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9:05 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 …
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.
Discussion: PC World
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 …
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.
Dwight / Houston Chronicle:
O2 will punish unauthorized iPhone tetherers. Et tu, AT&T?
Discussion: SlashGear and, Thanks:dsilverman
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 …
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.
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.
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: VentureBeat, Bits, TechCrunch and SEC Info
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.
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.
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: Search Engine Land and, Thanks:atul
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.
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Pleasants To Leave EA, Join Playdom As CEO
Discussion: Business Wire and Gamasutra, Thanks:erniesander
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 …
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?
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 …
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.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Total Telecom:   Google searches for ways to keep big ideas at home
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 …
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).
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Just How Much Search Share Does Twitter Really Have?  —  Twitter notched yet another milestone yesterday when it finally showed up on comScore's index of Web search milestones.  The catch: It barely registered, pulling down a search share of just 0.001 percent.
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 …
Tech Daily Dose:
Obama Picks IBM Exec For PTO Job  —  This just in... President Obama has announced his intention to nominate IBM Assistant General Counsel David Kappos to become director of the Patent and Trademark Office.  His bio, included in the White House announcement, is pasted after the jump.
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.
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 …
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.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
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Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
HP Takes Aim at Cisco with Alcatel-Lucent Alliance
Discussion: iTnews Australia
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring motion-tracking Mac OS X user interface
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 Earlier Items: 
China attacks Google over “pornographic” links
Discussion: Ars Technica and Techgeist
Comcast Embraces IPv6
Discussion: Techgeist, Network World and DSLreports
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Publishers Hire ComScore To Kill Off The Click-Through
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:atul