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9:05 PM ET, June 9, 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.
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 …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Google Apps: With Outlook sync, feel free to dump Exchange  —  Google today announced a feature that allows Google Apps customers to sync their mail, calendar and contacts directly into Outlook, allowing the users to keep what they love most about Outlook without being tied to the costs of running an Exchange server.
Discussion: eWeek and InformationWeek
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.
Joseph Tartakoff /
Google's Schmidt Rips Microsoft's Bing  —  Updated below: Earlier today, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) CFO Patrick Pichette said the company was still analyzing Microsoft's search-engine revamp—and wasn't ready to comment.  Well, apparently, Google CEO Eric Schmidt is more than ready.
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 …
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: CNET News, TechCrunch and InformationWeek, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
Tim Ferriss / The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss:
Exclusive First Look: SU.PR - Stumble Upon's New Traffic Builder  —  I'm so excited about SU.PR, it's hard to contain.  —  For the last few weeks, the brilliant team at StumbleUpon and I have collaborated on the creation of a new product designed to do one thing: get you more traffic in less time.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
StumbleUpon Launches URL Shortener, But Is It Good for the Magic?
Discussion: CNET News and Security Fix
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.
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 …
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 …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Sorry, iPhone 3G Owners, I'm Not Sympathetic  —  If you ask Apple or AT&T how much the iPhone 3G S costs, they'll emphasize two prices: $199 for the 16GB version and $299 for the 32GB one, as Apple does here.  It's only in the fine print and disclaimers that they'll explain that only new customers …
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 …
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Red Hat's Fedora 11: So easy you'll forget it's Linux  —  Red Hat has taken heat over the past few years for allegedly neglecting the personal computer in favor of more profitable enterprise servers.  It's a fair critique: Red Hat is an enterprise software company, a decision it made years ago, and to good effect.
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Green Dam filtering software scorned by many Chinese  —  Some Chinese geeks have been playing with the new government-mandated Green Dam censorship software over the past couple days.  People are reporting their findings on Twitter and on blogs.  Eisen blog posted the screenshot above …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple backtracks on Safari 4.0 tabs on top, ZFS  —  Amid all of the new features highlighted Monday in Snow Leopard, iPhone 3.0 and Safari 4.0 were a few unpublicized retractions: Safari 4.0 has lost its “tabs on top” and returned to the old conventional tabs of the previous 3.0 version …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Cool Matrix-Style App Wall  —  Today at Apple's WWDC event in San Francisco, Apple had a bunch of Cinema Display monitors mounted together on a wall showing what looked to be some sort of pulsating canvas.  But a closer look revealed that it was actually a huge collection of icons …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
AP Reporter Reprimanded For Facebook Post; Union Protests  —  An Associated Press reporter's official reprimand over an innocuous comment on his Facebook page has sparked the ire of union officials.  They are now demanding that AP clarify its ethics guidelines and are also urging reporters to watch who they add to their friends lists.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Google Open Source Blog:
Introducing Android Scripting Environment  —  The Android Scripting Environment (ASE) brings scripting languages to Android by allowing you to edit and execute scripts and interactive interpreters directly on the Android device.  These scripts have access to many of the APIs available …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why YouTube Will Sink or Swim With Obama Girl  —  ‘Midtail’ Content Safer for Advertisers Than User-Generated Fare  —  NEW YORK ( — Forget Hollywood.  YouTube's future lies less in “Desperate Housewives” and more in low-budget fare from producers such as Next New Networks, Machinima, Howcast and MondoMedia.
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.
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Survey Says: Web Video Watchers Aren't Pirates.  But They May Be Ready to Cut the Cable Cord  —  When I talk to people about Web video, I usually end up chatting with people who are in one of two camps.  Either they're tech-centric early adopters who believe that networks are dinosaurs …
Tech Daily Dose:
Is Silicon Valley A Political Incubator?  —'s David Herbert writes that Silicon Valley's entrepreneurial spirit has given us personal computers, iPods and Google.  What the sun-drenched tech capital hasn't produced is a political heavyweight — a fact …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cc:Betty Raises $1.5 Million For Email Organization Assistant  —  Cc:Betty, a free service that helps organize group email threads, today has secured $1.5 million in seed led by Venrock with investors Seraph Group and Hillsven participating.  The company was incubated in Venrock's offices and officially launched at DEMO in March.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Mac Chrome Lead Rationalizes Early Release, Needs Your Help
Discussion: Chromium Blog
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Battle for Data Domain Getting Hostile, Nasty
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
IBM launches social network for partners
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Between the Lines
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia N97 hits Flagship stores today for $699.99
PC Pro:
Novell ponders “open-source apps store”
Discussion: The Register and CNET News