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2:35 PM ET, June 29, 2009

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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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
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Joe Mandese / MediaPost:   Microsoft Sale Of Razorfish Will Alter Digital Bragging Rights On Madison Avenue
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Steve Jobs Returns to Work as Apple CEO After Medical Leave  —  Steve Jobs is back at work at Apple Inc., returning to his job as chief executive officer as planned after taking medical leave in January.  —  “Steve is back to work,” Steve Dowling, an Apple spokesman, said today.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Selects New CFO: Former Genentech Exec Ebersman  —  Facebook picked a new CFO quietly, after its amazingly cloddish parting with longtime CFO Gideon Yu earlier this year.  —  At the time, Facebook said it needed a public company CEO and it seems to have gotten one in former Genentech CFO David Ebersman.
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 …
Connie Schultz / Plain Dealer:
Tighter copyright law could save newspapers: Connie Schultz  —  A recent series of investigative stories in our newspaper illustrated the best that journalism has to offer, which is why so many in our industry responded with mixed emotions.  —  My colleague Mark Puente unearthed a festering scandal …
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
First, kill the lawyers - before they kill the news
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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.
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Fred / A VC:
Trendrr - The Freemium Web Charting Service
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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.
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.
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Nvidia  —  Nvidia (NVDA Quote) is once again on the verge of cracking a mobile device market: smartphones.  —  Mike Rayfield, the general manager of Nvidia's mobile unit says he expects the company's Tegra chip to debut in a phone from one of the top five cell-phone makers …
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 …
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.
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.
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
One year after Bill Gates' ‘retirement’: What's different?  —  It was just a year ago (June 27 was the actual date) that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates relinquished his day-to-day responsibilities at Microsoft.  Has much changed as a result?  —  It's a tricky question.
 
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Palm Pre Build Quality Issues Continue to Slide Out
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Zeroing In On $30?
Discussion: Between the Lines
Shankar Vedantam / Washington Post:
Metro Crash May Exemplify Paradox of Human-Machine Interaction
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
AOL Cracks Web Publishing — Sans Time Warner
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Top 100 Networked Venture Capitalists
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog and Marketing Nirvana, Thanks:atul
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Andreessen-backed Startup Targets Cloud
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Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
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