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10:05 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  —  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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
You Have Three Days To Pick Your Facebook Vanity URL. …
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 …
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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: I4U News and The iPhone Blog
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.
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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 …
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Reuters:   Google CEO says looking to buy smaller firms
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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, MA-based start-up has released a study that not only backs …
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.
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: p2pnet and hypebot
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 …
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: jkOnTheRun and VoIP Watch
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Graduates, Check Out These CEOs' First Jobs (SLIDESHOW)  —  Hitting the streets this month, the class of 2009 has it tough.  Unemployment is high — 9.4% — so whatever jobs the graduates do land this summer probably won't be the stuff of their ambitious dreams.  —  But you know what?
Discussion: Dealscape
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.
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
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 …
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.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
HP Scales Out With New Cloud Servers  —  The HP Proliant SL2x170z G6, configured for high performance computing, is part of the HP Extreme Scale-Out line announced today.  —  HP is stripping down to scale out.  Today the company is launching a line of servers and services targeting …
Discussion: GigaOM
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zula launches science-focused kids virtual world  —  Hoping to add an Internet dimension to its growing kids business, Zula USA has launched a successful kids science education TV show in the past three years and is now diving into the vitual world market.  —  The Burbank, Calif.-based …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
IT staff snooping on colleagues on rise: survey  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - More than one-third of information technology professionals abuse administrative passwords to access confidential data such as colleagues' salary details or board-meeting minutes, according to a survey.
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
 
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Joseph Bonneau / Light Blue Touchpaper:
How Privacy Fails: The Facebook Applications Debacle
Discussion: All Facebook and Inside Facebook
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
No, Newspapers Don't Need A License To Collude To Survive
Thanks:atul
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
SAP reshapes strategy for online software
Discussion: Digits and Software as Services
Brian Gormley / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Investors Predict Globalization Of Industry, Especially To China
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Exclusive: MoGo Talk Bluetooth headset for iPhone folds down to …
 Earlier Items: 
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 and Gawker, Thanks:atul
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
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Caterina Fake's Hunch.com, launching Monday, is already redefining ‘decision engine’