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5:15 AM ET, June 15, 2009

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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 …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Thanks:bobcaswell
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James Doran / New York Post:
FEAR GRIPS GOOGLE  —  SOURCES: SERGEY ORDERS BING STUDY  —  You'd think nothing would get under the skin of search giant Google.  —  But co-founder Sergey Brin is so rattled by the launch of Microsoft's rival search engine that he has assembled a team of top engineers to work on urgent upgrades …
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 …
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.
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.
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?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
About That New CrunchPad Video  —  It seems like I've heard that title somewhere before.  Oh yeah, almost exactly.  So this time a guest at our party last week decided to corner Chandra Rathakrishnan, the CEO of our CrunchPad partner Fusion Garage, and talk him into doing this ridiculous “unboxing” of the CrunchPad.
Nelson Minar / Nelson's Weblog:
Social capital and online games  —  The older I get, the more I think about social capital.  Am I making enough friends to last me through my life?  I'm naturally a bit introverted and don't work a regular job or go to church or have a social hobby, so making friendships doesn't come easy.
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" …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Computerworld Blogs
BBC:
Internet brings events in Iran to life  —  Police on motorbikes charge protesters (Courtesy Corriere della Sera TV) - events like these are being filmed on mobile phones and uploaded online  —  All over the world people are monitoring unfolding events in Iran via the internet …
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 …
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Firefox.next peek: profiling yourself  —  One of the features planned for the next version of Firefox (tentatively named Firefox 3.6, but most accurately referred as Firefox.next) is about:me, a specially crafted web page that will let you see your browsing habits profile including most visited sites …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Starts Seeding Mac OS X 10.5.8 (9L14)  —  It seems there will be at least one more Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) update before we see Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) arrive this fall.  Apple has begun seeding Mac OS X 10.5.8 (9L14) to Mac developers.  —  The new version of Mac OS X 10.5.8 offers …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Edible Apple
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
Greasemonkey script decodes an impressive list of TinyURLs  —  It's trendy to use the latest and greatest URL shortening services in IMs and Twitter postings, but clicking on a TinyURL is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get.  To avoid any nasty surprises …
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Stops Paying For Employees' iPhones
Discussion: InformationWeek, Neowin.net and Gizmodo
Christopher Mack / Inside Social Games:
2009 Q1 Virtual Goods Investments Top $69 Million
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
New York Times:
The Tweet Smell of Success
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP funds 60 researchers at 46 universities
Discussion: Digits
Tomi T Ahonen / Communities Dominate Brands:
A Tale of Two Smartphones: US vs Rest of World compared
Cade Metz / The Register:
Jimbo Wales: No one can make money from Wikipedia...
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Secret war on web crooks revealed
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Pre gets NES emulation in Linux; our thumbs are in for a world of hurt
Jim Cowie / CircleID:
A Closer Look at Iran's State of Internet, Strange Transit Changes …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Calendar Gadgets Appearing
Discussion: Mashable! and TheNextWeb.com
Conrad De Aennle / New York Times:
In Simulation Work, the Demand Is Real
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Browsers Cache YouTube Videos
Discussion: ithinkdifferent
Christopher Dawson / ZDNet:
Google could take a lesson from Bing on porn
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:blogfisher
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
A.P. in Deal to Deliver Nonprofits' Journalism
 

 
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