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6:00 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.
Discussion: AOL Corporate and Yahoo! Music
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.
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.
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.
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Video: Introducing Bing.  The Better Way To Google.  —  A lot of us here at TechCrunch quite like Bing, Microsoft's new search, sorry, discovery, no sorry, decision engine.  For a number of queries it seems to provide better results than Google.  But that doesn't mean the public will start using it.
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
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.
Jennifer Guevin / CNET News:
DOJ extends investigation into Oracle-Sun deal  —  The Department of Justice has decided to extend its investigation into the company's proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems, according to a brief statement put out late Friday.  —  The DOJ's 30-day window for looking into the $7.4 billion deal was set to expire Friday.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
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 …
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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Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
China's censorship blowback
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Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Companies appeal to China to drop Web filter plan
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iPhone Bob leaves Apple to pursue venture capital investing
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