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11:45 AM ET, June 10, 2009

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Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Facebook usernames and the battle over your digital identity  —  Techmeme is buzzing with the news that Facebook is finally going to provide custom usernames — and hence web addresses — for its 200 million users.  The land grab begins in just over three days at facebook.com/username/.
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Blaise DiPersia / Facebook Blog:
Coming Soon: Facebook Usernames
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
Pre Recovery Tool Leaks Out, Including webOS Root Image(!)  —  It's only been a few days since the Palm Pre was released, but one of the biggest breakthroughs for the outside-the-system developer community may have just been made.  As noted in our forums, the “webOS Reset Doctor” has leaked out — including the 195 MB webOS root.
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Eos / Pixie Confirmed  —  In case there was any lingering doubt that the Palm Eos (code-named Pixie) was coming — our code sleuths in the PreCentral.net forums have found refereences to the Pixie in the webOS code, so says niteice: … The future of webOS: bright.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
The secret to Palm Pre dev mode lies in the Konami code  —  We couldn't believe it either, but as it turns out, from the launcher screen of your Pre, simply type in the phrase “upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart” — which if you parse with spacing might be more easily recognizable …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple stuns WWDC crowd with pulsating App Store hyperwall  —  In a rare treat for developers at this year's WWDC, Apple is showcasing 20,000 of the most popular iPhone apps on a massive hyperwall built out of Cinema Displays — one that pulses in sync with each and every App Store download.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Revenue at Craigslist Is Said to Top $100 Million  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As the newspaper industry and its classified advertising business wither, one company appears to be doing extraordinarily well: Craigslist.  —  The Internet classified ads company, which promotes its “relatively noncommercial nature” …
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Emma Heald / Editors Weblog:   iPhone 3GS: advantages for newspapers, advertisers, and citizen journalists
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Smartphone Rises Fast From Gadget to Necessity  —  In today's recession-racked economy, penny-pinching is a national pastime.  But people are still opening their wallets for smartphones.  —  Sales of BlackBerrys, iPhones and other smartphone models are rising smartly and are projected …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Lawyers plan class-action to reclaim “$100M+” RIAA “stole”  —  Lawyers in this year's two highest-profile file-sharing cases have joined forces, and they plan to file a class-action lawsuit against the recording industry later this summer to claw back the “$100+ million” that the RIAA “stole.”
Discussion: Neowin.net, p2pnet and hypebot
BBC:
Free broadband won't entice all  —  Some 43% of adults who currently do not have internet access would remain disconnected even if they were given a free PC and broadband connection.  —  The statistic, part of research conducted by regulator Ofcom will make depressing reading for some.
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Thousands rise to rage at iPhone pricing (which is actually not that many people) [UPDATED]  —  In a reminder that spurned gadget lovers can quickly turn rabid, several thousand angry iPhone owners in the U.S. and U.K. have signed a pair of Twitter petitions to protest pricing regimes for Apple's …
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 …
Felix Miller / Last.fm:
Message from the Last.fm founders, Felix, RJ and Martin  —  After two years running Last.fm within CBS we feel the time is right to begin the process of handing over the reins.  This is the latest stage in a long journey for us founders, which began in a living room in East London in 2002 …
Discussion: Guardian, Telegraph and Music Ally
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Eye-Fi launches wireless memory card for pro photographers  —  Eye-Fi has been building out its product line of memory cards that use Wi-Fi to upload photos directly from a digital camera to the Internet.  —  Now it's going one step further with the Eye-Fi Pro, aimed at professional photographers and enthusiasts.
