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4:00 AM ET, June 11, 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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?
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 to give gamers what they've been waiting for: much better 3-D graphics than most first-generation iPhone games.
Discussion: Kotaku, MacRumors 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
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! …
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.
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) …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Matching IDs suggest fake matte iPhones may not have been so fake  —  You'd think — starting from the moment you saw the glossy sheen of the iPhone 3G S to the waning seconds of this year's WWDC keynote when you realized that there would be no magical second model announced …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and MacRumors
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
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 …
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
Rita Chang / AdAge:
Is That an Ad for Facebook?  —  Sprint, Dell Among the Marketers Devoting Their Ad Time to the Social-Networking Brand  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) — Lots of brands are giving Facebook a lot of face time in their advertising lately.  —  In a TV spot unveiled over the weekend to launch the Palm Pre …
WordPress:
2.8 Release Jazzes Themes and Widgets  —  Filed under Releases.  —  I'm very excited to announce to everyone that the latest and greatest version of WordPress, version 2.8 “Baker,” is immediately available for download.  2.8 represents a nice fit and finish release for WordPress with improvements …
Discussion: Mashable! and Blogging Pro, Thanks:labnol
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Vanity URLs: Journalists Don't Have To Wait In Line  —  Friday night is the Facebook vanity URL landrush (first reported on May 31, announced yesterday officially).  At 9:01 pm PST on Friday, just log into Facebook and grab the name you want before someone else does.
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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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 …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The iPhone User Interface Stencil Kit  —  As an illustrator and UI designer, this is one of the most beautiful iPhone-related products I've ever seen: A stainless steel stencil kit to quickly draw iPhone applications user interfaces.  It even comes with a Zebra mechanical pencil.  —  I want it badly.
Discussion: iLounge, Macworld, techeblog.com and TUAW
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
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.
Bloomberg:
Cisco, Alcatel Protest ‘Buy American’ Mandate in Obama's Stimulus Program  —  Cisco Systems Inc. and Alcatel- Lucent want “Buy American” provisions waived for a $7.2 billion U.S. program to expand high-speed Internet access, saying the rules are difficult to meet and undermine the economic stimulus program.
Discussion: The Register and InformationWeek
 
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Jeff Martin / USA Today:
Facebook removes purported page of S.D. Powerball winner
Rakesh Agrawal / SnapStream's ‘TV Searcher’ Blog:
Analyzing trends on TV with SnapStream TV Trends
Discussion: NewTeeVee and TechCrunch
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Symantec, McAfee to Pay Fines Over Auto-renewals
Discussion: PC Pro and The Register
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Google takes its map cam for a spin on biking, hiking trails
Discussion: Switched, The Map Room and Lost Remote
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Twitter Bumps Ceiling
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google unfazed by 3 US government inquiries
VentureBeat:
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: CNET News and Technologizer
 Earlier Items: 
Sagar Kamdar / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Out with the old, in with the new  —  We launched a preview …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
Skype: No Palm Pre App for Now
Discussion: I4U News, Skype Journal and FierceVoIP
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Web inventor takes data to Downing St
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and broadstuff