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6:15 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 …
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Bigger Than The New iPhone  —  Apple's most important product this year isn't a smart phone.  It's software.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — Apple is not an iPod company.  It is not a smart phone company.  It's not even a computer company.  It's a software company.
Glenn Fleishman / Macworld:
iPhone 3.0 excels at Wi-Fi hotspots  —  New software makes it easier to log in, especially via AT&T Wi-Fi  —  Thanks to improvements in the iPhone OS 3.0 software update released Wednesday, connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot with your iPhone or iPod touch should become almost as easy as roaming on the cellular network.
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 …
Scott Marlette / Facebook Blog:
Streamlining the Inbox  —  People may manage their Inboxes differently, but they all face times when they need to quickly find important messages from friends or stop unwanted messages.  We're simplifying the Inbox to make it easier for you to find, read and control your Facebook messages.
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Flipper Is About To Jump Out Of The Water  —  Google is about to launch a new Google Labs project it calls Flipper, we've learned.  No, it's not a dolphin.  As you can see in the screenshot, it looks like the project is a more visual way to read Google News, or to “flip through it,” as it were.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com, Thanks:atul
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.
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Total Telecom:   Google searches for ways to keep big ideas at home
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Thomas verdict: willful infringement, $1.92 million penalty  —  Jammie Thomas-Rasset's federal retrial concluded today as a jury found her liable for willful copyright infringement, awarding the record labels nearly $2 million in damages.  —  A new lawyer, a new jury, and a new trial were not enough to save Jammie Thomas-Rasset.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Want to Work for the City of Bozeman, MT?  Hand Over Your Social Network Logins and Passwords  —  We have written quite a bit about the pitfalls of disclosing too much in your social network profiles, especially when it comes to employers accidentally stumbling over your party pictures on Facebook and MySpace.
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Cofounder's Wife Gets Another $2.6 Million Investment From Google  —  Google (GOOG) just told the SEC it's invested $2.6 million in Anne Wojcicki's biotech startup 23andMe.  —  Wojcicki is Google cofounder Sergey Brin's wife, and he's recused himself from the whole deal.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Sirius XM on the iPhone: Siriusly Disappointing  —  There was a time when I was a raving satellite radio fan.  I still own an XM receiver and enjoy some of its stations.  But let's just say it: It's not going to be that long until satellite radio is a largely obsolete technology (I suspect truckers will be the last holdouts).
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Tear Down This Cyberwall!  —  The unrest unfolding in Iran is the quintessential 21st-century conflict.  On one side are government thugs firing bullets.  On the other side are young protesters firing “tweets.”  —  The protesters' arsenal, such as those tweets on Twitter.com, depends on the Internet or other communications channels.
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Iran Activists Get Assist from ‘Anonymous,’ Pirate Bay
Discussion: Fast Company
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 …
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 …
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
RIM delivers solid first quarter; Units, subs disappoint some  —  Research in Motion reported better than expected first quarter earnings Thursday, but revenue fell just short of expectations.  Meanwhile, the company delivered a solid outlook for the next three months.
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Ballmer announces 2010 Xbox 360 at The Executive Club Chicago  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spoke at The Executive's Club of Chicago today, discussing “the role of innovation in changing economic times.”  TG Daily covered the event live from the Hilton Chicago.
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.
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.
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
Global Wireless Modem Hits Verizon Wireless  —  Today Verizon Wireless announced the USB1000 Global Modem, a new dongle for laptops that will let subscribers access 3G wireless networks both in the U.S. and when traveling overseas.  Radios on-board include 800/1900 EVDO Rev. A …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Collecta And CrowdEye Join The “Real Time” Search Club  —  This morning there are two new entrants in the “real-time” search derby, run by two search veterans.  They are CrowdEye and Collecta.  CrowdEye is from Ken Moss, who ran search engineering at Microsoft, and built the new engine himself.
David Neal / iTnews Australia:
EU demands greater input into internet governance  —  ICANN doesn't reflect global nature of the web.  —  The European Commission is calling for more transparency and accountability in internet governance in the run up to the expiration of contracts held by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Discussion: European Commission and CircleID
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Supports Even More Structured Data In SearchMonkey  —  Yahoo started the push to structure the web when it launched SearchMonkey.  With SearchMonkey, a web developer could add semantic markup to a page and then build an enhanced listing for Yahoo search results.
Discussion: PC World and Yahoo! Search Blog
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring motion-tracking Mac OS X user interface  —  Patent filings from Apple continue to explore concepts for new interface designs and techniques that may or may not make turn up in future versions of Mac OS X, such as a new filing that outlines a motion-tracking interface …
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
internetnews.com:
Comcast Embraces IPv6  —  Is this the big IPv6 shift we've been waiting for?  —  Comcast is making a move to IPv6, making IPv6 transit services available to its wholesale customers.  —  This a significant development because in less than two years, the IPv4 (define) address space will be exhausted …
Discussion: Network World, DSLreports and Techgeist
 
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HP Takes Aim at Cisco with Alcatel Alliance
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China attacks Google over “pornographic” links
Discussion: Ars Technica and Techgeist
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Quattrone back in spotlight over Data Domain battle
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Collecting IP Addresses Illegal in Sweden
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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
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who's Watching Google Watch You? Web Publishers Face Congress Today.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Not Ma Bell's Yellow Pages
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