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6:30 PM ET, June 15, 2009

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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Apple iPhone 3GS Sold Out?  Nope!  —  Quick, how many blogs have you read since yesterday suggesting that pre-orders for the new Apple iPhone 3GS [AAPL Loading...  () ] have been so robust, that they're already sold out?  Boy Genius Report had that news yesterday.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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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.
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
Apple Sees High Demand For iPhone 3G S  —  The iPhone 3G S may be a tough handset to nab on launch day, as Apple and AT&T have already sold out of their launch day pre-order units.  —  Apple will likely have another hit on its hands with the upcoming release of the iPhone 3G S …
Discussion: Macsimum News
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Hunch: Your “Personal Decision Maker”  —  Hunch is not a “search engine” insists Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, one of the people behind the new site.  But you'll probably start seeing it show up in (Google) search results, just like Wikipedia or Yahoo Answers.
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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 …
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 …
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?
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Updated: 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.
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 …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Activists Launch Hack Attacks on Tehran Regime  —  While demonstrators gather in the streets to contest Iran's rigged election, online backers of the so-called “Green Revolution” are looking to strike back at the Tehran regime — by attacking the government's websites.
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 …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Jeff Bezos at Wired Disruptive by Design conference  —  Jeff Bezos is very quotable.  Listeing to Steve Levy interview him at the Wired Disruptive by Design event in New York, I was furiously taking notes.  Here are the quotes I managed to capture:  —  “We've co-evolved with our tools …
Discussion: CNET News
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Apple Java update fixes security hole  —  Apple on Monday released Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 4 and Java for Mac OS X 10.4 Release 9, two updates that “deliver improved reliability, security and compatibility.”  Both are available through the Software Update system preference, or for download from Apple's Web site.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Finally Catches Up To MySpace In The U.S.  —  It's over.  Facebook is now as large as MySpace in the U.S., according to May data released today by comScore.  Facebook actually passed MySpace by a smidgeon, with 70.278 million unique visitors compared to MySpace's 70.255 million.
Discussion: Screenwerk, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Takes A Breather  —  After experiencing torrid growth during the first months of the year, Twitter took a breather in May.  According to new comScore data released today, Twitter had 17.6 million U.S. visitors in May, which is only 3.5 percent increase from the 17 million U.S. visitors comScore registered in April.
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 …
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.
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.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Starts Giving Watchers Ad Choices  —  YouTube is running a test on some of its premium content that gives users the choice to either front-load their ad-watching with a single full-length promoted video or stick to midstream ads at intervals throughout.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Web Users in Iran Reach Overseas for Proxies  —  As voting protests in Iran devolved into violence, and communications remained sporadic, Internet users in the country are calling for proxies they can use to stay online unmonitored.  Twitter, a hub of activity since the rallies began …
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 …
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.
Reuters:
US senators ask FCC to review mobile handset deals  —  Several U.S. senators urged regulators on Monday to review exclusive arrangements regarding mobile handset technology between wireless carriers and cell phone makers and how they affect competition and choice in the marketplace.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google: The Data Center Is the Computer  —  As folks increasingly store and access information online, the data centers powering cloud services need to be managed more like a single computing entity rather than a bunch of servers, according to a Google white paper (Google calls it a mini-book) released today.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft to announce Azure business plan next month  —  Microsoft plans to announce next month more of the business details behind its Windows Azure operating system.  —  The software maker unveiled the cloud-based operating system at a developer conference last year.
 
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Buy an Online Ad in Canada, Get Rest the World for Free
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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Craigslist and Other Big Names Back New Open Source Volunteer Project
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Ken Doctor / paidContent.org:
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Samsung Newsroom:
Samsung Jet - Smarter Than A Smartphone
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google's digital book future hangs in the balance
Discussion: TechCrunch and Tech Central