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1:55 AM ET, June 14, 2009

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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google to Launch a Microblogging Search Engine  —  Google prepares to launch a service that indexes and ranks content from microblogging services like Twitter.  Since it's very easy to post updates and the posts are usually very short, micro-blogging services are great for live blogging, posting real-time information about an event.
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
Hey, Just a Minute (or Why Google Isn't Twitter)  —  TECHNOLOGY blogs have wondered whether Google is a lumbering giant in this Twitter moment, unable to handle streams of tweets that were broadcast just seconds earlier.  —  Google moves faster than some of its critics think.
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Facebook URL Madness: I Got Mine, But So Did Haywood Jablome  —  Imagine the odds: No sooner did Facebook swing open the doors to its fire sale of vanity URLs than a geeky frat party ensued, as members reserved prankish, clever and lewd names instead of maybe the digital alias their friends (and mothers) might have hoped for.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Revolution Will Be Twittered  —  Mock not.  As the regime shut down other forms of communication, Twitter survived.  With some remarkable results.  Those rooftop chants that were becoming deafening in Tehran?  A few hours ago, this concept of resistance was spread by a twitter message.
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Agence France Presse:
Mobile phones, Facebook, YouTube cut in Iran
Discussion: Gawker
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zuck: Facebook's Future Is Not As A Web Site  —  Why is Facebook building out a “Pay With Facebook” platform and even considering creating an ad network?  —  Because CEO Mark Zuckerberg is pretty sure the future of the company won't really be as a destination Web site …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
AT&T already sold out of launch day iPhone 3G S pre-orders  —  Signaling a likely repeat of Apple's iPhone sell-outs of the past two years, AT&T is already warning that those making iPhone 3G S pre-orders that they won't get their handsets on launch.  —  The US carrier's internal sales system …
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
The inside story of the Conficker worm  —  A HOTEL bar in Arlington, Virginia, 23 October 2008.  A group of computer security experts has spent the day holed up with law enforcement agencies.  It is an annual event that attracts the best in the business, but one the participants like to keep low-key …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The App Store Needs A Genius Feature, ASAP  —  You may not realize it yet, but the App Store is broken.  —  I spent this week at Apple's WWDC conference in San Francisco talking to quite a few iPhone app developers.  One thing that struck me was just how many of them shared the exact same concern with the App Store: App discovery.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry, Apple's Price Cuts Won't Save Its Sputtering Mac Business  —  Apple's (AAPL) MacBook price cuts should help stimulate sales in a crappy economy.  But if Apple wants to restore the Mac business as a growth engine for the company, it needs to do a lot more.
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
AnandTech:
Apple's 2009 MacBook Pro: Battery Life to Die For  —  Buy the Speck MB15-PUR-SEE-V2 Products  —  I was so focused on the iPhone 3GS and Snow Leopard announcements from this year's WWDC that I almost missed the gravity of the MacBook Pro announcements.  —  Apple announced price drops on nearly all of its laptops.
Discussion: MacRumors, ParisLemon and digg.com
Rosanna Tamburri / globecampus.ca:
The computer ate my homework  —  Is using a corrupted-file service to buy extra time for your assignment cheating?  —  Students tired of using the lame, old “the-dog-ate-my-homework” excuse when handing in late assignments, may have a new option to consider.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
FireWire: It's Baaaaaaaaaaaack!  —  Of all the news that came out of Monday's Apple WWDC keynote, one tidbit that didn't get much attention is worthy of note: Apple's refresh of its 13-inch laptop brought back the FireWire port that had been removed when the first 13-inch unibody MacBook shipped last October.
Discussion: Techgeist
 
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
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