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6:50 PM ET, June 9, 2009

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Google Enterprise Blog:
Use Microsoft Outlook with Google Apps for email, contacts, and calendar  —  Over the last year, we've had a razor sharp focus on making it as easy as possible for businesses to deploy Google Apps.  In the last few months you've seen some of the results, from offline Gmail to user directory synchronization …
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Google Apps: With Outlook sync, feel free to dump Exchange  —  Google today announced a feature that allows Google Apps customers to sync their mail, calendar and contacts directly into Outlook, allowing the users to keep what they love most about Outlook without being tied to the costs of running an Exchange server.
Discussion: eWeek and InformationWeek
Blaise DiPersia / Facebook Blog:
Coming Soon: Facebook Usernames  —  From the beginning of Facebook, people have used their real names to share and connect with the people they know.  This authenticity helps to create a trusted environment because you know the identity of the people and things on Facebook.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
You Have Three Days To Pick Your Facebook Vanity URL.  Choose Wisely, Or You're Screwed.  —  What are you doing this Friday night?  Going to a bar with friends?  Going to a movie?  Wrong.  —  If you're a real web addict you'll be sitting at your computer waiting for the clock to strike 12:01 AM Eastern Time.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Paying Attention, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Asustek Vows to Out-Apple Apple  —  Two years ago, Asustek wowed the world with the hottest selling computing product to arrive in recent memory: the Eee PC netbook.  But even that blockbuster device has failed to do much to boost the company's brand in the United States, a situation the Taiwanese computer maker intends to correct.
Wolfram:
Wolfram|Alpha Update Today  —  There's new data flowing into Wolfram|Alpha every second.  And we're always working very hard to develop the core code and data for the system.  In fact, internally, we have a complete new version of the system that's built every day.
BBC:
Twitter hype punctured by study  —  Micro-blogging service Twitter remains the preserve of a few, despite the hype surrounding it, according to research.  —  Just 10% of Twitter users generate more than 90% of the content, a Harvard study of 300,000 users found.
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Wseltzer / Wendy's Blog:
Don't believe the anti-hype: Twitter succeeds by leaving room for failure
Discussion: Slate and CNET News
comScore, Inc.:
Bing Off to a Good Start in First Week of Search Activity, According to comScore  —  Microsoft Posts Gains in U.S. Searcher Penetration and Share of Search Results Pages After Introduction of New Search Engine  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Tim Ferriss / The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss:
Exclusive First Look: SU.PR - Stumble Upon's New Traffic Builder  —  I'm so excited about SU.PR, it's hard to contain.  —  For the last few weeks, the brilliant team at StumbleUpon and I have collaborated on the creation of a new product designed to do one thing: get you more traffic in less time.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
StumbleUpon Launches Su.pr URL Shortener, But Is It Good for the Magic?
Discussion: CNET News and Security Fix
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple backtracks on Safari 4.0 tabs on top, ZFS  —  Amid all of the new features highlighted Monday in Snow Leopard, iPhone 3.0 and Safari 4.0 were a few unpublicized retractions: Safari 4.0 has lost its “tabs on top” and returned to the old conventional tabs of the previous 3.0 version …
Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
T-Mobile Confirms Breach, Says No Risk to Customers  —  T-Mobile confirmed today that its network was indeed hacked, but said it doesn't believes any of its customer data is at risk and the penetration is not nearly as deep as the purported hackers alleged.  The anonymous group claimed …
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Google Open Source Blog:
Introducing Android Scripting Environment  —  The Android Scripting Environment (ASE) brings scripting languages to Android by allowing you to edit and execute scripts and interactive interpreters directly on the Android device.  These scripts have access to many of the APIs available …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
AP Reporter Reprimanded For Facebook Post; Union Protests  —  An Associated Press reporter's official reprimand over an innocuous comment on his Facebook page has sparked the ire of union officials.  They are now demanding that AP clarify its ethics guidelines and are also urging reporters to watch who they add to their friends lists.
