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12:10 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  —  With the iPhone 3G S news now in the wild, the discussion digressed from the announcement of the 3G S itself to AT&T, the iPhone's exclusive carrier in the U.S. (at the moment).  Without a doubt, this relationship is where Apple's weaknesses lie.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
iPhone 3G users to pay $200 premium for early upgrade to iPhone 3G S  —  During its presentation at WWDC Monday, Apple highlighted new pricing for the iPhone 3G and the upcoming iPhone 3G S model but didn't explain that existing iPhone 3G customers will have to pay a $200 premium to upgrade …
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: Slashdot
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Webhost hack wipes out data for 100,000 sites  —  Vaserv suspects zero-day virtualization vuln  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  A large internet service provider said data for as many as 100,000 websites was destroyed by attackers who targeted a zero-day vulnerability …
Times of India:   Techie hangs himself in HSR Layout
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.
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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Apple:
Apple Announces the New iPhone 3G S—The Fastest, Most Powerful iPhone Yet
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
You Call 50,000 Palm Pres Sold A Success?  Investors Don't Think So.  —  Some early estimates are in on how the Palm Pre did its launch weekend.  J.P. Morgan puts sales at more than 50,000, other analysts go as high as 100,000.  Everyone is trying to spin this as a success because Sprint stores “sold out” of their inventory.
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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
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 …
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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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Core77, Gizmodo, Pulse2 and techeblog.com, Thanks:atul
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
Michael Manoochehri / ProgrammableWeb:
The Twitpocalypse is Near: Will Your Twitter Client Survive?  —  Within the next few days, some applications and mashups based on the Twitter API may behave unpredictably or even crash - at least that's the warning given by Canadian software company WhereCloud's Twitpocalypse website.
Discussion: GigaOM
 
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PC Pro:
Novell ponders “open-source apps store”
Discussion: CNET News
Business Wire:
HP Gives Students a Head Start with Sleek, Affordable PCs and Printers
Discussion: The Toybox, Liliputing and CrunchGear
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
The Digital Magazine: Has its Time Come?
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Can Qik Go Legit on the iPhone?
Discussion: Electronista
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Opening Doors on the Way to a Personal Robot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
YouTube Video Streams Top 1 Billion/Day
Discussion: MarketingVOX, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Most firms unaware of Web domain changes: survey
Discussion: Techdirt and TechCrunch Europe
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google to Reveal Apps Enhancements
Discussion: Googling Google