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 …
NokiaPressServices / Nokia Press Bulletin Board:
Nokia N86 8MP now shipping  —  Nokia's best mobile imaging device, the Nokia N86 8MP, which earlier this year won the prestigious TIPA Award for the Best Mobile Imaging Device in 2009, is now shipping globally.  —  The device features variable aperture, which results in vibrant photos …
Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
Virgin Mobile USA offers Broadband2Go service with no contract  —  Using Sprint's EVDO Rev. A network, Virgin Mobile USA announced today the launch of their wireless broadband service, Broadband2Go.  —  When the service goes live later this month you'll be able to purchase a Novatel Ovation MC760 USB dongle for $150 sans contract.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Supreme Court Won't Hear Case Over Computer Tech's Right To Search Your Computer  —  A few years back, we wrote about the case where a guy was arrested for possessing child pornography after techs at Circuit City found child porn on his computer, while they were installing a DVD player.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Digg's Amazing Business Model, Explained  —  Now this is where you take out your not-really-that-Easy-Button, and starting jumping on it.  Do that while you watch this interview of Digg CEO Jay Adelson, as part of Fox Business Network anchor Liz Claman's continuing “3 Days In The Valley” tour.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ironic But True — Many On Twitter Are Just Silent  —  Yesterday we heard from Harvard Business School researchers that only 10 percent of Twitter users are generating almost 90 percent of the content.  Today, HubSpot, a Cambridge, Mass.-based startup, has released a study that not only backs …
Ed Oswald / Technologizer:
AT&T's Network Problems Aren't Just in Big Cities Anymore  —  The AT&T hate is strong these days, especially following the carrier's inability to deliver two of the most highly anticipated features to the single largest iPhone market in the world.  But now even I am beginning to hate AT&T …
Justin Scott / Mozilla Add-ons Blog:
Introducing Add-on Collections  —  The ability to completely customize your browser with thousands of add-ons is one of the best features of Firefox, and highlights the talent, dedication, and innovation of our great community.  With thousands of add-ons and close to 1.5 billion downloads …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
What AdWords Customers Need To Know About $20 Million Settlement  —  As many of you know, Google settled an AdWords class action suit for $20 million.  Now, advertisers are receiving email notifications on what their rights are in this class action lawsuit.
Paul Hyman / Gamasutra:
What Are The Rewards Of ‘Free-To-Play’ MMOs?  —  stumble it!  —  Yes, good money can actually be made in the rapidly-growing world of free-to-play massive multiplayer online games (MMOs), but just how much can micro-transactions actually generate?  Unfortunately, average revenue per user information …
Discussion: Massively, Raph's Website and Slashdot
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
U.S. Presses Antitrust Inquiry Into Google Book Settlement  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a sign that the government has stepped up its antitrust investigation of a class-action settlement between Google and groups representing authors and publishers, the Justice Department has issued formal requests …
BBC:
HP test mobile social network  —  An intelligent, mobile-phone-based social network is being tested by researchers at Hewlett Packard.  —  Friendlee analyses calls and messages to build up a picture of a person's closest correspondents.  —  Regular contacts are displayed more prominently …
iSuppli:
Intel's Microprocessor Share Declines in Q1, Ending Streak  —  Intel Corp.'s year-long streak of sequential market-share gains in the global microprocessor business ended in the first quarter of 2009, as chief rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) staged a comeback, according to iSuppli Corp.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Apple's greatest Microsoft jabs  —  Yep, Apple definitely needs Steve Jobs to come back soon — if not to oversee the company's products, then to revive its Microsoft jokes.  —  Reports from Apple's WorldWide Developers Conference yesterday had executive Bertrand Serlet taking a few swipes …
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Supersized Kindle DX Makes E-Reading Easy for a Supersized Price  —  Another Kindle?  It seems that it was only four months ago that we saw a new version of Amazon's e-reader.  In fact, it was only four months ago the Kindle 2 arrived on February 9.  What's the June release have that the February one doesn't?
 
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 More Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zula launches science-focused kids virtual world
Discussion: paidContent.org
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
IT staff snooping on colleagues on rise: survey
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
HP Scales Out With New Cloud Servers
Discussion: GigaOM
Joseph Bonneau / Light Blue Touchpaper:
How Privacy Fails: The Facebook Applications Debacle
Discussion: All Facebook and Inside Facebook
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
China dominates NSA-backed coding contest
Discussion: China Journal
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Gormley / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Investors Predict Globalization Of Industry, Especially To China
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 3.0 Now Available in Torrent—Tested, It Works
Discussion: TechSpot
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
Where's Steve Jobs?
Discussion: FierceWireless, Thanks:atul
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Caterina Fake's Hunch.com, launching Monday, is already redefining ‘decision engine’