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6:40 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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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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Michael Jackson's Death Causes Surge On BitTorrent  —  Michael Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest on Thursday afternoon, which was likely caused by a Demerol overdose and ultimately led to his death.  —  There is no doubt that Jackson had a tremendous impact on several generations of musicians …
Discussion: NPR Blogs, MediaMemo, TMZ.com and IntoMobile
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Michael Jackson-related traffic doubled Twitter's update frequency …
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Malicious Web Site / Malicious Code: Michael Jackson Death Prompts Malicious Spam
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 …
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.
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 …
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Link from Yahoo breaks traffic records at New York Times  —  Behold the power of Yahoo: A link at the top of the site's front page helped send more than 9 million page views to The New York Times in the span of two hours last week, breaking records for web traffic at the newspaper.
Discussion: Bloggasm, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Cyril Altmeyer / Reuters:
Google CEO says worst of crisis is over  —  * CEO says “reasonable to be optimistic for 2010”  —  * Sees U.S. recovery starting in autumn  —  A U.S. recovery is likely to begin this autumn, the worst of the crisis has passed and it is “reasonable to be optimistic for 2010” …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Briefly: more affordable iMacs from Apple expected by fall  —  Apple, which recently shaved down the cost of its popular Mac notebook lines, remains on track to pass on similar treatment to its all-in-one desktop line by this fall.  —  Back in April, AppleInsider reported that the Mac maker …
Discussion: MacRumors, DigiTimes and LOOPRumors
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 …
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 and WMPoweruser.com
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
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: Mediactive and paidContent, Thanks:atul
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 …
Discussion: Gawker
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 …
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.
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
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.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
imeem Wants to Simplify Its Service - Deletes All User-Generated Photos and Videos  —  imeem, which describes itself as the “world's largest social music service,” just told its community members that it plans to delete all photos and videos that users have uploaded to their profiles …
Discussion: Music is Social
Joseph Bonneau / Light Blue Touchpaper:
The Economics of Privacy in Social Networks  —  We often think of social networking to Facebook, MySpace, and the also-rans, but in reality there are there are tons of social networks out there, dozens which have membership in the millions.  Around the world it's quite a competitive market.
Discussion: All Facebook and Open Gardens
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Sense Networks gets $6M in hotly contested deal for “tribe” advertising  —  Sense Networks, a company that can track “tribes” of people — such as those who like the same bars and same movies — to better target them with instant advertising, has raised $6 million in new venture financing in a hotly contested deal.
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and Blogspotting
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Iranian protesters avoid censorship with Navy technology  —  Iranians seeking to share videos and other eyewitness accounts of the demonstrations that have roiled their country since disputed elections two weeks ago are using an Internet encryption program originally developed by and for the U.S. Navy.
Discussion: Danger Room
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.
 
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Juan Carlos Llorca / Associated Press:
Guatemalan fears a tweet will make him a jailbird
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Are They Bungling Their Presence In China?
Paul Sweeting / GigaOM:
TV Everywhere to Spark Antitrust Concerns?
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Top Facebook Application Developer Slide Building Virtual Goods …
Geoff Taylor / BBC:
Napster - 10 years of turmoil
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Facebook hires lobbyists to push its online privacy agenda
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Looking To Aggregate, Monetize Twitter Applications
Discussion: The Mind of Alex
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
EBay's Legal Tussle With Skype Founders May Threaten Its Plans for IPO
Discussion: Deal Journal and BloggingStocks, Thanks:atul
Adam L. Penenberg / Fast Company:
Amazon Taps Its Inner Apple
Discussion: CrunchGear
Stephen Lawson / ITworld.com:
New chips don't deliver, Facebook says
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Businesses use Twitter to communicate with customers
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Click Fraud 101
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Push Notifications, For The Ultimate In Friend Stalking
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and All Points Blog