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1:30 PM ET, June 10, 2009

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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; But Why, And Who's In Charge Now?
Discussion: paidContent
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:   Last.fm founders to leave company
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/.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple stuns WWDC crowd with pulsating App Store hyperwall  —  In a rare treat for developers at this year's WWDC, Apple is showcasing 20,000 of the most popular iPhone apps on a massive hyperwall built out of Cinema Displays — one that pulses in sync with each and every App Store download.
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
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.
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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 …
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?
Discussion: Incremental Blogger, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
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: p2pnet, Neowin.net, hypebot and Slashdot
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.
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” …
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 and digg.com
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and Network World, Thanks:timoreilly
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Qualcomm's live mobile TV service goes nationwide on Friday  —  Qualcomm's live mobile TV service, FLO TV, goes national on Friday as the digital TV transition frees airwaves for new technologies.  —  San Diego-based mobile tech company Qualcomm said that the service can now reach …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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.
BBC:
HP test mobile social network  —  An intelligent, mobile-phone-based social network is being tested by researchers at Hewlett Packard.  —  Friendlee analyses calls and messages to build up a picture of a person's closest correspondents.  —  Regular contacts are displayed more prominently …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Casio EXILIM and Motorola Rival touch down at Verizon  —  Right on cue according to our scoop, Verizon launched two new devices today in the Motorola Rival A455 and the Casio EXILIM C721.  The Rival is a pretty standard messaging device that has a full QWERTY keypad, a 2 megapixel and a 2-year contract price of $99 after a $50 MIR.
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 Google.com as their starting point for searching the Internet.  About 2 years ago, we introduced Google Desktop …
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 …
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: The Register, CNET News and GigaOM
 
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Leichtman Research Group:
Over Two-Thirds of U.S. Households Subscribe to Broadband
Discussion: Contentinople and GigaOM
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Report: Mobile Bluetooth Campaigns Create Path To Purchase
John Leyden / The Register:
McAfee downplays service pack fail
Discussion: Maximum PC all
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Apple's greatest Microsoft jabs
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
What AdWords Customers Need To Know About $20 Million Settlement
NokiaPressServices / Nokia Press Bulletin Board:
Nokia N86 8MP now shipping
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Supreme Court Won't Hear Case Over Computer Tech's Right To Search Your Computer
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Hyman / Gamasutra:
What Are The Rewards Of ‘Free-To-Play’ MMOs?
Discussion: Massively, Raph's Website and Slashdot
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
IT staff snooping on colleagues on rise: survey
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Emma Heald / Editors Weblog:
iPhone 3GS: advantages for newspapers, advertisers, and citizen journalists