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12:00 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 …
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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Fred / A VC:
Trendrr - The Freemium Web Charting Service
Discussion: Mashable!
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
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.
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.
Malcolm Gladwell / New Yorker:
Is free the future?  —  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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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: PC World, Ars Technica and I4U News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Top 100 Networked Venture Capitalists  —  Do venture investors with the biggest and best networks end up producing the best returns?  An academic paper from a few years ago by Yael Hochberg, Alexander Ljungqvist, and Yang Lu titled “Whom You Know Matters: Venture Capital Networks …
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog and Marketing Nirvana, Thanks:atul
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google move paves way for Firefox on Android  —  Google's move to let software run natively on Android devices opens the door for a version of Firefox that can run on the operating system.  —  At present, Android applications are written in Java and run on Google's Dalvik Java virtual machine.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Gizmodo
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
ChallengePost launches problem-solving site with Wozniak, Betaworks onboard  —  ChallengePost is a public marketplace for companies, non-profits and individuals to create contests and award prize money for solving problems.  It is launching in beta today.  One of the challenges currently …
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
AOL Cracks Web Publishing — Sans Time Warner  —  Portal Points Way to Future, and It's Vertical Sites Run by Small Staffs  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In the heady days of early 2000, the megamerger of AOL and Time Warner heralded the web-based future of publishing.
 
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Journalism Rules Are Bent in News Coverage From Iran
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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
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?
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Limits Free Windows 7 Upgrades
Associated Press:
Spears, DeGeneres Twitpic accounts hacked
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Translators Wanted at LinkedIn. The Pay? $0 an Hour.
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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
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed, Syphilis And The Perfection Of Online Mobs
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Stay N' Alive and Webomatica, Thanks:atul
 

 
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