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5:45 AM ET, June 11, 2009

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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
T-Mobile Accidentally Posts Secret iPhone 3G S Specs  —  Apple has flatly refused to tell anyone just what chips lie inside the iPhone 3G S. In fact, while Apple insists that the “s” in 3G S stands for speed, it could equally well stand for secrecy.  But T-Mobile in the Netherlands apparently …
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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.
AnandTech:
The iPhone 3GS Hardware Exposed & Analyzed
Discussion: Ubergizmo, Touch Arcade and VentureBeat
Anil Dash:
Exclusive: The Future of Facebook Usernames  —  A small number of super-geeky obsessives is abuzz over the upcoming launch of Facebook Usernames, an exciting new feature that will let you put some parts of your name into a web address.  —  Since its announcement yesterday …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Vanity URLs: Journalists Don't Have To Wait In Line  —  Friday night is the Facebook vanity URL landrush (first reported on May 31, announced yesterday officially).  At 9:01 pm PST on Friday, just log into Facebook and grab the name you want before someone else does.
Discussion: The Blog Herald, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Microsoft will soon unveil free anti-virus software  —  * Will soon put beta version on website  —  * Company employees testing it internally  —  * Shares rise 2.1 percent (Adds Symantec comment, updates shares)  —  BOSTON, June 10 (Reuters) Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) …
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
China's computers at hacking risk  —  Every PC in China could be at risk of being taken over by malicious hackers because of flaws in compulsory government software.  —  The potential faults were brought to light by Chinese computer experts who said the flaw could lead to a “large-scale disaster”.
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Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
“All new computers are required to wear condoms....”
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
IAC's Diller: The iPhone is our crystal ball  —  NEW YORK—Barry Diller doesn't want to predict the future.  —  “I'm not a great predictor of these things,” the IAC/InterActiveCorp CEO said onstage at his Wednesday keynote for the Advertising 2. conference, when interviewer …
Discussion: Business Week, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Interview: Part II: Barry Diller: 'The Business Model For Content …
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
The Google Wave Highlight Reel  —  We haven't been invited to try out Google Wave (yet? pretty please Mister Google?), but based on the 80-minute demonstration video, we're jazzed about it.  Don't have 80 minutes?  These eight 30-60 second clips highlight the best parts of Google Wave.
WordPress:
2.8 Release Jazzes Themes and Widgets  —  Filed under Releases.  —  I'm very excited to announce to everyone that the latest and greatest version of WordPress, version 2.8 “Baker,” is immediately available for download.  2.8 represents a nice fit and finish release for WordPress with improvements …
Discussion: The Blog Herald, Blogging Pro and Mashable!, Thanks:labnol
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Next-generation iPhone game Doom Resurrection debuting next week  —  One of the true next-generation games on the iPhone debuts next week.  Doom Resurrection from id Software will be available in the AppStore to give gamers what they've been waiting for: much better 3-D graphics than most first-generation iPhone games.
Discussion: Kotaku, MacRumors and Ubergizmo
BillShrink Guy / Shrinkage Is Good:
Total Cost of Ownership: iPhone 3G S versus Palm Pre versus Android G1  —  With the recent release information on Apple's new iPhone 3GS and Palm's venture back into the market with their highly anticipated Pre, there are more legitimate smartphone options than ever.
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 …
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.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Lightning Strike Triggers Amazon EC2 Outage  —  Some customers of Amazon's EC2 cloud computing service were offline for more than four hours Wednesday night after an electrical storm damaged power equipment at one of the company's data centers.  The problems began at about 6:30 pm Pacific time …
Discussion: GigaOM
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Looking Forward To Streaming Live Video From Your iPhone 3G S?  Not So Fast.  —  There's a poorly kept secret in Silicon Valley: A lot of people are using their iPhones to stream live video over the web.  The reason this is kept secret is because technically, no one is supposed to have such an app on their iPhone.
Discussion: MobileCrunch
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 …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
The iPhone User Interface Stencil Kit  —  As an illustrator and UI designer, this is one of the most beautiful iPhone-related products I've ever seen: A stainless steel stencil kit to quickly draw iPhone applications user interfaces.  It even comes with a Zebra mechanical pencil.  —  I want it badly.
Discussion: iLounge, Macworld, techeblog.com and TUAW
Rita Chang / AdAge:
Is That an Ad for Facebook?  —  Sprint, Dell Among the Marketers Devoting Their Ad Time to the Social-Networking Brand  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AdAge.com) — Lots of brands are giving Facebook a lot of face time in their advertising lately.  —  In a TV spot unveiled over the weekend to launch the Palm Pre …
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?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Massive Layoffs Coming To MySpace - 25% Or More May Be Cut  —  MySpace is about to have a major wave of layoffs, according to multiple sources close to the company.  One source describes the number of people affected as “massive”, while another source says that the layoffs will likely affect between 300 and 500 employees.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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! …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Matching IDs suggest fake matte iPhones may not have been so fake  —  You'd think — starting from the moment you saw the glossy sheen of the iPhone 3G S to the waning seconds of this year's WWDC keynote when you realized that there would be no magical second model announced …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and MacRumors
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Declares Quarterly Dividend; Board of Directors Proposes New Shareholder Right  —  Dividend of $0.13 per share payable in September; board passes resolution recommending that shareholders representing at least 25 percent of shares can call special meetings.
Discussion: TechFlash and The Microsoft Blog
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Twitter Bumps Ceiling  —  It had to happen, and it has.  Twitter's unbelievable growth numbers have flatlined, or even gone down, if you look at Quantcast (the site is not Quantified).  —  This was predictable, given all the media hype and new folks, and the very real newbie problem I outlined in this post last month.
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Web inventor takes data to Downing St  —  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 for the widest possible group of people …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and broadstuff
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook bans scammy ad networks but problems persist  —  On Monday, Facebook banned SocialHour and SocialReach, two of the larger advertising networks on its developer platform.  A main reason: These companies were running banner advertisements within applications that purported …
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
 
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Jeff Martin / USA Today:
Facebook removes purported page of S.D. Powerball winner
Rakesh Agrawal / SnapStream's ‘TV Searcher’ Blog:
Analyzing trends on TV with SnapStream TV Trends
Discussion: NewTeeVee and TechCrunch
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Google takes its map cam for a spin on biking, hiking trails
Discussion: Switched, The Map Room and Lost Remote
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Now Testing High-Volume iPhone Push Notifications With AIM
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google unfazed by 3 US government inquiries
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple stores to open 8 a.m., AT&T stores 7 a.m. for iPhone 3G S
Discussion: CNET News and Technologizer
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Fleishman / Macworld:
iPhone 3G S features 7.2 Mbps, AT&T's network doesn't
Discussion: dailywireless.org and PC World
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: I4U News, FierceVoIP and Skype Journal
AppleInsider:
Apple stores holding fire sales on last-gen Mac notebooks