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6:35 AM ET, June 29, 2009

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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Keeping News of Kidnapping Off Wikipedia  —  For seven months, The New York Times managed to keep out of the news the fact that one of its reporters, David Rohde, had been kidnapped by the Taliban.  —  But that was pretty straightforward compared with keeping it off Wikipedia.
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com, TechCrunch and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Financial Times:
Microsoft puts Razorfish up for sale  —  By Tim Bradshaw in Cannes and Richard Waters in San Francisco  —  Microsoft has appointed Morgan Stanley to find a potential buyer for Razorfish, its digital agency  —  Publicis Groupe, the French marketing company that says it is planning …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple runs short of iPhones  —  The iPhone availability widget is back — new and improved — and it's showing spot shortages of selected iPhones at Apple (AAPL) stores across the United States.  —  The availability tool, which appears on Apple's website in times of scarcity …
Jeremy Sikora / The iPhone Blog:
iPhone 3GS Jailbreak Software Delayed by Dev Team  —  Sad day it is for all of you jailbreak fiends out there.  The Dev Team has come out to let you all know not to expect a iPhone 3GS jailbreak solution any time soon.  While they do have the software ready for prime time they are holding off …
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
iPhone 3GS jailbreak imminent; first image unveiled
Discussion: I4U News
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Makes a Case That It Isn't So Big  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google handles roughly two-thirds of all Internet searches.  It owns the largest online video site, YouTube, which is more than 10 times more popular than its nearest competitor.  And last year, Google sold nearly $22 billion in advertising …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google mocks Bing and the stuff behind it  —  You call this a cloud?  —  Structure 09 Google has openly ridiculed Microsoft's entire approach to online infrastructure, while taking some wonderfully sly shots at the company's new [decision engine] search engine.
Mark Rutherford / CNET News:
Reading machine to snoop on Web  —  What if the wisdom of Web could be yours, without having to read through it one page at a time?  That's what the military wants.  —  DARPA has hired a company to develop a reading machine to reduce the gap between the ever increasing mountain of digitized text …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Automated Legal Threats Turn Piracy Into Profit  —  Some people might remember Nexicon from the Getamnesty site we mentioned in the past, or perhaps as the Youtube copyright cops.  The company has a history as a cigarette retailer but went on to hunt pirates after they were sued for selling smokes …
Discussion: WatchingTV Online and digg.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed, Syphilis And The Perfection Of Online Mobs  —  People have always been inclined to join mobs - most people have at least one story to tell about a time that they got swept up in or had to face a crowd demanding justice for one thing or another (both of my experiences were in college).
Discussion: Stay N' Alive and Webomatica, Thanks:atul
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Glam Media Shares (Some) Details On Twitter Ad Network Plans  —  Yesterday we posted about Glam Media contacting Twitter app developers concerning an upcoming ‘Twitter-powered ad network’, and requested more information from CEO Samir Arora as the e-mail we were forwarded by one of the developers was rather scarce on details.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Username Registration for Facebook Pages With Under 1,000 Fans Opens Tonight  —  Two weeks ago, Facebook opened up username registration to all users, but only those Pages with over 1,000 fans before May 31.  Tonight, the second wave of vanity URLs are being released to any Page with over 100 fans at 11:59pm ET (8:59pm PT).
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How To Save The Newspapers, Vol.  XII: Outlaw Linking  —  Of all the misguided schemes put forth lately to save newspapers (micropayments! blame Google!), the one put forth by Judge Richard Posner has to be the most jaw-dropping.  He suggests that linking to copyrighted material should be outlawed.
 
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Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Translators Wanted at LinkedIn. The Pay? $0 an Hour.
Thanks:atul
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
The Mac Mini's Power Adapter Costs Apple More Than Its RAM
Discussion: eWeek
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Kindle DX sold out - again
Discussion: paidContent
Aaron Wall / SEO Book.com:
How to Make Easy Money on Google
Discussion: Search Engine Watch, Thanks:atul
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Google Tries Hand At Targeting Consumers With Good Credit
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 Earlier Items: 
Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld:
Domain-name wars: Rise of the cybersquatters
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Hulu to PlayStation 3 browsers: “This video is not available on your platform”
Discussion: VG247 and Kotaku
Timothy / Slashdot:
The Video Bay, Now In Beta
Discussion: TorrentFreak and I4U News
 

 
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Mail Online sues Gawker and former employee for defamation for publishing writer's first-person account of workplace practices

 
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