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7:00 AM ET, June 14, 2009

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Do Facebook Vanity URLs Equals Kill Twitter Vol. 2?  —  This past Friday, Facebook started issuing vanity URLs to its 200 million plus community.  It was a big change for the social networking company that has so far used unique numerical identifications to identify its members.
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Bloomberg:
Facebook Members Register Personalized User Names at Rate of 550 a Second  —  Facebook Inc., the largest social- networking site, said members registered user names at a rate of more than 550 a second in the 15 minutes after the company offered people the chance to claim personalized Web addresses.
Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:   Facebook Usernames and OpenID
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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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.
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 …
Julia Prodis Sulek / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley innovators mourn for ‘super uber connector’ Rajeev Motwani  —  It wasn't like Rajeev Motwani to be late without calling or texting.  But here were Kaboodle's two founders at Junnoon Indian restaurant in Palo Alto checking their iPhones and looking over their shoulders as each person walked in.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With NPR On Process Journalism  —  Yesterday I did an interview with NPR's On The Media about the idea of Process Journalism.  —  Process Journalism is the posting of a story before it's fully baked, something the New York Times officially despises, but they do it too.  —  From my original post:
Discussion: On The Media, Thanks:dwr
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 …
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.
Discussion: Techdirt
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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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry, Apple's Price Cuts Won't Save Its Sputtering Mac Business
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Holocaust Museum Death Won't Change Facebook's Mind On Hate …
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Google Wave Questions and Answers
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Steve Jobs' health status in 13 words
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Has The Pirate Bay Lost Its Appeal... Or Should We Not Trust The NY Times?
Discussion: New York Times and TorrentFreak
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Safari numbers still dwarfed by Firefox downloads
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