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10:40 AM 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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Marianne Schultz / EverythingiCafe:
Purported 3rd-generation iPhone in the wild in Hong Kong  —  UMPCfever.com posted a story early this morning showing purported pictures of the next-generation iPhone.  As is usually the case with spy shots, the pictures are pretty fuzzy, showing mostly the screen without revealing the body of the phone …
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: Master of 500 Hats
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Study: Data Center Supply Near All-Time Low  —  Data center vacancy rates will reach an all-time low in 2010 as available space is absorbed and the credit crunch squeezes new construction projects, according to an analysis by commercial real estate specialist Grubb & Ellis.
 
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Jeff Bakalar / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Discussion: Technologizer
Dan Goodin / The Register:
PC-pwning infection hits 30,000 legit websites
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