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7:55 PM ET, June 23, 2008

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AppleInsider:
Five undisclosed features of Apple's Mac OS X Snow Leopard  —  Although Apple is marketing Mac OS X Snow Leopard as an operating system update with “no new features,” under the hood improvements will actually translate into a slew of new enhancements, five of which are described herein.
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Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
Ten Big New Features in Mac OS X Snow Leopard  —  Daniel Eran Dilger  —  Apple is marketing the idea of there being “no new features” for Snow Leopard and instead promising an overall improvement in how Mac OS X works under the hood, thanks to a diligent code optimization and refactoring cycle discussed in the previous article.
Discussion: One More Thing and MacDailyNews
Wall Street Journal:
Google's Mobile-Handset Plans Are Slowed  —  ‘Android’ Launch Is Being Delayed As Carriers Struggle  —  Google Inc. is learning that changing the cellphone industry isn't easy.  —  The Internet giant and more than 30 partners announced in November a bold plan for a new breed of handsets based …
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Google Watch:
Journal Weaves FUD Web for Google Android
Discussion: IDG News Service and Slashdot
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Why Google's Android Delays Don't Matter (GOOG)
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
SmugVault - Store everything for next to nothing.  —  SmugMug has always allowed everyone to upload an unlimited number of web-displayable files - JPEG, GIF, PNG, and MP4 - but to date we haven't been able to accept the RAW files generated by modern digital cameras.
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Marc Benioff's mantra: Anything but Microsoft  —  Today Salesforce.com announced a “global strategic alliance” (also known as a partnership) with Google, introducing a new integration point, Force.com Toolkit for Google Data APIs.  The alliance allows developers using Salesforce.com's cloud …
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Liveblog: Salesforce and Google Announcement
Discussion: Outside the Lines
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce and Google take their partnership a step further with new APIs
Discussion: CIO.com and Force.com Blog
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
A Month of Gates #6  —  Today, Bill Gates started his last week as a full-time Microsoft employee.  Oh joy—the online memorials are publishing, and there are going to be zillions by week's end.  And, yes, eWEEK will have its own tribute to America's great geek.  —  I have to ask: Is he employee No. 1 or No. 2?
Discussion: Forbes and Gizmodo
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Pre-paid iPhone 3G customers may pay $600 for handset - report  —  Approximately one out of every ten iPhone 3G buyers are likely to be international pre-paid subscribers who'll find themselves paying in excess of $600 for the touch screen handset, according to a new report.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft to Yahoo Shareholders: Fire Jerry And We Might Bid Again*  —  UPDATE: Microsoft says this story is the result of a translation issue and that nothing has changed (i.e., per Microsoft, Kevin Johnson didn't say what Bloomberg is saying he said.)  —  EARLIER: A long game of press telephone …
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Darren Waters / BBC:
‘Shake-up’ for internet proposed  —  The net could see its biggest transformation in decades if plans to open up the address system are passed.  —  The net's regulators will vote on Thursday to decide if the strict rules on so-called top level domain names, such as .com or .uk, can be relaxed.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google to Unveil New Ad-Planning Tool  —  Google is expected to unveil a new ad-planning tool for agencies and marketers at an industry conference on Tuesday.  —  Word that the Internet search giant has something up its sleeve surfaced when the Advertising Research Foundation …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Modeling The Real Market Value Of Social Networks  —  Is MySpace worth $3 billion, or $20 billion?  It depends on how you value a user.  —  It's time to start comparing the big global social networks on something other than unique visitors and page views.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Papers Facing Worst Year for Ad Revenue  —  For newspapers, the news has swiftly gone from bad to worse.  This year is taking shape as their worst on record, with a double-digit drop in advertising revenue, raising serious questions about the survival of some papers and the solvency of their parent companies.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
A Window on the Cloud  —  Outsourcing compute power is wonderful — until something goes wrong.  Unfortunately, when an Amazon Web Service goes down it's hard to know why, and it's even harder to know how well a particular cloud is performing in the first place.
kottke.org:
Valuable old iPhones  —  Last week: maybe that old iPhone isn't completely worthless after all. … This week: you might actually break even or turn a small profit from selling your old iPhone on eBay or craigslist.  A quick search reveals that used & unlocked 8Gb iPhones are going for ~$400 …
Discussion: The Macalope
Bradley Johnson / AdAge:
Top 100's Ad-Spend Growth Grinds to Halt  —  LNA Report: Budgets Eke Out 1.7% Rise; P&G Breaks the $5B Barrier  —  CHICAGO (AdAge.com) — The Top 100 U.S. advertisers last year increased ad spending by just 1.7%, while measured media spending rose a negligible 0.3% for major marketers …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
The Fossil Washbasin Will Hypnotize You Into Being Late For Work
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
XP: Microsoft Does the Right Thing
Discussion: InfoWorld
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
First Footage: Same OLPC XO Boots Both Sugar and Windows XP
Discussion: Hack a Day, TG Daily and Liliputing
Ian Austen / New York Times:
The New Fight for Financial News
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Samsung Omnia i900 hitting AT&T in Q3?
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Closed Facebook-ConnectU hearing ends with no ruling
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
T-Mobile to prorate early termination fees
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Explains Why Proof Shouldn't Be Necessary In Copyright Infringement Cases
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Thin Laptop Wars
Discussion: The Mac Observer
NEWSFACTOR:
New Mac Trojan Disables Security, Steals Passwords
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola's last stand: Sir Alexander, the 8 megapixel camera phone
Arn / MacRumors:
A Webkit-based Platform?  —  Last week's news of Apple's adoption …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunching The Enterprise: TechCrunchIT
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AOL releases new Windows Mobile AIM client, hell freezes over
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