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8:20 AM ET, June 11, 2009

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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.
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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 …
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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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) …
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 …
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 …
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....”
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Three strikes: time to stop betting on a house of cards  —  French judges have rejected a 'three strikes and you're out' law aimed at filesharers - which should give other governments pause for thought  —  Internet users around the world should be cheering the news that French judges …
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Robert X. Cringely / I, Cringely:
Atomic Warfare  —  Intel last week bought for $884 million Wind River Systems, a venerable embedded operating system company — yet another of the chip giant's recent forays into software.  The reason for this purchase is both simple and grand — to help Intel vertically integrate and to further its Linux ambitions.
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.
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
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
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 …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Twitter Tracker Returns to Conan and Gets its Own Website  —  Conan O'Brien is apparently keen on making Twitter a part of The Tonight Show - at least in a satirical kind of way.  Tuesday night's episode saw the return of the “Twitter Tracker” sketch that debuted last week, featuring more made up …
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 …
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
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Advanced Search Options in Picasa Web Albums  —  Picasa Web's search feature has been improved and you can now filter search results: choose an aspect ratio (landscape, portrait, panorama), select a size (small, medium, large or extra large), filter videos and view the files that are licensed using Creative Commons.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
John Ribeiro / Network World:
Dell bundling open source applications for SMBs  —  The company has already developed an open source software bundle for the retail industry  —  Dell is planning to offer small and medium businesses globally preconfigured bundles of hardware and open source software to run their businesses, according to an executive at the company.
Steven Walling / ReadWriteWeb:
Kiva Now Allows You to Invest in US Small Businesses  —  Today, the much-lauded microlender Kiva announced it will begin a pilot program of loans to U.S. small enterprise.  Kiva began in Africa, and after four years has since expanded to 44 countries, mostly in the developing world.
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Smartphone Roulette  —  The market for business apps is booming, but business-software makers face make-or-break choices among BlackBerry, Apple's iPhone, Palm, and others  —  When Pyxis Mobile began selling business software for mobile phones in 2004, there were only a couple of major alternatives …
Tom Vanderbilt / New York Times:
Data Center Overload  —  It began with an Xbox game.  —  On a recent rainy evening in Brooklyn, I was at a friend's house playing (a bit sheepishly, given my incipient middle age) Call of Duty: World at War.  Scrolling through the game's menus, I noticed a screen for Xbox Live …
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
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Now Testing High-Volume iPhone Push Notifications With AIM  —  Apple today invited a number of its iPhone OS 3.0 beta users to participate in a second high-volume test of Apple's Push Notifications system.  This round of testing will use a developer preview of AOL's AIM instant messaging application …
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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Marla Aaron / IAB:
Ad-Supported Internet Contributes $300 Billion to U.S. Economy …
Discussion: Google Public Policy Blog and PC World, Thanks:atul
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook bans scammy ad networks but problems persist
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Rita Chang / AdAge:
Is That an Ad for Facebook?  —  Sprint, Dell Among …
Jeff Martin / USA Today:
Facebook removes purported page of S.D. Powerball winner
Microsoft:
Microsoft Declares Quarterly Dividend; Board of Directors Proposes …
Discussion: TechFlash and The Microsoft Blog
Rakesh Agrawal / SnapStream's ‘TV Searcher’ Blog:
Analyzing trends on TV with SnapStream TV Trends
Discussion: TechCrunch and NewTeeVee
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Google takes its map cam for a spin on biking, hiking trails
Discussion: The Map Room, Switched and Lost Remote
 Earlier Items: 
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Twitter Bumps Ceiling
Glenn Fleishman / Macworld:
iPhone 3G S features 7.2 Mbps, AT&T's network doesn't
Discussion: dailywireless.org and PC World
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Web inventor takes data to Downing St
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and broadstuff
AppleInsider:
Apple stores holding fire sales on last-gen Mac notebooks