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7:15 AM ET, June 12, 2009

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Mscorp / Microsoft On The Issues:
Working to Fulfill our Legal Obligations in Europe for Windows 7  —  Vice President and Deputy General Counsel  —  [Update to my original post earlier today below - I've added more historical context for readers who might be new to the issue - D.H.]  —  Earlier today CNET reported …
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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.
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
Open letter to Microsoft: It's time for a single version of Windows  —  An Open Letter to Microsoft:  —  Windows XP did a great thing.  It united two operating systems - the Windows 9x codebase and the Windows NT codebase (including Windows 2000).  I would argue that the move to unify …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
No browser in EU version of Windows 7
Discussion: T3.com News and CNET News
Ina Fried / CNET News:
EU responds to Microsoft's browser move
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and PC World
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile's Samsung Bigfoot  —  One of our trusty ninjas just hit us up with the above photo of Samsung's Bigfoot Android device slated to hit T-Mobile USA this summer.  We've been told it will rock a 3 megapixel camera, be a UMTS/HSDPA device, and sport a 3.0″ capacitive AMOLED touch screen display.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Palm Pixie Is Real, But May Never Come To Market  —  Lots of excitement today over a second Palm WebOS device now that the Pre has launched.  The only problem is that none of this is news.  We broke the story about the device, code named Pixie, on April 29.  A day later we had the Pixie name and additional details.
Discussion: SlashGear
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Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Palm
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Free Anonymous BitTorrent Becomes Reality With BitBlinder  —  A question which regularly pops up in the TorrentFreak mailbox is “How do hide myself online?  How can I get free anonymous BitTorrent?”  Our answer is usually something along the lines of “Free anonymous BitTorrent isn't really a reality right now.
Discussion: Music Ally and digg.com
The University of Michigan:
Analysis of the Green Dam Censorware System  —  Scott Wolchok, Randy Yao, and J. Alex Halderman  —  Computer Science and Engineering Division  —  The University of Michigan … Introduction  —  Accordingly to recent news reports (NYT, WSJ), the Chinese government has mandated that …
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Yet Another Mobile iGoogle  —  Sometimes it's very difficult to understand Google: in 2008, Google released a great iGoogle interface optimized for iPhone, but it was discontinued one year later.  “We've decided to direct iPhone users to the standard mobile iGoogle page.
Discussion: Softpedia News and IntoMobile
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Google Mobile Blog:
Snack time with the new iGoogle for Android and iPhone  —  We like iGoogle because it lets us “snack” on interesting information all day long.  We can read a little bit of news here and there, glance at finance portfolios, take a look at the weather forecast, and then do a Google search.
Discussion: MobileContentToday, Thanks:atul
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Twitter Launches Verified Accounts  —  Twitter launched the first phase of its Verified Accounts program moments ago, meaning that celebrities, musicians, athletes, actors, public officials and public agencies on the service can now display a “verified account” button on their Twitter pages.
Aaron Wall / SEO Book.com:
What Does $14 Million Worth of PageRank Look Like?  —  From Hitwise: … Not to mention the link equity, eh?  —  Not a bad strategy there Systemax.  That traffic is cheaper than AdWords, will pay for itself in less than a year, and since they are a corporation the Google rankings + traffic will stick.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Scoble's Building 43 Launching Tonight With Practical Tips For Businesses Stuck In The 90's  —  Tonight sees the launch of Robert Scoble's newest project, Building43, an online community that he's building in partnership with web-hosting provider Rackspace (we're having them over to celebrate with us at our birthday party).
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
New screenshot gallery shows more polished Snow Leopard  —  A new and extensive screenshot gallery taken from the near feature-complete build of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard distributed at this week's Apple developers conference shows off a more polished operating system nearing its final stretch of development.
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David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:   Snow Leopard Takes a Page From the App Store Playbook
John Carney / Clusterstock:
Media Brawl Breaks Out Over Zipcar IPO Story (UPDATED)  —  Yesterday Bloomberg put out the story headlined “Zipcar Seeks IPO as Once 'Wacky Car-Sharing Gains.”  —  But now a fight has broken out about whether the company is actually seeking an IPO.  —  A spokesperson for the car-sharing rental company …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and DealBook
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Cindy / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Cookies Crumbling: YouTube Takes a Small Step to Increase Privacy of Whitehouse.gov Visitors  —  After discussions with EFF, YouTube has implemented additional privacy protections for visitors to Whitehouse.gov viewing embedded videos hosted by YouTube.  —  When the Whitehouse.gov website launched …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Alex Patriquin / Compete Blog:
Bing Attracts New Searchers, But So Far Only For a Trial  —  Unless you're completely new to the internet industry, or have been on vacation for the past two weeks, you've probably heard a lot about Bing, Microsoft's slick new search engine.  —  On June 1st, Microsoft officially launched Bing …
Frank Ohlhorst / PC World:
Will Microsoft's Free Antivirus App be Worth the Price?  —  Microsoft is getting ready to offer Windows users a free antivirus product (code name Morro), something it should have built into one of its operating systems a long time ago.  But, of course, Microsoft never makes things simple.
Discussion: Guardian, Profy, The Tech Report and TechVi
Celia McGee / New York Times:
Your Invitation Is Not in the Mail  —  IN Washington, the same week Barack Obama took office, a young staff member for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice enlisted Paperless Post, a new online stationery service, to help put together a going-away party for her boss.
Sysomos:
Inside Twitter  —  An In-Depth Look Inside the Twitter World  —  Alex Cheng, Mark Evans, and Harshdeep Singh  —  → Appendix for reference with complete list of graphs  —  Over the past few months, Twitter has experienced explosive growth, attracting celebrity users such as Oprah …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Spear-Phishing Gang Resurfaces, Nets Big Catch  —  A prolific phishing gang known for using sophisticated and targeted e-mail attacks to siphon cash from small to mid-sized business bank accounts appears to be back in operation after more than a 5-month hiatus, security experts warn.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Confusion expected as analog TV broadcasts end  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Starting in the morning and going into the night, TV stations across the U.S. planned to cut their analog signals Friday, ending a six-decade era for the technology and likely stranding more than 1 million unprepared homes without TV service.
Discussion: Technologizer and USA Today
GamePolitics News:
Sen. Orrin Hatch Calls Pirate Bay Case a Win, Slams Canada Over Copyright Issues  —  Influential Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) referred to a Swedish court's recent conviction of the operators of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay as “important” and a “victory.”  He also reiterated Congressional claims …
 
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Apple Researching Methods for Facilitating Emergency Phone Calls
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