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11:40 PM ET, June 21, 2009


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Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Web Spying Gets Western Aid  —  European Gear Used in Vast Effort to Monitor Communications  —  By CHRISTOPHER RHOADS in New York and LORETTA CHAO in Beijing  —  The Iranian regime has quietly developed, with the assistance of European telecommunications companies …
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 …
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
New York Times:
Investors Bet on Payments via Cellphone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On a PC, having to fill out a form and type in a credit card number to buy something is only mildly annoying.  On a cellphone, it could make you want to skip the purchase entirely.  —  This is why investors …
Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Apple Issuing $30 iTunes Store Credit For iPhone 3GS/AT&T Activation Snafu  —  Following iPhone 3GS/AT&T activation delays that were in some cases 48 hours long, Apple has allegedly responded with a $30 “We're sorry” gift that will be good at the iTunes Store on Monday.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
How Thomas-Rasset case would have played out, had we not been in the Parallel Universe  —  The normal world in which we litigators travel is that both sides are represented by lawyers, and there are a judge and jury to act as umpires, and cases are decided according to time tested principles of substantive and procedural law.
Discussion: ZDNet Government and p2pnet
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 and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien:
Twitter Tracker Returns!  —  The Tonight Show Twitter Tracker is back now with extra bird bacon!
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Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Twitter Diplomacy  —  The U.S. State Dept. is enlisting Silicon …
Discussion: Creative Capital, Thanks:spencerante
Financial Times:
US lodges China censorship complaint
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
IPhone 3G S plagued by sound issues?
Financial Times:
Google executives to appear in Milan court
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Jane Hodges / New York Times:
Seattle's New High-Tech Hub
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Who rules real-time search? A look at 11 contenders
Discussion: ResearchBuzz and, Thanks:stopthespam
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Ziff Davis to shut down ExtremeTech web site
Discussion: Geek News Central