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11:50 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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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
T-Mobile Accidentally Posts Secret iPhone 3G S Specs  —  Apple has flatly refused to tell anyone just what chips lie inside the iPhone 3G S. In fact, while Apple insists that the “s” in 3G S stands for speed, it could equally well stand for secrecy.  But T-Mobile in the Netherlands apparently …
AnandTech:
The iPhone 3GS Hardware Exposed & Analyzed
Discussion: VentureBeat and Touch Arcade
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 …
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 …
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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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?
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
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Next-generation iPhone game Doom Resurrection debuting next week  —  One of the true next-generation games on the iPhone debuts next week.  Doom Resurrection from id Software will be available in the AppStore and give gamers what they've been waiting for: much better 3-D graphics than most first-generation iPhone games.
Discussion: MacRumors, Macworld, Kotaku and Ubergizmo
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Looking Forward To Streaming Live Video From Your iPhone 3G S?  Not So Fast.  —  There's a poorly kept secret in Silicon Valley: A lot of people are using their iPhones to stream live video over the web.  The reason this is kept secret is because technically, no one is supposed to have such an app on their iPhone.
Discussion: MobileCrunch
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.
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.
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Microsoft will soon unveil free anti-virus software  —  * Will soon put beta version on website  —  * Company employees testing it internally  —  * Shares rise 2.1 percent (Adds Symantec comment, updates shares)  —  BOSTON, June 10 (Reuters) Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Now Testing High-Volume iPhone Push Notifications With AIM  —  Apple today invited a number of its iPhone OS 3.0 beta users to participate in a second high-volume test of Apple's Push Notifications system.  This round of testing will use a developer preview of AOL's AIM instant messaging application …
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and GigaOM
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
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! …
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Massive Layoffs Coming To MySpace - 25% Or More May Be Cut  —  MySpace is about to have a major wave of layoffs, according to multiple sources close to the company.  One source describes the number of people affected as “massive”, while another source says that the layoffs will likely affect between 300 and 500 employees.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Microsoft:
Microsoft Declares Quarterly Dividend; Board of Directors Proposes New Shareholder Right  —  Dividend of $0.13 per share payable in September; board passes resolution recommending that shareholders representing at least 25 percent of shares can call special meetings.
Discussion: TechFlash and The Microsoft Blog
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Symantec, McAfee to Pay Fines Over Auto-renewals  —  Antivirus vendors Symantec and McAfee have agreed to pay the New York Attorney General's office US$375,000 in fines to settle charges that they automatically charged customers software subscription renewal fees without their permission.
Discussion: The Register and PC Pro
Rakesh Agrawal / SnapStream's ‘TV Searcher’ Blog:
Analyzing trends on TV with SnapStream TV Trends  —  Today, we're launching SnapStream TV Trends (http://www.snapstream.com/tvtrends/ ), a tool that allows you to track trends on national television here in the United States.  —  Enter a couple of keywords (up to 5) into TV Trends and you'll …
Discussion: TechCrunch and NewTeeVee
Jeff Martin / USA Today:
Facebook removes purported page of S.D. Powerball winner  —  A Facebook profile set up in the name of a South Dakota rancher who won a $232 million Powerball jackpot recently has been disabled by the popular social networking site, Facebook spokesman Simon Axten said Tuesday.
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.
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.
 
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Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple stores to open 8 a.m., AT&T stores 7 a.m. for iPhone 3G S
Discussion: CNET News and Technologizer
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
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iSmasher / iSmashPhone:
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Apple's greatest Microsoft jabs
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Lawyers plan class-action to reclaim “$100M+” RIAA “stole”
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Thousands rise to rage at iPhone pricing (which is actually …
 

 
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