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11:55 AM ET, June 25, 2009

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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 …
Discussion: Macworld, Neowin.net and AppScout
Brandon LeBlanc / windowsteamblog.com:
Windows 7 Pricing and Offers Q&A Transcript
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.
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.
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.
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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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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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Showtime for Yahoo's Bartz
Discussion: BoomTown
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 …
Discussion: Forbes, Ars Technica, Gawker and Bits
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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: Contentinople and MediaMemo
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
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.
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, would be available on other devices the company has already released.
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: PC World, Gizmodo and Technologizer
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.
Barton George / The Register:
Why Google Wave makes Tim Bray nervous  —  XML co-author on complexity and the web  —  HP US App Security & Quality Management - Jun - Aug 09 - 200905-4609  —  Radio Reg Before Google's founders were ordering pizza in their Stanford University dorm rooms, Tim Bray was working to commercialize search technology.
Olaoluwa ‘Ola’ Okelola / Facebook Blog:
More Ways to Share in the Publisher  —  UPDATE on June 24: We've received some questions in the comments about default privacy settings for this beta.  Nothing has changed with your default privacy settings.  The beta is only open to people who already chose to set their profile and status privacy to “Everyone.”
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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.
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 …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The iPhone Software Revolution  —  The original iPhone was for suckers hard-core gadget enthusiasts only.  But as I predicted, 12 months later, the iPhone 3G rectified all the shortcomings of the first version.  And now, with the iPhone 3GS, we've reached the mythical third version:
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 …
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: Podcasting News and mocoNews
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.
Discussion: eWeek and Google Grants Blog
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Register
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Why legendary game developer John Carmack shelved his ego and sold 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, Touch Arcade and Macworld
 
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Sharon Barclay / uberceo.com:
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Jack Purcher / MacNN:
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Google Profiles has XFN now
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Zune HD video hands-on quickie
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Apple TV 2.4 Update Now Available, Updated Remote App with Gestures [Updated]
 

 
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