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4:25 PM ET, June 25, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Google Voice invites on their way  —  A couple of months ago we announced Google Voice, a service that gives you one phone number to link all your phones and makes voicemail as easy as email.  We are happy to share that Google Voice is beginning to open up beyond former GrandCentral users.
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Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Google Voice May Open to All Today  —  Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy  —  The Today Show takes a look at Google Voice this morning (as we did three months ago), with correspondent Janet Shamlian offering a very generalized overview …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Announcing the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program & Windows 7 Pricing - Bring on GA!  —  Today we have some news to share around Windows 7 including answering what may be some of the “hottest” questions people have as we head toward General Availability (GA) on October 22nd.
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 pricing announced: cheaper than Vista  —  Microsoft today announced Windows 7 retail pricing, upgrade information, launch details, and a preorder deal.  The software giant has reduced the price on its most popular retail Windows product, the Home Premium upgrade version …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
There May Be 50,000 Apps For The iPhone, But Only A Select Few Become Popular  —  AdMob has released its metrics report for May 2009 (PDF download link), and looked closely at the actual distribution of users of the iPhone apps in their network this time.  The main take-away?
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Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
Long Tail of iPhone Apps Is Extra Long — and Not In a Good Way
Discussion: Macworld and MobHappy
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iPhone Porn App Not Pulled By Apple, Just “Sold Out.”  Other Porn Apps Available.  —  The drama in iPhone porn world continues.  Yesterday, Hottest Girls, the first app with nudity was accepted into the App Store.  But early this morning it was made unavailable, and everyone presumed Apple was behind it.
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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.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Kayak to Bing: Stop Copying Us!  - Update  —  Kayak, the popular multi-airline airfare search engine, thinks Microsoft Bing's new travel search engine looks so much like its own that it's confusing Kayak users.  The travel search company sent Microsoft a legal letter last week telling them to cut it out, Wired.com has learned.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Upgrade fee sees few iPod touch users updating to 3.0 software  —  Nearly half of all iPhone users have already jumped at the opportunity to enhance the functionality of their handsets by installing the free iPhone Software 3.0 update, but the same can't be said for iPod touch users, who …
Discussion: Macworld, I4U News and Techgeist
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Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York Business:
WSJ publisher calls Google ‘digital vampire’  —  The Internet search giant is “sucking the blood” out of the newspaper business, Dow Jones Chief Executive Les Hinton complains, before hinting he's working on a cure.  —  The gloves are coming off in the intensifying battle between newspaper publishers and Google.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Judge Not Biased, No Retrial  —  A few days after the verdict in the Pirate Bay trial was made public, judge Tomas Norström was heavily criticized for his involvement with pro-copyright lobby groups.  To everyone's surprise, Norström never declared these activities before he took on the case.
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.
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 …
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
LIVE: Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz's First Annual Meeting
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.
Discussion: Switched
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Why legendary game developer John Carmack shelved his ego and sold id to ZeniMax  —  Here's an interview with John Carmack (right), the last remaining founder of id Software, the legendary video game developer which agreed to be acquired yesterday by another video maker ZeniMax Media.
Discussion: VG247
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Video: Apple's Awesomely Improved iPhone Remote App  —  I like the Apple TV as a device, but it's remote is awful.  It's the same little dinky white one that used to come with all Apple computers a few years ago.  While it's pretty good for using the FrontRow feature on a computer …
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Sony: Lost in transformation  —  Sir Howard Stringer has been pushing for years to revive the Japanese conglomerate.  Will a youthful (by Sony standards) new team help him realize his digital dream?  —  (Fortune Magazine) — These days Howard Stringer makes his home in a hotel suite …
Discussion: Sony Insider
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Always Innovating's Touch Book in production, finally pictured in non-render form  —  Always Innovating has stopped innovating for a moment and started production.  Its transformer of a netbook/tablet called the Touch Book is now rolling off manufacturing lines on track for shipments starting next month.
Scott Spanbauer / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
Windows may install updates without asking  —  Windows XP and Vista have started installing updates at shutdown, in certain cases, without displaying a warning or requesting permission, according to reports by several readers.  —  The forced-install behavior has been witnessed at least three times …
Discussion: Security Watch and Hardware 2.0
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 …
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Video Search Site Truveo Relaunches: How to Leverage Your Brand  —  Truveo, the video search site acquired by AOL a few years back, has relaunched.  Before we get into the details, let's be clear: Truveo is not a YouTube wannabe.  Their focus is purely on indexing video around the web.
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
China throttles Google, U.S. ratchets up trade war over Green Dam  —  With less than a week until July 1 - the deadline for PC makers to start intalling the spyware called Green Dam Youth Escort - China appears to be cutting off access to Google after a bitter campaign accusing the American company of spreading porn.
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
There's now a Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate 3  —  Download Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate 3 for Windows from Fileforum now.  —  Early Betanews tests indicate some noticeable changes in the performance profile of a Release Candidate for Mozilla Firefox 3.5 that was posted to the organization's servers this morning.
Discussion: CNET News
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Gives Presentation On Search Engine Optimization  —  The Google Grants Blog posted that they have given a presentation in their D.C. office on search engine optimization.  The presentation was to help educate a group of “issue campaign managers” on the principles of SEO.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Does Google Need to Start Bulking Up Again?  —  When the economy cratered last fall, even mighty Google was forced to pull back on spending: The company stopped growing its workforce and put several big expensive projects on hold.  —  But that's likely to change, predicts Bernstein analyst Jeffrey Lindsay.
Discussion: Gawker
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.
Bill Mitchell / Newspay:
Story of Neda's Death Reveals 7 Elements of Next-Step Journalism  —  Just before ending his news conference Tuesday, President Obama called on CNN's Suzanne Malveaux for one last question.  —  MALVEAUX: Back to Iran, putting a human face on this.  Over the weekend, we saw a shocking video of this woman …
Discussion: Beet.TV
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Is your cameraphone an oxymoron?  —  iPhone 3G v iPhone 3GS v Palm Pre  —  Free whitepaper - eDiscovery best practices  —  Pic Review All cell-phone cameras are not created equal - even the three-megapixel cameras in the recently released iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre.
 
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
News startup expects 10 pct of Web readers to pay
Sean Michael Kerner / Internetnews Blog:
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Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blogcast:
Notebook Sharing and Collaboration: Phase 1
Discussion: Macworld
Sydney Morning Herald:
Web filters to censor video games
Discussion: Kotaku, Techgeist and GoNintendo
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Yapta lands $2M to track airfare and hotel prices
Discussion: paidContent
Martyn Williams / Macworld:
IPhone 3GS in Japan: Less of a crowd, more of a party
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Glubble raises $1 M, adds a photo gallery timeline to its family web browser
Discussion: Mashable!, TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Barton George / The Register:
Why Google Wave makes Tim Bray nervous
Sharon Barclay / uberceo.com:
It's Official: Fortune 100 CEOs are Social Media Slackers
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Ignition backs Adam Bosworth's stealthy health startup: Keas
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Microsoft Defends Its Empire
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