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5:50 AM ET, June 26, 2008

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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Senators Not Thrilled About Laptop Searches At The Border  —  It would appear that the EFF's efforts to get Congress to look into laptop searches at the border has worked.  This is over the question of whether or not it's legal, with no suspicion of wrongdoing, for customs officials to take your laptop and search through the contents.
Discussion: Inquirer and InfoWorld
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Austin Bogues / New York Times:
Laptop Searches in Airports Draw Fire at Senate Hearing
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Et Tu, Intel?  Chip Giant Won't Embrace Microsoft's Windows Vista  —  Intel, the giant chip maker and longtime partner of Microsoft, has decided against upgrading the computers of its own 80,000 employees to Microsoft's Vista operating system, a person with direct knowledge of the company's plans said.
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Why I Still Use Windows Despite the Peer Pressure  —  There are over a dozen people working at our fair Gizmodo, but as a Windows user, I'm in a definite minority.  I still rock XP, and I'm pretty happy with that.  Why haven't I switched to Macs?  Plenty of reasons, not least of which being that I'm just too smart to switch to a Mac.
Discussion: Digg
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Do you need to be a programmer to run a software company?  —  The parade of articles and blog posts on Bill Gates' legacy continue to roll out as Gates' last day as a full-time employee (June 27) rapidly approaches.  —  Joel Spolsky, the CEO of Fog Creek Software — and a one-time member …
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Joel Spolsky / Inc.com:
How Hard Could it Be?: Glory Days
Discussion: Coop's Corner
CNN:
Telefonica Gets 300,000 Pre-orders For 3G iPhone In Spain, UK  —  ZARAGOZA -(Dow Jones)- Telefonica SA (TEF) has received 300,000 pre registrations in the U.K. and Spain to buy Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) new third- generation iPhone, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
louisgray.com:
Smart People, Stupid Tweets.  Fake News Spreads Fast on Twitter.  —  The combination of a rush to publish and a low barrier to entry for microblogging makes posting quick notes to Twitter extremely tempting for people who are trying to break news.  In seconds, a rumor can be launched, whether true or not, and hit thousands.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Issues Letter Defending Google Deal: No Free Milk For Microsoft  —  In a letter to shareholders that reminds me of the saying “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,” Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock and CEO Jerry Yang explain why it chose a search deal with Google over Microsoft.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Winklevosses AboutFacebooked!  —  Ah, the Winklevosses!  —  They lost.  —  In court, I mean, not in rowing!  —  But I am sad to say BoomTown is deeply uninterested in the long-running legal struggle between Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the hot social networking site …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Inside Facebook
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple memo coaches employees on iPhone 3G launch questions  —  Apple Inc. is distributing to its retail and sales personnel an internal iPhone 3G Frequently Asked Questions document which implies that first-day sales and activation procedures are still being ironed out.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Secure data wipe built into iPhone Software v2.0  —  Responding to concerns over the integrity of the iPhone's data reset methods, Apple has taken the extra step and built a more secure data wipe function into the next version of the handset's software, AppleInsider has learned.
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Microsoft's Yahoo strategy: Betting on Yang  —  As Yahoo continues to hammer out plans for a corporate reorganization, Steve Ballmer is still eying a possible search deal.  —  While Microsoft has “no interest” in buying all of Yahoo, top management is still contemplating whether to go back to Yahoo …
itmanagement.earthweb.com:
The Mouse Is Dead  —  You're probably using a mouse today, but you may never buy one again.  All the planets are aligning against this humble pointing device.  —  The computer mouse has long been associated with the PC, but in fact it was invented during the Kennedy administration (in 1963) …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Xobni Gets Even Better With LinkedIn Data For Your Contacts  —  Xobni, the email startup that we've described as “The Superplugin for Outlook”, has partnered with LinkedIn to automatically pull contact information from the popular professional network.  Xobni will now draw from public profiles …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge upholds $107,834 in attorneys' fees award against RIAA  —  One of the most closely-watched file-sharing cases is a step closer to an end.  A federal judge has awarded exonerated RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen $107,834 in attorneys' fees, a figure that isn't exactly what either party wanted.
Discussion: p2pnet and hypebot
 
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Instinctiv Shuffle aims to serve up intelligent mood music from you iPhone
Discussion: TechCrunch
Brad Stone / Bits:
BlogTalkRadio Chats About New Funding and New Plans
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Do You Really Want Your Car To Be A Rolling WiFi Hotspot?
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
LG Dare, Verizon's Most Daring Phone Yet: Impressions, Video Walkthrough and Gallery
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
ISP backs off behavioral ad plan
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hosting Firm Atlantic.net Goes Down, Ignores Clients
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Eyealike Launches Attraction Trait Levers; Find a Hottie Based on Another Hottie
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Amanda Natividad / paidContent.org:
Microsoft, Google And Others Agree To Electronic Health Records Standard
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Associated Press:
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Report: majority of world's malware originates from China
Discussion: Techdirt
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Craigslist to surpass eBay in 2009?  Compete and Quantcast seem to think so...
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Oracle Blows Past the Street: Investors Have To Be Lovin' It
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