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4:00 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Apps Press Event: The Riveting Real Time Notes (Use Google Apps With Outlook!)  —  Google has gathered tech press at the Clift hotel for a press event around Google Apps.  At the ridiculous time of 9:30 in the morning.  Meaning (1) I had to get up at 7 to get ready and battle traffic …
Discussion: Digital Daily
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 …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Why The iPhone 3G S May Be A Sucker's Bet Right Now
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
The reason why AT&T won't support MMS with the iPhone until …
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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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:   Breaking: Facebook Username Landrush to Start June 13 at Midnight
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: CNET News and Slate
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.
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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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: Security Fix
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Compete: Facebook.com US Reach Grew by 8% in May; Twitter Growth Flattens  —  May stats are out from Compete, and the web analytics company says US traffic to Facebook's main consumer website increased by 8% during the month to 82.9 million uniques.  For those keeping track at home …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Compete: Facebook US Traffic Nearing Google, Yahoo
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 …
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 …
Cisco:
New Cisco Visual Networking Index Forecasts Global IP Traffic to Increase Fivefold by 2013  —  Continue to See Growth Driven by High-Speed Broadband, Video, Mobility and Digital Multitasking  —  Overview:  — Today Cisco announced the results of the Cisco® Visual Networking Index …
Discussion: Contentinople, NewTeeVee and P2P Blog
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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.
Marguerite Reardon / Crave:
Sprint breaks its sales record with Palm Pre  —  Sprint Nextel executives said Monday that the launch of the much anticipated Palm Pre on Saturday hit a new sales record for the company.  —  Neither Sprint nor Palm is discussing specific sales figures, but Tim Donahue …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and CrunchGear
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Softpedia News
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.
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.
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 …
Josh / Bokardo:
Writing Microcopy  —  The fastest way to improve your interface is to improve your copy-writing.  —  I remember the first time I realized how much even the smallest copy can matter in an interface.  It was on an e-commerce project at UIE for which I had created a checkout form that asked for billing information.
 
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China Journal:
Social Networking Returns to China
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and PolicyBeta, Thanks:atul
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Meebo toolbar gets new sharing features
Discussion: Mashable!, ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Battle for Data Domain Getting Hostile, Nasty
Discussion: eWeek and Storage Soup
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Interview: Mint.com CEO Patzer On His Plans To Boost Sales Ten-Fold This Year
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
IBM launches social network for partners
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Between the Lines
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia N97 hits Flagship stores today for $699.99
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Fotonauts Emerges From Its Cocoon As Interactive, Web-Based Fotopedia
Discussion: Mashable! and Lifehacker
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Qik Now Comes Standard on Nokia Phones
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Can Qik Go Legit on the iPhone?
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Why Apple wins. every. time.
Discussion: eWeek, L.A. Times Tech Blog, NEWSFACTOR and Engadget, Thanks:atul
Michael Manoochehri / ProgrammableWeb:
The Twitpocalypse is Near: Will Your Twitter Client Survive?
Discussion: GigaOM
 

 
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Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars

 
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