers …
MacDailyNews:
Steve Jobs email: Over the air iPhone 4 HD video uploads coming ‘in the future’  —  MacDailyNews reader “Chris T.” reports the following email exchange with Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently: Steve, I'm a HUGE fan of your products... MBP, Ipad 64gb WIFI, 2 iphone 3g's and now 2 iphone 4's …
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: Tech Trader Daily and AOL Corp
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 …
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. .
Discussion: AppScout
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Fixes, Responds To “Who's Been Here” Privacy Hole
Discussion: foursquare, Threat Level and Gizmodo
BBC:
Finns ‘legal right’ to broadband
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:atul
George Oates / The Open Library Blog:
Small Moves: Open Library Integrates Digital Lending
Discussion: TeleRead
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
MeeGo for handsets makes its first appearance
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Video CAPTCHAs Promise Better Security, Less Frustration
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
“Lawyers Are Expensive. We Can Be Friends.” (@Posterous To @TwitPic)
Discussion: PlagiarismToday
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Christosap / Google Chrome Blog:
Making the web more accessible, one step at a time
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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?
Alexia Tsotsis / The Snitch:
‘Google Me’ is Real, Will Launch in 2010
Discussion: Mashable! and All Facebook