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7:20 AM ET, June 24, 2009

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Methodist University Hospital Confirms Steve Jobs Liver Transplant  —  Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare today issued a brief press release confirming that Steve Jobs did receive a liver transplant at the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute.  The release was issued …
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Jobs and Hospital Answer the Critics  —  Facing mounting criticism that Apple CEO Steve Jobs acquired a donated liver somehow through unethical means, the hospital where Jobs had the operation took the extraordinary step of confirming the surgery, and offered the reasons why Jobs was a prime candidate for the organ.
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: Beet.TV
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple's Secrecy  —  This whole Jobs liver transplant story really hits the sweet spot for two of my obsessions: Apple (duh) and journalism.  It's the journalism angle that I find the most intriguing.  The Wall Street Journal's story Friday night was a huge scoop for them …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Web TV You'll Need to Pay to See: Time Warner, Comcast Roll Out “Authentication.”  Who Else Is In?  —  Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts will announce this morning that their two companies are linking up for a trial of an “authentication” effort.
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Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
boxee for windows, moving up to the Major Leagues  —  We have a few exciting announcements today (which makes for our longest blog post ever).  —  #1 - Boxee for Windows  —  We are finally releasing a public alpha of boxee for Windows.  We are looking forward to getting feedback from PC users …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Boxee Swings For The Fences: Windows Support, MLB, Digg, Tumblr And Current All Launch Tonight  —  Boxee is holding an event in San Francisco tonight to declare a winner of its App Dev Challenge, in which third-parties created apps for the media platform.  But the real winner tonight will be Boxee …
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.
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 …
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Bing and Google Agree: Slow Pages Lose Users
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE and TechFlash, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft, Outlook Is Broken, Says 6,000 Tweets (And Growing).  Fix It.  —  While it is pretty much the standard email client, Microsoft Outlook has long had problems rendering HTML correctly in emails.  And the latest version, Outlook 2010, due sometime in the next several months …
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.
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Microsoft leaps into home energy management game with Hohm  —  As we've reported, the big boys are jumping into the smart grid space just in time for the stimulus funds to rain from the sky.  Google introduced its home energy management system PowerMeter in February; Intel has been hard …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
HTC Debuts Hero, With Fresh “Sense” Face for Android  —  As expected, HTC has dropped the details on a new Android phone—the leaked-to-all-hell Hero, no less.  And HTC's fantastic, also-leaked Android interface overhaul is here, too: it's called Sense.  —  First, some specs …
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
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 …
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
RealPlayer SP Rips, Converts, Shares and Syncs Internet Video  —  Real's new RealPlayer SP software, currently in beta, adds functionality to rip YouTube and other streaming videos from the Internet and get them onto whatever handheld you choose.  It works well enough, but it's also crammed full of unnecessary features.
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 …
Peter Sciretta / /Film:
Facebook Movie is An Adaptation of The Accidental Billionaires  —  Yesterday it was revealed that David Fincher is in “advanced talks” with Columbia Pictures to direct The Social Network, the story of the creation of Facebook, as written by Aaron Sorkin.  But apparently almost everyone …
Discussion: Variety and Valleywag
Robert McMillan / PC World:
High Profile Twitter Hack Spreads Porn Trojan  —  Former Apple Macintosh evangelist Guy Kawasaki [cq] posts Twitter messages about a lot of different thing, but the message he put up on Tuesday afternoon was really out of character.  —  “Leighton Meester sex tape video free download!”
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Tiger-Resistant Laptop  —  Don't believe manufacturers' claims.  We put Panasonics's Toughbook through real survival tests.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — Call it the James Bond of laptops.  —  We dropped the Panasonic CF-30 “Toughbook,” kicked it, stood on it and tried to back over it with a Volkswagen JettaTDi.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Adobe vets build rival to Flash for iPhone apps  —  Adobe CEO Shantana Narayu has promised a Flash player for mobile phones in October, but that's a long way off in the current market.  Meanwhile, enterprising application designers and developers are eager to get something into the iPhone App Store now, not next week.
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 …
Discussion: Global Nerdy and NPD
Esme Vos / MuniWireless:
Boingo awarded patent for hotspot access  —  Boingo Wireless has been awarded a patent covering the method and apparatus for accessing networks through a mobile device (patent No. 7,483,984). … “This patent represents a huge addition to Boingo's intellectual property,” said David Hagan …
Discussion: Slashdot
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! …
Dennis Fisher / Threatpost Blog:
Google Fixes Critical Flaw in Chrome Browser  —  Google has released a new version of its Chrome browser, which includes a fix for a serious buffer overflow vulnerability.  The vulnerability in Chrome lies in the way that the browser handles certain responses from HTTP servers.
Ubergizmo:
WildCharge: Wireless Charging for iPhone and iPod Touch  —  WildCharge, manufacturer of the WildCharger Pad, is launching today its WildCharge Skins for iPhone and iPodTouch.  The pad has to be plugged to a power outlet and your mobile phone equipped with the corresponding skin, the device is charged simply by placing it on the pad.
Wall Street Journal:
Military Command Is Created for Cyber Security  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates created a new military command dedicated to cyber security on Tuesday, reflecting the Obama administration's plans to centralize and elevate computer security as a major national-security issue.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
As The Sun Sets on MySpace - Who Will Beat Facebook?  —  The year was 2013.  Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg was still the social network's public persona, but he had a young family and new-found loves of world travel, exotic regional cocktails and faux-native art.
 
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