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4:05 PM ET, June 6, 2009


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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Goodbye Old Friend.  R.I.P. Rajeev Motwani  —  Updated: Rajeev Motwani, one of the savviest angel investors in Silicon Valley, a Stanford professor and most importantly a close and personal friend passed away earlier today.  He was 45 and is left behind by his wife Asha and kids.
Sergey Brin / too:
Remembering Rajeev  —  It has been a long time since I have updated this blog.  In fact, I have been doing some research for what I thought would be my next post.  —  Unfortunately, life does not always give you the luxury to plan what may be close to your heart next.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Silicon Valley Grieves Rajeev Motwani's Passing  —  The news of Professor Rajeev Motwani's untimely death on Friday afternoon spread quickly throughout the couple of hundred attendees of tonight's TechFellow event in San Francisco.  The mood of the event turned from cheerful cocktail sipping banter to stunned silence.
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Not Playing Ball  —  Impersonation violates Twitter's Terms of Service and we take the issue seriously.  We suspend, delete, or transfer control of accounts known to be impersonation.  When alerted, we took action in this regard on behalf of St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
Discussion: Mashable! and Digits
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facing Lawsuits And Complaints From Celebs, Twitter Launches Verified Accounts  —  Twitter has faced harsh criticism from celebrities, including Kanye West, about impersonators creating unauthorized accounts on their behalf.  Tony La Russa, the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals Major League …
Derrick Goold / Bird Land:
Tony La Russa and Twitter settle trademark infringement suit
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Palm Pre goes on sale nationwide, line forms on the right  —  Oh, hey, look at that: you can buy a Pre now!  As of 8:00AM on the East Coast, the phone went on sale at Sprint stores, with Best Buy, Radio Shack and Wal-Mart also retailing the phone today as Saturday dawns across the country.
Dan / Xark!:
The newspaper suicide pact  —  Primarily written Friday night at O'Hare International.  Lightly edited, with links added today. —dc  —  I think I'll remember last week as the moment when I finally knew, with a certainty approaching fatigue, that the newspaper industry …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Hacker named to Homeland Security Advisory Council  —  Jeff Moss, founder of the Black Hat and Defcon hacker and security conferences, was among 16 people sworn in on Friday to the Homeland Security Advisory Council.  —  The HSAC members will provide recommendations and advice directly …
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Prediction: iPhone Video launches Monday June 8  —  Apple will announce the iPhone Video at WWDC 2009 this coming Monday.  That won't be a surprise though, as many are expecting it, Walt Mossberg said it, and Apple needs to counteract the Palm Pre launch.  —  What you don't know, though …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Gets Pwned, SF Store Is Now Advertising DVD Jon's doubleTwist  —  Apple may be known for its advertising prowess, but this little marketing coup is going to go down as one of the most hilarious ad placements in recent history. doubleTwist, the company co-founded by renowned software …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Twitter's Staff Uses Twitter (And Why It Could Cause Problems)  —  Twitter has captured peoples' imaginations like nothing else on the web in years.  It's growing fast, gets talked about all the time in other media, has fostered a huge developer community and gets used in more ways than anyone could have thought possible.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft Store officially confirms Windows 7 boxart  —  It appears the Polish website,, who a month ago leaked images of what was believed the be the Windows 7 packaging design and box art is more credible than I thought.  Shortly after I wrongfully dismissed their claims …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
On Twitter, Most People Are Sheep: 80 Percent Of Accounts Have Fewer Than 10 Followers  —  Let's face it, most people are sheep.  It is much easier to follow than to lead, and on Twitter it is no different.  A full 80 percent of Twitter accounts have fewer than 10 followers …
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