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6:15 AM ET, June 30, 2009

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Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Developing Pocket-Sized Device  —  Engineers at Dell Inc. have been developing a pocket-sized device for tapping into the Internet, people familiar with the company's plans said.  —  The gadget uses Google Inc.'s Android software, these people said.  Two people who said they saw early …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Dell Developing MID (Mobile Internet Disaster)  —  The consumer electronics wizards at Dell who brought us the now defunct DJ Ditty MP3 player and the Axim handheld are hard at work on another gadget, a mobile Internet device.  —  Sources tell The Wall Street Journal that the MID uses an ARM-based chip …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Sold To Software Company, Goes Legal  —  Software company Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) says it is in the process of acquiring The Pirate Bay and file-sharing technology company Peerialism.  GGF claims to have the biggest network of internet cafés and gaming centers in the world.
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Adobe shuts down for a week  —  Adobe Systems has shut down its North American operations for the week, as part of a cost-cutting effort that the company said it will repeat at least once more this year.  —  The San Jose software company, which makes editing, graphic design and web development tools …
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
China Bans Gold Farming  —  Trading virtual goods for real money has been banned in China, putting hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity at risk.  —  In addition to its ongoing crackdown on Internet porn, the Chinese government has declared that virtual currency cannot be traded for real goods or services.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Birdfeed: Finally, An iPhone Twitter Client To Match Tweetie's Speed And Simplicity  —  If you own an iPhone, chances are you have at least one Twitter client on it.  And while everyday seems to bring new ones into the App Store, at the end of the day, Tweetie always seems to be the one that I go back to.
Discussion: Birdfeed, Gizmodo and Daring Fireball
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows 7 preorder a hit—on Amazon  —  Amazon has been taking quite a number of early orders for Windows 7.  The $49 preorder version of Windows 7 Home Premium is now the top seller not just among software products, but among all electronics items at the online retailer.
Josh Catone / Mashable!:
Sneak Peek: What's On Tap for Firefox in 2010  —  It has been just shy of two weeks since the first release candidate of Firefox 3.5 became available for download, and reports say that the latest version of Firefox should go official tomorrow.  Yet already, the Mozilla team is wasting …
Discussion: Lifehacker, PC Magazine and digg.com
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Kills Maven: From Acquisition To Deadpool In 17 Months (Updated)  —  At the beginning of last year, Yahoo made a fairly large acquisition with the purchase of online video distribution and advertising platform provider Maven Networks.  Under the terms of the agreement …
Discussion: paidContent, VentureBeat and Xconomy
Chris Anderson / Epicenter:
Dear Malcolm: Why So Threatened?  —  It's now clear that the bane of my next year will be questions about the future of the newspaper industry from journalists.  I don't blame them—newspapers are indeed one of the industries most affected by Free (although that's just one manifestation …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bit.ly's Grand Plans, And Their Inevitable Clash With Digg: Bitly Now  —  URL shortener and analytics service Bit.ly has been working on a new set of products, being referred to as “Bit.ly Now” internally, which will define the next stage of the company's growth.  The company confirmed these plans to us today.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft to charge Europeans double for Windows 7  —  Prices new OS at 41% to 100% more than in the U.S., but leaves out browser  —  Computerworld - European customers will pay up to twice as much for Windows 7 compared to U.S. users, even though the new operating system will ship without a browser in Europe, according to Microsoft.
Discussion: Techgeist and Neowin.net
Skylar / idsgn (a design blog):
Microsoft's strange new ads for Internet Explorer  —  Trailing a series of failed and questionable commercials, Microsoft has launched an experimental new advertising campaign.  Can Superman, puke jokes, and lolcats make IE cool again?  —  The new campaign features actor Dean Cain …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Comcast launches High-Speed 2go WiMax service tomorrow in Portland, other cities to follow by end of year  —  Put down that bowl of homemade granola and take heed, citizens of Portland: you're about to get a first crack at Comcast's High-Speed 2go service, and we don't want any of your excuses about …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast Starts Selling Wireless Broadband Service
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Average Twitter user has 126 followers, and only 20% of users go via website  —  Got 127 followers on Twitter?  Congratulations - you're above average!  And do you want to guess when its busiest time was?  (Hint: not the Iran election...)  —  Here are some did-you-knows to drop about Twitter:
Mayumi Negishi / Reuters:
Japan's Elpida secures lifeline with $1.7 billion aid  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan pledged to shore up Elpida Memory Inc (6665.T) with public money, bringing the total aid coming to the loss-making chip maker to $1.7 billion as it struggles compete with its larger South Korean rivals.
