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4:05 AM ET, June 19, 2009

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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.
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Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Record Labels' $1.9 Million Win in Thomas Retrial Constitutional?
Discussion: madisonian.net
Franz Och / The Official Google Blog:
Google translates Persian  —  Today, we added Persian (Farsi) to Google Translate.  This means you can now translate any text from Persian into English and from English into Persian — whether it's a news story, a website, a blog, an email, a tweet or a Facebook message.
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Eric Kwan / Facebook Blog:
Launching Facebook in Persian  —  Since the Iranian election last week, people around the world have increasingly been sharing news and information on Facebook about the results and its aftermath.  Much of the content created and shared has been in Persian—the native language of Iran …
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.
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 …
Discussion: PC World
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Appmodo: Official AT&T iPhone Tethering to Cost $55 Per Month  —  Appmodo: … That sounds outrageously high to me, unless they mean $55 total, not $55 in addition to the existing $30 data plan.  If they want $85 a month for tethered data, that's larceny.  What are carriers in other countries charging?
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Dwight / Houston Chronicle:
O2 will punish unauthorized iPhone tetherers. Et tu, AT&T?
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.
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 …
internetnews.com:
Who's Really Winning the Search Race?  —  When it comes to growth, it's not Google.  —  While Google continues to dominate in search market share and volume, social media sites are the only properties showing positive growth, according to comScore's numbers comparing May to April.
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
iPhone 3G S: First peek under the hood  —  What makes the iPhone 3G S tick, and why is it the “fastest iPhone ever,” as Apple claims.  Rapid Repair tears down the iPhone in Paris, providing some clues.  —  First, a quick glance at Apple's claims for the iPhone 3G S. The ad copy …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Pre App Catalog Is Tracking Way, Way Behind Apple's App Store.  And It's Palm's Fault.  —  One month after the launch of the App Store in 2008, Apple had seen over 60 million downloads of its apps.  The Palm Pre hasn't been out for a month yet, but it's about halfway there, so how close is it to that number?
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Iran Activists Get Assist from ‘Anonymous,’ Pirate Bay  —  Iranian democracy activists, meet your new pals: a masked protest movement best known for needling the Church of Scientology, and a group of file-sharers so infamous they're facing a year in jail.  —  Anonymous Iran is a collaboration between …
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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.
Discussion: SEC Info, TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Bits
Tony Stubblebine / Stubbleblog:
The Real Lessons From Twitter  —  In 2006, I was the director of engineering at Odeo, a podcasting startup notable for birthing a side project now known as Twitter.  My major contributions were doing the statistical analysis that showed that our podcasting work hadn't amounted to a hill …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Lines form for the new iPhone in New York and Tokyo  —  Here are two postcards from the front lines of the smartphone wars.  —  The first, at right, shows three college students from Monclair, N.J. — Matt Dodd, 18, Sam Epstein,18, and Keith Hobin, 19 — huddled under borrowed umbrellas in front of Apple's …
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.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
TJX Hacker Was Awash in Cash; His Penniless Coder Faces Prison  —  Accused TJX hacker kingpin Albert Gonzalez called his credit card theft ring “Operation Get Rich or Die Tryin.”  —  He spent $75,000 on a birthday party for himself and once complained that he had to manually count $340,000 …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Blogger Starts to Show Ads  —  Blogger started to display a block of contextual ads after publishing blog posts.  Until now, Google's blogging platform didn't include ads and it was only monetized by making it easy for publishers to use AdSense ads.  —  It seems that Blogger followed …
Electronista:
iPhone, Pre demand surges; BlackBerry tumbles  —  Demand for smartphones has reached an all-time high thanks to iPhones and the Palm Pre but is hurting the BlackBerry as a result, according to new data from ChangeWave.  A mid-June study from the research group has 14.4 percent of those tracked looking …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Apple 2.0
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Electronic Arts Hires Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Exec As COO  —  Electronic Arts (NSDQ: ERTS) has hired John Schappert, the corporate vice president of Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, as its new COO.  Schappert replaces John Pleasants, who is leaving the company to take the top job at Playdom.
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Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Pleasants To Leave EA, Join Playdom As CEO
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Essentials: What wannabe testers need to know  —  Microsoft finally broke its silence about its Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) — a k a “Morro” — June 18, after refusing for months to provide any real details on its planned free consumer security replacement to Windows Live OneCare.
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Tags as Far as the Eye Can See: New York Times to Publish Index as Linked Data  —  Today, at the Semantic Technology Conference, Rob Larson and Evan Sandhaus of the New York Times announced together that the Times will soon be publishing its copious index as Linked Data.
 
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