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8:55 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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TG Daily
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
So You're an Obsessive-Compulsive Stats-Aholic?  There's an App for That  —  The New ‘Pro’ Version of Buzzworthy Trend-Tracking Service Trendrr Is Total Digital Crack  —  My name is Simon Dumenco and I'm a stats addict.  Seriously — it's kind of a problem.
Discussion: Webmetricsguru
Fred / A VC:
Trendrr - The Freemium Web Charting Service
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
A What-man?  —  When the Sony Walkman was launched, 30 years ago this week, is started a revolution in portable music.  But how does it compare with its digital successors?  The Magazine invited 13-year-old Scott Campbell to swap his iPod for a Walkman for a week.  —  My dad had told me it was the iPod of its day.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Ch-ch-ch-changes: A visual history of Firefox  —  The official release of Mozilla Firefox 3.5 is due this week.  It's a significant milestone in the open-source browser's history.  Putting pure features aside, let's take a look at some of the big design changes Mozilla has made over the years …
Discussion: The Register and The Download Blog
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” …
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 …
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).
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Associated Press:
Spears, DeGeneres Twitpic accounts hacked
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
The Mac Mini's Power Adapter Costs Apple More Than Its RAM
Discussion: eWeek
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Glam Media Shares (Some) Details On Twitter Ad Network Plans
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Automated Legal Threats Turn Piracy Into Profit
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Mark Rutherford / CNET News:
Reading machine to snoop on Web
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Google Tries Hand At Targeting Consumers With Good Credit
Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld:
Domain-name wars: Rise of the cybersquatters
Discussion: Softpedia News