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10:20 AM 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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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.
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.
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 True $155 million …
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Kotaku, GoNintendo and Joystiq
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Los Angeles Times:
Warner Bros. emerges as sole bidder for Midway Games
Discussion: VentureBeat and Destructoid
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.
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 …
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.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Doubles Upload Size Limit  —  YouTube has doubled the size of standard uploads for regular-Joe account holders to 2 GB from 1 GB.  The company told us this afternoon the move was in order to accommodate users' HD uploads.  But despite the size increase, non-partner videos are still limited to 10 minutes in length.
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.
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
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 …
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 and Softpedia News
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.
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
John Leyden / The Register:
Blue chip FTP logins found on cybercrime server  —  Monster breach exposes Amazon and BBC to compromise  —  Security researchers have found a treasure chest of FTP passwords, some from high profile sites, on an open cybercrime server.  —  Jacques Erasmus, CTO at security tools firm Prevx …
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FBI compounds mystery with secret justification of gag order
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