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2:15 PM ET, May 30, 2009

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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft Update Quietly Installs Firefox Extension  —  A routine security update for a Microsoft Windows component installed on tens of millions of computers has quietly installed an extra add-on for an untold number of users surfing the Web with Mozilla's Firefox Web browser.
Gordon Borrell / Borrell Associates:
Are we NUTS?  —  We've had lots of questions about our numbers for email advertising — $12 billion - being wildly higher than other tracking companies' numbers.  For instance, the Interactive Advertising Bureau, through Price Waterhouse, is reporting less than $500 million for e-mail.  Are we nuts?!
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Terry / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
The NAA's secret meeting  —  Newspaper execs gathered in Chicago this week in a not-so-secret meeting to discuss their mutual problem — a collective southbound bottom line.  Staci Kramer has an excellent summary including information from Steve Brill of Journalism Online …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Let's talk about Windows 7 Starter  —  There has been a lot of talk recently about Windows 7 Starter, so I thought I'd dive a little deeper into what it means to have this edition of Windows 7 running on a small notebook PC (a.k.a. a netbook).  —  Today, the Starter edition of Windows …
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Sridhar / Zoho Blogs:
Microsoft Silverlight vs Google Wave: Why Karma Matters  —  Inevitable comparisons are made between the hugely enthusiastic developer response (including from us at Zoho) to Google Wave yesterday with the relatively tepid reponse to Microsoft's new search engine Bing.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
It's Heeerrre: ‘Pay With Facebook’ Is In The Wild  —  Earlier today, we wrote about Facebook updating its terms to get ready for the roll-out of its payment system.  Well guess what, it's already here.  —  The application GroupCard is currently testing the new payment system live for all accounts that have it installed.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Detailed Notes From CEO Armstrong's All-Hands Meeting for AOL Staff Today  —  After officially announcing that AOL was going to be spun off yesterday, Tim Armstrong, the CEO of the Time (TWX) Warner online unit, held an all-hands meeting for employees today.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Sprint's Palm Pre ‘War Room’  —  For the phone's launch, the carrier plans to create “situation rooms” to troubleshoot problems.  —  Sprint is approaching its June 6 launch of the Palm Pre with military strategy.  —  The introduction of the hotly anticipated handset will be Sprint ( S …
Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
Lights!  Camera!  Inaction!  —  Anyone who has followed fantasy football or an eBay auction at the office — and gotten away with it — knows that many of our everyday activities now look like work.  Typing and scrolling and peering at a computer, you could be doing anything: e-mail …
Joe / joestump.net:
Zombies and sheep tossing comes to Twitter  —  It was bound to happen sooner or later.  Spam-based viral applications, first made popular on Facebook's platform, have come to Twitter in the form of Spymaster.  The #spymaster tag is trending on Twitter's search right now and, judging by my own stream, a bunch of people are playing it.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:eldon
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Games: Another reason why Twitter needs filters
Discussion: TechCrunch and AppScout
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Less Than A Third Of Australia's Censor List Actually About Underage Images  —  For years and years and years, the Australian government has been looking to come up with a rationale for censoring the internet.  The most recent plan has gone through some hiccups with mass protests.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
EU may mandate multiple browser bundling with new PCs  —  According to The Wall Street Journal, the EU is considering forcing Windows users to choose a browser to download and install before they can first browse the Internet.  —  The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Downloading 3322 Copyrighted Movies is Okay in Spain  —  Today, the Criminal Court of Pamplona ruled that a man didn't break any laws by downloading thousands of movies and an undetermined number of songs.  The defendant was acquitted of copyright infringement charges because there was no evidence …
Discussion: p2pnet and digg.com
Austin Modine / The Register:
Sims 3 pirated 180,000 times in three days  —  Beating Spore's download rate so far  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  So much for Electronic Arts' open palm approach to video game piracy.  The game maker nixed its draconic digital rights management (DRM) …
Discussion: PC World and Electricpig.co.uk
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Yahoo adds Google Suggest developer to labs  —  Yahoo has snagged a Googler, adding Yoelle Maarek from Google's Haifa Engineering Center to its ranks.  —  The company announced Friday that Maarek would be joining Yahoo Labs as co-leader of Yahoo's Haifa Lab in Israel.
David Wilkes / Daily Mail:
Facebook forced to lift ban on breast cancer victim's ‘sexual and abusive’ mastectomy scar photos  —  After having a mastectomy, Sharon Adams decided to raise awareness of breast cancer by posting photographs of her scar on Facebook.  —  They were accompanied by a description of the mother …
Discussion: broadstuff, Gawker, 901am and Fox News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare To Serve Up APIs, More Mobile Apps, Free Beer  —  It's been over 2 months since Foursquare launched at SXSW and something strange is happening: My friends are still using it — a lot.  Sure, for the service to have real success, it will have to spread well beyond pockets of tech hipsters …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Palm Pre Review: Part 1  —  We know, we know.  You wanted the review sooner.  Well, you know what?  It's here now and we've busted through this handset like a Japanese tourist with an SLR in Times Square.  So how does the Pre stack up against the competition?
 
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Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Server Fault now in public beta
Discussion: Coding Horror
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Why Isn't the Republican Party More Interested in Facebook?
Discussion: Telegraph
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
Statement Correcting Factual Errors in New York Post Story …
Discussion: New York Post and PC World
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Page Likes And Comments Become Public Information
Discussion: VentureBeat
DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable Acknowledges ‘Debacle’ …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
 Earlier Items: 
James Niccolai / Computerworld:
Google may strip ‘beta’ tag from some apps
Discussion: PC Pro and iTnews Australia
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google's Top Policy Executive to Join Obama Administration
Donald Bell / Webware.com:
Booksfree spells relief for audiobook addicts
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Open Letter To Google & The AP: Reveal The Licensing Terms
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint responds to Verizon CEO's comments concerning Palm Pre
 

 
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