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8:50 PM ET, June 23, 2009

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Michael Gartenberg / Engadget:
Entelligence: Netbooks, R.I.P.  —  Entelligence is a column by technology strategist and author Michael Gartenberg, a man whose desire for a delicious cup of coffee and a quality New York bagel is dwarfed only by his passion for tech.  In these articles, he'll explore where our industry …
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Intel:
Intel and Nokia Announce Strategic Relationship to Shape Next Era of Mobile Computing Innovation  —  SANTA CLARA, CALIF., and ESPOO, FINLAND, June 23, 2009 - Further uniting the Internet with mobile phones and computers, Intel Corporation and Nokia today announced a long-term relationship …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL's AIM iPhone App Is Getting Awesome, Disruptive To AT&T  —  While our government scratches its chin over the evils of overpriced cellphone text messaging, technology is fighting the battle faster.  —  Specifically, Apple's new “push notifications” system — and others like it …
internetnews.com:
Ruby Use Grows Among U.S. Developers  —  From the blogs: But the latest Evans Data report isn't all good news for open source.  —  By Sean Michael Kerner: More stories by this author:  —  A command line view of IT  —  From the “dynamic languages” files:
Discussion: eWeek
Stephen L Rose / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Release Candidate downloads will end August 15th  —  Still on the Windows 7 Beta,?  You need to move to the RC and fast.  Starting July 1st, the Beta will start to reboot every 2 hrs and expire Aug 1st.  —  Want to download the RC?  The RC download program closes August 15.
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Warning: Windows 7 beta bi-hourly shutdowns start next week
Discussion: TechSpot
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft hires not one but three more former Yahoo engineers  —  Everyone got a chuckle yesterday when Microsoft said it had hired yet another Yahoo executive, Kevin Timmons, to lead its data center group.  He joined a growing number of engineers and executives who have gone to Microsoft …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Qik For Android Alpha leaks, Immediately Hits The Market  —  Uh-oh.  Looks like the race for live video streaming on Android is on.  When we got footage of Kyte running on Android last week after hearing next to nothing on the matter from the competitors, we guessed that it might …
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
AT&T: iPhone Coverage Getting Better, Faster Soon  —  The iPhone 3GS has been a huge hit for AT&T, and although they aren't saying how many customers they've stolen from other carriers, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega said they had “hundreds of thousands” of pre-orders.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iPhone In-App Purchases Already Leading To The Dreaded Two Words: Bait And Switch  —  Since it launched a year ago, Apple's App Store has had a series of successes (50,000 apps, a billion downloads, transforming the market), but also some failures.  While plenty of people talk about the abundance …
Efficient Frontier Insights:
Bing Gains More Ground  —  Almost two weeks ago, we reported that Bing's first week lift in Microsoft's share of paid clicks was up slightly more than 8% compared to the week before the launch of Bing.  While Microsoft's click share remains at less than 5% and continues to lag Yahoo! …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Breaking news: MySpace to axe 300 international staff and close at least 4 offices  —  This is breaking now - we just got this official letter to the MySpace staff from one of our sources at MySpace in Europe.  The official release follows, but here's the gist: MySpace will be cutting 300 international staff …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Return of Fake Steve Is a Vote of Confidence in Real Steve  —  Fake Steve Jobs is back.  Dan Lyons, author of the piercingly funny satire blog, insists his return may be temporary.  But he wouldn't be having this much fun with Jobs' illness if he still worried about the Apple CEO's death.
Discussion: New York Times and Edible Apple
The Official Google Blog:
Let's make the web faster  —  From building data centers in different parts of the world to designing highly efficient user interfaces, we at Google always strive to make our services faster.  We focus on speed as a key requirement in product and infrastructure development …
NEWS.com.au:
Mafia game hits up Twitterers for money  —  Cashing in ... Super Rewards gives players ways to gain the upper hand against their opponents for a fee.  —  IT seems inevitable that someone would come up with a way to make money out of Twitter.  —  Lolplaying, the maker of a new role-playing game …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Crowd Science:
iPhone Overwhelms Blackberry and Others in Smartphone Loyalty: Crowd Science Survey  —  Silicon Valley, California.  Four out of ten Blackberry and other smartphone users would switch to Apple's iPhone, as their next smartphone purchase, according to a recent survey conducted by Crowd Science via …
