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7:55 PM ET, July 4, 2009


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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Spinning the Web: P.R. in Silicon Valley  —  Menlo Park, Calif. — BROOKE HAMMERLING (publicist) and Erin McKean (entrepreneur) are in a Sand Hill Road conference room, hashing out plans to unveil Ms. McKean's new Web site, Wordnik.  —  Ms. Hammerling, while popping green apple Jolly Ranchers …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Survey: The iPhone is No. 1 in Japan  —  Gauging the iPhone's popularity in Japan is not easy.  —  Just ask Brian X. Chen.  He wrote a piece for last April called Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone suggesting that despite the long lines that greeted the iPhone 3G last summer, the device was a big flop in Japan.
Fred / A VC:
Freemium and Freeconomics  —  This week we saw the release of Chris Anderson's book Free and reviews from the New Yorker (Malcolm Gladwell) and the Financial Times.  I'd like to talk a bit about the firestorm that freeconomics (fed by Chris' book) has unleashed but first we need to clarify something.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Webmetricsguru
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Sony Ericsson's first Android handset “Rachael” and the transparent display-rocking “Kiki” get pictured  —  It's July 4th — America is celebrating its independence at the grill, policemen across the country are turning a blind eye to fireworks, liquor store owners are swimming in the day's take …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Apple, Acer and...Arrington?  —  Michael Arrington, founder of the influential tech blog TechCrunch, has been talking for a year about building a touch-screen tablet for Web surfing.  Now, it appears that the CrunchPad is about to become a reality.  —  The San Francisco Business Times reported Friday …
Basex Blog:
CompuServe Requiem  —  The original CompuServe service, first offered in 1979, was shut down this past week by its current owner, AOL.  The service, which provided its users with addresses such as 73402,3633 and was the first major online service, had seen the number of users dwindle in recent years.
Michael Klurfeld / Techgeist:
Amazon Wants To Put Ads Into Kindle Books?  —  Ads in culture are sort of jarring (image via  —  You know what my favorite part of Moby Dick was?  The part where I realized I wanted a Klondike bar.  That experience may be expedited in the future, courtesy of an Amazon patent …
Discussion: Technovia and Slashdot
Paul Vitello / New York Times:
Our Father, Lead Us to Tweet, and Forgive the Trespassers  —  Things went smoothly for the first hour of the Twitter experiment at Trinity Church in Manhattan on Good Friday in April.  —  While hundreds of worshipers watched the traditional dramatization of the Crucifixion from pews in the church …
Web sites creep back after Seattle fire, but Bing Travel still down  —  [Update, Saturday afternoon: Bing Travel is now back online.]  —  Many of the Web sites knocked offline Friday due to the Fisher Plaza data center fire were back up as of early this morning.
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
Omg!  Positive tone boosts Yahoo celeb site to top  —  Think of the most popular brands in celebrity news, and you'll probably come up with a small list that includes Entertainment Tonight, US Weekly and People.  —  Consider the most successful celebrity news destinations online, and something else jumps to the top.
Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
Firefox 3.5 and the potential of Web typography  —  In addition to new features such as support for HTML 5, geo-location, and a noticeably faster engine, Firefox 3.5 added a new CSS rule that makes Web typography much more attractive.  —  @font-face is a CSS rule that allows Web designers …
Discussion: TeleRead
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Firefox 3.5 patch coming soon as Mozilla cranks up downloads
Discussion: GeekSmack and
Mary Branscombe /
Mozilla CEO: The browser has a long way to go  —  The future of Firefox  —  Now that Firefox 3.5 is out, The H talked to Mozilla CEO John Lilly about HTML 5, Chrome, the mobile Web and the future of Firefox and he says the war is far from won  —  Firefox 3.5 is one of the self-proclaimed …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
PC Invader Costs Ky. County $415,000  —  Cyber criminals based in Ukraine stole $415,000 from the coffers of Bullitt County, Kentucky this week.  The crooks were aided by more than two dozen co-conspirators in the United States, as well as assistance from a family of malicious software capable …
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Register
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