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3:20 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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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 preorders begin in the US, Canada, and Japan (Updated x3)  —  Windows 7 preorders have are now available for residents in the US, Canada, and Japan.  —  Today residents in the US, Canada, and Japan have the opportunity to preorder Windows 7 upgrade versions of both Home Premium …
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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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Michael Jackson's Death Causes Surge On BitTorrent
Discussion: CNET News and Switched
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Web Collapses Under The Weight Of Michael Jackson's Death
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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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 …
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.
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Wes Finley-Price / CNN:
Apple rejects soft-core porn iPhone app
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.
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
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.
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Businesses use Twitter to communicate with customers  —  When a Stanley Cup broadcast suddenly went black in late April, many Comcast subscribers simply scooted to Twitter to find out why.  —  It was there — not on a phone system with multiple options — they discovered that a lightning storm …
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
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.
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
Adam L. Penenberg / Fast Company:
Amazon Taps Its Inner Apple  —  By introducing the Kindle, Jeff Bezos is emulating Steve Jobs — and taking him on.  —  To explain the present and divine the future, Amazon's founder and prognosticator-in-chief, Jeff Bezos, often turns to the past.  Fond of historical analogies …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Looking To Aggregate, Monetize Twitter Applications  —  Glam Media, a distributed media network comprised of both its own properties and a publisher network of hundreds of lifestyle websites and blogs, is looking to build an advertising network powered by Twitter.
Discussion: The Mind of Alex
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.
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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, Joystiq and Gizmodo
 
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Joseph Bonneau / Light Blue Touchpaper:
The Economics of Privacy in Social Networks
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Charles Eicher / The Register:
Copyfraud: Poisoning the public domain
Geoff Taylor / BBC:
Napster - 10 years of turmoil
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
EBay's Legal Tussle With Skype Founders May Threaten Its Plans for IPO
Discussion: Deal Journal and BloggingStocks, Thanks:atul
Stephen Lawson / ITworld.com:
New chips don't deliver, Facebook says
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Barack Obama won using ‘old school’ technology, says his campaign manager
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
If You're An East Texas Company, Are You Now More Prone To Patent …
Ashley Broughton / CNN:
Tennessee man charged in ‘virtual pornography’ case
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff: The future of computing looks like Twitter
 

 
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