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9:20 AM ET, June 8, 2009

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
WWDC 2009 Predictions  —  What I know, don't know, and know I don't know about tomorrow's WWDC announcements.  As usual, please, no wagering.  —  iPhone 3GS  —  Everything I wrote about last month in “The Next iPhone” still stands.  I expect Apple to announce updated iPhones …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Morality And Effectiveness Of Process Journalism  —  The New York Times Sunday edition team picks fights like no one else.  The problem is they tend to pick the wrong fights.  And mask opinion pieces as straight up factual articles.  —  In December they wrote about Facebook revenue woes just …
Discussion: New York Times, Thanks:atul
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Loretta Chao / The Australian:
PC firms face China decree  —  Article from:  —  The Wall Street Journal  —  CHINA plans to require that all personal computers sold in the country as of July 1 be shipped with software that blocks access to certain websites, a move that could give government censors unprecedented control over how Chinese users access the internet.
Discussion: PC World and Between the Lines
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Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
China's “Green Dam Youth Escort” software
Bloomberg:
China Will Require Web-Censoring Software on All PCs, Journal Reports
Discussion: Reuters and Wall Street Journal
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Analysts deem Palm launch a success; Pre inventory replenishment eyed  —  Analysts called the Palm Pre launch a success, but supplies were tight.  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Walkley deemed the initial Pre sales “solid.”  And J.P. Morgan analyst Paul Coster reckoned that most Sprint stores he called were sold out.
Discussion: GMSV, Bloomberg, Pulse2, PalmAddicts and Slashdot
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Secure Channel:
Unconfirmed Reports of Massive T-Mobile Breach  —  Early reports indicate that hackers have penetrated the T-Mobile U.S. network and stolen proprietary operating data, customer databases and financial records.  According to a post on insecure.org, the hackers have claimed to be auctioning the pilfered data to the highest bidder.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Apps Boom as Companies Seek a Place on Your Phone  —  Developers of programs for the iPhone have already managed to make a decent living selling hundreds of thousands of copies of games from their living rooms or garages.  —  But now, a new way to profit from writing software for the iPhone is emerging …
Discussion: CNET News
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Summer of the Superphone
Discussion: Regular Geek and VoIP Watch, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Paid Twitter Streams Are Here: Super Chirp  —  A new service from 83 Degrees called Super Chirp launches this evening that lets Twitter users get paid for their content stream.  —  This is a theme we've touched on in the past.  There is a huge market for celebrity fan pages that Super Chirp will play right into.
Ted Dziuba / The Register:
Google Squared - the Cuilest search app ever  —  Everybody point and laugh  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  Fail and You Google recently released Google Squared, which is the Mountain View Chocolate Factory's attempt at structured data search.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Party Wins and Enters The European Parliament  —  When the Swedish Pirate Party was founded in early 2006, the majority of the mainstream press were skeptical, with some simply laughing it away.  But they were wrong to dismiss this political movement out of hand.
Michael Manoochehri / ProgrammableWeb:
Microsoft Releases Bing API - With No Usage Quotas  —  When Microsoft launched their much-touted new search engine Bing last week it generated a lots of press and despite a somewhat muted expectations, it turned-out to be something of a hit.  But lost in all the broader buzz about Bing was some news for developers: Bing has an API.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and TheNextWeb.com, Thanks:atul
Jessica Dolcourt / Crave: The gadget blog:
Opera Mobile 9.7 beta: Not what we expected  —  We knew that Opera Mobile 9.7 beta was on its way (in fact, we expected it in May,) but the build released to Windows Mobile consumers on Monday morning isn't exactly what we had anticipated given certain hints in the business build that support for Flash video was on its way.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Quick Peak?  Bing's Reign As #2 Search Engine Lasted One Day.  —  A couple of days ago we reported statistics from StatCounter suggesting the Bing, Microsoft's new “decision” engine, had bypassed Yahoo as the number 2 search engine in the U.S. and the world.  Well guess what?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony building Android-based Walkman and PND for 2010 launch?  —  We'll admit it, we expected to be knee-deep in Android gear by now.  However, it seems like the consumer electronics industry wanted to build more mature products around versions 1.5 and 2.0 of Google's open source OS instead.
Matthew Murray / Gearlog:
Panasonic Introduces World's Lightest HD Camcorders  —  Light devices are always nice—especially when you have to carry them around for long periods of time.  So budding moviemakers are sure to appreciate Panasonic's announcement today that it's releasing two of the world's lightest high …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's CEO Conundrum  —  Tim Cook has run Apple well in Steve Jobs' absence, keeping alive the question of whether and how soon he might be named CEO  —  Apple (AAPL) appears poised to make good on repeated assurances that CEO Steve Jobs would be back at the helm by the end of June.
Discussion: BoomTown, Digital Daily and Apple 2.0, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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