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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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Nicki Dugan / Yodel Anecdotal:
Losing Michael Jackson  —  It's been a rough week, especially for those of us who grew up in the 1970s.  First, we lost Ed McMahon, who we always hoped would show up at our doorstep with a big check.  Then, came news of Farrah Fawcett, who always got the bad guy and launched a hair revolution among us.
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 the firm $155 million …
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Winning Teams Join to Qualify for $1 Million Netflix Prize  —  The Netflix Prize, a computing challenge that's been compared to scaling Mount Everest and flummoxed programmers for more than three years, has been summited.  —  Two front runners in the contest, Team Pragmatic Theory and Team Bellkor in Chaos …
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.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Tour hitting Verizon Wireless on July 12th, selling for $199?  —  Well, you heard that right peoples.  It looks like Verizon Wireless is gearing up to launch the much-awaited BlackBerry Tour on July 12th.  The best part?  It appears it's going to go for $199 with a two-year agreement according to Verizon's testman site.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Mythbusters' Adam Savage Discovers Insane Roaming Fees: $11,000 iPhone Bill For A Few Hours Surfing  —  Every few months or so there's an article somewhere about an insane phone bill that someone gets because they took their phone out of the country without recognizing the insanity that is international roaming rates.
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.
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 …
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 …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Race for Unplanned Obsolescence  —  [NOTE: Here's a post that first appeared in our free T-Week newsletter, which you can subscribe to here.]  —  I've been thinking a lot about PC components lately-the obligatory, the optional, and even the controversial.
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Warner Bros. emerges as sole bidder for Midway Games  —  The movie studio's purchase of the bankrupt video game publisher once owned by Viacom's Sumner Redstone is all but assured.  —  Warner Bros. has emerged as the only bidder for Midway Games Inc., all but assuring that it will take control …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Kotaku and Destructoid
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Google chief: Iran can't control the net  —  Eric Schmidt hopes YouTube clips of Iranian election protests have helped lessen retribution meted out by the authorities  —  The Google chief executive, Eric Schmidt, said today that he hopes that clips of the Iranian election protests posted on YouTube …
Discussion: Danger Room
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Liberty Media CEO Hints At Interest In AOL  —  Is Liberty Media (NSDQ: LINTA) once again interested in purchasing part of AOL?  In an interview with CNBC this morning (via Tech Trader Daily), Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei (pictured) was asked whether it was “just a nonsense rumor” …
John Letzing / Total Telecom:
Rivals move to flag IBM as anticompetitive in mainframes  —  Microsoft-backed T3 argues IBM has unfairly sewn up the mainframe market.  —  International Business Machines Corp. is drawing fresh scrutiny of its business practices from rivals and critics banking on a stricter antitrust regime under the Obama administration.
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” …
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 and TechFlash
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: Techdirt, TeleRead and Slashdot
Michael Geist Blog:
Rogers Again Injects Web Pages With Its Own Content  —  Canadian Internet watchers may recall a controversy in late 2007 when Rogers began experimenting with adding its own content to webpages that its subscribers visit.  The company used the technology to alert customers about their data usage.
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.
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.
Patrick Smith / paidContent:
Moreover May Sue Newspaper Biz Over Online Copying Levy  —  Online news aggregator Moreover is considering taking legal action against the Newspaper Licensing Agency in response to plans to impose a levy on re-distribution of online newspaper articles. paidContent:UK understands …
Discussion: paidContent
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
 
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EMC Dangles the Bait for Data Domain a Bit Longer
Discussion: eWeek and Tech Trader Daily
John Leyden / The Register:
Blue chip FTP logins found on cybercrime server
Discussion: SC Magazine US
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
FBI compounds mystery with secret justification of gag order
Discussion: Slashdot
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Doubles Upload Size Limit
Discussion: Cartoon Barry Blog and Mashable!
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 …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Sense Networks gets $6M in hotly contested deal for “tribe” advertising
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and Blogspotting
Joseph Bonneau / Light Blue Touchpaper:
The Economics of Privacy in Social Networks
Discussion: All Facebook and Open Gardens
Google Watch:
Google Disables Gmail SMS Text Chat After It Goes Wonky
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
Is Free News Really Worth the Price?
Discussion: Mediactive and paidContent, Thanks:atul
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Thumbing Windows 7 onto Netbooks
 

 
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