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12:20 PM 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.
Mark John / Reuters:
Telecom firms back standard phone charger in Europe  —  Top mobile telephone suppliers have agreed to back an EU-wide harmonization of phone chargers, the European Commission said on Monday, hailing the pact as good news for consumers and the environment.  —  The agreement by Nokia …
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 …
Malcolm Gladwell / New Yorker:
PRICED TO SELL  —  At a hearing on Capitol Hill in May, James Moroney, the publisher of the Dallas Morning News, told Congress about negotiations he'd just had with the online retailer Amazon.  The idea was to license his newspaper's content to the Kindle, Amazon's new electronic reader.
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 …
The Official Google Blog:
Extending Google services in Africa  —  At Google we seek to serve a broad base of people — not only those who can afford to access the Internet from the convenience of their workplace or with a computer at home.  It's important to reach users wherever they are, with the information they need …
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:   Google launches push to send Ugandans vital information through their mobiles
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.
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
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Trendrr - The Freemium Web Charting Service
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Telegraph:
Thieves ‘using Google Earth to steal koi carp’  —  Thieves are using Google Earth to steal expensive koi carp from homeowners' ponds, police believe.  —  They are believed to be using Internet mapping systems to identify gardens with ponds so they can take the sought-after specimens.
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
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
The Pirate Bay to Take On YouTube, Hulu with The Video Bay  —  Watch out Hollywood, another threat to your profits appears to be setting sail and headed in your direction.  A site called The Video Bay aims to make pirated TV shows and Hollywood movies available in hi-def quality for streaming through …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Launches Reporters' Center  —  Being a reporter takes more than a video camera and the willingness to put yourself in harm's way.  There are skills and techniques that every good news gatherer should know, and to help out, YouTube launched its new Reporters' Center over the weekend.
Discussion: TechCrunch and WatchingTV Online
BBC:
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bring Twitter Talk To Your Site With Tweetboard  —  As Twitter becomes the default conversation spot on the Web, we're going to start to see tools which combine site-specific conversations with Twitter.  One example is Tweetboard, which creates a Twitter-powered forum for any site.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel brings forward schedule for Clarkdale CPUs to 4Q09  —  Intel has brought forward the mass-production schedule of its new 32nm processor codenamed Clarkdale to the fourth quarter of 2009 from the originally planned first quarter of 2010, according to sources from motherboard makers.
Olivia Ma / Google News Blog:
A Call to News Publishers: How to Share Your Video  —  We're always looking for ways to enhance the way people consume the news, and we have some improvements planned over the next few months.  To get things started, Google News and YouTube are teaming up to help news publishers build a bigger audience for their video content.
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: Ars Technica, PC World, TUAW and I4U News
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” …
Discussion: Virtualization.com
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Zeroing In On $30?  —  Microsoft (MSFT) shares haven't touched the $30 level in more than a year.  But the stock has been rallying impressively since bottoming in the $15 range in March - can it complete the double?  —  Some analysts think so.  In fact, two of them this morning upped …
Discussion: Between the Lines
 
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Journalism Rules Are Bent in News Coverage From Iran
Discussion: Reportr.net, Thanks:atul
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Play it again: Tenenbaum team tries to toss MediaSentry evidence
Shankar Vedantam / Washington Post:
Metro Crash May Exemplify Paradox of Human-Machine Interaction
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
AOL Cracks Web Publishing — Sans Time Warner
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Xbox users in France to get Canal+ films, soccer
Discussion: Engadget and VG247
Sue Amd / Expreview.com:
Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Coming Next Week?
 Earlier Items: 
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
ChallengePost launches problem-solving site with Wozniak, Betaworks onboard
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Top 100 Networked Venture Capitalists
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog and Marketing Nirvana, Thanks:atul
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Limits Free Windows 7 Upgrades
Associated Press:
Spears, DeGeneres Twitpic accounts hacked
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Translators Wanted at LinkedIn. The Pay? $0 an Hour.
Thanks:atul
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Kindle DX sold out - again
Discussion: GMSV, paidContent and TechVi
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Automated Legal Threats Turn Piracy Into Profit
Discussion: WatchingTV Online and digg.com