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1:20 AM ET, June 12, 2009

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Mscorp / Microsoft On The Issues:
Working to Fulfill our Legal Obligations in Europe for Windows 7  —  Vice President and Deputy General Counsel  —  [Update to my original post earlier today below - I've added more historical context for readers who might be new to the issue - D.H.]  —  Earlier today CNET reported …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Europe to get Windows 7 sans browser  —  Microsoft plans to remove Internet Explorer from the versions of Windows 7 that it ships in Europe, CNET News has learned.  —  Reacting to antitrust concerns expressed by European regulators, Microsoft plans to offer a version in Europe that has the browser removed.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
EU responds to Microsoft's browser move  —  The European Commission on Thursday responded with a mixed assessment of Microsoft's move to strip Internet Explorer out of European versions of Windows 7.  —  As first reported by CNET News, Microsoft has been telling PC makers of its plan …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile's Samsung Bigfoot  —  One of our trusty ninjas just hit us up with the above photo of Samsung's Bigfoot Android device slated to hit T-Mobile USA this summer.  We've been told it will rock a 3 megapixel camera, be a UMTS/HSDPA device, and sport a 3.0″ capacitive AMOLED touch screen display.
John Carney / Clusterstock:
Media Brawl Breaks Out Over Zipcar IPO Story (UPDATED)  —  Yesterday Bloomberg put out the story headlined “Zipcar Seeks IPO as Once 'Wacky Car-Sharing Gains.”  —  But now a fight has broken out about whether the company is actually seeking an IPO.  —  A spokesperson for the car-sharing rental company …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
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Gerald Magpily / Dealscape:
Zipcar: ‘no immediate plans to go public’
Discussion: Autopia, DailyFinance and DealBook
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Scoble's Building 43 Launching Tonight With Practical Tips For Businesses Stuck In The 90's  —  Tonight sees the launch of Robert Scoble's newest project, Building43, an online community that he's building in partnership with web-hosting provider Rackspace (we're having them over to celebrate with us at our birthday party).
Discussion: building43 and ReadWriteStart
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
New screenshot gallery shows more polished Snow Leopard  —  A new and extensive screenshot gallery taken from the near feature-complete build of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard distributed at this week's Apple developers conference shows off a more polished operating system nearing its final stretch of development.
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David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:   Snow Leopard Takes a Page From the App Store Playbook
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Twitter Launches Verified Accounts  —  Twitter launched the first phase of its Verified Accounts program moments ago, meaning that celebrities, musicians, athletes, actors, public officials and public agencies on the service can now display a “verified account” button on their Twitter pages.
Discussion: TechCrunch and TheNextWeb.com
Frank Ohlhorst / PC World:
Will Microsoft's Free Antivirus App be Worth the Price?  —  Microsoft is getting ready to offer Windows users a free antivirus product (code name Morro), something it should have built into one of its operating systems a long time ago.  But, of course, Microsoft never makes things simple.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
How Intuit managed to hold off Microsoft  —  The defeat of Microsoft Money at the hands of Intuit's Quicken marks a rare chapter in the annals of software history.  —  Intuit is one of the few companies to take Microsoft head-on on its home turf—packaged software—and come out on top.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Free Anonymous BitTorrent Becomes Reality With BitBlinder  —  A question which regularly pops up in the TorrentFreak mailbox is “How do hide myself online?  How can I get free anonymous BitTorrent?”  Our answer is usually something along the lines of “Free anonymous BitTorrent isn't really a reality right now.
