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3:50 PM ET, June 27, 2009

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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.
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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.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google thought Michael Jackson traffic was attack
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 …
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 …
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.
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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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 …
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.”
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.
 
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Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
China's censorship blowback
Discussion: Financial Times
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Companies appeal to China to drop Web filter plan
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Mashable!
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone Bob leaves Apple to pursue venture capital investing
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Race for Unplanned Obsolescence
John Letzing / Total Telecom:
Rivals move to flag IBM as anticompetitive in mainframes
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Liberty Media CEO Hints At Interest In AOL
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EMC Dangles the Bait for Data Domain a Bit Longer
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
imeem Wants to Simplify Its Service - Deletes All User-Generated Photos and Videos
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it's mass-media business models that are ailing

Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims

Emily Yahr / Washington Post:
Netflix, again, can't win any major Emmy awards. What's going on?

 
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