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12:40 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.
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
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.
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Tech Central and Bits, Thanks:atul
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Jennifer Leggio / Social Business:
Facebook launches in Persian to support communications around events in Iran
Thanks:atul
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?
Discussion: SlashGear and Electricpig.co.uk, Thanks:dsilverman
richardlai's Xanga:
Enable tethering on iPhone 3.0 - Too easy... (WORLDWIDE carriers)
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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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, VentureBeat, Bits and TechCrunch
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:
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?
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 …
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.
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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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 …
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 TheNextWeb.com, 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.
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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.
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 …
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.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
JetBlue Taps Plane Full of YouTubers to Promote New LAX Route  —  Promotes Wi-Fi Service on BetaBlue Flight in Videos, on Twitter  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — JetBlue will land its first jet at Los Angeles International Airport today and has packed the plane with YouTube celebrities to document the ride.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, paidContent and iJustine
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook: Our targeted ads aren't creepy  —  Facebook's targeted advertising program is “materially different from behavioral targeting as it is usually discussed,” Chris Kelly, the social network's chief privacy officer, said in remarks prepared for a Thursday morning hearing before two House subcommittees.
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 …
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).
 
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Just How Much Search Share Does Twitter Really Have?
Discussion: Search Engine Journal, Thanks:atul
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring motion-tracking Mac OS X user interface
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Reuters:
China attacks Google over “pornographic” links
Discussion: Ars Technica and Techgeist
internetnews.com:
Comcast Embraces IPv6
Discussion: Techgeist, DSLreports and Network World
Google Watch:
Google Hunkers Down on Software Projects with ‘Innovation Reviews’
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Munster: 500,000 new iPhones this weekend
 

 
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