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7:45 AM ET, June 30, 2009

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thepiratebay.org:
TPB might change owner  —  Yes, it's true.  News reached the press today in Sweden - The Pirate Bay might get aquired by Global Gaming Factory X AB.  A lot of people are worried.  We're not and you shouldn't be either!  TPB is being sold for a great bit underneath it's value if the money would be the interesting part.
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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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Will Close Its Tracker and Remove Torrents  —  Earlier today The Pirate Bay announced that it would be acquired by Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) who are listed on the Swedish stock market.  So, Pirate Bay users can not only share files but they can buy a share of the site as well.
Discussion: PC World
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)
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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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.
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
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: VentureBeat, Xconomy and paidContent
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
Siliconera:
Sony Patents Emotion Engine Emulation Technology For Cell Processors  —  By Spencer .  June 29, 2009 .  PlayStation 3s without PS2 backwards compatibility are missing the Emotion Engine, a chip Sony designed as the PS2's CPU.  What if the PS3's cell processor could emulate the Emotion Engine?
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: MarketingVOX, Thanks:atul
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: TechCrunch, DisplayBlog, PC World and MacNN
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
Jennifer Clark / Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Europe Establish Cyber-Crime Force  —  ROME — The U.S. Secret Service plans to unveil Tuesday plans for a pan-European task force charged with preventing identity theft, computer hacking and other computer-based crime.  —  The unit will be based in Rome, teaming up with an Italian …
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) …
Ben Hardwidge / TechRadar.com:
AMD to support Nvidia's CUDA technology?  —  Strongest hint yet from Nvidia CTO  —  Nvidia has hinted that it has a project in the works that will enable Nvidia's CUDA technology on AMD GPUs.  —  At a recent roundtable event, Nvidia's chief scientist Bill Dally explained why a developer …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Expreview.com
The Register:
Masked passwords must go  —  ‘Shoulder surfing is largely a phantom problem’  —  Free whitepaper - The starter PKI program  —  Websites should stop masking passwords as users type because it does not improve security and makes websites harder to use, according to two of the technology world's leading thinkers.
Discussion: Counter Measures
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 …
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 …
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:
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.
 
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Barbara Leavitt / Bsquare:
Bsquare Announces Flash Platform Port for Android Smartphones …
Discussion: mocoNews, AppScout and jkOnTheRun
Mayumi Negishi / Reuters:
Japan's Elpida secures lifeline with $1.7 billion aid
Discussion: Bloomberg and Financial Times
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Foes No More, Ad Agencies Unite With Internet Firms
Ben Charny / Dow Jones Newswires:
PC Makers Comply With China's ‘Green Dam’ Edict
Discussion: TG Daily, Engadget and InformationWeek
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?
Financial Times:
Plans to raise £1bn for start-up funding
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
New Formats Give Online Video Ads Potential
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MacBook back on top at Amazon
Discussion: CrunchGear
AdAge:
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Discussion: DailyFinance
Nielsen Wire:
Apple Tops List of Hardware Sites, Rings Up Buzz in June
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Here's How iPhone App Store Ratings Work. Hint: They Don't.
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