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10:50 PM ET, June 12, 2009

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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 …
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Pthurrott / SuperSite Blog:
11 million Safari downloads?  Um.  Sort of  —  Apple is no stranger to hyperbole.  In fact, they sort of reinvented it, and regularly take it to new levels.  The week of WWDC, you might normally expect the hyperbole to have burned out by the time Bertrand “Grima Wormtongue” …
Discussion: PC World and VentureBeat
Asa Dotzler:
11 million downloads in 3 days
Discussion: TG Daily
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry, There's No Way To Save The TV Business  —  The traditional TV industry—cable companies, networks, and broadcasters—is where the newspaper industry was about five years ago:  —  In denial.  —  There are murmurings on the edges about how longstanding business models will come under pressure …
Discussion: Lucas Gonze's blog, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Why Europe Won't Go Browserless This Fall  —  The web is currently ablaze with headlines that IE8 will not be included in the European release of Windows this fall.  In fact, no browser at all is going to be included with the latest version of Microsoft's operating system.
Discussion: PC World and Computerworld
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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission statement on Microsoft Internet Explorer announcement
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Against real-time: Facebook to sort of bring back the old site design  —  Facebook is backing away from its March site redesign, a source tells me.  That's the redesign the one that focused users' homepages on a quickly updating “stream” of status updates — and was trying to take on microblogging service Twitter, as the source put it.
Discussion: Mashable!
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Is In Far Worse Shape Than Its New Executives Thought  —  Running MySpace, new CEO Owen Van Natta and News Corp. (NWS) digital head Jon Miller are beginning to realize they have taken on a much bigger challenge than they initially thought, sources close to both executives tell us.
Discussion: CNET News, Gawker and Beet.TV, Thanks:atul
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Guardian:
Hundreds of jobs on the line as MySpace considers cuts
Discussion: DailyFinance and TechCrunch
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Twitterrific, TweetDeck and Destroy Twitter: 1st Victims of Twitpocalypse?  —  The Twitpocalypse, while an amusing concept in principle, may not have passed uneventfully.  Twitterrific, the popular Twitter app, has now confirmed (on Twitter) reports from our readers that its iPhone version is affected.
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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, The Register and VentureBeat
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Best Buy to offer Apple's iPhone 3G S with insurance  —  Those who want added protection for their new iPhone 3G S units on launch day will have the option of queuing up at Best Buy to purchase both Apple's device as well as a rare accident insurance plan, albeit one which may cost almost as much as the phone itself.
DELL-Stefanie N / Direct2Dell:
@DellOutlet Surpasses $2 Million on Twitter  —  There was some buzz back in December around Dell generating over $1 million in revenue by posting offers and responding to questions on Twitter.com/DellOutlet— there's still mention of it on Twitter even today.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Nabs Google's Senior Director Of Engineering  —  Facebook has just hired Greg Badros, Google's Senior Director of Engineering, we've learned.  Badros joined Google in early 2003 and has worked his way up the chain since then.  At Facebook, he will be the Director of Engineering.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
China's Filtering Software Contains Pirated Code  —  Does ‘Green Dam’ steal code from CyberSitter?  And what are PC OEMs to do?  —  Post a  —  The “Green Dam” filtering software that the Chinese government is reportedly requiring for all PCs sold there contains pirated code, a U.S. software manufacturer claimed Friday.
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Username Registration Opens Tonight  —  Facebook username registration opens for the firs time in just a few hours, marking a major milestone in Facebook identity.  For the first time since Facebook began over 5 years ago, users will be able to choose a username to go by on the site.
Discussion: All Facebook
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
RSS Feeds Nielsen Online Ire, Glitch Inflated Times, USA Today, Fox Numbers  —  RSS is an acronym that stands for the online publishing term really simple syndication, but it recently proved to be anything but simple for online audience researcher Nielsen.  In an especially embarrassing glitch …
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:atul
Steven Troughton-Smith / High Caffeine Content:
WWDC+Palm Pre = Rollercoaster Week  —  Haven't blogged in quite a while thanks to exams and whatnot, but this week I've been in San Francisco for Apple's World Wide Developers Conference with a sizable group of other Irish developers.  And wow what a week it's been.
Don Clark / Digits:
DVD Jon's Ad at the Apple Store: the Mystery Continues  —  It's up.  It's down.  It's up.  It's down.  That's the brief, updated history of a billboard-style ad posted by the Norwegian hacker Jon Lech Johansen next to Apple's store in downtown San Francisco, the subject of an item here last Saturday.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Internal Startup Exec To Leave  —  Sanjay Parthasarathy, the Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) corporate vice president who oversees the company's Startup Business Accelerator group—which was set up last year with the charter of building new businesses for the company—is leaving Microsoft, paidContent has learned.
Discussion: CNET News and TechFlash, Thanks:c_santiago
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
“Spam King” Sanford Wallace Files for Bankruptcy as Judge Rules Facebook's Lawsuit Can Proceed  —  Earlier this year, we first covered the news that Facebook had filed a federal lawsuit against famed “Spam King” Sanford Wallace, Adam Arzoomanian, and Scott Shaw for crimes under the CAN-SPAM Act …
Discussion: CNET News and All Facebook, Thanks:atul
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com settles with Toys “R” Us, will pay $51 million  —  Amazon.com has settled its longstanding lawsuit with Toys “R” Us and will pay the toy company $51 million, Amazon said in a regulatory filing Friday.  The two companies formed a major ecommerce alliance in 2000 but the partnership dissolved …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
AT&T Says Forget About Cheaper Data Rates For The iPhone 3G S  —  AT&T (NYSE: T) may want iPhone sales to continue at a fast clip, and it may want to extend its exclusive contract with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), but it is not willing to drop data plan rates for the phone in order to do that.
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Google Changing Street View to Appease EU  —  At the request of a European data protection group, Google has made a few changes to the international version of its Street View feature.  —  Street View is a popular feature within Google Maps which provides street-by-street, 360-degree photographs of major cities throughout the world.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Social game company Zynga says it's not planning for IPO  —  Rumors circulated earlier today that leading social game company Zynga could have an initial public offering within 18 months.  Here's what chief executive Mark Pincus says in response: “Zynga is a young company focused …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Blu-ray Managed Copy Full-Res Backups Are Only Good in Theory  —  The idea behind Blu-ray Managed Copy sounds good—it'll let you make one full-res backup copy of a Blu-ray disc, and studios are required to support it beginning next year.  But needing brand new hardware is just the start.
 
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Larry Magid / CNET News:
Bing modified to enable porn filtering
Discussion: Bing Community and BetaNews
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why Dell Can't Buy Palm
Discussion: Associated Press and Seeking Alpha
Ian Youngs / BBC:
Bands ‘better because of piracy’
Robert D. Hof / Business Week:
Google's Grab for the Display Ad Market
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China's Computer Folly
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Chana R. Schoenberger / Forbes:
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Vanity URLs Will be Available to Pages With Under 1,000 Fans in 2 Weeks
Discussion: All Facebook, CNET News and Screenwerk
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
The Daily Start-Up: Biz Grads Keep Pouring Into Venture Capital
Discussion: Best of Boating and Digits
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Mozilla takes Jetpack back to the future with v.2 release
Discussion: AppScout
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Wall Street not fully appreciating Apple's notebook price cuts
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