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6:30 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 compass …
Arn / MacRumors:
Further Translation and Photos from Purported Next Gen iPhone Leak  —  Yesterday's claimed leak of the next generation iPhone has generated a lot of attention, resulting in the original site (UMPCFever) going down from the traffic.  One 9to5Mac reader provides an manual translation of the entry …
Discussion: AppleInsider and iPhone Buzz
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Republican PR Director Calls Facebook's Randi Zuckerberg “totally full of sh*t”  —  One thing I love about Facebook spokesperson Randi Zuckerberg - she says exactly what she thinks, and she isn't afraid to use the power of Facebook to back up her opinions.  —  Mean bar bouncers can lose …
Guy Newey / Agence France Presse:
Blogging guru chips away at Great Firewall of China  —  HONG KONG (AFP) — How would you react if one million of your customers were suddenly stopped from coming into your shop?  Matt Mullenweg just shrugged.  —  The 25-year-old American is the founder of Wordpress, software …
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Cory Visits and the Social Networking Execs Line Up  —  Last Friday I got invited to join a brainstorming session to help Newark City mayor Cory Booker using social software.  Why was this meeting different than yet another celebrity or politician tweetering and Facebooking?
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
Patrick Goss /
Microsoft: We won't force Bing on anyone  —  Option to default to other search engines will be in new PCs  —  Microsoft has told TechRadar that it will not be looking to leverage its Bing brand within Windows, and insists that it will ‘not force Bing on anyone’.
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Apple Now Charging to Re-Download Apps on the iPhone?  —  UPDATE: Per comments below, this only seems to be effecting some users and only on 3.0 Beta firmware.  We've also added a poll in the forum so we can see what everyone thinks.  Take a moment to vote, betas can and do change...
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
In Music, Apple's Strength Becomes a Vulnerability  —  One of Apple's great successes this decade has been its ability to unite the cell phone, the portable MP3 player and the music store in one ingenious handheld device, the iPhone.  As new applications arise that allow on-demand streaming music …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
How much is it worth to be one of Twitter's suggested users?  —  The site's choice of recommended users remains controversial - but arguments may reflect its critics' motivations, rather than being a failing of the service  —  With Twitter growing so fast, people are once again turning …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google Wave - interwebs idealism in real-time  —  It's not a product.  It's a user happiness pill  —  Free whitepaper - What is your recession sales strategy?  —  Google I/O When Lars Rasmussen first floated the idea, Google co-founder Sergey Brin wasn't impressed.
Discussion: Gabor hits Send and PC World, Thanks:blogfisher
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Dear EU: Please quit whining about browsers already  —  There are plenty of things I'd love to quit reading about, and the EU's continued moaning about unfair browser bundling is pretty high on the list.  —  We get it.  You (and a number of competitors) think Microsoft needs to do something …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
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Nintendo to launch new version of Wii Fit: report
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Study: Data Center Supply Near All-Time Low
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
HTC Killed The Physical Keyboard. Smart Move.
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Put Ad on Web. Count Clicks. Revise.
Erik Sass / MediaPost:
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
Shooting to Software Stardom on the iPhone
Julie Weed / New York Times:
Finding New Employees, via Social Networks
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