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5:30 PM ET, June 12, 2009

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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.
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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: The Register, Apple 2.0 and VentureBeat
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
AT&T Says Forget About Cheaper Data Rates For The iPhone 3G S
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.
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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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Moves Up The Twitpocalypse.  All Hell May Break Loose Today.  —  Twitter users, the Twitpocalypse is upon us.  —  Twitpocalypse is the name given to a bug that's about to be exposed.  Apparently, it's similar to the Y2K bug in its nature, and stems from the fact that every tweet sent out has a unique numeric identifier.
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.
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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.
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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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
When the Cell Phone Is the Office Phone, Taxing It Is Wrong
Discussion: Mobile Messaging 2.0
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 …
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
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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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Social game company Zynga says it's not planning for IPO  —  Rumors circulated earlier today that leading social game company Zynga could have an initial public offering within 18 months.  Here's what chief executive Mark Pincus says in response: “Zynga is a young company focused …
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:   Zynga Could IPO In 18 Months
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
RSS Feeds Nielsen Online Ire, Glitch Inflated Times, USA Today, Fox Numbers  —  RSS is an acronym that stands for the online publishing term really simple syndication, but it recently proved to be anything but simple for online audience researcher Nielsen.  In an especially embarrassing glitch …
Discussion: Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Thanks:atul
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.
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
HTC Snap Available For Sprint Users  —  The smartphone has an “Inner Circle” button designed to open a filtered in-box that only shows messages from predetermined contacts.  —  HTC's Snap smartphone is now available for Sprint Nextel customers, and it's designed to keep mobile professionals connected on the go.
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
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.
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 …
Guardian:
Hundreds of jobs on the line as MySpace considers cuts  —  Struggling social networking site considers closing offices in San Francisco and Europe - and could announce a decision as early as next week  —  MySpace is considering closing down a number of offices around the world as it attempts …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorry, There's No Way To Save The TV Business  —  The traditional TV industry—cable companies, networks, and broadcasters—is where the newspaper industry was about five years ago:  —  In denial.  —  There are murmurings on the edges about how longstanding business models will come under pressure …
Thanks:atul
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: Engadget and Electronista
 
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Robert D. Hof / Business Week:
Google's Grab for the Display Ad Market
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Harichandan Arakali / Bloomberg:
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New York Times:
China's Computer Folly
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm: 100,000 Pre Units Shipped So Far, Analyst Says
Discussion: Electronista
Chana R. Schoenberger / Forbes:
In Tokyo, A Rare Incubator For Startups
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flowgram Was Cool. Now It's Dead