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11:40 PM ET, June 17, 2009

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
New iPhone Is Better Model — Or Just Get OS 3.0  —  Apple Inc.'s iPhone has been a smashing success, redefining the smart-phone market and creating a new hand-held computing platform that has attracted over 50,000 third-party apps, or software programs, in less than a year.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone 3G S review  —  If it ain't broke, don't fix it — right?  We know countless reviews of the iPhone 3G S may begin with that cliché, but there's little chance you'd find a better way to describe the strategy that Apple has just put into play with its latest smartphone.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Apple Fills in Some Gaps With Latest iPhone  —  Assessing the 2007 and 2008 iPhone models was an excruciating experience.  You were torn in half — between your heart and your head.  —  Your emotions were swept away by everything Apple does so well: beauty, polish, elegance, simplicity and the thrill of interaction.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
iPhone 3G S Is Slick, Here's the First Hands-on Vid to Prove It
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com and Gizmodo
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3.0 Upgrade Process Deactivating Some Phones From AT&T (Update: Working Now)  —  We just got a load of tips from readers that the iPhone 3.0 update is sending their iPhone 3Gs into an unrecoverable mode where the activation process won't complete.  —  The message above is the one iTunes spits …
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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Enable tethering shortcut found - iPhone 3.0 is Live!  —  iPhone 3.0 is live! so we are going to repost our tethering tutorial with some big improvements.  You now don't have to do any downgrading or torrenting.  Seems you can just run a little command in terminal (Make sure you are on OS 3.0 on a 3G iPhone and iTunes 8.2):
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
iPhone 3.0 Software Walkthrough  —  Waiting to download iPhone 3.0?  Trying to figure out exactly what's included in the new OS?  Wondering what's changed since iPhone 2.2.1?  Need a handy link to send your friends who may have questions?  TiPb's got your back with our complete iPhone 3.0 Software Walkthrough.
comScore, Inc.:
Bing Continues to Show Growth in Search Activity, According to comScore  —  Microsoft Sees Gains in U.S. Searcher Penetration and Share of Search Result Pages During the Second Week of Bing's Debut  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Offers Its Favorite Subscribers A Cheaper Upgrade To iPhone 3G S  —  Apple's iPhone carrier AT&T (T) has changed its mind and will offer more “eligible” subscribers a cheaper upgrade to Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 3G S. That price will be $199 or $299, depending on capacity — erasing a $200 premium.
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
AT&T using 802.21 for iPhone 3G-Wifi handoffs?  —  It looks like AT&T might be using the 802.21 protocol to relax the pressure put on their 3G network by the iPhone.  The new iPhone 3.0 OS software contains the ability for iPhones to autoswitch from 3G to Wifi when an AT&T Wifi network is in range, without user intervention.
Discussion: AT&T, MacRumors, TUAW and Gizmodo
Business Week:
Iran's Twitter Revolution?  Maybe Not Yet  —  Some Iranian election protesters used Twitter to get people on the streets, but most of the organizing happened the old-fashioned way  —  Media across the globe have been focusing on a “Twitter Revolution” in Iran as hundreds of thousands …
Discussion: CBS News and Gawker
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Data: Iranians turning to Facebook during crisis
Discussion: Time, PJNet, TED Blog and New York Times
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Iranians find ways to bypass Net censors
Discussion: Guardian and The Huffington Post
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Fires Back At Bing, Launches “Explore Google Search”  —  I wrote earlier that it was probably driving Google crazy to see people “amazed” that Bing is doing stuff that Google itself has long offered.  Now Google's fighting back.  The first shot?  A new Explore Google Search page.
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Facebook hit by privacy blow  —  European privacy regulators could be about to throw a spanner into the works of attempts by social networking sites such as Facebook to find new ways to increase profits as they try to restrict the way internet groups release personal data.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp May Dissolve Fox Interactive, Fire 300 More (NWS)  —  By Fall, there will be no such thing as the brand Fox Interactive, a source close to News Corp (NWS) digital execs tells us.  —  Reached, a FIM spokesperson confirmed News Corp is “examining Fox Interactive Media and its role …
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Paul Carr / Guardian:
And we'll tweet at the end of the tour  —  Episode 32: In which I attend Jeff Pulver's 140 Characters conference and pay tribute to the brilliance of his no-connectivity plan  —  I'm trying to imagine how it happened.  The point at which, perhaps three weeks ago, Jeff Pulver convened …
Discussion: 1938 Media, Jerusalem Post and MyFox DC
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Private Equity and Venture Capital To Be Regulated  —  President Obama today will propose an overhaul of the financial regulatory system, and the WaPo has obtained an 85-page white paper that lays out the specifics.  The net result will be three new federal bureaucracies (four created, one erased).
