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12:30 PM ET, June 13, 2009

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Sam Kennedy / 1UP.com:
Rumor: Xbox Natal is Actually Microsoft's Next Console  —  So you know how Microsoft is saying Natal will be as big as a console launch?  Well...yeah.  —  Earlier this week gaming blog Kotaku quoted Microsoft's Shane Kim as saying that the launch of Natal, Microsoft's new controller-free …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Apple's misleading Safari numbers still dwarfed by Firefox downloads  —  Apple has been desperately trying to turn Safari into a mainstream browser player.  Unfortunately, its numbers simply don't compare to Firefox.  —  Safari 4.0 notched 11 million downloads in just three days.
Discussion: eWeek, Macworld, Asa Dotzler, CNET News and Apple
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11 million Safari downloads? Um. Sort of
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.
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
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Mozilla casts doubt on Microsoft's browser gambit  —  You'd think that Microsoft's rivals would welcome the company's announcement that it will ship Windows 7 in Europe without an internet browser.  —  After 15 years (that's how long ago it was that the US first forced Microsoft …
Discussion: ITworld.com and iTnews Australia
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Why Europe Won't Go Browserless This Fall
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 …
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 …
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.
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Lightning Review: What Happened to Gizmodo's iPhone 3G S Hands-On?  —  File this one under “weird:” shortly after Monday's WWDC keynote ended—concluding of course with the announcement of the iPhone 3G S—we spotted a group of broadcast journalists huddled around the new device.
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, 9 to 5 Mac and The iPhone Blog
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.
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.
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Windows 7 Upgrade Programs Will Start Soon, Vary by Vendor  —  Some PC vendors and sellers will begin a coupon program on June 26 to entitle people who buy premium versions of Microsoft Windows Vista to upgrade to the new Windows 7 operating system when it arrives later this year, but the upgrade offers may not be free.
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
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 / 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
Don Clark / Digits:
DVD Jon's Ad at the Apple Store: the Mystery Continues
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why Dell Can't Buy Palm
Discussion: Associated Press and Seeking Alpha
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
“Spam King” Sanford Wallace Files for Bankruptcy as Judge Rules …
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Microsoft Internal Startup Exec To Leave
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