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8:20 PM ET, June 6, 2009

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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.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facing A Lawsuit 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 …
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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.
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Get the Tech Scuttlebutt!  (It Might Even Be True.)  —  AT 2:56 in the morning on May 5, a headline flashed on Gawker, the New York gossip site that also carries a smattering of Silicon Valley buzz.  It was tentative in its phrasing: “Could Apple Buy Twitter?”
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ouch  —  So.  —  The Gillmor Gang was today.  We started things off with a nice talk about Rajeev Motwani and his contributions to the community.  That was nice.  —  Then Leo Laporte started talking about the Palm Pre, which launches today.  That part of the show …
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.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Twitter's Real Time Spam Problem  —  And so real-time search begets real-time spam.  We knew this would happen, but it's annoying and becoming a growing problem.  Question is, will Twitter do anything about it, beginning with removing its “Trends” feature?
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm Pre already torn to shreds, estimated to cost $170  —  Zero-day teardowns are now a staple of major new product launches, and Rapid Repair is eager to do the deed on the Pre just a few hours after going on sale.  Word like “pry,” “razor,” “spudge,” and “difficult” all make appearances in this one …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft Store officially confirms Windows 7 boxart  —  It appears the Polish website, CentrumXP.pl, 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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