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8:00 PM ET, June 27, 2009

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Thinks Michael Jackson Died At Age 65 In 2007  —  Oops.  Bad, Google.  Occasionally the service inserts direct answers to searches at the top of its results.  It makes guesses at this, and in the case of michael jackson died, it's making the wrong guess.
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Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Michael Jackson's Death: An Inside Look At How Google, Yahoo, & Bing Handled An Extraordinary Day In Search  —  An extraordinary day of breaking news on Thursday led to record-breaking traffic spikes as people searched online for information about the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and, especially, Michael Jackson.
Timothy / Slashdot:
The Video Bay, Now In Beta  —  poundhard writes “Some two years ago, it was mentioned on TorrentFreak and Slashdot that The Pirate Bay team were working on a YouTube competitor.  At the oral proceedings of the Spectrial, I believe it was Peter Sunde, aka Brokep, who said to the prosecutor …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Acer's Everywhere.  How Did That Happen?  —  ABOUT three months ago, Gianfranco Lanci flew into San Francisco International Airport, got off the plane and made his way to the passport control stations.  As he pulled out his documents, the passport agent immediately recognized him as the chief executive of Acer.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MagicJack Will Top $100 Million In Sales This Year  —  Here's a recession winner: MagicJack, the super-cheap Internet phone gadget, is flying off the shelves.  And parent company YMax Communications, founded by telecom veteran Daniel Borislow, is raking in big money.
Colin / Pre Insiders:
Palm Pre Mojo SDK Download Leaked To The Web (Links Updated!)  —  Just around an hour ago, @robovalzuniga sent out a tweet confirming that Palm's Mojo SDK had in fact leaked out.  What's better, he included a download link.  Yes, you can now download the (beta) SDK for the Pre.
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
Screenshots of the New TouchFLO 3D v2.5  —  When the Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 get the Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade later this summer, it looks like they are getting a new version of TouchFLO 3D (Manila v2.5) that stretches the interface a bit deeper and makes it more customizable than seen on the current iteration.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Aardvark Open For Business Via Facebook Connect  —  Aardvark's social search service has been allowing beta users to invite friends since March.  But if you don't already know someone on the service, you've had to wait in line.  That wait ends today, though, at least for Facebook users.
Discussion: New York Times and Techgeist, Thanks:atul
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
New in Snow Leopard: Activity Monitor shows you exactly what is killing your CPU  —  Before, you'd just see that Safari was nailing your CPU.  Now there's a more specific breakdown, which shows the true culprit.  Plug-in sandboxing is good thing.  It is especially helpful when a plug …
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony eyes cellphone/game gear hybrid - Nikkei  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp is considering developing a cellphone-game gear hybrid in a bid to better compete with Apple Inc's highly popular iPod and iPhone, the Nikkei business daily said on Saturday.  —  The Japanese electronics …
pavlov.net:
New Fennec Releases  —  Welcome to the world both Fennec 1.0 Beta 2 for Maemo and Fennec 1.0 Alpha 2 for Windows Mobile.  —  In addition to Maemo and Windows Mobile builds, you can also download desktop builds for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  —  For these releases we have worked on improving …
New York Times:
U.S. and Russia Differ on a Treaty for Cyberspace  —  The United States and Russia are locked in a fundamental dispute over how to counter the growing threat of cyberwar attacks that could wreak havoc on computer systems and the Internet.  —  Both nations agree that cyberspace is an emerging battleground.
Laura June / Engadget:
White iPhone 3GS reportedly overheats, turns a browner shade of white  —  Right after its launch, we noted the sundry problems reported by new iPhone 3GS owners, but this is the first time we've heard tell of this specific one... and it seems like a doozy.  It's unclear exactly what caused this …
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Warner Bros. emerges as sole bidder for Midway Games  —  All over but the shoutin' for Midway sale?  Credit: Togoodtobe4gotton via Flckr.  —  Times up!  The deadline for submitting bids to buy Midway Games passed Wednesday afternoon with just one offer — a $33-million deal from Warner Bros …
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Jennifer Guevin / CNET News:
DOJ extends investigation into Oracle-Sun deal
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Video: Introducing Bing. The Better Way To Google.
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
China's censorship blowback
Discussion: Financial Times
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Companies appeal to China to drop Web filter plan
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone Bob leaves Apple to pursue venture capital investing
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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