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11:05 PM ET, June 11, 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
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.
Julie Ziegler / Bloomberg:
Zipcar Seeks IPO as Once ‘Wacky’ Car-Sharing Gains  —  Zipcar Inc., the world's largest car-sharing company, is gearing up to publicly sell shares in 2010 as it fends off rivals such as Hertz Global Holdings Inc.  —  The company, which has grown from a single lime-green VW Bug to a fleet of 6,500 autos …
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John Carney / Clusterstock:
Media Brawl Breaks Out Over Zipcar IPO Story (UPDATED)
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Gerald Magpily / Dealscape:
Zipcar: ‘no immediate plans to go public’
Discussion: Autopia, DailyFinance and DealBook
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
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.
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: ReadWriteStart and building43
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.
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 …
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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.
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Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Yahoo Names Timothy Morse CFO (YHOO)
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Archos launch 9" Windows 7 Tablet UMPC  —  [This post is updating with info from the live press conference.  There's a live discussion going on from the event here.  Thanks to @charbax and ArchosFans for the live feed.  Charbax will be posting video from the event and archosfans.com later.]
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
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel adds dual-core Celeron CPUs into ultra-thin notebook lineup  —  Intel recently added two dual-core CPUs into its CULV platform targeting entry-level ultra-thin notebooks - the Celeron 740 and SU2300, according to sources at notebook makers.  —  The Celeron 740 and SU2300 CPUs feature core frequencies …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Simon & Schuster to Sell Digital Books on Scribd.com  —  In another sign that book publishers are looking to embrace alternatives to Amazon.com's Kindle e-book store, Simon & Schuster has agreed to sell digital copies of its books on Scribd.com, a popular document-sharing Web site.
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 …
 
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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
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google recaptures $761 from Facebook nemesis
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Liza Porteus Viana / Intellectual Property Watch:
Copyright Holders Acknowledge Losing Battle For Public Consciousness …
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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, Engadget and Mashable!
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Palm Pre is good, but it's no iPhone
Discussion: MacDailyNews and WebOS Arena
Royal Pingdom:
Ten of the coolest and most powerful supercomputers of all time
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Stephen Baker / Business Week:
A Bull Market in Social Entrepreneurs
Discussion: Blogspotting
Tom Vanderbilt / New York Times:
Data Center Overload