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11:05 PM ET, June 25, 2009

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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.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Confirms That People Can't Spell ‘Michael Jackson’  —  Michael Jackson, the king of pop, is dead, TMZ reports.  We can't imagine what strain the AOL-owned site's servers are going under right now.  —  But Twitter's “trending topics” have proven once again what every Michael knows: People can't spell your name.
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Michael Jackson-related traffic doubled Twitter's update frequency …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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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Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Garlic For The Google Vampire
Thanks:atul
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
News startup expects 10 pct of Web readers to pay
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 …
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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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.
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Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:   Who is attacking Solid Oak, whose code was stolen for Green Dam?
Agence France Presse:
Google investigating China service outages
Discussion: Ars Technica and PC World
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.
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
The book that Facebook doesn't want you to read  —  Accidental Billionaires's author Ben Mezrich explains how he put together the tawdry tale that has Silicon Valley buzzing.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Best-selling author Ben Mezrich is the first to concede he doesn't know exactly …
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.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Web filters to censor video games  —  The Federal Government has now set its sights on gamers, promising to use its internet censorship regime to block websites hosting and selling video games that are not suitable for 15 year olds.  —  Separately, the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy …
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?
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 …
Discussion: TheAppleBlog, iPodNN and Gadget Lab
Kevin Bomberry / Able Pear Software:
Making calls within your iPhone app - iPhone OS 3.0 breaks existing paradigm  —  When Apple introduced the iPhone SDK last year, developers around the world stood up, took notice and cheered.  In the year since the release more than 50,000 apps have been created and pushed up into the App Store …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff: The future of computing looks like Twitter  —  Marc Benioff, co-founder and chief executive of Salesforce.com, told attendees at today's Structure 09 conference in San Francisco that the world of business software and infrastructure is starting to see the same craze …
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How Google's Thirst for Power Might Bury San Francisco in Rubble  —  With its many servers, Google devours electricity.  And with search queries growing by 50%, it's only getting hungrier.  The solution?  Drill a two-mile-deep hole in the Earth, extracting geothermal energy …
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.
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.
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: Beet.TV, CNET News and Open Source
Web 2.0 Summit 2009:
Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On  —  Five years ago, we launched a conference based on a simple idea, and that idea grew into a movement.  The original Web 2.0 Conference ( now the Web 2.0 Summit ) was designed to restore confidence in an industry that had lost its way after the dotcom bust.
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Obama Nominates Baker for Final FCC Spot  —  President Obama selects former NTIA leader and telecommunications lobbyist Meredith Attwell Baker to complete the Republican side of the Federal Communications Commission.  —  President Obama June 25 nominated Meredith Attwell Baker …
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: I4U News and Techgeist
Gus Sentementes / BaltTech:
Maryland Tech: Protecting your computer screen from the “shoulder surfers”  —  Every once in a while, I get to see — and sometimes write about — a fascinating new product before the consumer masses get to it.  It's one of the cool perks of being a journalist, really.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over ‘false’ iTunes gift card promises  —  A new lawsuit accuses Apple of a bait-and-switch tactic with iTunes gift cards by instituting variable song pricing but leaving old cards on the shelves.  —  While Apple has been cracking down on fake iTunes gift cards …
Discussion: The Register
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 …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
GROU.PS Finds $1 Million For DIY Social Network Platform
Discussion: VentureBeat
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Photobucket Layoffs Today: One-Third of Staff Let Go; Other FIM Units Also Impacted
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Founders Fund: Eyeing Life Beyond Consumer Web Startups
Discussion: Dealscape, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Twitter Cycle: Curiosity, Abandonment, Addiction. …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
David Turner / Android Developers Blog:
Introducing Android 1.5 NDK, Release 1
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Nielsen Wire:
Teens More “Normal” Than You Think Regarding Media Usage
Discussion: CNET News, NewTeeVee and paidContent
Sean Michael Kerner / Internetnews Blog:
Movable Type gets forked into Melody
William Maclean / Reuters:
Britain says facing growing cyber security threat
Discussion: Associated Press and CNET News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Does Google Need to Start Bulking Up Again?
Discussion: Electronista
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Sony: Lost in transformation
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