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4:00 PM ET, June 15, 2009

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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 and Susan Mernit's Blog
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.
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 …
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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Google Mobile Blog:
Search by voice and transit directions come to Google Maps on Android  —  Today we're releasing an upgrade to Google Maps for Android-powered phones.  We've added a whole host of new features and fixed a few issues with Google Latitude.  —  You can now search Google Maps for Android using your voice …
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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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
Discussion: The Register and PC World
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 …
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Salesforce Offers Free Edition of Force.com  —  Salesforce.com is offering a free version of Force.com, its cloud computing platform for the enterprise that allows clients to build and run Websites and Web-based applications using cloud resources.  Salesforce.com has been aggressively focused …
Discussion: CloudAve
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David Chartier / Macworld:
AT&T: MMS ‘no extra cost’ for text bundle customers  —  Good news, everyone: it sounds like you can take a (brief) break from throwing darts at AT&T's logo and photos of its various executives.  Thanks to a new FAQ from the carrier that focuses on iPhone 3G S and some of iPhone OS 3.0's new features …
Discussion: Ars Technica and InformationWeek
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 …
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Adobe makes Acrobat.com a business with paid accounts  —  Adobe is taking Acrobat.com out of beta on Monday, and turning it into a business with paid user accounts.  The service, which has more than 5 million registered users will retain its free version, however there are now usage limitations …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
HuffPo Changes CEOs: Betsy Morgan Being Replaced By SoftBank's Eric Hippeau  —  The Huffington Post, which has achieved great popularity but is still looking for the profit to match, is getting its second CEO in as many years, paidContent has learned.  Betsy Morgan, who joined …
Discussion: The Business Insider, Thanks:allthis
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
China confirms security flaws in Green Dam, rushes to release a patch  —  China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has instructed the developers of the Green Dam censorware, to briefly release a patch in regard to last week's published analysis detailing the possibility …
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.
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.
Leslie Berlin / New York Times:
Location, Location: It Still Pays to Be Near  —  IN a business world linked by electronic networks and cheap, nearly instantaneous communications, physical location shouldn't matter.  —  But it does.  —  Aspiring editors still move to New York, home to a huge share of the nation's trade publishers.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
‘Documents to Go’ Appears in App Store  —  The iPhone version of Documents to Go, the popular document editing application suite for mobile platforms from DataViz, has finally appeared in the App Store.  Documents to Go for the iPhone offers the ability to edit, create and view Microsoft Word documents …
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" …
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
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Coming in July: Month of Twitter Bugs  —  A well-known security researcher plans to use the month of July to expose serious vulnerabilities in the Twitter ecosystem.  —  The Month of Twitter Bugs, a project which launches on July 1, is the handiwork of Aviv Raff (left), a researcher known for his work on Web-based security issues.
 
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Wired magazine's pitch to New York
Discussion: Epicenter
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Craigslist and Other Big Names Back New Open Source Volunteer Project
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Four years later: Why did Apple drop PowerPC?
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Politicians Fail to Grasp Peer-to-Peer
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