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5:15 AM ET, June 10, 2009


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Blaise DiPersia / Facebook Blog:
Coming Soon: Facebook Usernames  —  From the beginning of Facebook, people have used their real names to share and connect with the people they know.  This authenticity helps to create a trusted environment because you know the identity of the people and things on Facebook.
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Facebook usernames and the battle over your digital identity  —  Techmeme is buzzing with the news that Facebook is finally going to provide custom usernames — and hence web addresses — for its 200 million users.  The land grab begins in just over three days at
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
You Have Three Days To Pick Your Facebook Vanity URL.  Choose Wisely, Or You're Screwed.  —  What are you doing this Friday night?  Going to a bar with friends?  Going to a movie?  Wrong.  —  If you're a real web addict you'll be sitting at your computer waiting for the clock to strike 12:01 AM Eastern Time.
Google Enterprise Blog:
Use Microsoft Outlook with Google Apps for email, contacts, and calendar  —  Over the last year, we've had a razor sharp focus on making it as easy as possible for businesses to deploy Google Apps.  In the last few months you've seen some of the results, from offline Gmail to user directory synchronization …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Schmidt: Bing Can't Buy Search Love With Ads; Gotta Earn It  —  CEO Eric Schmidt has weighed in on the Bing launch — and he's not sounding panicked, not that I would expect him to be.  But he certainly puts out a conflicted message that Bing isn't a serious competitor and yet argues …
Google Mac Blog:
Introducing Google Quick Search Box  —  When most people think of Google, search comes to mind - and rightly so!  Hundreds of millions of people have come to know and love as their starting point for searching the Internet.  About 2 years ago, we introduced Google Desktop …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Macworld, CNET News and InformationWeek, Thanks:atul
Derek Kessler /
Pre Recovery Tool Leaks Out, Including webOS Root Image(!)  —  It's only been a few days since the Palm Pre was released, but one of the biggest breakthroughs for the outside-the-system developer community may have just been made.  As noted in our forums, the “webOS Reset Doctor” has leaked out — including the 195 MB webOS root.
Unannounced iPhone 3G S feature: Oleophobic Multi-Touch™ screen (skin oil repellent)  —  Eagle-eyed MacDailyNews reader “GizmoDan” found the following on Apple's “iPhone How To: Cleaning iPhone” page:  —  To clean iPhone, unplug all cables and turn off iPhone (press and hold the Sleep/ Wake button …
Discussion: I4U News and The iPhone Blog
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
AT&T's Network Problems Aren't Just in Big Cities Anymore  —  The AT&T hate is strong these days, especially following the carrier's inability to deliver two of the most highly anticipated features to the single largest iPhone market in the world.  But now even I am beginning to hate AT&T …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Billboard for WWDC is torn down; startup smells rotten Apple  —  The co-founders of a small startup suspect something more than a dark subway stairwell prompted a billboard to be pulled from a downtown San Francisco wall before the crowd attending Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference could see it Monday morning.
Discussion: and Boing Boing
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Revenue at Craigslist Is Said to Top $100 Million  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As the newspaper industry and its classified advertising business wither, one company appears to be doing extraordinarily well: Craigslist.  —  The Internet classified ads company, which promotes its “relatively noncommercial nature” …
Discussion: Associated Press, and Screenwerk, Thanks:atul
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Asustek Vows to Out-Apple Apple  —  Two years ago, Asustek wowed the world with the hottest selling computing product to arrive in recent memory: the Eee PC netbook.  But even that blockbuster device has failed to do much to boost the company's brand in the United States, a situation the Taiwanese computer maker intends to correct.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Don't look inside Apple's black box  —  Apple doesn't want people thinking of the iPhone as a computer—and it has a point  —  Ask Apple what's in the iPhone and they'll treat it like a black box, albeit one powered by Apple's special brand of technological magic.  Or maybe elves.  Or magic beans.
Brian Gormley / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Investors Predict Globalization Of Industry, Especially To China  —  Venture capitalists expect their industry to grow increasingly global, as firms shift more attention to Asia and as institutional investors around the world seek to add venture funds to their portfolios, a survey shows.
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
Where's Steve Jobs?  —  Apple fans got a new iPhone, but company CEO Steve Jobs, who is taking a medical leave of absence, was a no-show at Monday's keynote presentation for the company's Worldwide Developer Conference.  —  Getty Images  —  Steve Jobs jokes about his health during an Apple event October 14.
Discussion: FierceWireless and Gawker, Thanks:atul
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
SAP reshapes strategy for online software  —  A top executive at SAP is set to outline a new strategy today for delivering software over the internet, as the German software giant struggles to respond to a market that poses a significant long-term threat to its business.
Discussion: Digits
comScore, Inc.:
Bing Off to a Good Start in First Week of Search Activity, According to comScore  —  Microsoft Posts Gains in U.S. Searcher Penetration and Share of Search Results Pages After Introduction of New Search Engine  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
U.S. Presses Antitrust Inquiry Into Google Book Settlement  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a sign that the government has stepped up its antitrust investigation of a class-action settlement between Google and groups representing authors and publishers, the Justice Department has issued formal requests …
Google CEO says looking to buy smaller firms  —  * Google on the prowl for smaller firms to buy  —  Google Inc (GOOG.O) is looking to buy smaller technology companies to enhance its technology portfolio, Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said in an interview with the Fox Business network on Tuesday.
Duncan Graham-Rowe /
Nokia hopes to create a device that could harvest enough power to keep a cell phone topped up.  —  A cell phone that never needs recharging might sound too good to be true, but Nokia says it's developing technology that could draw enough power from ambient radio waves to keep a cell-phone handset topped up.
Discussion: and Unwired View
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Caterina Fake's, launching Monday, is already redefining ‘decision engine’  —  Microsoft's megabucks advertising campaign for couldn't have come at a better time for Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake's new consumer advice site,  —  With much pomp and circumstance …
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google News experimenting with links to Wikipedia on its homepage  —  The discrete news article, it has been said, is a framework that worked well in print but doesn't make much sense on the web.  News sites can offer context in a variety of ways that explode the story model …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 3.0 Now Available in Torrent—Tested, It Works  —  You can get it now.  Just fire up your favorite Torrent client and look for iPhone OS 3.0 7a341.  Everyone can install this, not just developers.  Here's how it works: … Warning: Do this at your own risk  —  2:29 PM
Discussion: TechSpot
comScore, Inc.:
On the Go and in the Know: comScore Reports Mobile Audience for Local Content Grows 51 Percent vs. Year Ago  —  Local Search Sites Expand Reach via Mobile Phones with Mobile Subscribers Increasingly Using Downloaded Applications and SMS for Local Content  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) …
Ian Paul / PC World:
Will TomTom's iPhone App Herald the End of One-Function Devices?  —  TomTom's turn-by-turn direction iPhone application, which was unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday, has been met with much enthusiasm.  The company's stock price increased by 17 percent …
Discussion: PC World and Dow Jones Newswires
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Feds have frozen online poker winnings, group says  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — An advocacy group for online poker said Tuesday that the federal government has frozen more than $30 million in the accounts of payment processors that handle the winnings of thousands of online poker players.
Wolfram|Alpha Update Today  —  There's new data flowing into Wolfram|Alpha every second.  And we're always working very hard to develop the core code and data for the system.  In fact, internally, we have a complete new version of the system that's built every day.
Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
T-Mobile Confirms Breach, Says No Risk to Customers  —  T-Mobile confirmed today that its network was indeed hacked, but said it doesn't believes any of its customer data is at risk and the penetration is not nearly as deep as the purported hackers alleged.  The anonymous group claimed …
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