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1:40 PM ET, June 12, 2009


 Top Items: 
No IE onboard Windows 7 in Europe  —  European buyers of Windows 7 will have to download and install a web browser for themselves.  —  Bowing to European competition rules, Microsoft Windows 7 will ship without Internet Explorer.  —  The company said it would make it easy for PC makers …
EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission statement on Microsoft Internet Explorer announcement … The European Commission notes with interest Microsoft's announcement of its plans for Windows 7, and in particular of the apparent separation of Internet Explorer (IE) from Windows in the EEA.
Associated Press:
E.U. Criticizes Microsoft Plan to Remove Browser
Discussion: Electronista
Paul Meller / Computerworld:
Microsoft trying to set own antitrust remedy, says Opera CEO
Mscorp / Microsoft On The Issues:
Working to Fulfill our Legal Obligations in Europe for Windows 7
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.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Yet Another Mobile iGoogle
Discussion: IntoMobile and Softpedia News
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Verifying Accounts Without Actually Verifying Them  —  It looks like Twitter has just rolled out its verified accounts.  As you can seeing on Michael's personal account, there's a “Verified Account” logo right above his name.  Twitter has previously announced that it was going to do this …
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.
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.
Todd Wilder / Apple:
Safari 4 Downloads Top 11 Million in Three Days  —  Apple® today announced that more than 11 million copies of Safari® 4 have been downloaded in the first three days of its release, including more than six million downloads of Safari for Windows.  Safari 4 is the world's fastest …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Sells $3 Million Of Computers For Dell  —  Who knew that Dell had 600,000 Twitter followers?  In any event...the company has apparently tweeted its way to $3 million in sales over the past two years, including $1 million in the last 6 months.  —  That's chicken feed for Dell, of course.
DELL-Stefanie N / Direct2Dell:
@DellOutlet Surpasses $2 Million on Twitter
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Vanity URLs Will be Available to Pages With Under 1,000 Fans in 2 Weeks  —  The Facebook username landrush starts tonight at 12:01am EDT, and with it comes potentially the best one-time opportunity for businesses to improve their Facebook identity and SEO by getting a good Facebook vanity URL.
Discussion: All Facebook
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
How Facebook Uses Your “Skipped” Webmail Contacts  —  Yesterday, Facebook suggested two people to me through its “Suggestions” feature which usually includes friends of friends, co-workers and people I used to go to school with.  The odd thing about these two suggestions was that although …
Wall Street Journal:
Tax Man's Target: The Mobile Phone  —  The use of company-issued mobile phones could trigger new federal income taxes on millions of Americans as a “fringe benefit,” spurring efforts by the wireless industry and others to kill the idea.  —  The Internal Revenue Service proposed …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Next Week, Opera Claims It Will “Reinvent The Web”  —  We've heard the phrase ‘reinventing the web’ too many times already, so we're wary of Opera's claims, but this made us curious anyhow.  The browser maker has just unveiled Opera 10 in beta, so it could be taking the wraps off the product and taking it public rather quickly.
Nikon Rumors:
Nikon D300s LCD screen leaked?  —  Should I say BREAKING NEWS: I just received this - a picture of Nikon D300s LCD screen?  —  The image was taken from an official Nikon USA site.  Note also the date: May 14, 2009 - this picture is new!  —  Update: note also the SD card logo …
Chris Morris /
PlayStation Prez On Leaks  —  You have to feel bad for Sony.  By any normal standards, the company's press conference at E3 should have had jaws on the floor.  —  A new portable gaming system.  A motion sensing game controller.  A greatly increased focus on digital distribution.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
OS X Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7: The Final Countdown  —  It's easier than ever to pit Windows 7 and OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard head-to-head: They're launching soon, both within a month of each other—and both are basically glorified service packs of the current OS.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
New study shows iPhone users to be in a class by themselves  —  iPhone users are richer, younger, and perhaps even more productive at work than those who use competing smartphones, according to a new study released Friday.  —  The study ($750 fee) from independent market analysis company …
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Forrester Research
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 …
Discussion: Electronista
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Wall Street not fully appreciating Apple's notebook price cuts  —  Investment bank Piper Jaffray on Friday called out Wall Street for not fully recognizing the impact of price cuts on Apple's new Mac notebook lines introduced this week, saying the move will in all likelihood boost …
Sargund / Sargun's Blog:
Doom hack.  I've gotten PRDoom running on the device.  PRDoom is an open source doom clone that uses SDL for its rendering backend.  The Palm Pre's GUI, Luna, utilizes a framebuffer.  The SDL backend we used was directfb.  —  The Palm Pre's rootfs, based on openembedded, had directfb …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Daily Show Rips The New York Times  —  The Daily Show does a much better job than I did ripping the New York Times. … (Here's the video on Comedy Central, for our international friends).  —  Crunch Network: CrunchBase the free database of technology companies, people, and investors
Discussion: Gawker
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Scribd: An E-Book Upstart with Unlikely Fans  —  Digital book site Scribd is wooing big publishers by offering greater control and more revenue than Amazon  —  Watch the Video...  Last year author Bob Seidensticker flagged his publisher, Berrett-Koehler, that a digitized version …
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