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9:15 AM ET, June 22, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Trends For Websites Rocks, Unless You Want Data On Google  —  The new Google Trends product that measures website traffic (the old product simply measures search queries) is a great way to get data on website traffic.  It may not be perfect, but it's yet another data source …
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Fred / A VC:
Checking Out Google Trends For Websites  —  I need to start this post with an important disclosure.  I was on the Board of ComScore for nine years from the summer of 1999 until earlier this month.  And I am still a shareholder in ComScore through the Flatiron partnerships.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Does Facebook's Overseas Growth Matter?
Discussion: Mashable!, Webware.com and AppScout
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Peak 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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Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
Evolution of Gmail chat
Discussion: VentureBeat and Lockergnome
Jessica Bown / Times of London:
The iPhone's shocking cost of international downloads  —  Using the Apple mobile to watch TV overseas could cost more than your break  —  The thousands of consumers planning to snap up a 3G iPhone when they go on sale next month could be hit with bills of thousands of pounds if they download music …
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
Mark / dive into mark:
Minimalism  —  Normal people remember episode 110 of South Park as the one that introduced Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo.  I remember it as the one where the South Park students performed a non-denominational holiday dance “with music and lyrics by Philip Glass.”
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Surviving the Net  —  Who controls TinyURL (or Snurl or other URL shortener) controls the high ground in the battle for the Internet platform.  Here's why: Our brains are wired to protect ourselves from threats to our food, oxygen, and water sources.  Most attacks on our supply chains come …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Says It Doesn't Need Evidence to Convict Pirates  —  Threat Level reports that the MPAA now argues that it has the right to demand up to $150,000 in damages per illegally downloaded file, without having to proof that someone actually downloaded that file.  —  Yes we know, this doesn't make sense at all.
Discussion: Zeropaid File Sharing … and Digg
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Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Predicting Where You'll Go and What You'll Like  —  THAT hoariest of real estate truisms — location, location, location — may soon be a clarion call for all sorts of businesses.  —  We're in the midst of a boom in devices that show where people are at any point in time.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Three Little Tips for Capturing Info Bits Quickly  —  I consume a lot of information - all of it, digitally.  In fact, I recently completed the transition a 100% media green state.  I continue to use Gmail as a nerve center - my primary capture system.  But sometimes, I want to flag something quickly to review later.
Arn / MacRumors:
WWDC Snow Leopard and Safari 4 Screenshots  —  German site Apfeltalk.de has posted (via Engadget) screenshots from Safari 4 as well as Apple's preview release of Snow Leopard given to developers at WWDC.  —  Not surprisingly, since the next version of Mac OS X is being billed as having few new features …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Less Well Known Musicians Embracing ‘Pay What You Want’  —  from the small-musicians,-big-musicians- alike dept  —  It still amuses me how often when we talk about specific music business models, defenders of the old system rush in to explain why any particular example is an exception.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell pushes back desktop XP cutoff date to June 26  —  Sure, you'll be able to pay out the nose for a Vista machine with a XP Professional “downgrade” soon enough, but Dell just pushed back its cutoff for straight-up XP machines.  They'll be selling select Inspiron and XPS desktop …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Where In The World Is Jerry Yang?  —  People have been wondering about Jerry Yang all week.  He's been quiet since the NYTimes article calling for his head was published last weekend.  —  This isn't an issue of him simply being out of town.  He was in Washington D.C. on Wednesday meeting …
Discussion: HipMojo.com, CNET News.com and Forbes
 
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Eric Zeman / InformationWeek Weblog:
One-Quarter Of Current iPhone Users Upgraded From Motorola Razr
Discussion: Unwired View
Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
May Search Market Share Update: Crowd Sourcing Works!
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
IsoHunt adds 10.000 Free and Legal Albums
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
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Amy Gahran / E-Media Tidbits:
AP/Drudge Retort “Resolution” Leaves Fair Use Questions Unanswered
Mmpc / Microsoft® Malware Protection Center:
Taterf - all your drives are belong to me!!!1!one!
Discussion: CrunchGear and Hardware 2.0
Waxy.org:
Interview with Alan Taylor, Creator of Boston Globe's The Big Picture