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12:45 PM ET, July 5, 2009


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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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Akky Akimoto / Asiajin:
If iPhone Were No.1 in Japan, Sony Would Be No.1 Music Player  —  Fortune reported an interesting survey on iPhone sales in Japan.  Mashable, CrunchGear and some other blogs have also reported the news.  —  From Japan, I am trying to provide some more detail for people who want to better understand this news.
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple blames hot iPhones on the weather, others find oleophobic screen to be fleeting?  —  Don't worry, everybody, your iPhone baking itself to a crisp is no cause for panic, now that Apple has found the culprit: the weather and your heartless negligence.  Apparently you've been leaving …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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.
Biz / Twitter Blog:
TweetCraft for WoW Players  —  TweetCraft is an in-game Twitter client for World of Warcraft, the wildly popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game by Blizzard Entertainment.  If you're a WoW player you might like it because you can send and receive tweets in-game …
Discussion: Redmond Pie and TechCrunch
Toni Bowers / TechRepublic Blogs:
IT hiring and salaries are down  —  According to the latest salary survey from Janco Associates, salaries and demand for IT professionals is down.  Here are the more interesting results of the survey.  —  I have some bad news, and I have some bad news.  According to Mid Year 2009 Salary Survey …
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.
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.
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 …
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