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10:50 PM ET, June 14, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Voice's Secret Weapon: Number Portability  —  Google Voice, formerly GrandCentral, is a seriously heavyweight product.  When it relaunched in March, just a couple of months ago, we gave Google Voice a glowing review.  —  Once you've jumped in head first to the product it will straighten out your phone life forever.
Discussion: Gizmodo
James Doran / New York Post:
FEAR GRIPS GOOGLE  —  SOURCES: SERGEY ORDERS BING STUDY  —  You'd think nothing would get under the skin of search giant Google.  —  But co-founder Sergey Brin is so rattled by the launch of Microsoft's rival search engine that he has assembled a team of top engineers to work on urgent upgrades …
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Video: Nokia E72 accidentally makes an early appearance on YouTube  —  Nokia Conversations, a blog officially run by Nokia (NYSE: NOK), accidentally posted a video to YouTube that showcases the Nokia E72.  It looks very similar to the E71, but has a 5 megapixel camera.
Trooper P / Crunchpad Fans:
CrunchPad Prototype Unboxing Caught on Youtube  —  Straight from the sounds of the tweets, a Youtube video of the CrunchPad prototype unboxing has been spotted.  —  Loic Le Meur, the Seesmic.com founder who has close ties with Michael Arrington, posted the video of what looks …
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Firefox.next peek: profiling yourself  —  One of the features planned for the next version of Firefox (tentatively named Firefox 3.6, but most accurately referred as Firefox.next) is about:me, a specially crafted web page that will let you see your browsing habits profile including most visited sites …
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Greasemonkey script decodes an impressive list of TinyURLs  —  It's trendy to use the latest and greatest URL shortening services in IMs and Twitter postings, but clicking on a TinyURL is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get.  To avoid any nasty surprises …
New York Times:
The Tweet Smell of Success  —  Mr. Rogers had many neighbors, but was always looking to add more.  On Facebook, people who have hundreds of “friends” still collect them avidly: “Will you be my friend, we already have 15 in common?”  —  Twitter, the social-networking site of the moment …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Calendar Gadgets Appearing  —  Andrew Pariser emails in a surprise finding in Google Calendar (if by any chance you're able to reproduce this - I'm not - please comment): … [Thanks Andrew and Tony!]  —  Update: As noted in the comments, you can try disable all CSS on the page …
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com and Mashable!
Tomi T Ahonen / Communities Dominate Brands:
A Tale of Two Smartphones: US vs Rest of World compared  —  It was the best of phones, it was the worst of phones.  —  After I wrote my Open Letter to Microsoft (urging them to take mobile seriously) I had a lot of discussions and many were curious about why does the US market seem so opposite …
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Secret war on web crooks revealed  —  The people who run the world's internet systems are a rather secretive bunch.  —  Three times a year, senior technical officers from companies such as Google, Yahoo, AT&T, Comcast and Verizon meet to discuss ways of stopping the internet from being swamped …
Arn / MacRumors:
13" and 15" MacBook Pros Have a Slower SATA Interface  —  As first described in our forums, Apple seems to have quietly downgraded the SATA Interface from 3.0Gbit to 1.5Gbit speeds in some of the new MacBook Pros introduced last week.  Readers are reporting that both the new 13" and 15" …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
For TechCrunch, Twitter = Traffic (A Statistical Breakdown)  —  Some people use Twitter to organize street protests in Tehran.  Some people use it to share their daily thoughts and observation.  But it is increasingly becoming clear that one of the most common ways people use Twitter …
Discussion: Harry Chen's Roving Mind, Thanks:bobcaswell
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Dear CNN, Please Check Twitter for News About Iran  —  Note: This post was written at midnight PST last night, at which point CNN.com was hours behind much of the rest of online media in prioritizing the big news in Iran.  The site has since focused on Iran but we believe this post remains relevant …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP funds 60 researchers at 46 universities
Discussion: Digits
Cade Metz / The Register:
Jimbo Wales: No one can make money from Wikipedia...
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Starts Seeding Mac OS X 10.5.8 (9L14)
Discussion: Edible Apple
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Pre gets NES emulation in Linux; our thumbs are in for a world of hurt
Jim Cowie / CircleID:
A Closer Look at Iran's State of Internet, Strange Transit Changes …
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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Christopher Dawson / ZDNet:
Google could take a lesson from Bing on porn
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:blogfisher
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
A.P. in Deal to Deliver Nonprofits' Journalism
Discussion: BuzzMachine