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7:55 AM ET, June 10, 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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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/.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
You Have Three Days To Pick Your Facebook Vanity URL. …
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 and I4U News
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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 …
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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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 …
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” …
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 …
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.
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.
Nigel Kendall / Times of London:
How Nintendo's boss rewrote the rules of the game  —  Satoru Iwata reveals how he made gamers out of people who don't play video games, and revived his company's fortunes in the process  —  Satoru Iwata is not your typical Japanese company president.  When he talks about the games his company produces …
Duncan Graham-Rowe / Technology Review:
Nokia hopes to create a device that could harvest enough power to keep a cell phone topped up.  —  A cell phone that never needs recharging might sound too good to be true, but Nokia says it's developing technology that could draw enough power from ambient radio waves to keep a cell-phone handset topped up.
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.
Discussion: The Register
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
China dominates NSA-backed coding contest  —  Chinese student, 18, wins, prompting call for earlier math and science education in U.S.  —  Computerworld - Programmers from China and Russia have dominated an international competition on everything from writing algorithms to designing components.
Discussion: China Journal
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 and Boing Boing
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 …
Discussion: VoIP Watch
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 …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
SAP reshapes strategy for online software  —  A top executive at SAP is set to outline a new strategy today for delivering software over the internet, as the German software giant struggles to respond to a market that poses a significant long-term threat to its business.
Discussion: Digits and Software as Services
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.
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
No, Newspapers Don't Need A License To Collude To Survive  —  At the end of May, I was enjoying a nice Sunday afternoon reading my paper, trying not to think about work, when I came across Tim Rutten's column, “How the Obama administration can save newspapers.”
Thanks:atul
Emma Heald / Editors Weblog:
iPhone 3GS: advantages for newspapers, advertisers, and citizen journalists  —  The Apple iPhone 3GS, premiered yesterday at Apple Inc's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, boasts an array of important new features for the newspaper industry and journalism at large.
Discussion: TheAppleBlog
Joseph Bonneau / Light Blue Touchpaper:
How Privacy Fails: The Facebook Applications Debacle  —  I've been writing a lot about privacy in social networks, and sometimes the immediacy gets lost during the more theoretical debates.  Recently though I've been investigating a massive privacy breach on Facebook's application platform which serves as a sobering case study.
Discussion: All Facebook and Inside Facebook
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.
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Digits:
Where's Steve Jobs?  —  Apple fans got a new iPhone, but company CEO Steve Jobs, who is taking a medical leave of absence, was a no-show at Monday's keynote presentation for the company's Worldwide Developer Conference.  —  Getty Images  —  Steve Jobs jokes about his health during an Apple event October 14.
Discussion: FierceWireless and Gawker, Thanks:atul
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 3.0 Now Available in Torrent—Tested, It Works  —  You can get it now.  Just fire up your favorite Torrent client and look for iPhone OS 3.0 7a341.  Everyone can install this, not just developers.  Here's how it works: … Warning: Do this at your own risk  —  2:29 PM
Discussion: TechSpot
Brian Gormley / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Investors Predict Globalization Of Industry, Especially To China  —  Venture capitalists expect their industry to grow increasingly global, as firms shift more attention to Asia and as institutional investors around the world seek to add venture funds to their portfolios, a survey shows.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Don't look inside Apple's black box  —  Apple doesn't want people thinking of the iPhone as a computer—and it has a point  —  Ask Apple what's in the iPhone and they'll treat it like a black box, albeit one powered by Apple's special brand of technological magic.  Or maybe elves.  Or magic beans.
 
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comScore, Inc.:
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Reformers, ISPs clash on national broadband plan
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
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Frederic J. Frommer / Associated Press:
Feds have frozen online poker winnings, group says
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Survey Says: Web Video Watchers Aren't Pirates. …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
AP Reporter Reprimanded For Facebook Post; Union Protests
Discussion: Gawker and Techdirt
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Green Dam filtering software scorned by many Chinese
comScore, Inc.:
Bing Off to a Good Start in First Week of Search Activity, According to comScore