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7:00 AM ET, June 13, 2009

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Nabs The Man Who Engineered Google AdSense For Many Years  —  Facebook has just hired Greg Badros, a Google 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, his official title will be Director of Engineering.
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 …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Andreessen and Horowitz Complete Raising Dough for $300-Million Venture Fund-Let the Seed Investing Begin!  —  Even in the midst of a tough investing environment, Silicon Valley legend and serial entrepreneur Marc Andreessen (pictured here) and his longtime investing partner Ben Horowitz …
Discussion: Pulse2 and VentureBeat
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.
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: Macworld and InformationWeek
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Asa Dotzler:
11 million downloads in 3 days
Discussion: TG Daily
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: TechCrunch, Mashable! and All Facebook
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, Beet.TV and Reuters, Thanks:atul
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Guardian:
MySpace: Hundreds of jobs on the line as struggling social …
Discussion: DailyFinance
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.
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.
Tyler Tschida / AppAdvice:
iPhone OS 3.0 Re-Download Message A “Bug” Says Apple  —  The iPhone OS 3.0 re-download message saga may finally have come to a surprisingly positive conclusion.  —  We first reported seeing this new re-download message a little over a week ago when attempting to re-downloading an already purchased application.
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
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
MMS and tethering functional on some AT&T iPhone 3Gs running 3.0?  —  AT&T's been feeding us a story that it'll offer MMS on the iPhone only “once [it completes] some system upgrades that will ensure our customers have the best experience,” but here's the thing: it seems that it works right now …
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
HTC Snap Available For Sprint Users  —  The smartphone has an “Inner Circle” button designed to open a filtered in-box that only shows messages from predetermined contacts.  —  HTC's Snap smartphone is now available for Sprint Nextel customers, and it's designed to keep mobile professionals connected on the go.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Pentagon Cyber Unit Prompts Questions  —  New Command's Offensive Role Complicates Administration's Global Outreach  —  The Pentagon's development of a “cyber-command” is prompting questions about its role in the larger national strategy to protect government and private-sector computer networks and whether privacy can be protected.
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 …
Ian Youngs / BBC:
Bands ‘better because of piracy’  —  The rise of illegal downloading has been good for the music scene, helping to create a generation of exciting new acts, according to US band Fleet Foxes.  —  File-sharing has been the scourge of record labels for the past decade.
Discussion: Technologizer
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.
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
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
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Find Creative Commons Images in Google Image Search  —  Google Image Search added the option to restrict the results to images that are licensed using Creative Commons, a list of flexible licenses that allow content creators to share their works with the world.
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Chloe Albanesius / Gearlog:
Tuesday Xbox Maintenance Also Affects Netflix  —  Those of you planning to watch Netflix movies via your Xbox on Tuesday might want to make other plans.  A scheduled Xbox maintenance outage will also affect its Netflix linkup.  —  “While Xbox is performing this maintenance …
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.
 
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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
China's Filtering Software Contains Pirated Code
Discussion: Softpedia News and InformationWeek
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Bing modified to enable porn filtering
Discussion: Bing Community and BetaNews
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Why Europe Won't Go Browserless This Fall
Discussion: AppleInsider, PC World and BBC
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why Dell Can't Buy Palm
Discussion: Associated Press and Seeking Alpha
Robert D. Hof / Business Week:
Google's Grab for the Display Ad Market
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Post to Twitter from Flickr (the official way)
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Social game company Zynga says it's not planning for IPO
Harichandan Arakali / Bloomberg:
Infosys Says It's Ready to Boost U.S. Staff in Case of ‘Hire American’ Law
New York Times:
China's Computer Folly
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: 100,000 Pre Units Shipped So Far, Analyst Says
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
New study shows iPhone users to be in a class by themselves
Discussion: The Register, Apple 2.0 and VentureBeat
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@DellOutlet Surpasses $2 Million on Twitter
 

 
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