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1:30 PM ET, June 26, 2009

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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Michael Jackson-related traffic doubled Twitter's update frequency, tripled Facebook's  —  Traffic to news sites in North America saw a massive spike as the Michael Jackson story unfolded.  Times are EST. Credit: Akamai.  —  As the news of Michael Jackson's fate unfolded, sites around the Web felt the strain of spiking interest.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Web Collapses Under The Weight Of Michael Jackson's Death  —  In terms of well-known celebrities, few are bigger than Michael Jackson.  Love him or hate him, pretty much everyone on the planet knows him.  And that caused big problems for a lot of huge websites today with the news of his passing.
Los Angeles Times:
TV misses out as gossip website TMZ reports Michael Jackson's death first  —  Other news outlets were reluctant to cite the website as the source for confirmation of the pop star's demise.  —  With the death of pop star Michael Jackson, TMZ gave the most potent demonstration yet of its ability to stir the pot of entertainment news.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Michael Jackson's Death Causes Surge On BitTorrent
Discussion: CNET News and Switched
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Thumbing Windows 7 onto Netbooks  —  Microsoft has shown Windows 7 running on Netbooks ever since it introduced the operating system last fall.  However, helping consumers get it on their notebooks has proven more tricky.  —  Microsoft is considering offering Windows 7 on a thumb drive …
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 preorders begin in the US, Canada, and Japan (Updated x3)  —  Windows 7 preorders have are now available for residents in the US, Canada, and Japan.  —  Today residents in the US, Canada, and Japan have the opportunity to preorder Windows 7 upgrade versions of both Home Premium …
Adam L. Penenberg / Fast Company:
Amazon Taps Its Inner Apple  —  By introducing the Kindle, Jeff Bezos is emulating Steve Jobs — and taking him on.  —  To explain the present and divine the future, Amazon's founder and prognosticator-in-chief, Jeff Bezos, often turns to the past.  Fond of historical analogies …
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:   Big Software Plans for Amazon's Kindle?
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
HP releases iPhone versions of classic calculators  —  Hewlett-Packard (HP) today announced iPhone-app versions of three classic HP calculators: the HP 12c, HP 12c Platinum, and HP 15C.  —  When run in landscape mode, each app uses the original ROM code and provides an exact visual replica …
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Pre helps Palm beat expectations, shares rise  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Palm Inc (PALM.O) posted a narrower-than-expected fiscal fourth quarter loss on Thursday, and highlighted strong demand for its just-unveiled Pre smartphone.  —  Palm's shares rose more than 14 percent in after-hours trading.
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Amazon Pulls the Plug on NC Associates while Google and Apple Enjoy Sweet State Tax Deals  —  This morning, Amazon Associates in North Carolina are awakening to some bitter news.  As of today, their accounts are officially closed.  This is anticipation - yes, anticipation, not the actual passage …
Ted Landau / Macworld:
Bugs & Fixes: iPhone 3GS signal strength oddities  —  I warn you at the outset.  This is not going to be one of those Bugs & Fixes with a neatly defined set of symptoms and a iron-clad solution.  This one's a bit messy.  Here's the deal:  —  Almost immediately after getting my new iPhone 3GS …
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR and DailyTech
Alertbox:
Stop Password Masking … It's time to show most passwords in clear text as users type them.  Providing feedback and visualizing the system's status have always been among the most basic usability principles.  Showing undifferentiated bullets while users enter complex codes definitely fails to comply.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Twitter: The Fastest Way to Get Informed.  Or Misinformed.  —  I spent this afternoon doing what a lot of people did: Watching TV reports about Michael Jackson while also gleaning information from the Web-especially Twitter.  When I happened to turn on the TV, MSNBC was still speaking …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Click Fraud 101  —  Our posts earlier this week about the alarming amount of click fraud at Facebook left more than a few unanswered questions.  The problem is real and was confirmed by Facebook.  But what wasn't clear is exactly how or why it was happening.
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Businesses use Twitter to communicate with customers  —  When a Stanley Cup broadcast suddenly went black in late April, many Comcast subscribers simply scooted to Twitter to find out why.  —  It was there — not on a phone system with multiple options — they discovered that a lightning storm …
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
EBay's Legal Tussle With Skype Founders May Threaten Its Plans for IPO  —  EBay Inc.'s dispute with the founders of its Skype Internet-phone division threatens to delay a Skype initial public offering and lower the amount raised.  —  Skype, which lets users place calls online …
Discussion: Deal Journal and BloggingStocks, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Push Notifications, For The Ultimate In Friend Stalking  —  Foursquare, the location-based social networking service, is about to activate Push Notifications in the new version of its iPhone app, due shortly.  I've been beta testing it out for the past week, and I'm happy to report that it works brilliantly.
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and All Points Blog
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Apple Exec Joins Venture-Capital Firm  —  Not everyone is leaving venture capital amid the recession.  Bob Borchers, who left his position at Apple last week as senior director of worldwide product marketing for the iPhone, has joined venture-capital firm Opus Capital as a general partner.
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Is Free News Really Worth the Price?  —  PARIS — If you are reading this, I am doing my job.  —  Roughly speaking, that is the compact that has underpinned the ties that bind those who write the news to those who read it.  —  But as the world hurtles into a digital era, other questions intrude …
Discussion: Mediactive, Thanks:atul
Wes Finley-Price / CNN:
Apple rejects soft-core porn iPhone app  —  False alarm: Apple is not — at least not yet — approving iPhone apps containing pictures of naked women.  —  The blogosphere lit up Thursday with reports that Hottest Girls had the distinguished privilege of being the first application approved …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Analyst: Nokia to Offer an Android Netbook in 2010  —  Nokia plans to launch an ARM-based netbook that relies on the Google-pioneered Android mobile operating system in 2010, writes Lazard Capital Markets analyst Daniel Amir in a research note issued this morning.
John Gaudiosi / Reuters:
Health games become serious business  —  RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Videogames were once blamed for rising obesity rates but are now being championed by the medical industry and for use by government departments for their health benefits.  —  Games like Electronic Arts' …
Stephen Lawson / ITworld.com:
New chips don't deliver, Facebook says  —  I like it!  —  The latest generations of server processors from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices don't deliver the promised gains in performance, according to the head of technical operations at Facebook, a massive consumer of servers.
Discussion: Slashdot
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Study Suggests People Prefer Bing's Design To Google's, But Still Won't Switch  —  Brand loyalty is a powerful thing, especially when it comes to technology.  Consider the battle brewing now between Google and Microsoft's new search engine, Bing.  Even if Bing proves to be just as good as Google …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Looking To Aggregate, Monetize Twitter Applications
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Barack Obama won using ‘old school’ technology, says his campaign manager
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
If You're An East Texas Company, Are You Now More Prone To Patent …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Twitter's long-term traffic still growing
Discussion: Softpedia News and TechCrunch
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Giz Bill Nye Explains: The iPhone 3GS's Oleophobic Screen
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Ashley Broughton / CNN:
Tennessee man charged in ‘virtual pornography’ case
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff: The future of computing looks like Twitter
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Photobucket Layoffs Today: One-Third of Staff Let Go; Other FIM Units Also Impacted
Discussion: Contentinople, Softpedia News and paidContent, Thanks:atul
Kevin Bomberry / Able Pear Software:
Making calls within your iPhone app - iPhone OS 3.0 breaks existing paradigm
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