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6:50 AM ET, June 26, 2008

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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.
Austin Bogues / New York Times:
Laptop Searches in Airports Draw Fire at Senate Hearing  —  WASHINGTON — Advocacy groups and some legal experts told Congress on Wednesday that it was unreasonable for federal officials to search the laptops of United States citizens when they re-enter the country from traveling abroad.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Senators Not Thrilled About Laptop Searches At The Border
Discussion: InfoWorld and Inquirer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Did Facebook Shut Down Slide's Top Friends?  How Very MySpace Of Them  —  MySpace used to be notorious for simply banning third party widgets that didn't play nice ("not playing nice" generally meant any kind of advertisements in the widgets, but it was very arbitrary).  Those days are long gone.
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
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
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.
Discussion: I4U News, Macsimum News and iLounge
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.
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
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.
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.
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) …
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
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.
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 …
 
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Associated Press:
Sony outlines growth strategy
Discussion: VentureBeat
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
CREATING “BLUE MONSTERS”
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Joss Stone: Piracy is Brilliant, Music Should be Shared
Discussion: Digg
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Instinctiv Shuffle aims to serve up intelligent mood music from you iPhone
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
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Microsoft, Google And Others Agree To Electronic Health Records Standard
Associated Press:
Expanding the Internet Well Beyond .com
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Microsoft's Yahoo strategy: Betting on Yang
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