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Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
The Daily Start-Up: Obama Calls For Regulation Of Venture Capital
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechFlash
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
MobileMe pushes out new Find My iPhone, Remote Wipe service  —  Announced at WWDC, Apple's new Find My iPhone and Remote Wipe services went online today with the warning that high traffic to the site might slow or prevent access for users trying it out on launch day.
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Google's Sergey Brin spills on the secrets of a nimble giant  —  Technology companies usually get slower as they get bigger - so why is Google as fast as ever?  Co-founder Sergey Brin tells Jemima Kiss how size can make for innovation  —  It was Rupert Murdoch who summed up success …
Discussion: Gawker
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Congressman Files Bill to Stop Tiered Broadband Pricing  —  Updated: Rep. Eric Massa (D-Corning) today introduced legislation that would force Internet Service Providers that want to implement usage-based pricing plans to go through several regulatory hurdles, including public hearings, to determine if such pricing is anti-competitive.
John Cook / Gawker:
Is the Associated Press Aiding Iranian Censorship?  —  Trying to report from a country like Iran under state-mandated censorship is hard.  The Associated Press is making it harder by caving to the demands of the Iranian regime and refusing to allow its Iranian subscribers to use this photo.
Discussion: Media Decoder
Bill Calder / Technology@Intel:
Intel's New Brand Structure Explained  —  Over the last year or so, Intel has been quietly working behind the scenes taking a hard look at our brand structure and exploring ways to make it more rational and easier to understand.  The fact of the matter is, we have a complex structure …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Former Softie to take real-time social-search startup public  —  Ken Moss, a former General Manager of Microsoft Search, is set to take his new “social search” startup public on June 18, if all goes as planned.  —  Moss' new venture, a company known as CrowdEye, has been in quiet mode for the past nine months.
Discussion: CNET News and TechFlash
New York Times:
E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency is facing renewed scrutiny over the extent of its domestic surveillance program, with critics in Congress saying its recent intercepts of the private telephone calls and e-mail messages of Americans …
Matthew Miller / Smartphones and Cell Phones:
T-Mobile announces Dash 3G and confirms 2nd Android announcement  —  One of the more impressive devices I had a chance to see at CTIA in April was the HTC Snap.  Today T-Mobile USA announced that the HTC Snap will be coming to T-Mobile as the T-Mobile Dash 3G and serve as the successor to the very popular T-Mobile Dash.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Is Now Resorting To Selling Killer Domain Names On The Cheap  —  No sooner do we finish writing up Yahoo deadpooling yep another project, Gallery, do we get a tip that Yahoo apparently has another money saving/making plan: Selling off domains it owns.  That's exactly what it has done …
Michael Hirschorn / The Atlantic Online:
The Newsweekly's Last Stand  —  NEWSWEEK'S RECENT DECISION to get out of the news-digesting business and reposition itself as a high-end magazine selling in-depth commentary and reportage follows Time magazine's emergency retrenchment along similar lines.  It accelerates a process …
Erik Larkin / PC World:
Buy an Infected PC for 5 cents  —  It doesn't take much to get started in Internet crime these days.  Find the right site, hand over $50, and you can start wreaking havoc with 1,000 already-infected PCs.  —  Finjan, a San Jose, CA security company, looked into the “Golden Cash” site …
 
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Amy Farnsworth / Christian Science Monitor:
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Discussion: Techdirt
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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John Horrigan / Pew Internet:
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why Advertising Isn't That Important to YouTube
Discussion: NewTeeVee and E-Commerce Times
Jose Vilches / TechSpot:
Firefox 3.5 arriving this month, RC available now
Discussion: Mozilla, InformationWeek and Mashable!
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Google: We want Chrome to grow the Web
Brad Stone / Bits:
MLB.com Streams Live Baseball Games to the iPhone
Microsoft Office Outlook Team Blog:
Google Apps Sync Disables Outlook Search