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5:40 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.
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 …
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Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
Green Dam definitively blocks political sites - and creates security breach
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
Aaron Wall / SEO Book.com:
What Does $14 Million Worth of PageRank Look Like?  —  From Hitwise: … Not to mention the link equity, eh?  —  Not a bad strategy there Systemax.  That traffic is cheaper than AdWords, will pay for itself in less than a year, and since they are a corporation the Google rankings + traffic will stick.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
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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Julie Ziegler / Bloomberg:
Zipcar Seeks IPO as Once ‘Wacky’ Car-Sharing Gains
Discussion: VentureBeat and AutoblogGreen
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).
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
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Guardian, Profy, The Tech Report and TechVi
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 …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Spear-Phishing Gang Resurfaces, Nets Big Catch  —  A prolific phishing gang known for using sophisticated and targeted e-mail attacks to siphon cash from small to mid-sized business bank accounts appears to be back in operation after more than a 5-month hiatus, security experts warn.
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Cable group turns net neutrality around over ISP access fees  —  Here's an issue that will probably keep the telecom lawyers growling at each other for just a decade or so.  The American Cable Association has asked the Federal Communications Commission to stop Internet video content providers …
Discussion: Reuters and digg.com
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.
GamePolitics News:
Sen. Orrin Hatch Calls Pirate Bay Case a Win, Slams Canada Over Copyright Issues  —  Influential Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) referred to a Swedish court's recent conviction of the operators of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay as “important” and a “victory.”  He also reiterated Congressional claims …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Confusion expected as analog TV broadcasts end  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Starting in the morning and going into the night, TV stations across the U.S. planned to cut their analog signals Friday, ending a six-decade era for the technology and likely stranding more than 1 million unprepared homes without TV service.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.  Even though the industry can't beat the extraordinary numbers it turned out a year ago, it's not quite time to panic.  The recession is a drag, but the blockbusters for this year …
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 …
 
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Frank Reed / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Areas of Ad Spend Drop 14% in First Quarter
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Researching Methods for Facilitating Emergency Phone Calls
Discussion: I4U News
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Last.fm founders look to work together on new internet start-up
Discussion: p2pnet
 Earlier Items: 
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google recaptures $761 from Facebook nemesis
Chris Savarese / AOL Corporate:
AOL Acquires Two Local Services, Patch and Going
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
 

 
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
In an email to staff, Telegraph editor Chris Evans says Rob Winnett has decided to stay at Telegraph and will not join the Washington Post

Tim Marchman / Wired:
Perplexity closely summarized a Wired story about Perplexity allegedly scraping parts of websites blocked by developers; experts are mixed on the legal impacts

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