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Steven Levy / Wired News:
Supersized Kindle DX Makes E-Reading Easy for a Supersized Price  —  Another Kindle?  It seems that it was only four months ago that we saw a new version of Amazon's e-reader.  In fact, it was only four months ago the Kindle 2 arrived on February 9.  What's the June release have that the February one doesn't?
Felix Miller / Last.fm:
Message from the Last.fm founders, Felix, RJ and Martin  —  After two years running Last.fm within CBS we feel the time is right to begin the process of handing over the reins.  This is the latest stage in a long journey for us founders, which began in a living room in East London in 2002 …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Last.fm Founders Quit, CBS' Goodman GM For Now; But Why?  —  Last.fm's founding trio is leaving the social music site, a few weeks its parent reorganised it in a new CBS Interactive Music Group.  Martin Stiksel (pictured), Felix Miller and Richard Jones announced their decision in a blog post …
Discussion: paidContent
iSmasher / iSmashPhone:
15 Apps Rendered Obsolete By The New iPhone 3GS  —  Chances are you've already heard about the iPhone 3G S and some of it's cool new features (and same goes for the iPhone OS 3.0 and it's cool new features).  What you might not have thought about, however, are the apps which many developers …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhone 3G S supports OpenGL ES 2.0, but 3G only supports 1.1 — will the App Store splinter?  —  When we were breaking down the meaty differences between the old-school 3G and the 3G S yesterday, we made an assumption about support for OpenGL ES 2. 3D graphics APIs in the original iPhone 3G based …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Thousands rise to rage at iPhone pricing (which is actually not that many people) [UPDATED]  —  In a reminder that spurned gadget lovers can quickly turn rabid, several thousand angry iPhone owners in the U.S. and U.K. have signed a pair of Twitter petitions to protest pricing regimes for Apple's …
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 facebook.com/username/.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
English's Millionth Word: Web 2.0  —  For the past few days I've been focused on a final draft of an essay, co-authored with Tim O'Reilly, focusing on the theme of this year's Web 2.0 Summit.  It's rewarding work, reminiscent of the early days of Wired, when I'd regularly edit …
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Reuters:
Web 2.0 crowned one millionth English word
Discussion: VG247 and Obsessable
Ross Miller / Engadget:
The secret to Palm Pre dev mode lies in the Konami code  —  We couldn't believe it either, but as it turns out, from the launcher screen of your Pre, simply type in the phrase “upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart” — which if you parse with spacing might be more easily recognizable …
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Smartphone Rises Fast From Gadget to Necessity  —  In today's recession-racked economy, penny-pinching is a national pastime.  But people are still opening their wallets for smartphones.  —  Sales of BlackBerrys, iPhones and other smartphone models are rising smartly and are projected …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Lawyers plan class-action to reclaim “$100M+” RIAA “stole”  —  Lawyers in this year's two highest-profile file-sharing cases have joined forces, and they plan to file a class-action lawsuit against the recording industry later this summer to claw back the “$100+ million” that the RIAA “stole.”
Discussion: Neowin.net, p2pnet and hypebot
AppleInsider:
Apple stores holding fire sales on last-gen Mac notebooks  —  While Apple retail stores this week have been waiting on the first shipments of new Mac notebooks announced Monday, the company has quietly introduced end-of-life pricing on previous generation models to help its shops clear remaining inventory.
Discussion: I4U News and Ubergizmo
BBC:
Free broadband won't entice all  —  Some 43% of adults who currently do not have internet access would remain disconnected even if they were given a free PC and broadband connection.  —  The statistic, part of research conducted by regulator Ofcom will make depressing reading for some.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Apple finalizes PowerPC divorce with OS upgrade  —  Apple, a company that's rarely namby-pamby about making technological changes, has put its foot down once again with its Snow Leopard upgrade to Mac OS X due in September.  —  When the new operating system arrives in September, it'll work only on Intel-based Macs.
