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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: Softpedia News
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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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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches A Live Stream Box, Partners With Ustream  —  Today, Facebook is launching a new “Live Stream Box” feature which allows for Facebook Pages to offer their own live video and chat area.  And Ustream will be the first to take advantage of it with Ustream on Facebook …
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.
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft: Outlook's not broken and we aren't ‘fixing’ it
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.
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 …
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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
Sharp TVs, Monitors Banned From U.S. in Samsung Win  —  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.  —  Samsung, the world's biggest maker …
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
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why the Comcast-Time Warner Deal Blasts Open TV  —  For people who hope the openness and flexibility of the Internet will come to mainstream television, the deal announced today between Comcast and Time Warner is great news.  They just don't see yet how it blows apart the tight bond between cable content and cable delivery.
Discussion: AppScout, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Nicholas Kristof / Nicholas D. Kristof:
Microsoft and Chinese Censorship  —  A couple of days ago, I heard that the new Microsoft search engine, Bing, censors results in Chinese-language searches, even if they are conducted outside China.  With the help of a coterie of Chinese friends around the globe, I tested this and found it's true.
 
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