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4:30 PM ET, June 26, 2009

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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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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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Philip Lam / all things Pre:
Sprint throws a punch at the iPhone and AT&T  —  Here we have an ad from Sprint that's directed at early 1st gen iPhone adaptors.  Bringing out the fact that the Pre can run “multiple applications” and save you $1200 in the long run, that's if you drop your 1st gen iPhone and come over to Sprint for the Pre.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: And Now It's All About The Pre  —  Palm (PALM) shares are off to an impressive start this morning, confirming last night's after-hours rally, as investors celebrate a better-than-expected fiscal Q4 financial report.  The quarter's results got a top-line boost from the first wave Pre shipments …
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Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Pre helps Palm beat expectations, shares rise
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Who Exactly Is In Charge Of The App Store?  Anyone?  —  Okay, the situation surrounding the App Store and its approval process continues to get weirder and weirder.  —  As you may have heard, an application featuring nudity first appeared in the App Store yesterday.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Mole exclusive: PS3, 360 price drops coming this fall  —  Our favorite inside source has given us a heads-up on what to expect from both Sony and Microsoft this year in hardware packages and pricing.  The path to the holidays is a rosy one, with more hard drive space inside the systems at a lower price.
Discussion: CNET News, Gizmodo, TechSpot and Joystiq
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
So Much for Video Conversations: Seesmic Puts Its Video Service on Hold  —  When you hear the name Seesmic today, chances are that you are thinking about a Twitter client, but once upon a time, Seesmic was a much-hyped online “video conversation” service.  Now, however, after a recent redesign …
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.
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: paidContent and Mediactive, Thanks:atul
Charles Eicher / The Register:
Copyfraud: Poisoning the public domain  —  How web giants are stealing the future of knowledge  —  Special report The public domain is the greatest resource in human history: eventually all knowledge will become part of it.  Its riches serve all mankind, but it faces a new threat.
Discussion: TeleRead
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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.
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Adding Insult To Injury: MySpace Botches Layoffs  —  When you've just gotten laid off, the last thing you want to hear is that you can't cash your last check because of one final payroll screwup.  But that's apparently exactly what's going on over at MySpace, which laid off over 30% of its staff …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Big Software Plans for Amazon's Kindle?  —  Amazon.com's buying and hiring signal that many more Kindle apps may be on the way—plus software to put Amazon books on other mobile devices  —  Giant online retailer Amazon.com may be plotting a broader foray into software for smartphones.
Discussion: paidContent
Google Watch:
Google Disables Gmail SMS Text Chat After it Goes Wonky  —  Google is again having trouble with its SMS text message tool, the experimental feature in the Gmail Chat menu that lets users send text messages from their computers to their contacts' mobile phones.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Facebook hires lobbyists to push its online privacy agenda  —  Social networking site hopes increase influence with world authorities  —  Facebook is hiring lobbyists to push its agenda on internet privacy and data sharing in Brussels and Washington, as the social networking site attempts …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
 
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Cyril Altmeyer / Reuters:
Google CEO says worst of crisis is over
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Sense Networks gets $6M in hotly contested deal for “tribe” advertising
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Joseph Bonneau / Light Blue Touchpaper:
The Economics of Privacy in Social Networks
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Geoff Taylor / BBC:
Napster - 10 years of turmoil
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Looking To Aggregate, Monetize Twitter Applications
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Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
EBay's Legal Tussle With Skype Founders May Threaten Its Plans for IPO
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Adam L. Penenberg / Fast Company:
Amazon Taps Its Inner Apple
Stephen Lawson / ITworld.com:
New chips don't deliver, Facebook says
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Businesses use Twitter to communicate with customers
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Barack Obama won using ‘old school’ technology, says his campaign manager
Discussion: Patricia Handschiegel
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
If You're An East Texas Company, Are You Now More Prone To Patent …