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1:55 PM ET, May 31, 2009

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
First iPhone 3G 2009 Screens Look Very Real To Me  —  I'm looking at these images from a Hong Kong blog, and they totally look like The Real Thing™ to me.  Sure they are blurry, but those applications' user interface definitely screams Apple design.  The gallery shows the video/camera screen …
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Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Next Generation iPhone Auto-Focus, Compass, & More... Caught on Camera?  —  www.umpcfever.com [Google translation link] has posted what just might be the first pictures taken of the next generation iPhone... taking pictures.  Highlights include the new auto-focus, both how it looks in action …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Prepare For The Facebook Vanity URL Landrush  —  Facebook will soon be allowing all users to claim a vanity URL pointing to their regular profile page, we've heard from a reliable source.  The announcement should come sometime later this week.  Afterwards, at a certain date and time, the landrush will begin.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Julie Weed / New York Times:
Finding New Employees, via Social Networks  —  ALAN KENNEDY, 54, had never used social networking sites until he was laid off from his job as an engineer last November.  Then he did what many job seekers are now advised to do: he set up profiles on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Phred Dvorak / Wall Street Journal:
In San Francisco, Homeless Stay Wired  —  Mr. Pitts Lacks a Mailing Address But He's Got a Computer and a Web Forum  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Like most San Franciscans, Charles Pitts is wired.  Mr. Pitts, who is 37 years old, has accounts on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Shooting to Software Stardom on the iPhone  —  MITCHELL WAITE could think of only one reason that Apple's legal department would leave a voice message last February asking him to call back: he was about to be sued.  Mr. Waite has a tiny software company bearing his name …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
HTC Killed The Physical Keyboard.  Smart Move.  —  We're less than a week away from the launch of the supposed next “iPhone killer,” the Palm Pre.  The iPhone has miraculously survived a few of these attempts on its life before — it somehow weathered the BlackBerry Storm, and before that …
Thanks:atul
Dave / Master of 500 Hats:
The Faces, The FACES, It's ALL About the F**king FACES! (or, the Avatars / Icons, or a Big Butt)  —  DISCLAIMER: i've never really had any professional training in user interface design... and i'm sure that's obvious from my blog fonts & colors.  However, i started designing & developing applications …
Discussion: Epeus' epigone
Reuters:
Nintendo to launch new version of Wii Fit: report  —  Nintendo Co Ltd plans to launch a new version of its “Wii Fit” home exercise game this autumn, aiming to help boost sluggish sales of its Wii console in Japan, the Nikkei business daily reported on Sunday.
Discussion: Engadget
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Put Ad on Web.  Count Clicks.  Revise.  —  ON a recent Thursday, Darren Herman, the president of Varick Media Management, was sequestered in his SoHo office.  He wasn't scrutinizing a television ad or images from a photo shoot.  He was combing through graphs and Excel spreadsheets.
Thanks:atul
New York Times:
Contractors Vie for Plum Work, Hacking for the United States  —  MELBOURNE, Fla. — The government's urgent push into cyberwarfare has set off a rush among the biggest military companies for billions of dollars in new defense contracts.  —  The exotic nature of the work, coupled with the deep recession …
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Apple Now Charging to Re-Download Apps on the iPhone?  —  Looks like Apple's begun charging full price if you try to download an app you've already bought over the iPhone.  This did not used to be the case — previously you'd be given a dialog stating you'd already bought it and you could go ahead and re-download it for free.
Thanks:shankargan
Andrew Mager / The Web Life:
Live: Wordcamp 2009  —  The following is a live blog.  Beware of spelling errors, and lots of photos.  Enjoy.  —  Wordcamp is a conference about blogging and developing the future of the best blogging platform.  Wordpress founder Matt Mullenweg is celebrating the 6th anniversary of the open source blogging software.
Discussion: Ben Werdmuller
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Aaron Brazell / Technosailor.com:
WordPress and WordPress MU to Merge
Discussion: Geekword, Thanks:technosailor
 
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint's HTC S511 Snap makes an appearance on Best Buy website
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com, WMExperts and Gizmodo
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Bartz's (S)mash Note to Ballmer: The Photographic Proof
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Study: Data Center Supply Near All-Time Low
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 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Bakalar / Crave: The gadget blog:
Our E3 2009 Predictions
Discussion: Technologizer
Dan Goodin / The Register:
PC-pwning infection hits 30,000 legit websites
Discussion: securitylabs.websense.com, Thanks:blogfisher
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Ascendance of Internet Radio
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Video: Sony's PSP Go leaks out before E3, is obviously a go