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12:40 PM ET, June 24, 2009

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Hero running Android and Sense UI leaks from HTC's own website (updated, official, video)  —  As we prepare for HTC's official launch event today, we're starting to see some details appear on HTC's own website of the much rumored Hero.  Through some URL trickery, we've managed …
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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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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Everything You Need to Know About TV Everywhere  —  You're going to hear the phrase “TV Everywhere,” well, just about everywhere tomorrow.  As Om reported earlier this evening, Comcast and Time Warner Inc. (not Time Warner Cable) are holding press conference tomorrow morning to announce …
Discussion: GigaOM and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Sarah Rabil / Bloomberg:
Comcast, Time Warner Testing Online Television Service for TBS, TNT Shows  —  Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable operator, and Time Warner Inc. are testing a system that will let viewers who already pay for cable television watch shows on the Internet at no extra cost.
TimeWarner:
Time Warner Inc. Announces Widespread Distribution of Cable TV Content Online
Discussion: Engadget
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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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs: The sickest patient on the waiting list
Discussion: PC World and Tech Trader Daily
Michael Fleming / Variety:
Fincher circles Facebook movie  —  Director in talks for Columbia's pic about website — Columbia Pictures is in advanced talks with David Fincher to direct “The Social Network,” the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film for Columbia Pictures about the formation of Facebook.
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Peter Sciretta / /Film:   Facebook Movie is An Adaptation of The Accidental Billionaires
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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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Rapidshare Fined $34 Million and Ordered to Filter Content  —  Collections society GEMA claims to represent more than 60,000 composers, authors and music publishers worldwide, protecting their copyrights.  After a request by the group, The Regional Court in Hamburg has ruled …
David Talbot / Technology Review:
$100 Laptop Becomes a $5 PC  —  Putting OLPC's software on a USB drive gives old PCs a new lease on life.  —  The open-source education software developed for the “$100 laptop” can now be loaded onto a $5 USB stick to give aging PCs and Macs a new interface and custom educational software.
Discussion: CrunchGear, TeleRead, Xconomy and Slashdot
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 …
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Startup Entrepreneur's Guide To Risk Management  —  Only 44% of small businesses stick around four years or more.  One big reason so many go away: Poor risk management.  —  Fortunately, help is on the way from the guys at VC Experts (subscribe to their email here).
Discussion: Recent Buzzes
Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
id Software Bought By Bethesda Parent Company, ZeniMax  —  Doom, Fallout, Oblivion, Wolfenstein, Carmack, Howard... all in one company.  —  Two of the most acclaimed game development studios of all time are joining forces.  ZeniMax Media, parent company of Fallout 3 and Elder Scrolls …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Price Flows Down for Flo TV  —  It's easy to be skeptical about Flo TV, Qualcomm's effort to bring a mini cable system to your cellphone.  The company offers up to 20 channels of TV for $15 a month and up.  It is betting that consumers will value it even though more and more video content …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
HP Mini 5101: When Did Netbooks Get This Nice?  —  It's safe to say we've hit the third generation of netbooks.  They're nice now.  The HP Mini 5105 strikes at Asus Eee Seashell's fancily contoured plastic with aluminum and magnesium.  Oh yeah, and 95-percent chiclet keyboard that feels fantastic.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Palm has sold 150,000 Pres  —  With Palm's (PALM) quarterly earnings due Thursday — along with Jon Rubinstein's debut performance as CEO — analysts have started to place their bets on what the quarter will show.  —  First out of the box — or at least, first in our inbox …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Tech Daily Dose:
Cash-Strapped PTO Asks Hill For Help  —  CongressDaily's AM Edition on Wednesday reports that the Patent and Trademark Office is asking Congress to help stabilize the agency, which is facing a substantial decrease in the number of patent applications filed.  Acting Director John Doll broke the news to employees in a Tuesday memo.
Marc Hedlund / O'Reilly Radar:
App Growth, PalmOS vs iPhoneOS  —  There's a chart I've been meaning to put together for a while to explain why I'm expecting the iPhoneOS to be the dominant mobile platform for at least the next decade.  I've been thinking of the role third-party applications played in helping Palm maintain …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Android now capable of running Flash with a slower CPU than iPhone  —  Today, Adobe is demonstrating a version of Flash running on the HTC Hero, the recently released Android device on Tmobile.  The demo seems to work fairly well which may be an important benchmark to Apple's iPhone and iPod touch owners.
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 Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ad Optimizer AdMeld Raises $8 Million, Opens UK Operations  —  Just a little over a year ago Michael Barrett was shown the door at Fox Interactive/MySpace - he was, said insiders, the guy that unfairly took the fall when the company missed its $1 billion revenue target.
Discussion: paidContent
iSuppli:
iPhone 3G S Carries $178.96 BOM and Manufacturing Cost, iSuppli Teardown Reveals  —  With the new iPhone 3G S's Bill of Materials (BOM) and feature set nearly the same as the previous model in the iPhone line, you might think the product's component selection would be virtually unchanged.
Discussion: Business Week
 
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Adobe:
Security Update available for Shockwave Player
Discussion: PC World and Security Watch
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Read It Later Launches New iPhone App (But if You Don't Like It …
Discussion: Read It Later Blog
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
What Happens When Your Local Paper Goes Online-Only?  It Loses Most of Its Staff
Discussion: Screenwerk
Chantal Yang / eclipse.org:
Eclipse Galileo Release Now Available
Discussion: Open Sources's blog
Auren Hoffman / TechCrunch:
Engineers Are The Best Deal - So Stock Up On Them
Thanks:atul
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
New AP ‘Social Media’ Policy Draws Union Fire
Discussion: Mashable! and digg.com
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Tiger-Resistant Laptop  —  Don't believe manufacturers' claims.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Robert McMillan / PC World:
High Profile Twitter Hack Spreads Porn Trojan
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Return of Fake Steve Is a Vote of Confidence in Real Steve
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