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9:45 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 (Updated)  —  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: Slyck, ReadWriteWeb and DSLreports
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Swedish Software Firm Acquires The Pirate Bay For $7.7 Million  —  Swedish software firm Global Gaming Factory X this morning announced it has agreed to buy file-sharing service The Pirate Bay for 60 million Swedish crowns (which currently converts to approx. $7.7 million).
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Pirate Bay Has Been Bought By A Public Company [Updated...]
Discussion: hypebot and PC World
Business Wire:
Global Gaming Factory X: Acquisitions of The Pirate Bay and New …
Discussion: Digital Daily and VG247
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg, eWeek and Daring Fireball
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Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Adobe is closed this week (and what that means)
Discussion: Softpedia News and Imaging Insider
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)
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
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
With 3.5 launch, Firefox faces new challengers
Discussion: blogs.chron.com
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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Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Palm Pre sold 300,000 in June  —  THE PALM PRE smartphone seems to be selling very well, according to Charter Equity Research.  —  By ringing up a few of its mates in the channel, the analyst outfit has worked out that sales into the channel in June were more than 300,000 units.
Discussion: ChannelWeb
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm Pre Sales Topped 300,000 In June, Analyst Says
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Dave Rosenberg / CNET News:
Ricoh jumps from copiers to the cloud  —  Japanese copier maker Ricoh launched “quanp,” a new cloud storage service in beta a few months back and has decided to extend the beta period in the U.S. to garner more community participation and feedback.  —  ‘quanp’ is short for “quantum paper” …
Discussion: Software, Interrupted
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?
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: BetaNews, Search Engine Land and MarketingVOX, Thanks:atul
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
Russ Juskalian / Macworld:
Sigma DP1 and DP2  —  One of the grand annoyances with digital photography—a problem that was much less severe in the days of film photography—is that when it comes to image quality, tiny, portable point-and-shoot cameras can't touch the quality from their bigger, harder-to-carry digital SLR (single-lens reflex) brethren.
Discussion: Imaging Insider
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.
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) …
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: GovExec.com and O'Reilly Radar
 
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Jennifer Clark / Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Europe Establish Cyber-Crime Force
The Register:
Masked passwords must go
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Ben Hardwidge / TechRadar.com:
AMD to support Nvidia's CUDA technology?
Discussion: Softpedia News and Expreview.com
Barbara Leavitt / Bsquare:
Bsquare Announces Flash Platform Port for Android Smartphones …
Discussion: mocoNews, AppScout and jkOnTheRun
Mayumi Negishi / Reuters:
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Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
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John Cook / TechFlash:
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
MacBook back on top at Amazon
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Nielsen Wire:
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