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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?  —  A Memphis hospital said Saturday Jobs had never been a patient.  Then they changed the story.  —  BURLINGAME, CALIF. — Looks like Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs' reality distortion field is portable, because it now appears to have made a trip with Jobs to Memphis, Tenn.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Asked and answered, NY Times. Happy now?
Discussion: AppAdvice and Hardware 2.0
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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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.
Tom Whitnah / Facebook Developers:
Posting to the Stream in Real Time with the Live Stream Box  —  During the 2009 US Presidential Inauguration, we tested a new feature that let people share Facebook status updates and comments side by side with real-time streaming video on CNN's website.  It was a significant moment for Facebook Platform.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches A Live Stream Box, Partners With Ustream
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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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Zune HD Comes in 16/32GB Sizes, Launches September 8  —  A tipster just dropped off a few internal Microsoft docs that point to a September 8 launch of the Zune HD.  In addition to that, the tipster says it's coming in 16GB and 32GB versions.  All pretty logical.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft: Outlook's not broken and we aren't ‘fixing’ it  —  Microsoft's decision to change the rendering engine in its Outlook mail client from HTML to the Word rendering engine back in 2007 wasn't one of its most popular moves.  In fact, there are still more than a few Outlook users …
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The Power of Word in Outlook
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
Twitter litter  —  The problem with all of the “we're tracking the most popular links on Twitter” sites is that link sharing on Twitter depends on (in order of decreasing relevance):  —  1. the time it takes to read/view the link (shorter is way better)  —  2. if the subject of the link is Twitter or Facebook
Discussion: Epicenter and Bloggasm
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.
brad's life:
Google Profiles has XFN now  —  Google Profiles just launched a new feature that's too dorky and obscure to warrant an official “Google blog” blog post, so the product manager on it said, “Brad, you're dorky... you should post it. … So sure, I'll blawg it here.  —  Google Profiles now have XFN rel="me" attributes on links.
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Bloomberg:
‘Simpsons’ Draws Higher Rates on Internet than TV as Ads Target Loyal Fans  —  Television programs such as “The Simpsons” and “CSI” are for the first time commanding higher advertising rates at Web sites including Hulu.com and TV.com than on prime-time TV.  —  The premium rates …
Discussion: Technologizer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Changing Of The Guard: Jeff Weiner Takes CEO Spot At LinkedIn  —  LinkedIn had a management shakeup last December - CEO Dan Nye stepped down.  Founding CEO Reid Hoffman stepped in again and former Yahoo exec Jeff Weiner joined the company as President.  —  The hiring of Weiner as President …
Alastair Goldfisher / PE Hub Blog:
VC Landscape Teeming With Ex-Googlers  —  It's not unusual to see many of the early executives of a big tech company join the VC ranks.  It seems like everyone on the staff of Ignition Partners in Bellevue, Wash., has ties to Microsoft, for example.  —  But it's hard not to notice …
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 …
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 …
David Coursey / PC World:
Wireless Charging Comes to iPhone  —  In less than three weeks, the iPhone has caught up with the Palm Pre in the one area where the Pre held an undisputed lead: wireless charging.  The ability to charge without wires is an idea that's been teasing us for a long time, with Palm the first company (I am aware of) to take it mainstream.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
The Billion Dollar HTML Tag  —  Marissa Mayer of Google discusses web site performance Wednesday at the Velocity 2009 conference (photo by James Duncan Davidson via Flickr).  —  Can a single HTML tag really make a difference on a corporation's financial results?
Bloomberg:
Samsung Electronics Wins Ruling to Ban Some Sharp LCDs in U.S. Trade Case  —  Some Sharp Corp. liquid-crystal display televisions and computer monitors should be banned from the U.S. because they infringe a patent owned by Samsung Electronics Co., a U.S. trade agency said today.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wikinvest Hopes Redesign Will Attract The Yahoo Finance Crowd  —  Finance sites like Yahoo Finance and Google Finance haven't changed much in the past ten years.  The fonts are different.  Maybe there's some more real-time quotes and fancier, interactive charts.
Discussion: GigaOM and Digits
 
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
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Gregg Keizer / PC World:
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