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Horizon highlights – 6.20.08

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We’re rolling out a new weekly feature. Each Friday, Horizon Highlights will link to five must-read stories from the past week. They touch on top news, interesting angles, cool gadgets, silly features, etc. From time to time, we’ll pair these articles with ones offering the Monitor’s take.

If you think I missed a great story, feel free to post your links as a comment down below – that way, the other readers can enjoy them as well. Let’s kick it off:

GizmosSprint's Instinct prepares to do battle with the iPhone
“Sprint is not about to take the launch of the iPhone 3G lying down. The No. 3 carrier announced it's moving ahead with a June 20 launch this Friday of the Instinct from Samsung, which will sell for $129.99, less than originally planned.” [Via the San Francisco Chronicle]
iPhone reality check: "Before you start drooling or start ignoring tech websites, here’s a dose of reality: BlackBerry not only outsold the iPhone in the first quarter of 2008, but also increased its smart-phone market share by almost 10 points."

CultureIs Google Making Us Stupid?
"What the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski." [Via The Atlantic]

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