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The Daily Slash: June 30th 2010

The Daily Slash: June 30th 2010

It's officially the last day of the month. In fact, while many of you are reading this, you might actually be putting your toes into the first day of July. If that's the case, then try and save some of the excitement for the rest of us, all right? Welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash. First up, in The Best of R3 Media, it looks like Motorola's late on the schedule of updates, Microsoft's got bad news for Kin adopters, and LG announced a new phone. And then in the Dredge 'Net, Amazon's getting ready for you to preview Kindle books in another way, and if you're running Windows 7 Starter Edition, it's time to upgrade.

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Microsoft KIN Officially Canned by Microsoft

Microsoft KIN Officially Canned by Microsoft

The reviews for the KIN devices, both the Kin One and Kin Two, weren't the best on the market. However, while the main draw might not have been the hardware, or even its features, the big strike against the devices was that the data plan that was forcefully applied to them was simply too high. And, when you look at the review from GenUpload directly, or from a pure analyst position, you can see where Microsoft may have missed the mark. All of those factors could have combined to deal a death blow to the KIN, because Microsoft has announced that the KIN lineage is dead.

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HP and Ivy Worldwide Announce Winners of the X510 Data Vault Creative Contest

HP and Ivy Worldwide Announce Winners of the X510 Data Vault Creative Contest

When a contest gets announced, the parameters generally have to be pretty interesting to make even the coolest prize seem worth it. After all, you can't just have a boring contest. Where's the fun in that? You already know the answer to that. And that's why we're happy to announce that HP and Ivy Worldwide have officially unveiled the winners of their X510 Data Vault creative contest (which was linked to our own Data Vault contest, right here) -- and the submissions are definitely creative.

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RoboCup is the World Cup for Robots [Video]

RoboCup is the World Cup for Robots [Video]

Robots are meant to be versatile, and while this isn't the first robot we've seen play some soccer, this is the first time we've seen them in a group (maybe you'd call it a team), actually playing soccer. Thanks to the RoboCup 2010, we can finally get our wish to see what it would look like to see a bunch of robots play in the world cup. Some may argue it's actually more exciting than the real game, but we'll leave that up to you.

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Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Will Play Xbox LIVE Arcade Games

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Will Play Xbox LIVE Arcade Games

It feels like it's been forever since Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7. And, despite the fact the details came afterward, it almost feels longer since we actually heard any details about one of the future mobile Operating System's coolest features: Xbox LIVE support. We know it goes beyond just having your Xbox LIVE profile/avatar, and we know the XNA framework will make it easy for developers to integrate features from the console to the handset, but apparently Microsoft is going for the throat on this one.

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Microsoft Courier Patent Acceptance Opens Old Wounds

Microsoft Courier Patent Acceptance Opens Old Wounds

The life of the Microsoft Courier over the last few months has been one for the script of a soap opera. From seeing video of what the Courier concept would be, to its terrible cancellation, to some software confusion, the Courier has lived and died in such a roller-coaster fashion that it could be tough for anyone to keep up with. Even when Microsoft execs were being shuffled around (supposedly due to the Courier's axing), the Courier was always the main focus. And today, based on a patent months old, we're reminded all over again about what could have been.

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MeeGo UI Screenshots Break Cover, Due to Release in October [Video]

MeeGo UI Screenshots Break Cover, Due to Release in October [Video]

While some people may not look forward to their Wednesdays, we can't help but be excited about today due to the brand new MeeGo 1.1 User Interface screenshots that just made their way to the Internet. And, to make it better, today actually marks the first day of the MeeGo Handset User Experience Project, which seems to be designed to showcase MeeGo in its current form. Nokia is still planning on launching MeeGo 1.1 on Nseries devices later this year, and from what these screenshots show, they're doing well for themselves.

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How to Save Mobile TV

How to Save Mobile TV

Honestly, it might be too late to save mobile TV, at least in the U.S., where the broadcast network for mobile devices has yet to catch on like it has in Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea. The competition is fierce, and growing almost daily, and mobile broadcast TV service offers few benefits over its competitors.

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Hulu Plus on PS3 Could Mean Mandatory Subscription to PSN+

Hulu Plus on PS3 Could Mean Mandatory Subscription to PSN+

Yesterday, Hulu made waves with the announcement of the much-rumored Hulu Plus. A brand new subscription-based methodology to stream your favorite TV shows, whenever you want. For just $9.99 per month, you'll get your hands on the "Season Ticket," which will let you watch any episode of a particular season, with no expiration date (which is the general rule of thumb on Hulu right now). And, with that announcement, came the revelation that Sony's PlayStation 3 would be getting support as well in the near future. But, there could be some very important fine print not quite revealed.

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