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4:35 AM ET, July 5, 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 …
Discussion: blackrimglasses
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Reality Of PR: Smile, Dial, Name Drop, Pray.  —  One thing I hated about being a corporate lawyer at Wilson Sonsini back in the day - we got to work on really cool deals (the last deal I worked on before leaving for a startup was the AOL/Netscape merger), but we were only brought in at the very end to paper everything.
Discussion: Scobleizer
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
IPhone 3GS owners bemoan its battery life  —  Buyers are finding that the device has trouble making it through a workday without a rest stop at the electrical outlet.  —  The new, high-octane iPhone 3GS is loaded with features that could light up your life — but its battery isn't one of them.
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Staska / Unwired View:
First Sony Ericsson Xperia (X5?)  Android phone “Rachael”, and strange “Kiki” with transparent display  —  It is no secret that Sony Ericsson is working on at least one Android phone to be released later this year.  —  They told us about it themselves.  And now the details start trickling out.
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.
James Turner / O'Reilly Radar:
Patrick Collison Puts the Squeeze on Wikipedia  —  Think about Wikipedia, what some consider the most complete general survey of human knowledge we have at the moment.  Now imagine squeezing it down to fit comfortably on an 8GB iPhone.  Sound daunting?  Well, that's just what Patrick Collison's Encylopedia iPhone application does.
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: CrunchGear, Technovia and Slashdot
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.
Discussion: and paidContent
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 …
Mike Speiser / GigaOM:
America's Secret Innovation Weapon: Immigration  —  When I was 8 years old, my father explained to me the secret to American prosperity.  —  Immigrants come to the United States and take menial jobs so that their children have a chance at a better future, he told me.
John Pospisil /
Symantec: it's dangerous to rely on free antivirus  —  A top Symantec executive has hit out at free antivirus software, including Microsoft's Microsoft Security Essentials, warning consumers that it won't be enough to keep them safe.  —  Speaking to BLORGE, David Hall …
Discussion: Download Squad and Slashdot
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