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1:55 AM ET, June 13, 2009

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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
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
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Todd Wilder / Apple:
Safari 4 Downloads Top 11 Million in Three Days
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11 million downloads in 3 days
Discussion: TG Daily
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: VentureBeat and Pulse2
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.
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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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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
When the Cell Phone Is the Office Phone, Taxing It Is Wrong
Discussion: Mobile Messaging 2.0
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
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: AppleInsider, BetaNews and BBC
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.
Discussion: IntoMobile, Gizmodo and SlashGear
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
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
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:
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.
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
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 …
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why Dell Can't Buy Palm  —  There is no credible evidence, not even unsourced rumors, that Dell is trying to buy Palm.  That hasn't stopped a bit of Web chatter, spurred in part by a report by Collins Stewart analyst Ashok Kumar that that is exactly what Dell should do with the $1 billion it just raised selling bonds.
Discussion: Associated Press and Seeking Alpha
 
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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
China's Filtering Software Contains Pirated Code
Discussion: InformationWeek and CrunchGear
Larry Magid / CNET News:
Bing modified to enable porn filtering
Discussion: Bing Community and BetaNews
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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Post to Twitter from Flickr (the official way)
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Social game company Zynga says it's not planning for IPO
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China's Computer Folly
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: 100,000 Pre Units Shipped So Far, Analyst Says
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
The Daily Start-Up: Biz Grads Keep Pouring Into Venture Capital
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Wall Street not fully appreciating Apple's notebook price cuts
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