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4:15 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  —  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
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.
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!
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
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:
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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 and AppScout
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 …
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, GigaOM, CNET News and I4U News
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Feds want paper to cough up identifying data on commenters
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
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon warns North Carolina over sales tax legislation
Discussion: News-Record.com and Insight
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Google: We want Chrome to grow the Web
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Gmail Blog:
New fields for Gmail contacts and better importing too
Discussion: InformationWeek
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MySpace: After the Layoffs, Here's What's What and What's Next