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7:35 PM ET, July 5, 2009


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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Since March, Internet Explorer Lost 11.4 Percent Share To Firefox, Safari, And Chrome  —  The new browser wars on on.  More than a decade after Microsoft killed off Netscape with Internet Explorer, competition in the browser market has never been stronger.  Just last week, Mozilla released Firefox 3.5 …
MI6 boss in Facebook entry row  —  Personal details about the life of the next head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, have been removed from social networking site Facebook amid security concerns.  —  The Mail on Sunday said his wife had put details about their children and the location of their flat on the site.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
When you succeed with Free, you are going to die by Free  —  The problem with companies who have built their business around free is that it is far from free to remain successful.  —  The more success you have in delivering free, the more expensive it is to stay at the top.
Harrison Hoffman / CNET News:
4chan may be behind attack on Twitter  —  Update: Twitter has reacted to this raid by removing the term from its trending topics, but evidence can still be found on Twitter Search.  —  Twitter saw a huge influx of fake accounts on Sunday, pushing the NSFW trending topic, #gorillapenis, all the way to the top of the list.
Discussion: /i/nsurgency w/i/ki
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Decoding the HTML 5 video codec debate  —  The increasingly competitive browser market has at last created an environment in which emerging Web standards can flourish.  One of the harbingers of the open Web renaissance is HTML 5, the next major version of the W3C's ubiquitous HTML standard.
Stephen Climpson / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3GS Unlocked with Purplera1n + UltraSn0w  —  Good times!  It looks like Dev Team's UltraSn0w unlock works with an iPhone 3GS that's been jailbroken via purplera1n.  But be warned: Some users are reporting mixed success.  —  On Friday, George Hotz (aka the guy who unlocked the original iPhone 2G) …
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
How I Tweet: Just the FAQs  —  General  — Question: How can you follow so many people?  —  Answer: I don't read the timelines of all the people that I follow.  Instead, I only deal with @s, Directs, and tweets that contain “guykawasaki” and “alltop.”
Discussion: Worker Bees Blog
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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Tech execs: how to reach “normal” users with PR and with TechCrunch/GigaOm et al
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Reality Of PR: Smile, Dial, Name Drop, Pray.
Discussion: Sample the Web and
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
OpenBitTorrent Tracker Muscles In On The Old Pirate Bay  —  In his article ‘Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data: The Pirate Bay Lives On’, Jamie King cut through much of the doom and gloom of the last week and took a refreshingly optimistic view of how the sale of The Old Pirate Bay might …
Discussion: Download Squad and
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Geeks double as scourges and sages at media summit  —  The media moguls attending an annual powwow staged by investment bank Allen & Co. used to be able to rest comfortably in the Idaho mountains as they mulled their next moves.  —  Even if they didn't hatch any big deals or bright ideas …
Discussion: Reuters
AMP / Gravitational Pull:
Amazon Kindle competitor EReader slashes ebook prices  —  I've been pretty tough in the past on the high prices at Amazon Kindle competitors and, the twin pillars of Steve and Scott Pendergrast's ebook empire.  The Pendergrasts sold the company to Barnes & Noble …
BrianB / PMP Today:
VAIO P Clone Surfaces Names Itself Gemsta Viva  —  Here it is folks, a cheaper VAIO P that no one except friends and relatives will know its a Shenzhen imitation of the real thing.  Just how close is the Gemsta Viva to the VAIO P?  Read on to see the full specs, but I'll tell …
Discussion: Liliputing
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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