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2:35 PM ET, June 11, 2009

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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.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft to discontinue MS Money
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) …
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Microsoft announces free anti-virus service for Windows
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Europe to get Windows 7 sans browser  —  Microsoft plans to remove Internet Explorer from the versions of Windows 7 that it ships in Europe, CNET News has learned.  —  Reacting to antitrust concerns expressed by European regulators, Microsoft plans to offer a version in Europe that has the browser removed.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
AOL Acquires Tim Armstrong's Local News Startup Patch, Events Startup Going (TWX)  —  Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary AOL has acquired local news startup Patch, which AOL CEO Tim Armstrong founded in 2007.  —  A source tells us Tim will forgo any profit from his seed investment …
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Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Palm Pre is good, but it's no iPhone  —  Nearly a week with a Palm Pre cellphone, and I've only placed a couple of calls.  I've been too busy taking photos, reading the news, listening to music, playing games, watching videos, and reading the instructions.  —  That's a major weakness of Palm Inc.'s much-anticipated new gadget.
Discussion: MacDailyNews and WebOS Arena
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
SquareSpace isn't giving away new iPhones, exactly  —  Web publishing providers SquareSpace are giving away 30 new iPhone 3GSs over a period of 30 days on Twitter ... or are they?  If you read the fine print — and SquareSpace's FAQ for the contest, you'll see that what they're actually giving away is a $199 Apple gift certificate.
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Engadget, Mashable! and TUAW
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”.
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
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Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
“All new computers are required to wear condoms....”
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google Native Client grows out of research phase  —  Satisfied that its security underpinnings are solid, Google has promoted its open-source Native Client technology to accelerate Web applications out of its research phase and is taking steps to build it into the Chrome Web browser.
Discussion: OStatic blogs
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Palm  —  Palm (PALM Quote) is apparently preparing Pixie, a lower-priced follow-up to its popular Pre phone.  —  The new phone is expected to be a candybar-shaped touchscreen device that would sell for $99, and it's aimed directly at the cheaper Apple (AAPL Quote) iPhone.
Royal Pingdom:
Ten of the coolest and most powerful supercomputers of all time  —  For decades, supercomputers have helped scientists perform calculations that would not have been possible on regular computers of that time.  Not only has the construction of supercomputers helped push the envolope …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
MediaPost:
‘Twitter’ Makes AP Stylebook  —  Grammarians and journos take note: Twitter has made it as an entry in the 2009 edition the Associated Press Stylebook, which is, of course, the gold standard for many newspapers and online publications (such as the one you are reading — telling us to do such things …
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.
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.
Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:
Dell hoarding $10 billion, rumored to be making big acquisition (maybe Palm?)  —  The Wall Street Journal reports that expectations are growing that Dell is about to make a major splash with a corporate acquisition.  —  While the smart money seems to be on Dell wanting to …
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.
 
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
New screenshot gallery shows more polished Snow Leopard
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Lycos To Relaunch Search Services In Europe, For Whatever Reason
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
‘Tap Tap Revenge 3’ Coming In July, iPhone Push Notifications Sooner
Byron Acohido / Technology Live:
Twitter used to spread scareware
Discussion: USA Today, Thanks:atul
Rhee So-eui / Reuters:
LG keeps mobile mkt share goal; eyes No.2 spot by '12
Tim Stevens / Engadget Mobile:
PhonePoint Pen application is a hand-talkers' dream come true
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Don Clark / Digits:
Palm Pre Underscores New Forces in Cellphone Chips
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Smartphone Roulette  —  The market for business apps is booming …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Three strikes: time to stop betting on a house of cards
Discussion: TechnoLlama, Guardian and Ars Technica
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook bans scammy ad networks but problems persist
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Massive Layoffs Coming To MySpace - 25% Or More May Be Cut
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