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1:15 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.
Discussion: Sample the Web and
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
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 …
Discussion: Download Squad and
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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