Discussion: digg.com
Sophos:
More Mac OS X malware discovered  —  Mac malware can seem like buses - you see none for ages and then two come along at once.  —  Last night, SophosLabs was sent a message containing what claimed to be the “SRC CoDE of new Macintosh Worm” and so our Canadian labs released OSX/Tored-Fam …
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
More Ways to Sell Out of Your Startup Stock  —  Startup executives and employees haven't had it easy cashing out of their private company stock since the IPO and M&A markets, which typically provide “liquidity” and a route to riches, have been relatively moribund in recent years.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
YouTube Adds Facebook Connect  —  Talk about a big fish ... today YouTube announced that they are now supporting Facebook Connect.  While there was a previous YouTube campaign which integrated Facebook Connect, this is the first official implementation.  In a blog post on the Facebook developer blog …
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
The many ways to access Wolfram Alpha  —  Say what you will about Wolfram Alpha, the creators are hard at work trying to drum up interest in the site.  —  On Tuesday, the WA crew launched a number of updates to its service, some of which I tested.  Now the team's Thursday blog points you to the many …
Discussion: Macworld and Wolfram
The University of Michigan:
Analysis of the Green Dam Censorware System  —  Scott Wolchok, Randy Yao, and J. Alex Halderman  —  Computer Science and Engineering Division  —  The University of Michigan … Introduction  —  Accordingly to recent news reports (NYT, WSJ), the Chinese government has mandated that …
Discussion: Freedom to Tinker, BBC and Digits
Sysomos:
Inside Twitter  —  An In-Depth Look Inside the Twitter World  —  Alex Cheng, Mark Evans, and Harshdeep Singh  —  → Appendix for reference with complete list of graphs  —  Over the past few months, Twitter has experienced explosive growth, attracting celebrity users such as Oprah …
Discussion: Mark Evans, Twitterrati and TechCrunch
Chris Savarese / AOL Corporate:
AOL Acquires Two Local Services, Patch and Going  —  Acquisitions Add to AOL's Leading Network of Local Services with a Community-Specific News and Information Platform and a Local Event Platform  —  AOL today announced two acquisitions in the local space: Patch Media Corporation, http …
Alex Patriquin / Compete Blog:
Bing Attracts New Searchers, But So Far Only For a Trial  —  Unless you're completely new to the internet industry, or have been on vacation for the past two weeks, you've probably heard a lot about Bing, Microsoft's slick new search engine.  —  On June 1st, Microsoft officially launched Bing …
Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:
Dell hoarding $10 billion, rumored to be making big acquisition (maybe Palm?)  —  The Wall Street Journal reports that expectations are growing that Dell is about to make a major splash with a corporate acquisition.  —  While the smart money seems to be on Dell wanting to …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Video game sales still in a slump versus a year ago  —  Video game sales fell for the third straight month in May, as the industry just can't be the extraordinary numbers that it turned out a year ago.  It's not quite time to panic.  The recession is a drag, but the blockbusters for this year …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Industry Moves: Yahoo Picks Semiconductor Executive As CFO  —  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) has once again gone outside the company and the internet sector to find a top executive—naming Altera Corp. CFO Timothy Morse to be its new chief financial officer.  The announcement concludes a lengthy search to replace departing CFO Blake Jorgensen.
Celia McGee / New York Times:
Your Invitation Is Not in the Mail  —  IN Washington, the same week Barack Obama took office, a young staff member for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice enlisted Paperless Post, a new online stationery service, to help put together a going-away party for her boss.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Researching Methods for Facilitating Emergency Phone Calls  —  A patent application entitled Method and system for prolonging emergency calls, filed in December 2007 and disclosed today, reveals that Apple has been researching methods for facilitating emergency phone calls from the iPhone.
Discussion: I4U News
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Palm  —  Palm (PALM Quote) is apparently preparing Pixie, a lower-priced follow-up to its popular Pre phone.  —  The new phone is expected to be a candybar-shaped touchscreen device that would sell for $99, and it's aimed directly at the cheaper Apple (AAPL Quote) iPhone.
Frank Reed / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Areas of Ad Spend Drop 14% in First Quarter  —  As we rapidly approach the end of the second quarter of 2009 there is still news trickling in from what happened in Q1.  As suspected, that news is not good.  A study by TNS Media Intelligence was reported in today's WSJ and ad spend for media including TV …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Saul Hansell / Bits:
A New List of How Much AT&T Knows About You  —  These days AT&T knows a great deal about its customers: who they call, where they travel, what they watch on TV, what sites they visit on the Web.  It has taken a new shot at explaining to them what information it collects and why in a new privacy policy that it posted Thursday morning.
Discussion: AT&T, VentureBeat, Threat Level and mocoNews
 
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel adds dual-core Celeron CPUs into ultra-thin notebook lineup
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Ex-government cyber official, exec mulled for czar job
Discussion: eWeek
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Last.fm founders look to work together on new internet start-up
Discussion: p2pnet and TechCrunch
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Cable group turns net neutrality around over ISP access fees
Discussion: Reuters and digg.com
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Interoperability Pays Off for Microsoft, Novell
Discussion: The Register
 Earlier Items: 
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google recaptures $761 from Facebook nemesis
Discussion: BuzzMachine
MediaPost:
‘Twitter’ Makes AP Stylebook
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and Pat's Papers
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google Native Client grows out of research phase
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
SquareSpace isn't giving away new iPhones, exactly
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, TUAW, Mashable! and Engadget
Royal Pingdom:
Ten of the coolest and most powerful supercomputers of all time
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Where and When You Can Get the iPhone 3G S  —  The line starts …
Tom Vanderbilt / New York Times:
Data Center Overload