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11:15 AM ET, June 9, 2010

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Carrie Grimes / The Official Google Blog:
Our new search index: Caffeine  —  Today, we're announcing the completion of a new web indexing system called Caffeine.  Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for web searches than our last index, and it's the largest collection of web content we've offered.
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google's New Indexing Infrastructure “Caffeine” Now Live
Discussion: The Seattle Times
Sean Garrett / Twitter Blog:
Links and Twitter: Length Shouldn't Matter  —  Since early March, we have been routing links within Direct Messages through our link service to detect, intercept, and prevent the spread of malware, phishing, and other dangers.  Any link shared in a Direct Message has been wrapped with a twt.tl URL.
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Tweet Smarter:
Twitter's new link shortener give you LESS characters—but more security
Discussion: The Next Web and TechCrunch
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:   Twitter starts scaling up its own link shortener. Watch out, Bit.ly!
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Father of webOS notifications leaves for Apple  —  The man who “Invented the non-intrusive banner notification system used in webOS” and also did all sorts of other work for the OS, Rich Dellinger, is leaving Palm to return to his earlier employer, Apple, as a Senior User Interface Designer.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Google Maps Navigation comes to Canada and mainland Europe, remains free as a bird  —  Patience has had to be your foremost virtue if you were eager to use Google Maps Navigation outside the US or UK, but you might be in luck today as a sizable new batch of countries is getting the free turn-by-turn nav service activated.
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Reuters:
Sprint says it overstated EVO launch day sales  —  (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel Corp said on Tuesday it had inadvertently overstated the launch day sales of the much anticipated EVO 4G phone from HTC Corp, which is touted as a serious competitor to Apple's iPhone 4.
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
HTC EVO 4G sold out across the country
Brad Stone / Bits:
Times Company Objects to News-Reader App  —  Last week I wrote about the Pulse News Reader, a popular iPad application developed by two students at the Stanford Institute of Design that collects and presents articles from Web sites of news organizations like The New York Times.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Meet the Two Grad Students Who Freaked Out the NYT-The Pulse iPad App Creators Speak!  —  The first thing to strike you about the pair of Stanford University graduate students (pictured here) who made the banned and then unbanned news-reading iPad app, Pulse News Reader …
Computerworld:
WWDC claim exposed: Apple Safari 5 isn't fastest  —  Apple claimed at WWDC that its new Safari 5 browser is “fastest.”  Faster than Chrome; faster than Firefox; and definitely faster than IE.  Naturally, this was a red rag to the proverbial male Bos primigenius, so smarty-pants everywhere had to go see for themselves.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Apple's “evil/genius” plan to punk the Web and gild the iPad  —  There were two awkward moments yesterday at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference.  A few sites have already made much of Steve Jobs' wireless networking difficulties during his demonstration.
Discussion: Epicenter, TUAW, Guardian, ITworld.com and Webmonkey, Thanks:atul
Christopher Schanck / Design By Gravity:
AT&T Learns Exactly The Wrong Thing About Data Usage  —  AT&T says that 65% of its users use less 200 megabytes per month; a whopping 98% use less than 2 gigabytes.  (NYT) AT&T looked at these numbers and concluded it was time for tiered pricing; time to soak these “data pigs”.  —  I am a data pig.
Discussion: fiercecio.comwatch
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
How Zynga Survived FarmVille  —  When Zynga launched FarmVille last June, the company thought 200,000 daily active users in the first two months would be a success.  Within eight weeks, the game had surpassed Zynga's hits of the previous two years.  For the first 26 weeks FarmVille added 1 million net …
Discussion: Bits, Thanks:om
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
The State Department's Worst Nightmare  —  Blogs and Stories  —  An Army intel analyst charged with leaking classified materials also downloaded sensitive diplomatic cables.  Are America's foreign policy secrets about to go online?  Philip Shenon reports.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Threat Level
Timothy A. Clary / Newsweek:
Drumbeats: The Tech Press Turns on Microsoft's Ballmer  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks in New York to kick off Windows 7 on October 22, 2009  —  Microsoft has a problem—a big one.  The problem is not just that its CEO, Steve Ballmer, has had a disastrous 10-year run.
Leah Yamshon / PC World:
The Truth About the Faces in Your Facebook Ads  —  Are those real people in the “Hot Girls Want to Meet You” advertising?  Here's the answer.  —  Recommends  —  You've undoubtedly seen advertisements running down the right-hand side of your Facebook page (as in the example at left).
Josh Teague / Gmail Blog:
Making it easier to video chat, voice chat, and group chat in Gmail  —  Video chat, voice chat, and group chat have all been available for some time within Gmail, but they've been curiously tucked away.  Getting them up and running required fidgeting with a little menu at the bottom of each chat window.
Mike Jazayeri / Chromium Blog:
An update on Google Cloud Print  —  In April, we announced Google Cloud Print, a service that enables any app (web, mobile, desktop), on any device, OS, or browser, to print to any printer.  Development is progressing quickly and we are now testing the service internally at Google.
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Hulu plans to charge, expand to devices: sources  —  (Reuters) - Free video website Hulu plans to soon begin charging customers and is looking to expand its content to consumer devices like the Xbox and iPad, according to two sources, as the site's media owners experiment with platforms beyond an ad-supported TV model.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: Office 2011 for Mac will be 32-bit only  —  When Office 2011 for the Mac ships this holiday season, it will be available as a 32-bit product only, Microsoft officials said in a blog post on June 8.  —  Microsoft is attributing the decision to the fact that it hasn't transitioned …
 
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Richard Lai / Engadget:
Foxconn axes suicide compensation, relocating some production to Vietnam or Taiwan
Discussion: Gizmodo and Fudzilla
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: MacStories and The Huffington Post
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
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Scott Raymond / ZDNet:
Web video showdown: Flash vs. QuickTime vs. Windows Media
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Ken McLaughlin / Mercury News:
It's over: Whitman beats Poizner in GOP battle for governor
Discussion: VentureBeat
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
[Updated] Google's New Secure Search Might Force Schools to Block Google
Discussion: ZDNet, Thanks:rawmeet
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Android's Acne Problem: Or Why You Should Stick to the Google Phone
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Is Getting Better At Turning IE Into Chrome As Chrome Frame Goes Beta
Bill Howard / Gearlog:
2TB Hard Drives Crack the $100 Barrier
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles and I4U News