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2:10 PM ET, June 18, 2009

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Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
iPhone 3.0 Update: 10 Hidden Features  —  It has been a crazy night trying to download the latest iPhone update, with many reporting that they are unable to access Apple's servers due to unusually high traffic.  But Apple's servers are now up to scratch and everybody should have the 3. software …
Discussion: MacRumors
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Jesse David Hollington / iLounge:
Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iPhone OS 3.0
Discussion: Gizmodo, MacRumors and The iPhone Blog
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Enable tethering shortcut found - iPhone 3.0 is Live!  —  iPhone 3.0 is live! so we are going to repost our tethering tutorial with some big improvements.  You now don't have to do any downgrading or torrenting.  Seems you can just run a little command in terminal (Make sure you are on OS 3.0 on a 3G iPhone and iTunes 8.2):
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richardlai's Xanga:
Enable tethering on iPhone 3.0 - Too easy...  (WORLDWIDE carriers)  —  Tested platform: iPhone 3G 16GB, Firmware 3.0, O2 Contract  —  iTunes not needed.  —  This is a walkthrough of how I enabled tethering on my iPhone 3G on O2 UK.  It was a lot easier than I thought - no jailbreaking needed …
Gareth Beavis / TechRadar.com:
O2: We'll disconnect ‘free’ iPhone tetherers
Brandon Badger / Google Book Search Blog:
New Features on Google Books  —  Think about how you use a book.  You want to read it, sure—but there are a host of other ways for you to interact with the words between the covers.  You might want to flip through the pages to find an image.  You might want to open right up to the table …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Munster: 500,000 new iPhones this weekend  —  Will there be long lines outside Apple Stores Friday at 7 a.m. when the iPhone 3G S goes on sale?  —  Gene Munster thinks there will, although not as long as last year's.  —  Piper Jaffray's senior research analyst issued a report to clients Thursday …
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Sirius XM iPhone app offers free 7-day trial  —  Satellite radio seems to be something people either fall in love with, or can't understand why anyone would.  I've been a loyal XM listener for years.  To my surprise, XM's merger with Sirius didn't wipe out my favorite channels.
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Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Sirius XM's latest blunder: Its iPhone app
Discussion: mocoNews and dailywireless.org
Verizon:
Globetrotting This Summer?  International Services From Verizon Wireless Keep Customers Connected From The Beach To The Boardroom  —  Customer Inquiries  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — More than 220 destinations for voice calling …
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Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
Global Wireless Modem Hits Verizon Wireless
Discussion: Engadget
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Is Now Resorting To Selling Killer Domain Names On The Cheap  —  No sooner do we finish writing up Yahoo deadpooling yet another project, Gallery, do we get a tip that Yahoo apparently has another money saving/making plan: Selling off domains it owns.  That's exactly what it has done …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another Music Start-Up Sued: EMI Takes Grooveshark to Court  —  Digital music start-ups seem to come in two flavors these days: Those being sued by the major music labels and those with expensive licensing deals they can't afford.  —  But for some reason, plucky Grooveshark, which runs a very nice …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Fires Back At Bing, Launches “Explore Google Search”  —  I wrote earlier that it was probably driving Google crazy to see people “amazed” that Bing is doing stuff that Google itself has long offered.  Now Google's fighting back.  The first shot?  A new Explore Google Search page.
Google Watch:
Google Hunkers Down on Software Projects with ‘Innovation Reviews’  —  What's going on with Google?  Well, according to comScore's fresh May stats, the company has a whopping 65 percent search share worldwide.  But comScore also said Bing is moving up the search engine charts, at least in the first three weeks of its life.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft backtracks, extends XP availability to 2011  —  Hammered over downgrade plan, company gives OEMs more time to sell XP PCs  —  Computerworld - Just hours after a noted research analyst criticized Microsoft's plans to limit sales of Windows XP PCs, the company said it would extend …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
About that new BlackBerry Messenger... It's coming to all devices on OS 5.0, newer version revealed  —  You read the headline right, kids — the new and insanely hot BlackBerry Messenger that we exclusively showed off to the World looks to be headed to all BlackBerry devices that will receive the OS 5.0 treatment.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who's Watching Google Watch You?  Web Publishers Face Congress Today  —  Here's a nice way to visualize the Internet privacy circa 2009 — Google's assessment of what I'm interested in, at least when it comes to Web browsing (click to enlarge):  —  That listing comes from Google's …
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
T-Mobile to Offer Huawei's Android Phone Next Quarter  —  T-Mobile will release a smartphone running Google's Android operating system in Europe in the late third quarter, the phone's Chinese manufacturer, Huawei Technologies, said Thursday.  —  Huawei's U8230 will go on sale in Europe …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
$1 Million Netflix Prize So Close, They Can Taste It  —  Electrical engineer Martin Piotte and software engineer Martin Chabbert of Montreal decided to enter a million-dollar contest to improve Netflix's recommendation engine after they read about it in a 2008 Wired magazine article.
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
NBC Taps Microsoft For Ad-Sales System  —  General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal will use technology from Microsoft Corp. to sell commercial time on its broadcast and cable-TV networks in a process similar to the sale of online advertising.  The change, which the companies plan to announce Thursday …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Animoto Is Already Cash-Flow Positive, Raises Another Round To Go To 11  —  In a world where most startups choose gaining users over making money, Animoto is an odd exception: It's doing both.  Since launching in August 2007, the company has signed up some 750,000 users, and some 10% of those are paying customers.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Collecta: True Real-Time Social Search  —  Real-time search engines made our list as one of the top 5 Twitter related trends to watch, not only because the demand for these tools has increased, but also because we're seeing services like Tweetmeme and OneRiot innovate at lightning speed in this space.
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Nvidia: For smartbooks, Windows CE beats Android  —  Mature CE trumps Google's upstart OS, says chip maker  —  Computerworld - Despite the hype surrounding Google Inc.'s Android operating system, Nvidia Inc. sees more immediate promise in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows CE for ARM-based netbooks.
David / TmoNews:
Samsung “Highlight” On Its Way  —  Well, another Samsung dropping for T-mobile in the coming weeks and while its not the phone we are all hoping for, its bound to please the kiddies still looking for a little touch screen enjoyment.  We believe this phone to be one and the same with the Samsung …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Collecting IP Addresses Illegal in Sweden  —  In June 2005, the Swedish Data Inspection Board - a public authority protecting individuals' privacy in the information society - decided that the activities of the Swedish anti-piracy bureau (Antipiratbyrån) went against the Personal Data Act.
Discussion: The Register, p2pnet and Slashdot
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Quattrone back in spotlight over Data Domain battle  —  The bidding war for data storage company Data Domain has put Frank Quattrone, once Silicon Valley's most prominent banker, back at the centre of a tech industry financial battle.  —  Data Domain, advised by Mr Quattrone's Qatalyst Partners …
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
Feds: IPv6 is a priority  —  U.S. government roadmap urges deployment of next-gen Internet technology  —  For the last year, it's been all quiet on the IPv6 front in the United States.  But now the U.S. government is making noise about this next-generation Internet technology …
 
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Comcast Embraces IPv6
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Why Can't We Get an Accurate Battery Life Test for Laptops?
Discussion: eWeek, The Toybox, BetaNews and Gizmodo
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Publishers Hire ComScore To Kill Off The Click-Through
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:atul
Timothy Hay / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Kleiner's iFund May Exceed Its $100M Cap For Mobile Apps
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Keeping a True Identity Becomes a Battle Online
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