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3:40 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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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
iPhone 3G S Is Slick, Here's the First Hands-on Vid to Prove It
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com
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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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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Your iPhone 3G S Is Here. But You Can't Get It Until Friday.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Change of plans: Apple stores to open at 7 a.m. Friday
Discussion: MacNN
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: Mashable!
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:
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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New York Times:
With a Hint to Twitter, Washington Taps Into a Potent New Force in Diplomacy  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says it has tried to avoid words or deeds that could be portrayed as American meddling in Iran's presidential election and its tumultuous aftermath.
Discussion: InformationWeek and GMSV
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.
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Apple:
iTunes: About unsupported third-party digital media players
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 …
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
Kari Lee / Facebook Blog:
Look Who's Talking Now  —  Today, we're beginning to test new versions of Facebook Search with a small group — just a fraction of a percent of the people on Facebook.  Those of you in the test group will be able to find content from the people, organizations and public figures that matter to you as soon as they share it on Facebook.
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: VentureBeat and All Facebook
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.
CBS News:
Iran Military Warns Online Media  —  (CBS/AP) Last Updated 4:29 a.m. Eastern.  —  Iran's most powerful military force has warned online media of a crackdown over their coverage of the country's election crisis.  —  The Revolutionary Guards, an elite body answering to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei …
Discussion: Time, Gadgetell, Switched, AppScout and TEDChris
Matt Richtel / Bits:
IBM To Invest $100 Million In Cell Phone Research  —  IBM, long synonymous with the personal computer, hopes to become equally influential in the world of mobile computing.  —  The company plans to announce Wednesday a $100 million investment pool to develop new services for mobile phones.
Discussion: PR Newswire, CNET News, GigaOM and I4U News
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 …
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.
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Thoughts on Opera Unite  —  I met today's news about Opera's new initiative — called Unite — with a mix of shock and awe.  —  On the one hand, I was sickened by the lack of analysis from the echolalic blogger news corps.  It appeared that Opera PR had successfully reached out to all of them …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon warns North Carolina over sales tax legislation  —  Amazon.com fired a warning shot at North Carolina over a sales tax bill under consideration in that state.  The online retail giant warned it will end its relationship with affiliates in North Carolina if the state legislature follows through on an …
Discussion: News-Record.com and Insight
Michael Geist Blog:
Harvard Study Finds Weaker Copyright Protection Has Benefited Society  —  Economists Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf have just released a new Harvard Business School working paper called File Sharing and Copyright that raises some important points about file sharing, copyright, and the net benefits to society.
Discussion: Techdirt, ReadWriteWeb and p2pnet
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Jammie Thomas takes the stand, admits to major misstep  —  After the morning's excitement, Jammie Thomas-Rasset took the stand this afternoon during her retrial.  She was clad in a black shirt and black pants, the sort of garb appropriate to a hanging.  Her testimony wasn't quite a hanging …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
New versions of Tweetdeck, Seesmic square off  —  There's a new version of the Tweetdeck Twitter client, 0.26, launching tonight, following the earlier release today of a preview of Seesmic Desktop 0.3.  Both updated Twitter clients look like significant improvements from their previous versions.
 
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Jose Vilches / TechSpot:
Firefox 3.5 arriving this month, RC available now
Discussion: Mozilla and Mashable!
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
HP's Halo expands to include Webcasting
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Google: We want Chrome to grow the Web
Belinda Luscombe / Time:
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 Earlier Items: 
Gmail Blog:
New fields for Gmail contacts and better importing too
Discussion: InformationWeek
PR Newswire:
Ask.com Announces Database of 300 Million High-Quality Question-and-Answer Pairs
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Another Twitter Business That Doesn't Make Money for Twitter: Pay Per Twitterer
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MySpace: After the Layoffs, Here's What's What and What's Next
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
AdWhirl Scores $1 Million For Dynamic Ad Platform For The iPhone
Discussion: VentureBeat