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2:20 PM 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
Omar / The Life and Times of AdMob:
Mobile advertising and the iPhone  —  Apple proposed new developer terms on Monday that, if enforced as written, would prohibit app developers from using AdMob and Google's advertising solutions on the iPhone.  These advertising related terms both target companies with competitive mobile technologies …
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
It's Official - Apple Kicking Google Out of iWorld
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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Zee / The Next Web:
Google Voice Search Now Comes in French, German, Italian and Spanish
Bing:
Use Bing Social To Search Facebook And Twitter  —  Back in October of last year, bing.com/twitter launched the first ever search experience powered by the Twitter firehose.  Today at SMX Advanced, Bing's Senior Vice President, Yusuf Mehdi, sat down with Danny Sullivan to announce bing.com/social …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Bing upgrades ‘social’ search, adds top Facebook shared links  —  Microsoft is creating a new section of search results on its Bing search engine that will aggregate tweets, Twitter trends and the top links being shared at any given moment by users of Facebook, according to a demo shown …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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: Computerworld, GigaOM and The Next Web
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
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
AOL to Hire ‘Hundreds’ of Journalists, Reorganize Content Division  —  Sites to Be Grouped Into ‘Super Networks’ and Sold to Advertisers  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — AOL is planning to hire hundreds of journalists, editors and videographers in the coming year as it builds out its content-first business model.
Discussion: The Next Web and Tech Trader Daily
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
David Eun Puts AOL On A URL Diet With ‘Super Net’ Strategy
Discussion: MediaFlect
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: PC World, Bits and p2pnet, Thanks:om
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Zynga's FrontierVille Looks To Recreate The Success Of FarmVille In The Wild West
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:leenarao
Philip Shenon / 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.
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Thomas E. Weber / The Daily Beast:
Why I Fired Steve Jobs
Discussion: MacStories, Thanks:atul
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 …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Times Company Objects to News-Reader App
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Street Artists Add A Little Porn To The iPad All Around San Francisco For WWDC  —  If you've been to San Francisco in the past few months, you'll know that the entire city is plastered with iPad advertisements.  The situation is even more out of control now that it's WWDC week and thousands of Apple developers are in from out of town.
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nexus One steps up to 720p HD video thanks to latest hack (video)  —  Just more evidence that rooting is the only true path of the geek.  The indefatigable coders over at xda-developers have just pushed out a download that allows the Nexus One to start shooting video at 720p resolution.
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
RIP, Macintosh  —  Is Apple ignoring its signature line of computers and laptops?  Yup.  —  Click the image above for a look at Apple's Innovations.  —  Dear Macintosh,  —  I hate to tell you this, but my guess is you've probably been sensing it already.
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.
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.
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.
 
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Major Carriers, Google Create Voluntary Neutrality Organization …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox 4 Gets WebM
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IP-Addresses of First Hurt Locker Victims Revealed
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Richard Lai / Engadget:
Foxconn axes suicide compensation, relocating some production to Vietnam or Taiwan
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Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Foursquare Now Experimenting with Badge Rewards
Timothy A. Clary / Newsweek:
Drumbeats: The Tech Press Turns on Microsoft's Ballmer
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Fortune
Christopher Schanck / Design By Gravity:
AT&T Learns Exactly The Wrong Thing About Data Usage
Leah Yamshon / PC World:
The Truth About the Faces in Your Facebook Ads
Srikanth Srinivasa / International Business Times:
Turkey bans use of Google, services
Discussion: Fast Company and The Register
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Android's Acne Problem: Or Why You Should Stick to the Google Phone