Discussion: Financial Times and Bloomberg
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube To Broadly Release Call-To-Action Overlays, Allow Linking Off-Site  —  Tomorrow, YouTube is going to release a very important addition to its suite of advertising products, and it has the potential to have a huge impact for politicians, brands, and charities alike.
Thanks:atul
Barbara Leavitt / Bsquare:
Bsquare Announces Flash Platform Port for Android Smartphones and Smartbooks - 6/30/2009  —  Bsquare's Android competency delivers rich Adobe Flash experiences on popular new devices  —  Bsquare Corporation (Nasdaq: BSQR), the leading software solutions provider to the global embedded device community …
Discussion: mocoNews, AppScout and jkOnTheRun
Tech Daily Dose:
Obama CIO To Unveil Transparency Tool  —  On Tuesday, White House Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and White House New Media Director Macon Phillips will unveil an Internet-based interactive dashboard that will make available in a single location details about every major information …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and GovExec.com
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Battery Issues Likely Cause of iPhone 3GS Overheating  —  Just a week after the release of Apple's new iPhone, a few owners have complained about the handset's high temperatures, which in some cases are high enough to start browning the white plastic on the back of the phone.
Discussion: DisplayBlog, PC World, MacNN and DailyTech
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Companies File Trademarks for New Top Level Domain Names  —  Filings unlikely to give a leg up in application process.  —  Companies are filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for service marks related to new TLDs.  For example, Top Level Domain Holdings, Ltd (AIM: TLDH) …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
How the Mafia conquered social networks  —  Not so long ago, the faces of gaming on social networks were those of zombies, vampires, and cuddly virtual pets.  Now it's more along the lines of Michael Corleone or Tony Soprano.  —  You've probably seen it in your news feed …
Ben Charny / Dow Jones Newswires:
PC Makers Comply With China's ‘Green Dam’ Edict  —  SAN FRANCISCO -(Dow Jones)- Two major computer makers indicate that each will comply with a Chinese law requiring all computers shipped to the country include a particular type of web-filtering software.  —  The recent moves by Acer Inc. …
Discussion: TG Daily, Engadget and InformationWeek
City Room:
City Invites Software Developers to Crunch Big Data Sets  —  In an effort to improve government transparency and accountability and stimulate development of the digital media industry, New York City is inviting software developers and related professionals this fall to develop applications …
Financial Times:
Plans to raise £1bn for start-up funding  —  The ailing venture capital industry received a shot in the arm as the government unveiled plans to commit £150m to a vehicle to bridge a funding gap for technology start-ups.  —  The new fund of funds would invite private sector investors …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Foes No More, Ad Agencies Unite With Internet Firms  —  CANNES, France — Advertising agencies and Internet companies once viewed each other as foes, but are now coming together to harness the potential for online advertising.  Like many other segments, online ad spending has slowed …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Blue Nile joins Amazon in cutting ties with North Carolina affiliates  —  Amazon.com isn't the only ecommerce company cutting ties to affiliates over state sales tax legislation.  Online diamond and jewelry retailer Blue Nile has ended its North Carolina affiliate program over pending legislation there, TechFlash has learned.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Selects New CFO: Former Genentech Exec Ebersman  —  Facebook picked a new CFO quietly, after its cloddish public parting with longtime top financial exec Gideon Yu earlier this year.  —  Facebook said in late March it was looking for a CFO with “public company experience,” …
 
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Matthew Braga / Ars Technica:
Light touch: a design firm grapples with Microsoft Surface
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Xing To Give Up China And Make Way For LinkedIn In The US?
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
New Formats Give Online Video Ads Potential
Discussion: NewTeeVee
John Cook / TechFlash:
VCs say industry is ‘broken’
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
MacBook back on top at Amazon
Discussion: CrunchGear
Devra J. First / Boston Globe:
‘Tweets’ on the menu are a sweet deal
Discussion: Twitter Blog
AdAge:
Why the New York Times Co. Will Be in Business Until at Least 2012
Discussion: DailyFinance
Nielsen Wire:
Apple Tops List of Hardware Sites, Rings Up Buzz in June
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Here's How iPhone App Store Ratings Work. Hint: They Don't.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Nabs New Payments Director from Google
Discussion: paidContent and VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Palm Pre Build Quality Issues Continue to Slide Out
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
The Pirate Bay to Take On YouTube, Hulu with The Video Bay
The Official Google Blog:
Extending Google services in Africa
Mark John / Reuters:
Telecom firms back standard phone charger in Europe
 

 
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