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7:00 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: CNET News.com 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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Why Google's Android Delays Don't Matter (GOOG)
Google Watch:
Journal Weaves FUD Web for Google Android
Discussion: IDG News Service and Slashdot
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News.com, Joe Duck and Epicenter
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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 and VentureBeat
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.
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.
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
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
George Carlin's Death Spikes Searches For His Seven Words You Can Never Say On TV  —  I was saddened to hear one of my favorite comedians, George Carlin, passed away Sunday.  Clearly he touched many people.  A quick look at Google Trends shows searches related to him have spiked up as well as for his famous …
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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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google to Unveil New Ad-Planning Tool
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
A Month of Gates #6  —  Today, Bill Gates started his last week …
Discussion: Forbes
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
IDG News Service:
Toshiba Unveils Laptop With Cell-Derived Chip
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA Explains Why Proof Shouldn't Be Necessary In Copyright Infringement Cases
Discussion: DSLreports
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Thin Laptop Wars
Discussion: The Mac Observer
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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
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
More than Friendfeed for your phone: Jibe and Xumii launch mobile …
Discussion: Profy.Com and TechCrunch
Nick / Rough Type:
On the trail of the itinerant computer
Discussion: Wired News and Seeking Alpha
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AOL releases new Windows Mobile AIM client, hell freezes over
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The Olympics Go Mobile
 

 
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