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2:00 PM ET, June 9, 2009

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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
The reason why AT&T won't support MMS with the iPhone until “late Summer”, tethering info!  —  We were just told the real reason why AT&T won't be supporting MMS on the iPhone 3G or iPhone 3G S at launch, and you're going to laugh... Technically it will work right away our ninja tells us.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Why The iPhone 3G S May Be A Sucker's Bet Right Now  —  The new iPhone 3G S sounds great.  It's not a huge update to the iPhone, but it packs a few very important things: More speed, more storage, more battery and a better camera that can do video.  It's a no-brainer to upgrade to it …
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 …
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:   Four Reasons Why iPhone Owners Hate AT&T
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.
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.
Discussion: Times of India and Slashdot
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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.
Amol Sharma / Digits:
Palm Pre on Verizon in January  —  Sprint better market the heck out of the Palm Pre over the next seven months.  That's because rival Verizon Wireless will be carrying the touch-screen device in its stores in January, according to a person familiar with the situation.  —  Associated Press
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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 …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3GS Complete Feature Guide  —  As expected, the new Apple iPhone 3GS is out.  We were right: The photos of the new iPhone were real.  Here you have a comprehensive guide to the iPhone 3GS' new features:  —  Speed  —  The “S” stands for “SPEED!”  And according to Apple …
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Translator Toolkit is a new service that lets you translate documents by editing the translations automatically generated by Google.  “Google Translator Toolkit allows human translators to work faster and more accurately, aided by technologies like Google Translate.”
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Google India Blog:
Translating the world's information into Indian languages.
Thanks:atul
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: eWeek, L.A. Times Tech Blog, NEWSFACTOR and Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Meebo toolbar gets new sharing features  —  Instant message service Meebo is rolling out new features for the toolbar it runs on partner sites, including a simple way to share links with the people you're IMing to.  As other companies, like Facebook and Twitter, help make real-time information sharing …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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 …
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.
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Bartz Continues Torpedoing Yahoo Search  —  Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz has been talking a lot over the past two weeks about Yahoo and how it competes against Google and Microsoft.  Each time she does, I feel like she's digging the hole even deeper for Yahoo's prospects in search.
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
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.
Discussion: Engadget and Liliputing
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia N97 hits Flagship stores today for $699.99  —  So maybe the iPhone 3G S announcement left you a bit unimpressed this morning.  We can't say we blame you, but there's plenty more in store for mobile fans this month.  Among the hoards of hot phones dropping in June is Nokia's new flagship handset, the N97.
 
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Battle for Data Domain Getting Hostile, Nasty
Discussion: eWeek and Storage Soup
Edward J. Delaney / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Charging (a lot!) for news online: The Newport Daily News …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Gawker
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: Between the Lines
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Irish Startup Reboots Microsoft Software Licensing and Protection Services Unit
Discussion: eWeek and ITworld.com
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Fotonauts Emerges From Its Cocoon As Interactive, Web-Based Fotopedia
Discussion: Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Qik Now Comes Standard on Nokia Phones
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Can Qik Go Legit on the iPhone?
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR and Electronista
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
YouTube Video Streams Top 1.2 Billion/Day
Discussion: ContentBlogger and MarketingVOX, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Michael Manoochehri / ProgrammableWeb:
The Twitpocalypse is Near: Will Your Twitter Client Survive?
Discussion: GigaOM
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google to Reveal Apps Enhancements
Discussion: Googling Google