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8:45 AM ET, June 24, 2009

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs: The sickest patient on the waiting list  —  After three days of ducking the press — and telling the Wall Street Journal that Steve Jobs was not listed as a patient there — Methodist University Hospital in Memphis finally admitted Tuesday that Jobs did in fact receive a new liver at their transplant facility.
Discussion: Macworld and Ars Technica
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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 …
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.
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 …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Hero running Android and Sense UI leaks from HTC's own website (updated and official)  —  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 …
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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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.
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Cable TV's Big Worry: Taming the Web
Discussion: Stop the Cap! and paidContent, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Ever Wanted To See Microsoft Buy A Motion-Sensing Tech Company?  —  Microsoft were in buyout talks with Israeli company 3DV systems earlier this year.  Now, a few months later, for the first time it's been officially announced that Microsoft owns the motion-sensing company.  —  So what does this actually mean?
Discussion: VG247 and GamesIndustry.biz
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
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
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! …
Auren Hoffman / TechCrunch:
Engineers Are The Best Deal - So Stock Up On Them  —  This guest post is written by Auren Hoffman, the CEO of Rapleaf and an active angel investor.  Auren argues that productivity gains among software engineers far outstrips pay increases.  His advice?  Stock up on engineers, it's a competitive advantage.
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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 …
Discussion: New York Times and PalmAddicts
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
New AP ‘Social Media’ Policy Draws Union Fire  —  NEW YORK Associated Press editors last week updated employee guidelines to include new rules for social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.  —  But not everyone is happy.  —  Leaders of the News Media Guild …
Discussion: Mashable! and digg.com
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Court rules for GEMA against Rapidshare file-hosting service  —  German collecting society GEMA has emerged victorious from its court battle against file-hosting service Rapidshare, with the court ruling that Rapidshare is responsible for ensuring that a list of 5,000 copyrighted music tracks aren"t …
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 Gawker
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
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.
 
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