Next of Kin

That was quick:

Microsoft’s Kin phone was announced in April. It launched in May. And it died in June.

Microsoft plans to pull the plug on Kin and integrate the Kin staff into the Windows Phone 7 team following sluggish sales, sources “close to Microsoft” tellĀ Engadget andĀ CNET.

Meanwhile, in Cupertino…

Apple Inc.’s newest iPhone was in hot demand as hundreds lined up outside stores in Tokyo, Berlin, New York and elsewhere to become among the first to own the device