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7:50 PM ET, June 22, 2008

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Brokep / Copy me happy:
FRA  —  Earlier this week the Swedish stasi-government decided - against the peoples wishes - to wiretap all internet and telephone traffic in order to protect Sweden against threats.  As you all know, being a neutral country makes Sweden a target for all the terrorists of the world, apparantly.
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Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
SSL Encrpytion Coming to The Pirate Bay  —  Encryption and file-sharing technology have a long history together.  Usenet servers, LimeWire, uTorrent, and many other applications and protocols have taken advantage of encryption technology to help give the end user an additional layer of security.
Newsweek:
Return of the '70s Weirdos  —  That photo of 11 weirdos in '70s clothes you may have seen on the Internet really is the original Microsoft team, snapped Dec. 7, 1978, on the eve of the company's move from Albuquerque, N.M., to Seattle.  Almost 30 years later, a few weeks before Bill Gates's departure …
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Steven Levy / Newsweek:
Microsoft After Gates.  (And Bill After Microsoft.)  —  The icon of the tech world will focus on philanthropy as the company he founded faces turbulent seas.  —  In some respects, this week won't be terribly different for Bill Gates than the previous 1,712 weeks he has spent working full-time at Microsoft …
Jason Perlow / Between the Lines:
The harsh reality of suburban broadband  —  Like millions of other Americans and many of New York City's “bridge and tunnel” crowd, I live in the 'burbs.  While I do a great deal of travel for my full time job, I am also classified as a “mobile” employee, so I'm not formally attached to an office …
Discussion: DSLreports and VoIP Watch
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Trends for Websites Sucks for Small Blogs  —  Recently, Google Trends added an update to the service and extended its functionality to websites with Google Trends for Websites.  Google Trends gives recommendations on popular trends occurring on the web today.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Trends For Websites Rocks, Unless You Want Data On Google
Fred / A VC:
Checking Out Google Trends For Websites
Discussion: Conversion Rater and Joe Duck
David Wharton / Los Angeles Times:
Wild times for sports blogs may be nearing an end  —  Bloggers say they are being more careful about what goes out on the Internet.  —  A rumor found its way onto the Internet recently.  —  It involved a high-profile athlete.  It was scandalous.  And entirely unconfirmed.
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Video Comments The Japanese Way (Nico Nico Douga)  —  Can a geek-driven video portal beat YouTube in Japan?  —  One of the most spectacular success stories in the Asian web market is currently being written by Nico Nico Douga ("smiling videos"), a video sharing platform from Japan.
Arn / MacRumors:
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Interface and Screenshots  —  Previously unpublished Mac Photoshop CS4 screenshot, click for larger  —  Adobe seems to be hard at work at Adobe Creative Suite 4*.  In May, they released public betas of CS4 versions of Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Soundbooth.
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
The Shootout Over Hidden Meanings in a Video Game  —  Prepared for Combat A scene from Metal Gear Solid 4.  Is there a message about American domination?  At right, real life in Iraq.  —  If there's a subject that's as contentious as war itself, it might be a video game about war.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Kotaku
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
SAI Debate: How Much Money Can YouTube Make?  Mark Cuban Vs. Citi's Mark Mahaney  —  Is YouTube a bottomless money pit?  Or is the world's dominant video site an asset that might eventually contribute real revenue for Google (GOOG)?  —  Mark Cuban, the billionaire Web video entrepreneur …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Peek Inside Google's Gmail Usability Lab  —  Nika Smith wrote a post on the Google blog today showing the evolution of Google chat before it launched in early 2006.  Google does extensive testing of new products using employees as guinea pigs (see our post on the pre-launch evolution of Gmail) …
 
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Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:
Sure, Facebook Looks Good in Chinese in Russian, But Is It Even Wanted?
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PC World:
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Minimalism  —  Normal people remember episode 110 of South Park …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
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Jessica Bown / Times of London:
The iPhone's shocking cost of international downloads
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell pushes back desktop XP cutoff date to June 26
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Predicting Where You'll Go and What You'll Like
Arn / MacRumors:
WWDC Snow Leopard and Safari 4 Screenshots
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Surviving the Net  —  Who controls TinyURL (or Snurl …