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10:50 AM ET, June 11, 2009

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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 …
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Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Where and When You Can Get the iPhone 3G S  —  The line starts here: Both Apple and AT&T have announced details on where, when, and how to get a shiny new iPhone 3G S, when the device starts shipping on June 19.  —  AT&T stores will open at 7am on June 19, and the carrier is already taking pre-orders …
Discussion: PC World
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Looking Forward To Streaming Live Video From Your iPhone 3G S?  Not So Fast.
Discussion: MobileCrunch
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.
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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) …
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 …
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 …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
How Intuit managed to hold off Microsoft  —  The defeat of Microsoft Money at the hands of Intuit's Quicken marks a rare chapter in the annals of software history.  —  Intuit is one of the few companies to take Microsoft head-on on its home turf—packaged software—and come out on top.
Discussion: GMSV and Best Engaging Communities
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.
Tom Vanderbilt / New York Times:
Data Center Overload  —  It began with an Xbox game.  —  On a recent rainy evening in Brooklyn, I was at a friend's house playing (a bit sheepishly, given my incipient middle age) Call of Duty: World at War.  Scrolling through the game's menus, I noticed a screen for Xbox Live …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
IAC's Diller: The iPhone is our crystal ball  —  NEW YORK—Barry Diller doesn't want to predict the future.  —  “I'm not a great predictor of these things,” the IAC/InterActiveCorp CEO said onstage at his Wednesday keynote for the Advertising 2. conference, when interviewer …
Microsoft Translator Official Team Blog:
Microsoft Translator Instant Answers Now On Bing  —  Use Bing to instantly translate queries from one language to another with our translation Instant Answer!  Starting today, when you are looking for a translation of a word or phrase, go to Bing.com and kick off an instant translation, powered by Microsoft Translator.
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
China's computers at hacking risk  —  Every PC in China could be at risk of being taken over by malicious hackers because of flaws in compulsory government software.  —  The potential faults were brought to light by Chinese computer experts who said the flaw could lead to a “large-scale disaster”.
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Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
“All new computers are required to wear condoms....”
Discussion: New York Times
Don Clark / Digits:
Palm Pre Underscores New Forces in Cellphone Chips  —  Consumer gadgets are quickly disassembled by research firms, hoping to divine decisions that affect component suppliers.  A “teardown” of the Palm Pre by iSuppli provides the latest evidence that some segments of the cellphone market …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Lightning Strike Triggers Amazon EC2 Outage  —  Some customers of Amazon's EC2 cloud computing service were offline for more than four hours Wednesday night after an electrical storm damaged power equipment at one of the company's data centers.  The problems began at about 6:30 pm Pacific time …
Discussion: GigaOM and Beyond Search
Steven Walling / ReadWriteWeb:
Kiva Now Allows You to Invest in US Small Businesses  —  Today, the much-lauded microlender Kiva announced it will begin a pilot program of loans to U.S. small enterprise.  Kiva began in Africa, and after four years has since expanded to 44 countries, mostly in the developing world.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Leaked: OS 5.0.0.100 for the Bold and Curve 8900!  —  Wanting to give OS 5.0 for the BlackBerry Bold or Curve 8900 another go?  The last we posted in the blogs on OS 5.0 it was version 5.0.0.93 that was available, but now 5.0.0.100 has popped up in the wild for these same devices.
Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
Atomic Warfare  —  Intel last week bought for $884 million Wind River Systems, a venerable embedded operating system company — yet another of the chip giant's recent forays into software.  The reason for this purchase is both simple and grand — to help Intel vertically integrate and to further its Linux ambitions.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Can Oracle give Java a boost (and monetize it better)?  —  The prize in Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems is Java, but the big question is whether Larry Ellison and the gang can monetize the popular platform and bolster its standing against up and coming programming languages.
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 …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Twitter Tracker Returns to Conan and Gets its Own Website  —  Conan O'Brien is apparently keen on making Twitter a part of The Tonight Show - at least in a satirical kind of way.  Tuesday night's episode saw the return of the “Twitter Tracker” sketch that debuted last week, featuring more made up …
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
Owen Fletcher / Macworld:
Chinese iPhone deal shows more hints of progress  —  Hints of progress toward Apple's goal of selling the iPhone in China have appeared on its own Web site and that of a Chinese government organization.  —  An Apple handset that uses one of the next-generation mobile standards offered …
Stephen Baker / Business Week:
A Bull Market in Social Entrepreneurs  —  Amid a woeful jobs market, Stanford grads are starting their own companies, many of them with hopes of changing the world  —  For graduating students at Stanford University, it's all too clear that the economy's in the tank.
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Smartphone Roulette  —  The market for business apps is booming, but business-software makers face make-or-break choices among BlackBerry, Apple's iPhone, Palm, and others  —  When Pyxis Mobile began selling business software for mobile phones in 2004, there were only a couple of major alternatives …
Tim Stevens / Engadget Mobile:
PhonePoint Pen application is a hand-talkers' dream come true  —  Know someone who talks with their hands so expressively that you have to step back or risk catching a wayward exclamation point in the face?  The video after the break will make their day.  Students at Duke University have come …
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk and IntoMobile
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 …
 
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Global IT Security Survey Finds Insider Snooping on the Rise
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Three strikes: time to stop betting on a house of cards
Discussion: TechnoLlama, Guardian and Ars Technica
Marla Aaron / IAB:
Ad-Supported Internet Contributes $300 Billion to U.S. Economy …
Discussion: Google Public Policy Blog and PC World, Thanks:atul
John Ribeiro / Network World:
Dell bundling open source applications for SMBs
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook bans scammy ad networks but problems persist
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Rita Chang / AdAge:
Is That an Ad for Facebook?  —  Sprint, Dell Among …
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Microsoft Declares Quarterly Dividend; Board of Directors Proposes …
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Glenn Fleishman / Macworld:
iPhone 3G S features 7.2 Mbps, AT&T's network doesn't
Discussion: dailywireless.org and PC World
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhone 3G S supports OpenGL ES 2.0, but 3G only supports 1.1 …
 

 
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