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9:50 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
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Matt Rutledge / Woot!:
Amazon, Woot, and You: But Mostly Woot
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:
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 …
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: Fast Company
Arn / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Suggests Blu-ray Not Coming to Mac Anytime Soon  —  Amongst the emails that Steve Jobs has been responding to, he also responded to an inquiry by a MacRumors reader Siva about future of Blu-ray on the Mac.  While Blu-ray has been a long requested feature for Macs …
DigiTimes:
Intel backs off WiMAX industry, dismisses WiMAX Program Office, say sources  —  Intel has announced in an internal meeting it will dissolve its WiMAX Program Office, which was set up to promote the development of related WiMAX technologies, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Amazon cuts Kindle DX price to $379, improves e-ink display  —  It's been a big news day for Amazon.com's Kindle electronic reading device, with the company announcing a new royalty program for authors and support of HTML5 to preview book titles.  Now, word comes that Amazon.com is chopping …
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: Softpedia News and Mashable!
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.
Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Only Microsoft and Red Hat have all the pieces to build clouds, Red Hat says  —  Red Hat claims only itself and Microsoft have every piece of software required to build an entire cloud, and allow workloads to move from one cloud to another.  —  Red Hat has come up with an interesting sales pitch …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Submits Firefox Home iPhone App.  Apple Should Approve It  —  Earlier this afternoon, Mozilla submitted what would be its first iPhone application to the App Store.  No, it's not Firefox — well, not exactly.  —  Mozilla has submitted an app called Firefox Home for approval.
BBC:
Finland makes broadband a ‘legal right’  —  Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband a legal right for every citizen.  —  From 1 July every Finn will have the right to access to a 1Mbps (megabit per second) broadband connection.  —  Finland has vowed to connect everyone to a 100Mbps connection by 2015.
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: everythingiCafe and 9 to 5 Mac
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Web Apps With Push Notifications: W3C Begins Work to Make it Happen  —  Real-time alerts and notifications are a powerful feature being added to more applications every day; the addition of real-time notifications can make a big difference in user experience and peoples' work performance when using apps.
Thanks:rawmeet
Corynne McSherry / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Judge Orders User-Friendly Notices for Does Targeted By USCG Suits  —  Thousands of ISP subscribers targeted in mass copyright infringement suits will have a better shot at defending themselves as a result of a hearing held today in Washington, D.C. EFF appeared at a hearing as a friend of the court …
Discussion: Techdirt
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
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Launches Yahoo!(R) Mail and Yahoo! Messenger Apps for Android  —  Also Debuts New Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! News HTML5 Mobile Websites for iPhone; Yahoo! Search Widget for Android  —  In continuing to develop leading mobile products and services that reach a broad audience across multiple platforms …
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Playstation Plus: Required for Hulu Plus?  —  Hulu Plus may cost a bit extra — the price of a Playstation Plus subscription, actually — when the service comes to Playstation 3 in July, according to some language hidden in one of Hulu's Web pages.  —  I stumbled upon the evidence …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Shades of Webvan?  Here comes delivery service AmazonTote  —  Amazon.com has quietly begun testing a new home delivery service in Seattle's Madison Park neighborhood called AmazonTote.  The offering allows customers to purchase select products and then have them home delivered …
 
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Fixes, Responds To “Who's Been Here” Privacy Hole
Discussion: foursquare, Threat Level and Gizmodo
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Amazon Back To Normal; So Where's The Explanation?
Discussion: PC World and Technologizer
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
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Yariv Adan / Google Public Policy Blog:
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Discussion: Ars Technica
George Oates / The Open Library Blog:
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