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2:30 PM ET, June 12, 2009

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BBC:
No browser in Windows 7 in EU  —  European buyers of Windows 7 will have to download and install a web browser for themselves.  —  Bowing to European competition rules, Microsoft Windows 7 will ship without Internet Explorer.  —  The company said it would make it easy for PC makers and users …
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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission statement on Microsoft Internet Explorer announcement … The European Commission notes with interest Microsoft's announcement of its plans for Windows 7, and in particular of the apparent separation of Internet Explorer (IE) from Windows in the EEA.
Google Mobile Blog:
Snack time with the new iGoogle for Android and iPhone  —  We like iGoogle because it lets us “snack” on interesting information all day long.  We can read a little bit of news here and there, glance at finance portfolios, take a look at the weather forecast, and then do a Google search.
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Yet Another Mobile iGoogle
Discussion: Softpedia News and IntoMobile
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Verifying Accounts Without Actually Verifying Them  —  It looks like Twitter has just rolled out its verified accounts.  As you can seeing on Michael's personal account, there's a “Verified Account” logo right above his name.  Twitter has previously announced that it was going to do this …
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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.
Todd Wilder / Apple:
Safari 4 Downloads Top 11 Million in Three Days  —  Apple® today announced that more than 11 million copies of Safari® 4 have been downloaded in the first three days of its release, including more than six million downloads of Safari for Windows.  Safari 4 is the world's fastest …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Sells $3 Million Of Computers For Dell  —  Who knew that Dell had 600,000 Twitter followers?  In any event...the company has apparently tweeted its way to $3 million in sales over the past two years, including $1 million in the last 6 months.  —  That's chicken feed for Dell, of course.
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DELL-Stefanie N / Direct2Dell:
@DellOutlet Surpasses $2 Million on Twitter  —  There was some buzz back in December around Dell generating over $1 million in revenue by posting offers and responding to questions on Twitter.com/DellOutlet— there's still mention of it on Twitter even today.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Vanity URLs Will be Available to Pages With Under 1,000 Fans in 2 Weeks  —  The Facebook username landrush starts tonight at 12:01am EDT, and with it comes potentially the best one-time opportunity for businesses to improve their Facebook identity and SEO by getting a good Facebook vanity URL.
Discussion: All Facebook and Screenwerk
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Palm Pixie Is Real, But May Never Come To Market  —  Lots of excitement today over a second Palm WebOS device now that the Pre has launched.  The only problem is that none of this is news.  We broke the story about the device, code named Pixie, on April 29.  A day later we had the Pixie name and additional details.
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
How Facebook Uses Your “Skipped” Webmail Contacts  —  Yesterday, Facebook suggested two people to me through its “Suggestions” feature which usually includes friends of friends, co-workers and people I used to go to school with.  The odd thing about these two suggestions was that although …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
New study shows iPhone users to be in a class by themselves  —  iPhone users are richer, younger, and perhaps even more productive at work than those who use competing smartphones, according to a new study released Friday.  —  The study ($750 fee) from independent market analysis company …
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Forrester Research
Wall Street Journal:
Tax Man's Target: The Mobile Phone  —  The use of company-issued mobile phones could trigger new federal income taxes on millions of Americans as a “fringe benefit,” spurring efforts by the wireless industry and others to kill the idea.  —  The Internal Revenue Service proposed …
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Chris Morris / CNBC.com:
PlayStation Prez On Leaks  —  You have to feel bad for Sony.  By any normal standards, the company's press conference at E3 should have had jaws on the floor.  —  A new portable gaming system.  A motion sensing game controller.  A greatly increased focus on digital distribution.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Is In Far Worse Shape Than Its New Executives Thought  —  Running MySpace, new CEO Owen Van Natta and News Corp. (NWS) digital head Jon Miller are beginning to realize they have taken on a much bigger challenge on than they initially thought, sources close to both executives tell us.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
Nikon Rumors:
Nikon D300s LCD screen leaked?  —  Should I say BREAKING NEWS: I just received this - a picture of Nikon D300s LCD screen?  —  The image was taken from an official Nikon USA site.  Note also the date: May 14, 2009 - this picture is new!  —  Update: note also the SD card logo …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Next Week, Opera Claims It Will “Reinvent The Web”  —  We've heard the phrase ‘reinventing the web’ too many times already, so we're wary of Opera's claims, but this made us curious anyhow.  The browser maker has just unveiled Opera 10 in beta, so it could be taking the wraps off the product and taking it public rather quickly.
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
Open letter to Microsoft: It's time for a single version of Windows  —  An Open Letter to Microsoft:  —  Windows XP did a great thing.  It united two operating systems - the Windows 9x codebase and the Windows NT codebase (including Windows 2000).  I would argue that the move to unify …
Discussion: Electronista
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Zynga Could IPO In 18 Months  —  A source close to social games maker Zynga tells us that the widely-circulated estimate of its projected revenues for 2009, about $100 million, is “conservative.”  —  It wasn't the first time we heard it.  So when a Silicon Valley executive who interviewed …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Best Buy to offer Apple's iPhone 3G S with insurance  —  Those who want added protection for their new iPhone 3G S units on launch day will have the option of queuing up at Best Buy to purchase both Apple's device as well as a rare accident insurance plan, albeit one which may cost almost as much as the phone itself.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Macsimum News
Charbax / ArchosFans.com:
Video of the Archos 9 pctablet  —  Here is a HD quality close-up look at the Archos 9 PC tablet device as shown at the Archos Event in Paris which was also live streamed and which is now available as a recording at  —  Videos of the Archos 10S, Archos 13 and some talk about the Archos Android device/devices …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
OS X Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7: The Final Countdown  —  It's easier than ever to pit Windows 7 and OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard head-to-head: They're launching soon, both within a month of each other—and both are basically glorified service packs of the current OS.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flowgram Was Cool.  Now It's Dead  —  Well, this is a bummer.  Flowgram, a promising startup that launched last July, is a goner.  —  The service let users create screencasts with live websites, and the early beta users really liked it: … But this evening founder Abhay Parekh sent …
 
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The Daily Start-Up: Biz Grads Keep Pouring Into Venture Capital
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Mozilla takes Jetpack back to the future with v.2 release
Discussion: AppScout
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Wall Street not fully appreciating Apple's notebook price cuts
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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