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8:20 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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TG Daily
Financial Times:
Vodafone eyes T-Mobile UK bid  —  By Andrew Parker and Neil Hume in London and Gerrit Wiesmann in Frankfurt  —  Vodafone is considering an offer to buy T-Mobile UK in an audacious move that would have huge repercussions for the British mobile phone market.
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 …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
iPhone 3GS jailbreak imminent; first image unveiled
Discussion: I4U News
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Limits Free Windows 7 Upgrades  —  Software maker's numerical cap on program is meant to push pricey subscription licenses, analyst claims.  —  In a blow to businesses that need to purchase more than a handful of new computers between now and Windows 7's Oct. 22nd release date …
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.
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).
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Andreessen-backed Startup Targets Cloud  —  A new cloud computing startup funded and advised by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz plans to help enterprise companies deploy and manage applications in the cloud. webappVM is a Redwood City company building a “self-monitoring application cloud” …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Kindle DX sold out - again  —  For the second time in a month, has sold out its new electronic reader, the Kindle DX.  The online retailer's Kindle DX page now gives a 4 to 6 week wait for the device.  In mid-June, the DX was briefly out of stock, but Amazon got shipments going again in a few days.
Discussion: paidContent and TechVi
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
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
The Mac Mini's Power Adapter Costs Apple More Than Its RAM
Discussion: eWeek
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Confirmed: Glam Media Shares (Some) Details On Twitter Ad Network Plans
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Mark Rutherford / CNET News:
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Google Tries Hand At Targeting Consumers With Good Credit
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Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld:
Domain-name wars: Rise of the cybersquatters
Discussion: Softpedia News

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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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