Justin Scott / Mozilla Add-ons Blog:
Introducing Add-on Collections  —  The ability to completely customize your browser with thousands of add-ons is one of the best features of Firefox, and highlights the talent, dedication, and innovation of our great community.  With thousands of add-ons and close to 1.5 billion downloads …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Eye-Fi launches wireless memory card for pro photographers  —  Eye-Fi has been building out its product line of memory cards that use Wi-Fi to upload photos directly from a digital camera to the Internet.  —  Now it's going one step further with the Eye-Fi Pro, aimed at professional photographers and enthusiasts.
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” …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Digg's Amazing Business Model, Explained  —  Now this is where you take out your not-really-that-Easy-Button, and start jumping on it.  Do that while you watch this interview of Digg CEO Jay Adelson, as part of Fox Business Network anchor Liz Claman's continuing “3 Days In The Valley” tour.
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Does the Venture Industry Need to Shrink by Half?  —  Will the venture capital industry survive?  Yes, says Paul Kedrosky, but it needs to shrink to half its current size if it wants to start generating competitive returns again.  —  Mr. Kedrosky made his case in “Right-Sizing …
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ironic But True — Many On Twitter Are Just Silent  —  Yesterday we heard from Harvard Business School researchers that only 10 percent of Twitter users are generating almost 90 percent of the content.  Today, HubSpot, a Cambridge, Mass.-based startup, has released a study that not only backs …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
French court savages “three-strikes” law, tosses it out  —  France's groundbreaking “three strikes” law that would disconnect repeat Internet file-swappers has been overturned by the country's Constitutional Council.  “Innocent until proven guilty” still means something in France.
Discussion: Techdirt, Reuters and Electronista
Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
Virgin Mobile USA offers Broadband2Go service with no contract  —  Using Sprint's EVDO Rev. A network, Virgin Mobile USA announced today the launch of their wireless broadband service, Broadband2Go.  —  When the service goes live later this month you'll be able to purchase a Novatel Ovation MC760 USB dongle for $150 sans contract.
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Sirius XM Passing Music Royalty Rates On To Subscribers, Raising Lots Of Questions  —  Beginning at the end of July, Sirius XM satellite radio subscribers will see an extra charge of about $2 per month on their bill, as the company will begin passing along the music royalty rates it must pay to subscribers.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
HP Scales Out With New Cloud Servers  —  The HP Proliant SL2x170z G6, configured for high performance computing, is part of the HP Extreme Scale-Out line announced today.  —  HP is stripping down to scale out.  Today the company is launching a line of servers and services targeting …
Discussion: eWeek, The Register, CNET News and GigaOM
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Exclusive: Twitter Investor Betaworks Buys Twitterfeed Stake  —  Since most of the news sites we read have signed up for Twitter accounts in recent months, we've all but stopped using our RSS reader to find news.  Twitter is great for headlines, and because messages are instant …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Interview: Part II: Barry Diller: ‘The Business Model For Content Is To Be Paid For It’  —  The backdrop behind the front desk in the lobby of IAC's Chelsea headquarters shows glittering lights on a world map, each one signaling a visit to one of the company's websites …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Thanks:atul
Business Week:
La Russa vs. Twitter Tests Web Anonymity  —  St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa claims he was impugned by a microblogging impersonator on Twitter.  Is the Web's anonymity at risk?  —  For many, part of the appeal of social media sites is that they let users hide behind a cloak of anonymity …
 
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Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Web inventor to help Downing Street open up government data
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Qualcomm's live mobile TV service goes nationwide on Friday
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Gearlog
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Supreme Court Won't Hear Case Over Computer Tech's Right To Search Your Computer
Paul Hyman / Gamasutra:
What Are The Rewards Of ‘Free-To-Play’ MMOs?
Discussion: Massively
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
IT staff snooping on colleagues on rise: survey
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
U.S. Presses Antitrust Inquiry Into Google Book Settlement