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12:20 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.
Associated Press:
E.U. Criticizes Microsoft Plan to Remove Browser  —  BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union regulators said Friday that Microsoft Corp. was offering less choice, not more, by vowing to sell the next version of Windows without any Web browsers at all.  —  Microsoft said Thursday that it would remove …
Discussion: Electronista
Mscorp / Microsoft On The Issues:
Working to Fulfill our Legal Obligations in Europe for Windows 7
Paul Meller / Computerworld:
Microsoft trying to set own antitrust remedy, says Opera CEO
Discussion: BetaNews, CNET News and Softpedia News
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Yet Another Mobile iGoogle
Discussion: Softpedia News and IntoMobile
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Verifying Accounts Without Actually Verifying Them
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.
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.
Discussion: Bits and AppScout
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DELL-Stefanie N / Direct2Dell:
@DellOutlet Surpasses $2 Million on Twitter
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Archos 9 UMPC video demo; Android PMP coming September
Discussion: ArchosFans.com and AndroidGuys
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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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.
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 …
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Scribd: An E-Book Upstart with Unlikely Fans  —  Digital book site Scribd is wooing big publishers by offering greater control and more revenue than Amazon  —  Watch the Video...  Last year author Bob Seidensticker flagged his publisher, Berrett-Koehler, that a digitized version …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Associated Press, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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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: Music Ally and digg.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Daily Show Rips The New York Times  —  The Daily Show does a much better job than I did ripping the New York Times. … (Here's the video on Comedy Central, for our international friends).  —  Crunch Network: CrunchBase the free database of technology companies, people, and investors
Discussion: Gawker
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
Sargund / Sargun's Blog:
Doom hack.  I've gotten PRDoom running on the device.  PRDoom is an open source doom clone that uses SDL for its rendering backend.  The Palm Pre's GUI, Luna, utilizes a framebuffer.  The SDL backend we used was directfb.  —  The Palm Pre's rootfs, based on openembedded, had directfb …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Your Facebook business name: Already reserved?  —  Facebook employees and tech journalists aren't the only ones whose names have been reserved ahead of the big Facebook vanity URL land grab that will open up at midnight Eastern time Saturday morning.  The company already has “tens of thousands” …
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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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
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Thanks:dmac1
LinuxDevices.com:
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Spear-Phishing Gang Resurfaces, Nets Big Catch
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Confusion expected as analog TV broadcasts end
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Bloomberg:
Rambus Says It Reaches Tentative Settlement With EU in Chip Antitrust Case
Celia McGee / New York Times:
Your Invitation Is Not in the Mail
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
More Ways to Sell Out of Your Startup Stock
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel adds dual-core Celeron CPUs into ultra-thin notebook lineup
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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