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Macenstein:
And then there was porn  —  Today the iTunes app store became a man, having finally seen its first adult app.  Meaning nudity.  Meaning boobies.  —  The app responsible for taking iTunes' virginity is called “Hottest Girls” ($1.99), an app that until today was merely a bunch of Asian chicks in lingerie.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yep, iPorn Is Here For The iPhone  —  Just as we were speculating a couple nights ago, Apple has apparently decided that with the new parental controls now built into the iPhone 3.0 SDK, nudity is now okay in iPhone apps.  The first such app, Hottest Girls, has actually been around for a little while.
Discussion: The Register, GMSV and Softpedia News
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:   The iPhone Software Revolution
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Why We Need Steve Jobs  —  Love him or hate him, Apple needs its CEO back.  Now. … I just spent an hour waiting in a line at an Apple store to buy a product I do not need.  It's the new top-of-the-line iPhone 3GS, and it costs $299, and I waited in line for it even though I already …
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Why Did A Hospital Lie About Steve Jobs?
Discussion: Bloomberg
Theo Skye / Medialets:
Speed Test: iPhone 3GS Even Faster than Apple Claims  —  Apple has made claims that the iPhone OS 3.0 yields significant performance gains on the 3G model, and that the new 3GS can accomplish the same tasks up to twice as fast as its predecessors.  Anecdotally, the new 3GS definitely “feels” faster under certain conditions.
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Bryan Barletta / Medialets:
Palm Pre App Catalog Reaches 1 Million Downloads  —  Just 18 days after the launch of the Palm Pre, their App Catalog has hit its first major milestone, 1 million downloads.  On launch day, Palm sold 50k devices and their App Catalog experienced 100k downloads - that's an average …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
CBS Interactive's Smith On Authentication: ‘70 Billion Reasons To Make This Work’  —  It didn't take long for CBS to issue a statement after Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) and Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) announced the upcoming national trial of TV Everywhere, expressing interest in anything …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
TV Everywhere: What We Know—And What's Missing
Discussion: MediaMemo and GMSV
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why the Comcast-Time Warner Deal Blasts Open TV
Microsoft Office Outlook Team Blog:
The Power of Word in Outlook  —  This morning we became aware of a Twitter campaign run from the website http://fixoutlook.org.  This campaign is intended to provide Microsoft with feedback about our decision to continue to use Microsoft Word for composing and displaying e-mail in the upcoming release of Microsoft Outlook 2010.
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Takes Aim at Twitter: New Publisher Makes Public Status Updates Easy  —  Facebook has just announced that it's now testing a new version of the “publisher” that allows users to choose who can see their status updates and posts.  The most interesting part?  The first option is “everyone.”
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Zune HD video hands-on quickie  —  Sure, we've been chummy with the Zune HD in the past, but we just took it for a quick spin on video so you can check out those smooth transitions for yourself.  Unfortunately, the unit we were playing with had zero content loaded on it …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Did Shaq Just Find Out He Was Traded On Twitter?  —  Another day, another weird Twitter story.  Tonight the news broke that NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal was being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Huge news, but what's humorous is that apparently Shaq found out he was traded on Twitter.
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Chris Hall / Pocket-lint.com:
HTC Sense interface coming to HTC Magic?  —  CEO hints at existing devices getting new interface  —  HTC has confirmed to Pocket-lint that its new Sense interface found on the Android-touting HTC Hero announced on Wednesday would be available on other devices the company has already released.
Richard Tyler / Telegraph:
Hedge fund managers betting Twitter will give them an edge in rapid trading  —  Hedge fund managers are turning to Twitter in an attempt to steal a march on their rivals.  —  Traders are using software developed by US-based technology StreamBase to monitor “tweets” for price sensitive information.
Discussion: Financial Times
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Microsoft Defends Its Empire  —  Microsoft is under siege from rivals offering cheap or free software on the Web.  So it's revamping its Office suite and shifting into online services  —  When a Microsoft (MSFT) salesman dropped by IT consultant Westcon Group's Tarrytown (N.Y.) …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Working on Major Brand Overhaul (Pretty Please, No More Yodeling!)  —  In the past, Yahoo has used killer lasers and giant afros and has even tried a dog rising from the dead to brand itself.  —  Also, of course, there was the yodeler.  —  That was in 2003 …
Discussion: CNET News, paidContent and 24/7 Wall Street, Thanks:atul
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Takes On Tourism With City Tours Experiment  —  City Tours is a new addition to Google Labs that puts Google squarely in the tourism business: Give it a city name, and Google not only suggests sites to see, but it also maps out a multi-day itinerary and proposes a minute-by-minute travel schedule for you to follow.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple TV 2.4 Update Now Available, Updated Remote App with Gestures [Updated]  —  Apple has quietly released a new software update to the Apple TV which brings the system software up to version 2.4.  The exact changes have not yet been listed by Apple so we can't tell you everything that's been changed just yet.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
iPhone 3GS boosts mobile YouTube uploads by 400%  —  Google has announced that uploads from mobile phones to YouTube have increased by 400% since last Friday, when Apple's new iPhone 3GS went on sale.  The handset lets users shoot video clips and upload them directly to the video-sharing site.
Discussion: mocoNews
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Richard Marx (!) attacks RIAA after $1.92M Thomas verdict  —  There was a time in my life during which I left Richard Marx's “Paid Vacation” album in my stereo system for weeks at a time.  This was not because I felt a spiritual craving for the music so strong that only repeated listenings would satisfy.
Rik Ferguson / Counter Measures:
Targeted Attack Designed to Infect Both Macs and PCs.  —  UPDATE (25th June): Guy Kawasaki has stated that his Twitter account was not compromised, the malicious tweet came from a feed that Guy's account is subscribed to automatically post.  The feed comes from NowPublic, a user generated news feed.
John Cook / TechFlash:
Ignition backs Adam Bosworth's stealthy health startup: Keas  —  Brad Silverberg and Adam Bosworth have known one another for a long, long time, stretching back to the days of Borland Software in the mid-1980s.  Now, more than two decades later, the two technology executives are working closely together …
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Site Reveals Friday Launch for Windows 7 Free Upgrade  —  Microsoft will launch its Windows 7 free upgrade program for buyers of Vista PCs on Friday, according to a message on a new company Web site.  —  “Thank you for your interest.  Please return to this site on June 26, 2009,” states the site, windows7upgradeoption.com.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Digits
Jack Purcher / MacNN:
Apple TV to Take Sporting Events to a Whole New Level  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of four newly granted patents for Apple Inc. yesterday and one of them was covered earlier this morning in our other report titled Apple Granted Patents for Smartbook & Find My iPhone Related Technologies.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
 
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