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12:30 PM ET, June 15, 2009

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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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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 …
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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?  —  Perhaps now more than ever traditional media's challenge is to get and keep attention.  That can lead to overreaching and hyperbole, as in the case of a headline and story appearing in the typically sensational NY Post over the weekend: “Fear Grips Google.”
Discussion: Windows Connected and TG Daily
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: The Register and PC World
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?”
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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" …
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Leaked Olympus E-P1 Micro Four Thirds compact has us hot, bothered (updated)  —  It's not scheduled to be announced until tomorrow, but it looks like Olympus' Micro Four Thirds tribute to the classic rangefinder has leaked out onto these here Internets looking every bit as handsome as the top-side leak seen earlier.
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 …
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
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
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.
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?
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Politicians Fail to Grasp Peer-to-Peer  —  PARIS — It was the French equivalent of former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens' description of the Internet as “a series of tubes,” which made him the subject of endless mockery on the Web.  —  In a video shot for an online news site …
Simon Crisp / Gizmodo:
Palm Warns About Pre Tethering Hack - Because Sprint Won't Like It  —  Palm have “politely” warned the Pre homebrewers behind the Pre Dev Wiki not to talk about hacking the handset for internet tethering on their site ... because Sprint might complain.  —  The caution from Palm suggests …
 
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
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Ian Paul / PC World:
Samsung Refreshes Omnia Handsets
Discussion: IntoMobile, Engadget and MobileCrunch
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
The Myth of Customization?  —  I noticed that the BBC website …
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