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5:00 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, The SiliconANGLE and MobHappy
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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.
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.
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
News startup expects 10 pct of Web readers to pay
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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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.
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
LIVE: Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz's First Annual Meeting  —  I'll be liveblogging the Yahoo annual meeting this morning at the Santa Clara Marriott in Silicon Valley, network willing.  This year's meeting is sure have less drama than the last two, when Yahoo was embroiled in management turmoil …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo Working on Major Brand Overhaul (Pretty Please, No More Yodeling!)
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.
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 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:
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
YouTube Blog:
Mobile Uploads to YouTube Increase Exponentially  —  In the last six months, we've seen uploads from mobile phones to YouTube jump 1700%; just since last Friday, when the iPhone 3GS came out, uploads increased by 400% a day.  —  This growth represents three things coming together …
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.
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
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 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
Nielsen Wire:
Teens More “Normal” Than You Think Regarding Media Usage  —  It's 2009: Do you know where your kids are?  —  They might be on the Internet, or gaming or texting... but they could also be be watching live TV, listening to the radio or reading a newspaper.  At the annual What Teens Want conference …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent
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.
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.
Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments on Pace for 6 Percent Decline in 2009  —  2Q09 Worldwide PC Forecast Indicates Likely Return to Market Growth by Fourth Quarter of This Year, but Vendors Should Brace for Two More Difficult Quarters  —  Worldwide PC shipments are on pace to reach 274 million units …
Sean Michael Kerner / Internetnews Blog:
Movable Type gets forked into Melody  —  From the ‘fork is a four letter word’ files:Movable Type has been forked — at least the open source GPL version — into a new project called Melody.Yes this blog is powered by Movable Type too.  Six Apart, the...  Initially Melody will be compatible …
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
 
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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 and Techgeist
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
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Does Google Need to Start Bulking Up Again?
Discussion: Gawker
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Barton George / The Register:
Why Google Wave makes Tim Bray nervous
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Is your cameraphone an oxymoron?  —  iPhone 3G v iPhone 3GS v Palm Pre
Bill Mitchell / Newspay:
Story of Neda's Death Reveals 7 Elements of Next-Step Journalism
Discussion: Beet.TV
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Microsoft Defends Its Empire
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CBS Interactive's Smith On Authentication: ‘70 Billion Reasons To Make This Work’
 

 
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