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4:50 PM ET, June 11, 2009

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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.
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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  —  Earlier today CNET reported that Microsoft had sent a memo to computer manufacturers and retailers about our plans for Windows 7 in Europe.  We're getting quite a few calls on this …
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.
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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Frank Ohlhorst / PC World:
Will Microsoft's Free Antivirus App be Worth the Price?
Discussion: Profy
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 …
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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon's EC2 Service Suffers Outage
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
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.
Chris Savarese / AOL Corporate:
AOL Acquires Two Local Services, Patch and Going  —  Acquisitions Add to AOL's Leading Network of Local Services with a Community-Specific News and Information Platform and a Local Event Platform  —  AOL today announced two acquisitions in the local space: Patch Media Corporation, http …
Discussion: The Business Insider and Xconomy
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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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and Pat's Papers
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 …
Clay Dillow / Fast Company:
PhonePoint App Will Let You Write in Thin Air  —  Consider the following scenario: You're at the airport, scurrying from parking garage to terminal.  Luggage in tow, you glance at the signage as you rush for the elevator: “Level 4, Row C.”  Now, rather than juggle your hand luggage, suitcase …
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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
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google recaptures $761 from Facebook nemesis  —  If you badmouth us, we'll play hardball  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  After it was successfully sued in small claims court by a man who says he invented Facebook, Google has appealed the decision, returned to court …
Discussion: BuzzMachine
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
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.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
New screenshot gallery shows more polished Snow Leopard  —  A new and extensive screenshot gallery taken from the 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.
Discussion: MacRumors, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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”.
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.
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.
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
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
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Redpoint Ventures Doubles Down On Answers Corp.  —  VC firm Redpoint Ventures has exercised its option to purchase $7 million in additional convertible preferred stock in Answers Corp., which runs Answers.com and WikiAnswers.com (NSDQ: ANSW).  Redpoint Ventures was already Answers' largest investor, according to a release.
 
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Gerald Magpily / Dealscape:
Bloomberg report on Zipcar IPO gets it wrong
Saul Hansell / Bits:
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Discussion: VentureBeat, AT&T and mocoNews
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
U.S. CTO: Infrastructure growth needs private sector investment
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Liza Porteus Viana / Intellectual Property Watch:
Copyright Holders Acknowledge Losing Battle For Public Consciousness …
Discussion: Ars Technica and open
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Lycos To Relaunch Search Services In Europe, For Whatever Reason
Rhee So-eui / Reuters:
LG keeps mobile mkt share goal; eyes No.2 spot by '12
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Don Clark / Digits:
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook bans scammy ad networks but problems persist
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