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8:50 PM ET, June 10, 2009

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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 3G S Has a 600 MHz Processor, 256MB of RAM, PowerVR SGX  —  T-Mobile.nl has posted some technical specs about the iPhone 3G S revealing that the newest iPhone carries a 600 MHz processor and 256MB of RAM.  —  600 MHz is notably faster than the current iPhone and iPod Touch which run at 412 MHz and 532 MHz, respectively.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Looking Forward To Streaming Live Video From Your iPhone 3G S?  Not So Fast.
Discussion: MobileCrunch
AnandTech:
The iPhone 3GS Hardware Exposed & Analyzed
Discussion: VentureBeat, DailyTech and Touch Arcade
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?
Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
Palm Promotes Ex-Apple Rubinstein To CEO (PALM, AAPL)  —  Palm (PALM) chairman Jon Rubinstein, a former Apple (AAPL) executive, will become Palm's CEO.  Current Palm CEO Ed Colligan will move to Elevation Partners, the private equity firm that owns a big chunk of Palm.
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Anil Dash:
Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames  —  A small number of super-geeky obsessives is abuzz over the upcoming launch of Facebook Usernames, an exciting new feature that will let you put some parts of your name into a web address.  —  Since its announcement yesterday …
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?
Discussion: paidContent
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 …
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: Ars Technica, Gizmodo and I4U News
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: eWeek, Obsessable and VG247
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: Contentinople and Between the Lines, Thanks:atul
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
IAC's Diller: The iPhone is our crystal ball
Discussion: Business Week, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
The Google Wave Highlight Reel  —  We haven't been invited to try out Google Wave (yet? pretty please Mister Google?), but based on the 80-minute demonstration video, we're jazzed about it.  Don't have 80 minutes?  These eight 30-60 second clips highlight the best parts of Google Wave.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft to discontinue MS Money  —  Microsoft plans to stop selling Microsoft Money, its venerable, but not market-leading personal finance program, CNET News has learned.  —  The software maker has been notifying financial institutions and plans to announce the move to customers …
BillShrink Guy / Shrinkage Is Good:
Total Cost of Ownership: iPhone 3G S versus Palm Pre versus Android G1  —  With the recent release information on Apple's new iPhone 3GS and Palm's venture back into the market with their highly anticipated Pre, there are more legitimate smartphone options than ever.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Web inventor to help Downing Street open up government data  —  Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, will help the British government to make its data more easily available online, Gordon Brown said today.  —  “So that government information is accessible and useful …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Open Government: Berners-Lee and the UK to Show Obama How It's Done
Discussion: OSTP Blog and Connecting the Dots
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: PE Hub Blog, HipMojo.com and VatorNews, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Google Mobile Blog:
The Iterative Web App - Faster Address Auto-complete and Keyboard Shortcuts  —  On April 7th, we announced a new version of Gmail for mobile for iPhone and Android-powered devices.  Among the improvements was a complete redesign of the web application's underlying code which allows us …
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 …
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 …
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.”
Glenn Fleishman / Macworld:
iPhone 3G S features 7.2 Mbps, AT&T's network doesn't  —  Inside the new iPhone's 7.2 HSPA support  —  The iPhone 3G S unveiled by Apple Monday has the latest of everything, including 7.2 HSPA, the fastest mobile broadband flavor currently available for U.S. 3G networks.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
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.
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:
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.
Nigel Daley / Yahoo! Developer Network Home:
Announcing the Yahoo! Distribution of Hadoop  —  Today we're announcing the general availability of the Yahoo! Distribution of Hadoop, a source-only distribution of Apache Hadoop that we deploy here at Yahoo!.  In my role as quality and release engineering manager for grid technologies at Yahoo! …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Twitter Bumps Ceiling  —  It had to happen, and it has.  Twitter's unbelievable growth numbers have flatlined, or even gone down, if you look at Quantcast (the site is not Quantified).  —  This was predictable, given all the media hype and new folks, and the very real newbie problem I outlined in this post last month.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Yahoo Nukes Man's Photos Over Obama Comments  —  Flickr user Shepherd Johnson was browsing the official White House photostream one night when he decided to post a politically-charged comment.  Then another, then another.  Soon, without warning, Yahoo's photo-sharing service deleted his account, complete with 1,200 pictures.
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 …
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Next-generation iPhone game Doom Resurrection debuting next week
Discussion: Kotaku and Ubergizmo
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google unfazed by 3 US government inquiries
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How Verizon and AT&T may use “wireless neutrality” …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple stores to open 8 a.m., AT&T stores 7 a.m. for iPhone 3G S
Discussion: Technologizer and CNET News
Sagar Kamdar / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Out with the old, in with the new  —  We launched a preview …
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Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
Skype: No Palm Pre App for Now
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Aviary launches Firefox plugin for image editing, audio editor coming soon
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Exclusive: Twitter Investor Betaworks Buys Twitterfeed Stake
Discussion: paidContent.org and Maximum PC all, Thanks:atul
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Sirius XM Passing Music Royalty Rates On To Subscribers, Raising Lots Of Questions
Discussion: CrunchGear
 

 
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