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8:35 PM ET, June 4, 2009

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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
New 16GB, 32GB iPhones appear in Carphone Warehouse systems  —  Carphone Warehouse, the largest independent European mobile phone retailer and an official iPhone reseller, added four placeholders to their inventory list for new iPhone models earlier today, sources tell AppleInsider.
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Michael Jones / TUAW:
Rumor: New iPhone to be called “iPhone Video?”  —  Further fueling the iPhone fire (try saying that one five times fast), TUAW has received an anonymous tip stating that AT&T's support website will be updated with “iPhone Video” as one of the model choices when choosing Apple as the phone manufacturer.
Steven Johnson / Time:
How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live  —  Evan Williams and Biz Stone of Twitter  —  The one thing you can say for certain about Twitter is that it makes a terrible first impression.  You hear about this new service that lets you send 140-character updates to your “followers,” and you think, Why does the world need this, exactly?
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
FTC Sues, Shuts Down N. Calif. Web Hosting Firm  —  In an unprecedented move, the Federal Trade Commission has taken legal steps to shut down a Web hosting provider in Northern California that the agency says was directly involved in managing massive global spam operations.
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Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Shuts Down Notorious Rogue Internet Service Provider, 3FN Service Specializes in Hosting Spam-Spewing Botnets, Phishing Web sites, Child Pornography, and Other Illegal, Malicious Web Content  —  A rogue Internet Service Provider that recruits, knowingly hosts, and actively participates …
Google LatLong:
Introducing smart navigation in Street View: double-click to go (anywhere!)  —  Street View is a great way to see panoramas of streets from all over the world.  We've launched some great improvements to this tool, including most recently overlaying user photos and the ability to view Street View in fullscreen.
Mercury News:
Google recruiter: Company kept ‘do not touch’ in hiring list  —  A recruiter who left Google last year says that the company had maintained a “do not touch” list of companies including Genentech and Yahoo, whose employees were not to be wooed to the Internet search giant.
Discussion: Gawker
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Unwritten Code Rules Silicon Valley Hiring
Discussion: Techdirt, Thanks:mhelft
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple's WWDC likely to ‘disappoint’  —  Given the rumors and high expectations, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster fears the World Wide Developers Conference that Apple (AAPL) is hosting next week in San Francisco could be a “slight disappointment” to investors.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
App TV?  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster may not have …
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia
Intel:
Intel to Acquire Wind River Systems for Approximately $884 Million  —  Intel Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wind River Systems Inc, under which Intel will acquire all outstanding Wind River common stock for $11.50 per share in cash, or approximately $884 million in the aggregate.
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Intel deal to buy Wind River may pit it against Apple's iPhone team
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
RIM quietly acquires Dash Navigation?  —  According to an article published yesterday by GPS Business News, RIM may have quietly acquired struggling nav/LBS firm Dash Navigation.  The site's co-founder and Editor allegedly spoke to a trusted source who claims that the acquisition is a done deal.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple working on adding multi-touch to iPod click-wheels  —  Having pioneered multi-touch for its iPhone and iPod touch handhelds, Apple later extended the technology to trackpads on its Mac notebook line and now appears ripe to introduce the first iPod click-wheels with similar capabilities.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Microsoft gives Bing stronger search filter option  —  Microsoft has tweaked the search filters on its new Bing search engine following criticism that its smart motion video feature allowed Web surfers to watch porn without visiting adult Web sites.  —  The company announced the change …
Discussion: Neowin.net and MediaPost, Thanks:cmarmulla
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Bing Community:
Smart Motion Preview and SafeSearch
Discussion: BetaNews and Download Squad
Jon Lech / nanocr.eu:
Palm Pre USB hack confirmed  —  A little birdie provided me with the following:  —  As I speculated in my previous blog post on Palm Pre Sync and now confirmed by the image above, when the Pre is in “Media Sync” mode it identifies itself as an Apple iPod.  However, it's only the Mass Storage interface …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple looks towards digital media sharing during iPhone calls  —  Apple has spent some time outlining technology that would add a new level of interaction between iPhone users, such as the ability to share and control playback of digital media files like music tracks and video during a telephone call.
