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5:10 PM ET, May 30, 2009


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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Video: Sony's PSP Go leaks out before E3, is obviously a go  —  Look up there, folks.  That's the future of Sony's hopes and dreams in the handheld gaming sector.  With just hours to go before the company's official E3 2009 press event, it looks like the pieces are all coming together.
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.
Staci D. Kramer /
Opening Up Closed Doors: What News Execs Asked Brill  —  Some two dozen newspaper industry execs gathered quietly (they thought) in suburban Chicago Thursday to continue a conversation about industry solutions that started last month.  In between the two, Steve Brill, Leo Hindery …
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?!
Terry / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
The NAA's secret meeting
Discussion: The Biz Blog
Twitter Status:
“Best video” not so great — we're working on it.  —  No matter how good that “best video” looks, don't go to any domains.  We're aware of the situation and are working on it.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Ascendance of Internet Radio  —  I'm starting to think that at the end of the day what will be the most common way of getting digital music will be some new version of radio.  Push a button.  Get some good songs.  Pay no money.  Maybe hear some ads.  Sure people will buy downloads …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
PC-pwning infection hits 30,000 legit websites  —  And counting  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  A nasty infection that attempts to install a potent malware cocktail on the machines of end users has spread to about 30,000 websites run by businesses …
Discussion:, Thanks:blogfisher
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: Techgeist, p2pnet and
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.
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.
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 …
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: Eurogamer and PC World
Joe /
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
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Games: Another reason why Twitter needs filters
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Yahoo adds Google Suggest developer to labs
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare To Serve Up APIs, More Mobile Apps, Free Beer
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Server Fault now in public beta
Discussion: Geekword and Coding Horror
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Why Isn't the Republican Party More Interested in Facebook?
Discussion: Telegraph
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Sprint's Palm Pre ‘War Room’
David Wilkes / Daily Mail:
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Page Likes And Comments Become Public Information
Discussion: VentureBeat