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Green Dam filtering software scorned by many Chinese  —  Some Chinese geeks have been playing with the new government-mandated Green Dam censorship software over the past couple days.  People are reporting their findings on Twitter and on blogs.  Eisen blog posted the screenshot above …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Sorry, iPhone 3G Owners, I'm Not Sympathetic  —  If you ask Apple or AT&T how much the iPhone 3G S costs, they'll emphasize two prices: $199 for the 16GB version and $299 for the 32GB one, as Apple does here.  It's only in the fine print and disclaimers that they'll explain that only new customers …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why YouTube Will Sink or Swim With Obama Girl  —  ‘Midtail’ Content Safer for Advertisers Than User-Generated Fare  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Forget Hollywood.  YouTube's future lies less in “Desperate Housewives” and more in low-budget fare from producers such as Next New Networks, Machinima, Howcast and MondoMedia.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Cool Matrix-Style App Wall  —  Today at Apple's WWDC event in San Francisco, Apple had a bunch of Cinema Display monitors mounted together on a wall showing what looked to be some sort of pulsating canvas.  But a closer look revealed that it was actually a huge collection of icons …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Why Apple wins. every. time.  —  Today there was no reality distortion field.  Just a reality field.  You want video.  Here it is.  You want devs to have video.  Here it is.  You want to edit video in place without loading Quicktime Pro or even knowing what it is.  Here it is.
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Google News experimenting with links to Wikipedia on its homepage  —  The discrete news article, it has been said, is a framework that worked well in print but doesn't make much sense on the web.  News sites can offer context in a variety of ways that explode the story model …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Feds Checking Out Google Books Deal  —  The Department of Justice's inquiry into Google's proposed book-search settlement continues on apace with various publishers today claiming to have received civil investigative demands from the agency's antitrust division.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
John Leyden / The Register:
LxLabs boss found hanged after vuln wipes websites  —  Shocking development in VAserv megahack affair  —  Free whitepaper - Calculating total power requirements for data centers  —  The boss of Indian software firm LxLabs was found dead in a suspected suicide on Monday.
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Red Hat's Fedora 11: So easy you'll forget it's Linux  —  Red Hat has taken heat over the past few years for allegedly neglecting the personal computer in favor of more profitable enterprise servers.  It's a fair critique: Red Hat is an enterprise software company, a decision it made years ago, and to good effect.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cc:Betty Raises $1.5 Million For Email Organization Assistant  —  Cc:Betty, a free service that helps organize group email threads, today has secured $1.5 million in seed led by Venrock with investors Seraph Group and Hillsven participating.  The company was incubated in Venrock's offices and officially launched at DEMO in March.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Google's Schmidt Rips Microsoft's Bing  —  Updated below: Earlier today, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) CFO Patrick Pichette said the company was still analyzing Microsoft's search-engine revamp—and wasn't ready to comment.  Well, apparently, Google CEO Eric Schmidt is more than ready.
Discussion: Between the Lines and MarketWatch
Reuters:
Google CEO says looking to buy smaller firms  —  * Google on the prowl for smaller firms to buy  —  Google Inc (GOOG.O) is looking to buy smaller technology companies to enhance its technology portfolio, Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said in an interview with the Fox Business network on Tuesday.
Associated Press:
Could Twittering about your vacation put your home at risk?  —  Like a lot of people who use social media, Israel Hyman and his wife Noell went on Twitter to share real-time details of a recent trip.  Their posts said they were “preparing to head out of town,” that they had …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Firefox 3.5 beta 99 is out  —  Mozilla has just pushed out a new version of Firefox 3.5 beta, which it's dubbing beta 99.  Now, the last public beta was Firefox 3.5 beta 4, so either Mozilla went through 94 builds that they didn't feel like telling you about, or this is pretty close to the final product.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Brings 50Mbps To DC - And drops price of bundled 50Mbps to $99.95  —  Comcast this morning issued a statement saying they've launched faster DOCSIS 3.0 speeds in the Washington DC market.  Upgraded DOCSIS 3.0 Comcast markets see the company's $42.95 “Performance” tier doubled to 12Mbps/2Mbps …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Apple security is ‘struggling,’ researcher says  —  Laments lack of ‘formal security program’  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  A well-known security consultant says Apple is struggling to effectively protect its users against malware and other online threats …
 
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