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12:40 PM ET, June 15, 2009

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Is this Dell's Android smartphone ditty?  —  Mr. BlurryCam, meet Dell's first cellphone.  At least that's what the forum jockeys are claiming on Chinese site PDAFans.  We have no way to authenticate the claim but whatever we've got here is sporting a Dell logo on a Pre-esque handset running Android somewhere …
JBC / Nokia Conversations:
Nokia E72 unveiled - pics and video  —  SINGAPORE - The all new Nokia E72 boasts a host of new features including optical scrolling and a five-megapixel camera.  Building on the success of the E71, the E72 takes the very best of Nokia's most successful QWERTY device and makes it even better.
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Caterina / Hunch Blog:
Hunch launches!  —  If, as Erin McKean says, the internet is made of words and enthusiasm, let us put these words on the internet to express our enthusiasm for today's launch of Hunch!  —  For those of you who are new, Hunch helps you make decisions, and gives you results it wouldn't give other people …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Hunch.com's decision making engine launches.  Someone add Twitter now  —  Hunch, the new startup from Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, has launched and it's beguilingly fun.  After filling out 42 questions ranging from “Have you sky dived” to “Do you like it when the cabin crew cracks jokes on airplanes?”
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Hunch Answers Questions Based on Your Personality
Discussion: ChannelWeb
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Does Microsoft's Bing have Google running scared?  —  Microsoft may have developed a contender that threatens Google's Web search dominance.  —  In a story headlined “Fear grips Google,” the New York Post reports that the launch of Microsoft's Bing search engine has so upset Google co-founder Sergey Brin …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
NY Post: “Fear Grips Google” — Really?
Discussion: Windows Connected and TG Daily
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. to Help Clients Fight Cost and Complexity  —  In 2000, the Linux operating system was a hot technology, but it had not spread much beyond scientists, researchers and computer programmers.  Then I.B.M. declared that it would back Linux with investment, research and marketing …
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
IBM's Cloud Gains Definition  —  What does the “Blue Cloud” look like?  There have been times when IBM's vision for cloud computing seemed diffuse, largely because Big Blue has so many points of entry.  IBM sells servers and software, builds data centers, and provides consulting services.
Discussion: PC World and The Register
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" …
Philip Lam / all things Pre:
Sprint Warns Against Palm Pre Tethering Hacking  —  Sprint had “politely” warned the guys behind Pre Dev Wiki to desist from all discussions regarding tethering for the Palm Pre during the Sprint exclusivity period, or Palm will be forced to take legal actions against the people running the wiki and IRC.
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Simon Crisp / Gizmodo:
Palm Warns About Pre Tethering Hack - Because Sprint Won't Like It
Discussion: The Register and TechVi
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Use Their Work Free?  Some Artists Say No to Google  —  When Google representatives recently invited dozens of prominent artists to contribute work to be featured on its new Web browser, the company enthusiastically sold the idea as an opportunity to have artwork shown to millions.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google's digital book future hangs in the balance  —  Google, the company best equipped and most motivated to digitize the world's books, wants to offer the world an online Library of Alexandria.  The decisions of the Justice Department, authors, book publishers, a federal judge …
Discussion: Tech Central
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Stops Paying For Employees' iPhones  —  Microsoft's (MSFT) cost-cutting measures drove it to lay off thousands of employees.  As expected, it also led to some perks being discontinued for its remaining employees.  —  For instance, Microsoft won't pay for its employees' Apple …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Virgin Media and UMG launching unlimited music service  —  UK ISP Virgin Media has teamed up with Universal Music Group for its long-awaited unlimited music service, which has been announced today but won't launch until later in the year.  However, alongside it, Virgin is committing itself to …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple begins shipping first iPhone 3G S pre-orders  —  Apple on Monday began shipping its new iPhone 3G S handsets to customers who were among the first to place their pre-orders last week following the handset's introduction at the company's annual developers conference.
Discussion: MobileCrunch, I4U News and iLounge
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Android an Alternative to Windows in Netbooks, Says Gartner  —  Google's Android mobile phone software worked well on mini-laptops at the Computex Taipei 2009 electronics show and, backed by the strong Google brand, may be headed for prime time, two Gartner analysts said Monday.
Discussion: Liliputing, SlashGear and Engadget
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to launch new Core i7 and Celeron series CPUs in 2H09  —  Intel plans to launch new 45nm Celeron E3000 series CPUs targeting the entry-level market in third-quarter 2009 to replace the current Celeron E1000 series The company will also release a new Core i7 CPU in the fourth quarter, according to sources at motherboard makers.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Salesforce opens Sites; offers free version to help push cloud adoption  —  Remember when the corporate Web site consisted of mostly static Web pages: a home page, a handful of pages about the company's products or services and a place to learn more about the management team, contact sales or even find hours and directions?
 
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Leslie Berlin / New York Times:
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Providing Cellphones for the Poor
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Four years later: Why did Apple drop PowerPC?
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Ian Paul / PC World:
Samsung Refreshes Omnia Handsets
Discussion: IntoMobile, Engadget and MobileCrunch
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Rep. Wexler And The Lies Of The Copyright Industry
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
The Myth of Customization?  —  I noticed that the BBC website …
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Politicians Fail to Grasp Peer-to-Peer
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