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
Google's Wave of the future is genius, but will it work?  —  Five days is an eon in Internet time.  Given the huge amounts of discussion that Google Wave has earned online since the company unveiled it in an 80-minute live demo last week (as I write this, it's the top of the 15th inning …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Short Lifespan Of The iPhone  —  For the past several weeks, I've been noticing something about my iPhone: Severe slowness.  I put it sleep and wake it back up, clear its memory (with an app), restart it and even sometimes manually reboot it — some of these methods alleviate the symptoms, sometimes.
Discussion: Digital Daily and CrunchGear
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Could social gaming run afoul of gambling laws?  —  A variety of social network gaming applications are making lots of money from virtual goods.  But could these services soon find themselves in trouble for allowing gambling — and get slapped with large fines or other punishment?
Reuters:
Russia launches antitrust probe of Microsoft  —  * Agency says cutting Windows XP deliveries was violation  —  * Says demand for XP continues during switch to Vista  —  * Government continues to order Windows XP  —  Russia's state anti-monopoly service launched a probe of Microsoft Corp …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Sony joins YouTube and Universal on Vevo video site  —  Universal Music Group and YouTube have answered the question of whether any of the major labels will be interested in joining the new all music video Web site, Vevo.  —  Sony Music Entertainment has joined the venture, the companies said Thursday in a statement.
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Adobe Strives to Crack the Smart-Phone Market  —  Shifting Strategies, Opposition From Apple Have Slowed Effort to Push Flash Video Software Beyond Computers  —  Adobe Systems Inc., which makes the Flash software widely used on computers to play Internet videos, is trying to crack a new market: smart phones.
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Launches TOSBack - A ‘Terms of Service’ Tracker for Facebook, Google, eBay, and More  —  San Francisco - “Terms of Service” policies on websites define how Internet businesses interact with you and use your personal information.  But most web users don't read these policies — or understand that the terms are constantly changing.
Tommy Craggs / Deadspin:
Tony La Russa Is Not Laughing At Your Satire  —  Dugout genius Tony La Russa is suing Twitter, claiming he “suffered significant emotional distress” and “damage to his reputation” because of a fake La Russa account.  Sheesh, can't the man take a few jokes about dead pitchers and drunk driving?
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Six months later, no ISPs joining RIAA piracy fight  —  Last December, the music industry's message to song writers, publishers, and musicians was that antipiracy help was on the way.  Hopes soared after the major labels announced that they had convinced a group of telecoms to work with them.
eMarketer:
Small Businesses Get Social  —  Strength in numbers.  —  It is not just big businesses that are communicating with customers using social media.  —  According to a study by Sage Software and AMI-Partners, more than 260,000 small businesses in the US and Canada employ social networking tactics, too.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Current TV Journalists on Trial Today  —  Two American journalists for Current TV, the cable/web network, were scheduled to go on trial in North Korea today.  Laura Ling and Euna Lee were on a reporting assignment about North Korean refugees in China when they were detained March 17.
Discussion: Gawker and Washington Post
 
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Chinese websites in Tiananmen protest
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Internet Group Skewered By Lawmakers
Ina Fried / CNET News:
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Tech Titans' Ties to Washington Grow Closer — and More Complicated
Discussion: TechFlash
Dan Nystedt / Macworld:
BenQ plans Android smartphones, netbooks for 2010
Discussion: Unwired View and IntoMobile
 Earlier Items: 
Patrick Goss / TechRadar.com:
Increased competition ‘uncomfortable’ for Firefox
Thanks:shankargan
Rebecca Buckman / Forbes:
Hewlett-Packard's Move Into Software
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway To Focus On “Real Time Data” …
Wall Street Journal:
Palm's New Pre Takes On iPhone