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MacTalk Australia:
Rumour: 16GB iPhone Declared “End of Life” By Vodafone & Brightpoint  —  We usually don't report on rumours here at MacTalk , but a trusted source has brought this to our attention this evening: Vodafone has sent out an email to retail staff stating that the 16GB iPhone has been marked as …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
32GB iPhone placeholder appears at T-Mobile Austria  —  Take it for what it's worth (which may be nothing, quite honestly), but a bona fide “iPhone 32GB” placeholder has appeared in the ‘Coming Soon’ section on T-Mobile Austria's website.  Generally speaking, we wouldn't give this kind of slip …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pew Center illustrates how Craigslist is killing newspapers  —  It's tough to compete with free.  —  The use of online classifieds sites, such as Craigslist, has more than doubled in the past four years, according to a study published Friday by the Pew Research Center.
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Pew Internet:
Overview  —  The number of online adults to use classified ads websites, such as Craigslist, has more than doubled since 2005.  —  The number of online adults who have used online classified ads has more than doubled in the past four years.  Almost half (49%) of internet users …
Louis Gray:
Twitter's Search Engine Is Very, Very, Broken  —  Given all the rumors about Google possibly talking to Twitter about search, or the Mountain View giant taking on the world of real-time, you would think that Twitter's dramatic growth and user adoption would see the microblogging company sitting …
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Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:   How Will Twitter Monetize Search If It's Broken?
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Low inventory is forcing Best Buy Mobile to launch the Palm Pre in two phases  —  Contrary to the naysayers, looks like those rumors about Best Buy Mobile having low Palm Pre inventory are indeed true.  In fact, thanks to one of our ninjas we now know that Best Buy Mobile's own Pre launch guide lays …
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Microsoft dumps 3-app limit from Windows 7 Starter  —  See that little alert above?  Take a good look, because if Paul Thurrott's exclusive is on target you won't be seeing it in Windows 7 Starter Edition.  Believe it or not, Microsoft has done an about-face on the three simultaneous application limit.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Lawyer: RIAA must pay back all $100M it has collected  —  Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson is branching out.  —  For years he watched with horror as the RIAA demanded money from tens of thousands of Americans, finally getting into the ring himself when federal judge Nancy Gertner connected …
Discussion: Electronista and digg.com
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Inbox preview  —  Whenever I open up my inbox at work, I'm never surprised to find several new messages waiting to be read.  The same thing can't always be said about my personal Gmail account.  Sometimes I end up checking my mail only to find nothing new there.  —  No big deal, really.
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
It's Made of 100% Cotton; Its Sales Are 99% Ironic  —  Something strange happened this week in Amazon.com's apparel section.  —  For a day or two, a black T-shirt featuring an image of three wolves baying at a full moon claimed the top slot at the online store's clothing bestseller list …
Discussion: Post I.T., MediaMemo, GMSV and BBC
Bambi Francisco / VatorNews:
Ron Conway: I'm not on Twitter or Facebook  —  ...and Conway's thoughts on mobile investing, Apple, Digg, AdMob, IPOs and M&A  —  Mobile advertising is as one Advertising Age writer put it: This great white whale that is forever on the horizon but perpetually out of reach.
Discussion: Digits, TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
First look: Google Chrome 2.0 - Fast but lacking features  —  Google has released Chrome 2.0.  The speed-demon browser gets an additional kick of speed, a few more features, and a load of bug fixes.  —  First, let's look at the speed side of things.  Google's Chrome browser was already fast …
David Chartier / Macworld:
More senseless iPhone app rejections tarnish the App Store  —  The App Store is becoming almost as famous for rejecting applications as it is for selling one billion of them.  The iPhone app body count has recently grown by two, including a high-profile e-book reader and a compatibility update …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Counting Down to the End of Moore's Law  —  “We're looking at a brick wall five years down the road,” Eli Harari, the chief executive of SanDisk, said to me earlier this week.  —  In 1990, when SanDisk, which he founded, shipped its first generation of flash memory — the sort …
Discussion: Sandisk, Techgeist and isen.blog
Daisy Whitney / Hollywood Reporter:
Google invades upfront marketplace  —  Deutsch, Saatchi among agencies using Google TV Ads  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google TV Ads has begun booking upfront deals with major agencies and advertisers for the first time.  —  Marketers are committing upwards of seven figures to buy ads through …
KwameJones's Open Salon Blog:
iPhone to get iTunes TV and Movies!  —  In a long awaited move (at least by me), it appears that Apple will begin to allow downloads of movies and tv shows through the iPhone.  This revelation, (again at least to me) comes by way of an advertisement in the new ad supported version of the app Twitterfon released on 5/15/09.
