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9:20 PM ET, June 21, 2009


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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding the WSJ's Report That Steve Jobs Had a Liver Transplant  —  [This piece combines into a single narrative and expands upon three shorter pieces I posted immediately after this news broke Friday night.]  —  Friday night around midnight, The Wall Street Journal published a report headlined …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Is This Steve Jobs's Memphis Mansion? … Could this 7,500 square foot mansion at 36 Morningside Place in Memphis be Steve Jobs's new mansion?  —  Jobs has reportedly bought a large residence in Memphis after receiving a liver transplant in March at one of the city's hospitals.
Discussion: Forbes and Joe Wilcox
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Top 10 Firefox 3.5 Features  —  Firefox 3.5 is a pretty substantial update to the popular open-source browser, and it's just around the corner.  See what features, fixes, and clever new tools are worth getting excited about in the next big release.  —  UPDATE: A previous version of this list …
Sam Allen / Dot Net Perls:
Chrome and Firefox 3.5 Memory Usage  —  Problem.  You are interested in how the Google Chrome 3.0 Dev, Firefox 3.5 RC, Safari 4.0 for Windows, and Opera 10b web browsers manage memory on the Windows Vista operating system over moderate usage, such as with 150 top web sites.
Discussion: Web Browsers and WinBeta
Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
FTC plans to monitor blogs for claims, payments  —  Savvy consumers often go online for independent consumer reviews of products and services, scouring through comments from everyday Joes and Janes to help them find a gem or shun a lemon.  —  What some fail to realize, though …
Discussion: Geek News Central
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien:
Twitter Tracker Returns!  —  The Tonight Show Twitter Tracker is back now with extra bird bacon!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Click Fraud Enraging Advertisers (Updated)  —  Facebook has a big revenue target this year - $550 million, according to investors who were pitched in the last round of funding.  That's nearly twice 2008 revenues of $280 million.  —  A big part of that revenue comes …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
It Really Should Have Been Called The iPhone 3G V - For Video  —  Disclosure: I have not bought an iPhone 3G S — I'm still unsure if I will.  Apple gave me a review unit to play with for 60 days.  —  So, I've now had a full day with the latest iPhone, the 3G S. So far, so good.
Discussion: ithinkdifferent, Thanks:atul
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Google Opens Up Digital-Education Portal  —  With Agencyland, Search Giant Hoping Shops Will Be Hot for Teacher  —  NEW YORK ( — Google has spent a lot of time in the past few years trying to quell fears it's out to disintermediate advertising agencies.
Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Kindle DRM Surfaces To Deny User the Books He's Bought and Paid For  —  Amazon needs to work on its Kindle DRM policy, because the following story is ridiculous.  —  Basically, the way Kindle and the Kindle iPhone app are set up today, users have no idea how many times they can download a book …
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Twitter Diplomacy  —  The U.S. State Dept. is enlisting Silicon Valley companies such as Google and Twitter to help bring high tech to Iraq and Afghanistan  —  Watch the Video...  “Sorry, my first tweet not pleasant; dust storm in Baghdad today & yet another suicide bomb. awful reminder that it is not yet all fine here.”
Discussion: Creative Capital, Thanks:spencerante
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Who rules real-time search?  A look at 11 contenders  —  Real-time search engines have proliferated over the last month, with a series of launches from start-ups like Topsy, and Scoopler.  The companies are hoping to edge in on a space that Google co-founder Larry Page has admitted is a weakness for the search giant.
Discussion: ResearchBuzz and, Thanks:stopthespam
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Twitter on the Barricades: Six Lessons Learned  —  Political revolutions are often closely linked to communication tools.  The American Revolution wasn't caused by the proliferation of pamphlets, written to whip colonists into a frenzy against the British.  But it sure helped.
Simon / Bloggasm:
Tweets coming out of Iran are retweeted an average of 57.8 times
Discussion: Beet.TV
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