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4:25 AM ET, July 1, 2009

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Rolls Out UI Changes To Simplify Your Social Connections  —  Twitter has just quietly rolled out a set of changes to its user interface on the “Following” and “Followers” sections of its website.  These changes will clearly make it easier to manage who you follow as well as take actions …
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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Following and Followers Page Improvements  —  When you click on the Following and Followers links from your Twitter home page, you'll notice that we've upgraded the design of these pages and added features.  Instead of a basic list, there are now actions you can perform that provide a better overall experience.
Discussion: SEO and Tech Daily
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Flickr adds direct-to-Twitter publishing  —  What took them so long?  Flickr now has a built-in feature that lets members tweet their photos.  “You can upload directly to Flickr and Twitter simultaneously, or tweet a photo already on Flickr, using a special short Flic.kr URL,” says the company's FAQ.
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Google Enterprise Blog:
Updates to Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook  —  When we announced Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook a few weeks ago, we committed to improving it over time to make the Outlook experience on Apps as similar to the experience on Exchange as possible.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cisco Launches Services, Shows Off Its Hit List  —  Cisco today outlined its plans for delivering IT services over the web (aka cloud services), and as part of a conference call, showed off a great slide that illustrates exactly how many companies this former networking gear maker wants to take on.
Discussion: The Register and internetnews.com
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Went Wrong With Joost?  —  Joost, a much-vaunted online video startup, today announced that it will offer a white-label video hosting platform, thus entering a crowded market littered with the carcasses of other failed video hosts.  The company is also losing its famous chief executive …
Discussion: Technologizer, Financial Times, Bits and Press, Thanks:atul
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Co-Founder Steve Chen Moves On, Stays with Google  —  YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, who oversaw the company's technical operations as it grew from an upstart to the world's biggest video site, no longer works at the site day-to-day.  —  This is old news, literally …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Radical Transparency: The New Federal IT Dashboard  —  Today, at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York, Vivek Kundra, the US national CIO, unveiled the new IT spending dashboards at usaspending.gov. The dashboards are designed to help Vivek and the CIOs of individual government agencies …
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Zodttd / Zod's Blog:
Palm Pre gets some Playstation action!  —  I have recently purchased a Palm Pre.  —  Naturally the first thing I did was root/jailbreak the device.  Second thing I did?  Well I threw my Sony Playstation 1 project, psx4all on it!  —  The Palm Pre uses some of the same hardware as the iPhone 3GS …
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Skype 1.1 for iPhone Released- SMS but Don't Push  —  The Skype people are busy, as they have released version 1.1 for the iPhone in addition to the WinMo version we covered earlier.  This new version adds the ability to check Skype voice mail and to send SMS messages, but it lacks a highly desirable feature: push notification.
QuickPWN:
iPhone SDK 3.1 and iPhone OS 3.1 Beta Available to Developers  —  I just received the following e-mail from Apple: … iPhone SDK 3.1 beta and iPhone OS 3.1 beta is now available to developers.  If you're a developer head on over to the iPhone Developer center and get the latest iPhone 3.1 beta download!
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Cuts Off Hawaii Affiliates  —  Amazon.com Inc. has informed its marketing affiliates in Hawaii that it is ending its business with them in order to avoid collecting sales tax in the state.  —  Following in the footsteps of North Carolina and Rhode Island, lawmakers in Hawaii …
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
LogMeIn's IPO Prices At $16/Share As Second Quarter Closes  —  Only three venture-backed companies went public in the year's first half, which ends today.  The bright side?  The third quarter will open up tomorrow with a bang, as LogMeIn Inc. is set to become the fourth such company to hold an IPO in the past six weeks.
Discussion: GigaOM and Xconomy
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
YouTube Readies Redesign Amid Chorus of Complaints  —  YouTube plans to soon switch all of its members to a redesign of its channel pages that it has been testing for several months, although many people want the Google video-sharing site to give them the option to keep the old layout.
Tim Barton / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Saving Texts From Oblivion: Oxford U. Press on the Google Book Settlement  —  At a focus group in Oxford University Press's offices in New York last month, we heard that in a recent essay assignment for a Columbia University classics class, 70 percent of the undergraduates had cited a book published in 1900 …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Microsoft's Odd (and, in One Case, Utterly Revolting) Ads for Internet Explorer  —  Internet Explorer 8 is a decent browser, but there's a new ad for it (showing only online, according to Idsgn, which is where I read about it by way of Daring Fireball) that not only doesn't make me wanting to use IE …
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
GPS and Wi-Fi Positioning Coming to the Mini 10  —  With the recent buzz around the forthcoming TomTom navigation app for the iPhone and recent report that demand for GPS devices is expected to grow steadily over the next few years, there's no question that there's a lot of interest in the technology.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
RIAA triumphs in Usenet copyright case  —  The Recording Industry Association of America has prevailed in its copyright fight against Usenet.com, according to court documents.  —  In a decision that hands the RIAA an overwhelming victory, U.S. District Judge Harold Baer ruled in favor …
Discussion: RIAA
Choward / Digg the Blog:
Digg: Dupe Detection Updates Are Here  —  After much anticipation, we are finally releasing several major updates to our dupe detection technology and content submission process that should go a long way in eliminating duplicate submissions.  —  To better understand the nature of the problem …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Firefox 3.5: The Technologizer Review  —  Was it really fewer than five years ago that Firefox 1.0 debuted?  Its arrival ended the dismal period in which only one browser-Microsoft's mediocre Internet Explorer-seemed to be viable.  With Firefox, Mozilla proved that millions of people were itching to adopt a better browser.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
With 3.5 launch, Firefox faces new challengers
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Road to Pandora now goes through Amazon  —  Pandora is a great music-discovery service, so it's only natural that independent bands would hope to get their music placed on it.  Unfortunately for them, Pandora just made that a little harder—and a little more expensive.
Discussion: Digital Audio Insider
Phil Nickinson / WMExperts:
Hotmail finally pulls in other POP e-mail  —  Good news for your guys and gals who have been wanting to consolidate other e-mail accounts into Hotmail.  (You know, like most other e-mail services have been able to do for, say ever.)  This has been available for Hotmail users elsewhere but just opened up to the U.S., Canada and Brazil.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
MojoPages Raises $5 Million In First Round, As Rival Local.com Goes Shopping  —  A battle is intensifying in the white-label local search market.  MojoPages said Tuesday it had raised $5 million in a first round of funding—money it said it would use to boost its core private-label search offering …
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Microsoft, Yahoo And Real Sued For Failing To Get All Necessary …
Discussion: CNET News and paidContent
Agence France Presse:
EU travellers to get cheaper mobile phone calls from Wednesday
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Pirate Bay's Revolt
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Meebo launches toolbar ads today, ramping up revenue
Discussion: TechCrunch and Adrants
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft Surface SDK now available for Microsoft Partners
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Charlie Demerjian / SemiAccurate:
Battery life claims become a class action
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Report: German Launch Of Amazon's Kindle Stalled Over Wireless-Connection Pricing
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Juniper Networks Gags “ATM Jackpot” Researcher
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
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SF man pleads guilty in Pa. to credit card scam
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Talk.com Domain Name Sells for $500,000
John Cook / Gawker:
Twitter-Addled CNN Refers to Tweets as a ‘Source’
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