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6:20 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 right 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  —  It's undoubtedly Apple's week—the new iPhone firmware is due out today, and the new iPhone 3G S is in shops come Friday.  That limiting date hasn't stopped a Brazilian blog from getting hold of one and demoing it on video, though.
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com
USA Today:
Upgrade makes great iPhone even better
Discussion: AppleInsider and PC World
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 3.0 Is Out: Update Now  —  As expected, the new iPhone OS 3.0 is out.  You can click on the “Check for Update” button right now to get your iPhone updated.  If you used the pirated 3.0 golden master, this update is exactly the same: … When you are done, tell us your impressions.
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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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Bing: comScore sees Gains; Compete Sees Same Old, Same Old
Discussion: iTnews Australia and Mashable!
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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Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Change of plans: Apple stores to open at 7 a.m. Friday  —  Apple Stores will now open an hour earlier than planned on Friday when the iPhone 3G S goes on sale.  —  Doors will now open at 7 a.m. in all time zones instead of 8 a.m. as the company had previously stated.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Ars Technica, iLounge and MacNN
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Your iPhone 3G S Is Here. But You Can't Get It Until Friday.
Chris Anderson / TED Blog:
Q&A with Clay Shirky on Twitter and Iran  —  NYU professor Clay Shirky gave a fantastic talk on new media during our TED@State event earlier this month.  He revealed how cellphones, the web, Facebook and Twitter had changed the rules of the game, allowing ordinary citizens extraordinary new powers to impact real-world events.
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CBS News:
Iran Military Warns Online Media
Discussion: Gadgetell, Switched and AppScout
Lev Grossman / Time:
Iran's Protests: Why Twitter Is the Medium of the Movement
Discussion: PJNet
Microsoft Office Outlook Team Blog:
Google Apps Sync Disables Outlook Search  —  The Outlook team has recently been made aware of a serious bug / flaw with the recently announced Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook, and as a result we wanted to provide the Outlook user community with additional details around this problem as well as information on how to address it.
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Tim Anderson's ITWriting:   Google Apps add-on breaks Outlook features in email wars
Brad Stone / Bits:
MLB.com Streams Live Baseball Games to the iPhone  —  On Wednesday, Apple upgrades the iPhone with the 3.0 version of its operating system.  The new era could literally begin with a home run.  —  MLB.com, which sells the popular At Bat application for the iPhone and iPod Touch …
Arn / MacRumors:
First Videos and Photos Uploaded from iPhone 3G S?  —  The first YouTube videos claimed to have been recorded by the iPhone 3G S have started to appear.  The quality of the recording is, of course, also affected by YouTube's compression but should give a feel for what the device is capable of in casual usage:
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Maybe Google Isn't Losing Big Bucks on YouTube After All  —  Ever since Credit Suisse came out with a report in early April estimating that Google's YouTube will lose as much as $470 million this year, many people have been predicting the video sharing site is doomed and calling Google stupid for continuing to run it as is.
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why Advertising Isn't That Important to YouTube
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
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Phase 4 Of Facebook's Systematic Attack On Twitter: The Everyone Button  —  If you were to distill Facebook down to its core magic, you'd have Twitter's real time news stream with a really expensive-to-maintain photo site bolted on.  —  And while Twitter isn't exactly posing much of a current threat, Facebook isn't taking any chances.
Discussion: All Facebook and VentureBeat
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
“Unsupported Third-Party Digital Media Players.”  Hmm, Wonder Who That Could Pre...  Palm's Pre is the first non-Apple device to successfully link with iTunes in years.  And it may be the last.  On Tuesday, Apple issued an advisory warning that it does not support iTunes integration with third-party digital media players.
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
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 in the digital age when he said …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MySpace: After the Layoffs, Here's What's What and What's Next  —  Now what?  —  The party-all-night social-networking site that has been MySpace so far got a massive morning-after shock yesterday when 30 percent of its workforce-or 420 employees-was laid off.
John Horrigan / Pew Internet:
Home Broadband Adoption 2009  —  An April 2009 survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project shows 63% of adult Americans now have broadband internet connections at home, a 15% increases from a year earlier.  April's level of high-speed adoption represents a significant jump …
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 …
 
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