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9:50 PM ET, June 9, 2009

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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. …
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
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.
MacDailyNews:
Unannounced iPhone 3G S feature: Oleophobic Multi-Touch™ screen (skin oil repellent)  —  Eagle-eyed MacDailyNews reader “GizmoDan” found the following on Apple's “iPhone How To: Cleaning iPhone” page:  —  To clean iPhone, unplug all cables and turn off iPhone (press and hold the Sleep/ Wake button …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Schmidt: Bing Can't Buy Search Love With Ads; Gotta Earn It  —  CEO Eric Schmidt has weighed in on the Bing launch — and he's not sounding panicked, not that I would expect him to be.  But he certainly puts out a conflicted message that Bing isn't a serious competitor and yet argues …
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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 …
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.
Google Mac Blog:
Introducing Google Quick Search Box  —  When most people think of Google, search comes to mind - and rightly so!  Hundreds of millions of people have come to know and love Google.com as their starting point for searching the Internet.  About 2 years ago, we introduced Google Desktop …
Discussion: TechCrunch, CNET News and InformationWeek, Thanks:atul
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Billboard for WWDC is torn down; startup smells rotten Apple  —  The co-founders of a small startup suspect something more than a dark subway stairwell prompted a billboard to be pulled from a downtown San Francisco wall before the crowd attending Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference could see it Monday morning.
Discussion: nanocr.eu
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Caterina Fake's Hunch.com, launching Monday, is already redefining ‘decision engine’  —  Microsoft's megabucks advertising campaign for Bing.com couldn't have come at a better time for Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake's new consumer advice site, Hunch.com.  —  With much pomp and circumstance …
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.
Ian Paul / PC World:
Will TomTom's iPhone App Herald the End of One-Function Devices?  —  TomTom's turn-by-turn direction iPhone application, which was unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday, has been met with much enthusiasm.  The company's stock price increased by 17 percent …
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 …
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.
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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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 …
Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Feds have frozen online poker winnings, group says  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — An advocacy group for online poker said Tuesday that the federal government has frozen more than $30 million in the accounts of payment processors that handle the winnings of thousands of online poker players.
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.
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.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Survey Says: Web Video Watchers Aren't Pirates.  But They May Be Ready to Cut the Cable Cord  —  When I talk to people about Web video, I usually end up chatting with people who are in one of two camps.  Either they're tech-centric early adopters who believe that networks are dinosaurs …
 
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 3.0 Now Available in Torrent—Tested, It Works
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
Where's Steve Jobs?
Discussion: FierceWireless and Wall Street Journal, Thanks:atul
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Feds Checking Out Google Books Deal
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Is Silicon Valley A Political Incubator?
Dong Ngo / CNET News:
Report: Spam reduced following Pricewert shutdown
David Worthington / SD Times On The Web:
Borland acquisition now in doubt
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Mac Chrome Lead Rationalizes Early Release, Needs Your Help
Discussion: Chromium Blog
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Interview: Mint.com CEO Patzer On His Plans To Boost Sales Ten-Fold This Year
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia N97 hits Flagship stores today for $699.99
PC Pro:
Novell ponders “open-source apps store”
Discussion: The Register and CNET News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cc:Betty Raises $1.5 Million For Email Organization Assistant
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Why Apple wins. every. time.