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3:55 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.
Discussion: PC World
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: paidContent, GeekTonic, Gizmodo and bijan sabet, Thanks:atul
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Boxee (Officially!) Partners to Bring MLB to TV
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast, Time Warner Team Up To Control TV On The Internet  —  Updated: Sometime tomorrow, Comcast and Time Warner will announce a partnership to promote the concept of TV Everywhere.  Jeff Bewkes, chairman and CEO of Time Warner and Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast will have a joint media conference tomorrow in New York.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Comcast, Time Warner Decide To Fight Together (Instead Of Each Other) …
Discussion: Stop the Cap!
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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! …
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Sprint CFO seeing Pre shortages, no iPhone impact  —  * Still working to catch up on Pre order backlog  —  * Says new iPhone has not hurt Pre sales  —  * Hopes for revenue to flatten in quarters, not years  —  * Palm shares up 7 pct, Sprint shares flat at $4.83
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Discussion: Trends in the Living Networks, Thanks:pchere
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Beyond Search
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
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.
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Nikki Finke's $10 million payday  —  Who says you can't get rich blogging?  Showbiz reporter extraordinaire Nikki Finke did — to the tune of eight figures.  —  After fielding “many offers from major corporations and media companies,” Finke, a former reporter for Newsweek …
Matthew Dalton / Total Telecom:
EU regulators lay out limits on privacy for social networks  —  Brussels to ensure that even social networks based outside Europe conform to regional privacy laws.  —  European privacy regulators have laid out operating guidelines for Facebook, MySpace and other social-networking companies …
Discussion: TechCentral.ie and The Register
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: Edible Apple
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.
Sonja Thompson / TechRepublic Blogs:
Ma.gnolia points to potential storms in the cloud  —  I've been doing some research which led me to checking out the back-story on the ma.gnolia.com failure.  If you are unfamiliar, ma.gnolia was a Web-based bookmarking service that recently had a catastrophic failure of their production database that was unrecoverable.
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
The Netflix Box That Never Was  —  We've written a lot about how we like Netflix's approach to streaming content to your TV.  The company's decision to partner with hardware companies instead of building its own box was a smart one that positions it for life after rent-by-mail DVDs.
Discussion: GigaOM and Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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
 
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Associated Press:
TJX reaches settlement with states on data theft
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Congress Readies an “Opt-In” Privacy Bill, and the Web Industry Cringes
Discussion: MediaFlect
NEWS.com.au:
Mafia game hits up Twitterers for money
Sara Silver / Digits:
Inside the Nortel-Nokia Siemens Deal
internetnews.com:
Twitter a Boon for Digital Music Sales?
Discussion: Technologizer
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
New York Times Considers Paid Access to Mobile News
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 Earlier Items: 
Stephen L Rose / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Release Candidate downloads will end August 15th
Christina Warren / TUAW:
iPhone dominates Boingo airport access study
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Wired: Facebook Trying To Dominate Web, Marginalize Google (Run For Your Lives!)
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Breaking news: MySpace to axe 300 international staff and close at least 4 offices