Discussion: Ars Technica and The iPhone Blog
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Report: Microsoft readies new maximum specs for Windows 7 netbooks  —  Microsoft is readying a set of maximum specs for Windows 7 netbooks -or, as Microsoft prefers to call them, “small notebooks” — that will likely dictate which PCs will qualify for lower per-copy Windows 7 pricing.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Seesmic Adds Facebook Comments, Now I'm Looking For A Raft (Or A Boat)  —  A few minutes ago Seesmic rolled out the latest version of their desktop application which now includes Facebook comments, spell check, and Twitter spam reporting.  I've downloaded it and tested it out and while it's …
Discussion: Mashable!
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook tell-all ‘Accidental Billionaires’ on sale in July  —  This one sure snuck up on us: “The Accidental Billionaires,” author Ben Mezrich's presumably tawdry take on Facebook's origins, is hitting bookshelves on July 14.  —  Last we'd heard, it was getting released this fall.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook simplifies currency ahead of wider roll-out  —  Credits, Facebook's nascent virtual currency of sorts, is getting a simple change tonight.  The company is marking down items in its gift store from 100 credits to 10 credits, and reducing users' corresponding number of credits.
Discussion: CNET News
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Microsoft Antitrust Hearing in Europe Canceled  —  BERLIN — Microsoft and the European Commission have canceled the only hearing planned in an antitrust investigation into the company's Internet browser because of a dispute over the attendance of European regulators serving as advisers.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Easily Create Your Own Feed Bundles Of Joy With Google Reader  —  Perhaps the biggest barrier to entry to using a feed reader for most people is building up a collection of good feeds.  Sure, you can import someone else's OPML file, but most people have no idea what that means, let alone how to do it.
Orlando Sentinel:
Are astronaut's space ‘tweets’ cheats?  —  NASA astronaut Mike Massimino uses a laptop aboard shuttle Atlantis this week.  NASA says he is the first to tweet from space.  He typed his tweets as e-mails from this laptop, and once sent to the ground, a NASA employee in Houston posted them to his Twitter account.
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Sony Ericsson prepping Android 2.0 smartphones  —  Sony Ericsson is preparing to launch Google phones running on Android 2.0 operating system (OS), according to Peter Ang, vice president of marketing, Asia Pacific at Sony Ericsson.  —  The Android 2.0 will have more multimedia support that the previous Android OS, Ang explained.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
At RealDVD hearing, MPAA says copying DVDs never legal  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Attorneys for the Motion Picture Association of America attacked fair use during a hearing in the RealDVD case here on Thursday, claiming it is not a defense for violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Pentagon Seeks High School Hackers  —  As a cyber space race looms, the military is looking for a few good geeks.  —  High school hackers, crackers and digital deviants: Uncle Sam wants you.  —  As part of a government information security review released as early as Friday …
Discussion: CircleID
Steve Grove / Google Public Policy Blog:
The U.S. Government comes to YouTube  —  Spacemen floating through the international space station.  World leaders sending messages across borders.  A life-sized slice of pizza explaining how to apply for a passport.  Sound like outtakes from the latest Hollywood movies?
Alexis Madrigal / Wired Science:
Food Web, Meet Interweb: The Networked Future of Farms  —  Silicon Valley thinks the internet can transform anything from car sales to anonymous sex, but the way Americans grow and buy food is rooted in ancient, offline systems.  —  Now, a Bay Area startup has launched a service to make it easier …
Discussion: isen.blog
 
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New York Times:
Intel and Competition  —  As American regulators slept through …
Thanks:atul
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
TuneCore, Amazon Set to Unveil On-Demand CD Sales
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Clickjacking: Hijacking clicks on the Internet
Discussion: jd/adobe
Reuters:
Tech firms balance cost cuts and innovation
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD to move desktop CPU production to 45nm process in 3Q09
Discussion: TG Daily and Softpedia News
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
‘Gumblar’ PC virus targets Google users, warn experts
 Earlier Items: 
Bryan Corliss / Reuters:
Gates sees tech helping U.S. out of recession
Discussion: GMSV and DailyTech
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evernote Stats: One Million Registered Users, 360,000 Active, 13,755 Paid
Discussion: Switched, Thanks:atul
Anil Dash:
Flags, Windows, Lucky Numbers and Hidden Mickeys
Discussion: CrunchGear, blogs.chron.com and ithinkdifferent, Thanks:atul
Neil McAllister / Neil McAllister's blog:
MySQL: Forked beyond repair?
Discussion: OSNews