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3:15 PM ET, June 27, 2009

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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google thought Michael Jackson traffic was attack  —  Google has confirmed that the surge of Michael Jackson-related searches on Google News Thursday was first interpreted as an attack on its service.  —  Google News was inaccessible for some people Thursday afternoon right as rumors …
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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.
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.
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 …
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony eyes cellphone/game gear hybrid - Nikkei  —  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 and entertainment conglomerate launched …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Apple kills Routesy app, my iPhone gets less useful  —  The fuss continues over Apple's capricious acceptance policy for its iPhone/iPod Touch App Store, most recently with the rejection of an app called Hottest Girls.  But for me and a few other San Franciscans, there's a much bigger cause of outrage …
BBC:
UK ‘has cyber attack capability’  —  The UK has the ability to launch cyber attacks but does not use it for industrial espionage like some other countries, minister Lord West has said.  —  He refused to be drawn on whether it was used for military purposes.
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 …
Discussion: VG247, Kotaku, GoNintendo and Joystiq
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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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Boy Genius Report and Engadget
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Firefox 3.5 gears up for a possible Tuesday public release  —  A Mozilla spokesperson confirmed to Betanews early this evening that, if all pans out as planned, the organization will officially release the Firefox 3.5 Web browser to the general public as soon as Tuesday, June 30.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Dear Comcast: The Idea When You Bundle Is That People Are Supposed To Get A Discount  —  When companies offer “bundles” of the various services they offer, part of the point is that if you're buying multiple packages together, you get some sort of “discount.”
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
The True Story of True Ventures  —  San Francisco-based True Ventures emerged on the venture scene in 2005 and its way of doing business — focusing on seed-stage startups that it can afford to back for the long haul — quickly resonated with LPs.  Not only did they give True $155 million …
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
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Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
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