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6:15 PM ET, June 10, 2009

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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?
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 …
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Last.fm Founders Quit, CBS' Goodman GM For Now; But Why?  —  Last.fm's founding trio is leaving the social music site, a few weeks its parent reorganised it in a new CBS Interactive Music Group.  Martin Stiksel (pictured), Felix Miller and Richard Jones announced their decision in a blog post …
Discussion: paidContent
Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
Palm Promotes Ex-Apple Rubinstein To CEO (PALM, AAPL)  —  Palm (PALM) chairman Jon Rubinstein, a former Apple (AAPL) executive, will become Palm's CEO.  Current Palm CEO Ed Colligan will move to Elevation Partners, the private equity firm that owns a big chunk of Palm.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Palm injects Apple DNA: Colligan out as CEO; Rubinstein in
Discussion: Business Wire
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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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
iPhone 3G S supports OpenGL ES 2.0, but 3G only supports 1.1 — will the App Store splinter?  —  When we were breaking down the meaty differences between the old-school 3G and the 3G S yesterday, we made an assumption about support for OpenGL ES 2. 3D graphics APIs in the original iPhone 3G based …
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 3G S Has a 600 MHz Processor, 256MB of RAM, PowerVR SGX  —  T-Mobile.nl has posted some technical specs about the iPhone 3G S revealing that the newest iPhone carries a 600 MHz processor and 256MB of RAM.  —  600 MHz is notably faster than the current iPhone and iPod Touch which run at 412 MHz and 532 MHz, respectively.
AppleInsider:
Apple stores holding fire sales on last-gen Mac notebooks  —  While Apple retail stores this week have been waiting on the first shipments of new Mac notebooks announced Monday, the company has quietly introduced end-of-life pricing on previous generation models to help its shops clear remaining inventory.
Discussion: Gizmodo and I4U News
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
English's Millionth Word: Web 2.0  —  For the past few days I've been focused on a final draft of an essay, co-authored with Tim O'Reilly, focusing on the theme of this year's Web 2.0 Summit.  It's rewarding work, reminiscent of the early days of Wired, when I'd regularly edit …
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Reuters:
Web 2.0 crowned one millionth English word
Discussion: eWeek, VG247 and Obsessable
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
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 …
iSmasher / iSmashPhone:
15 Apps Rendered Obsolete By The New iPhone 3GS  —  Chances are you've already heard about the iPhone 3G S and some of it's cool new features (and same goes for the iPhone OS 3.0 and it's cool new features).  What you might not have thought about, however, are the apps which many developers …
Discussion: Joel on Software and VentureBeat
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Web inventor to help Downing Street open up government data  —  Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, will help the British government to make its data more easily available online, Gordon Brown said today.  —  “So that government information is accessible and useful …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Open Government: Berners-Lee and the UK to Show Obama How It's Done
Discussion: OSTP Blog and Connecting the Dots
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Does the Venture Industry Need to Shrink by Half?  —  Will the venture capital industry survive?  Yes, says Paul Kedrosky, but it needs to shrink to half its current size if it wants to start generating competitive returns again.  —  Mr. Kedrosky made his case in “Right-Sizing …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog, HipMojo.com and VatorNews, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
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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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Apple finalizes PowerPC divorce with OS upgrade  —  Apple, a company that's rarely namby-pamby about making technological changes, has put its foot down once again with its Snow Leopard upgrade to Mac OS X due in September.  —  When the new operating system arrives in September, it'll work only on Intel-based Macs.
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/.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft to discontinue MS Money  —  Microsoft plans to stop selling Microsoft Money, its venerable, but not market-leading personal finance program, CNET News has learned.  —  The software maker has been notifying financial institutions and plans to announce the move to customers …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
French court savages “three-strikes” law, tosses it out  —  France's groundbreaking “three strikes” law that would disconnect repeat Internet file-swappers has been overturned by the country's Constitutional Council.  “Innocent until proven guilty” still means something in France.
Google Mobile Blog:
The Iterative Web App - Faster Address Auto-complete and Keyboard Shortcuts  —  On April 7th, we announced a new version of Gmail for mobile for iPhone and Android-powered devices.  Among the improvements was a complete redesign of the web application's underlying code which allows us …
Nigel Daley / Yahoo! Developer Network Home:
Announcing the Yahoo! Distribution of Hadoop  —  Today we're announcing the general availability of the Yahoo! Distribution of Hadoop, a source-only distribution of Apache Hadoop that we deploy here at Yahoo!.  In my role as quality and release engineering manager for grid technologies at Yahoo! …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Texas Lawmakers Crack Down On Fake Profiles  —  In a move aimed at cracking down on cyerbullying, Texas lawmakers passed a new bill that makes it a crime to impersonate people online.  —  The new “online harassment” statute makes it a felony to create phony profiles on social networking sites …
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.
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.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Digg's Amazing Business Model, Explained  —  Now this is where you take out your not-really-that-Easy-Button, and start 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.
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Exclusive: Twitter Investor Betaworks Buys Twitterfeed Stake  —  Since most of the news sites we read have signed up for Twitter accounts in recent months, we've all but stopped using our RSS reader to find news.  Twitter is great for headlines, and because messages are instant …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Maximum PC all, Thanks:atul
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Yahoo Nukes Man's Photos Over Obama Comments  —  Flickr user Shepherd Johnson was browsing the official White House photostream one night when he decided to post a politically-charged comment.  Then another, then another.  Soon, without warning, Yahoo's photo-sharing service deleted his account, complete with 1,200 pictures.
 
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Sagar Kamdar / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Out with the old, in with the new  —  We launched a preview …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
Skype: No Palm Pre App for Now
Discussion: FierceVoIP and Skype Journal
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Aviary launches Firefox plugin for image editing, audio editor coming soon
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Interview: Part II: Barry Diller: 'The Business Model For Content …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Thanks:atul
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Sirius XM Passing Music Royalty Rates On To Subscribers, Raising Lots Of Questions
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