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
New York Times Considers Paid Access to Mobile News  —  New York Times Co., publisher of the namesake newspaper, is likely to begin charging users to access its news on mobile devices before it does so on its Web sites, the head of digital operations said.  —  Times Co. is considering paid …
Discussion: mocoNews
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Sarkozy Says He Will “Go All The Way” With 3 Strikes  —  Sarkozy's address yesterday was made possible by the annulment of a law prohibiting a sitting president from addressing lawmakers.  The last time an address of this type occurred was 1848, in Napoleon's day.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Cofounder Takes $7 Million Pay Cut  —  After years of product rot and declining user-engagement, News Corp (NWS) fired MySpace CEO and cofounder Chris DeWolfe this Spring and replaced him with former Facebook COO Owen Van Natta.  —  Despite rumors to the contrary …
Jim Brady / paidContent:
Why A New (And Unusual) Pricing Strategy By A Rhode Island Paper Will Fail  —  Jim Brady was executive editor of washingtonpost.com from 2004 until earlier this year.  Prior to that, he served in various executive roles at America Online.  Brady began his career as a sportswriter at The Washington Post …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: OTOY Goes Mobile, Turns Your Cell Phone Into A Powerful Gaming Rig  —  Last week we posted a pair of videos showing off OTOY, the upcoming server-side rendering service that can stream complex 3D games to your computer through any web browser.  It's a very impressive technology …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Oracle bucks economic trends; beats Q4 estimates  —  Oracle, bucking Wall Street trends by continuing to beat quarterly estimates, said today that it earned $2.3 billion, or 46 cents per share, on sales of $6.9 billion, a 5 percent revenue dip but still enough to beat Wall Street's estimates of 44 cents on $6.47 billion in sales.
Waldo Jaquith / Virginia Quarterly Review:
Chris Anderson's Free Contains Apparent Plagiarism  —  In the course of reading Chris Anderson's new book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price (Hyperion, $26.99), for a review in an upcoming issue of VQR, we have discovered almost a dozen passages that are reproduced nearly verbatim from uncredited sources.
Discussion: Gawker and kottke.org
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Sold!  Hollywood Blog Queen Nikki Finke Goes to...Mail.com.  —  The Nikki Finke auction is over, and the winner is...Mail.com.  Jay Penske's Mail.com Media Corporation, which owns the Mail.com email service and a small portfolio of Web sites, has acquired the blogger, whose Deadline Hollywood Daily is a must-read for Hollywood.
Ginny Mies / Washington Post:
Apple Cracks Down on Gift Card Fraud  —  Thinking about buying a discounted iTunes gift card online?  Think again.  —  PC World  —  It all seems innocent enough: Someone received an iTunes gift card for their birthday, but they don't have an iPod, so they're selling it on eBay.
Discussion: MacNN
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Congress Readies an “Opt-In” Privacy Bill, and the Web Industry Cringes  —  Here comes the battle the online ad business has been dreading: Congress is drawing up a bill that would require users to sign up to let advertisers track their online behavior-and, if you believe online publishers, more or less destroy the online ad business.
Discussion: MediaFlect
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Essentials beta to be capped at 75,000, kicks off today  —  Just a quick reminder: Microsoft plans to allow the public to download a beta version of “Morro,” now known as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) on June 23, starting around 9 a.m. PT.  —  Update (8 a.m. PT): The beta download is now live.
 
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Sonja Thompson / TechRepublic Blogs:
Ma.gnolia points to potential storms in the cloud
Sara Silver / Digits:
Inside the Nortel-Nokia Siemens Deal
Discussion: Deal Journal and Tech Trader Daily
internetnews.com:
Twitter a Boon for Digital Music Sales?
Discussion: Technologizer
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
BREIN Summons The Pirate Bay to Court via Facebook and Twitter
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Wired: Facebook Trying To Dominate Web, Marginalize Google (Run For Your Lives!)
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Michael Andersen / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Four crowdsourcing lessons from the Guardian's (spectacular) …
Discussion: open
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iCrack: The iPhone Is An Accident Magnet
Discussion: PC World, Newlaunches.com and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ooma Gets $14 Million, Survival Looks Like A Real Possibility
Discussion: GigaOM and FierceVoIP
 

 
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