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11:15 AM ET, June 19, 2009

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Jwchen / CNET News:
Live blog: iPhone 3G S launch day  —  Apple's iPhone 3G S goes on sale Friday at 7 a.m. in all time zones, and we have a team of people in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area covering the launch.  —  At Apple and AT&T stores in Manhattan, eager first-day buyers try to get their hands on Apple's upgraded smartphone Friday morning.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone 3G S global launch sees smaller lines, quieter reception (update)  —  What a difference 18 months makes, eh?  The relative short line for today's iPhone 3G S launch at Apple's flagship Regent Street store in London could be attributed to any number of factors: the economy …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 3G S sports chip with 720p HD video capabilities  —  With Apple's new iPhone 3G S hitting store shelves in Europe overnight, the device was thrown within minutes onto the operating table and gutted, revealing a Samsung-branded system-on-a-chip (SoC) featuring a multi-format codec …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
iPhone 3G S: First peek under the hood  —  What makes the iPhone 3G S tick, and why is it the “fastest iPhone ever,” as Apple claims.  Rapid Repair tears down the iPhone in Paris, providing some clues.  —  First, a quick glance at Apple's claims for the iPhone 3G S. The ad copy …
Andy Penfold / PC World:
Apple iPhone 3G S: Unboxing Pics  —  If you're thinking of treating yourself to an iPhone 3G S, here's what you will find inside the box.  —  Recommends  —  The iPhone 3G S is here, and before you get to play with it you must first negotiate Apple's legendary and super-ergonomic packaging.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Thomas verdict: willful infringement, $1.92 million penalty  —  Jammie Thomas-Rasset's federal retrial concluded today as a jury found her liable for willful copyright infringement, awarding the record labels nearly $2 million in damages.  —  A new lawyer, a new jury, and a new trial were not enough to save Jammie Thomas-Rasset.
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Ever Downloaded a Copyrighted Song?  You Owe Infinity Dollars  —  In one of the most ridiculous verdicts I've seen, the jury decided that Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the first woman who was charged with copyright infringement and offered to settle but decided to fight the RIAA …
Discussion: p2pnet
Franz Och / The Official Google Blog:
Google translates Persian  —  Today, we added Persian (Farsi) to Google Translate.  This means you can now translate any text from Persian into English and from English into Persian — whether it's a news story, a website, a blog, an email, a tweet or a Facebook message.
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Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Microsoft: There Will Be “No New Console”  —  Today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer indicated that the company would be releasing a new Xbox 360 in 2010, one featuring a built-in camera.  That seemingly confirmed a new hardware configuration with the company's Project Natal built-in.  Microsoft's official word?
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Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Sony should beware — Activision chief is not simply playing games  —  Bobby Kotick and a partner bought the once-struggling Activision for $440,000 in 1991, at a time when it was losing $30 million on $10 million in revenues.  Now the world's biggest independent computer games company …
Craig Labovitz / Arbor Networks Security:
Iranian Traffic Engineering  —  The outcome of the Iranian elections now hangs in the balance and perhaps, also on the availability of the Internet (or at least Twitter and Facebook according to the US State Department).  —  Based on significant Internet engineering changes over the last week, the Iranian government seems to agree...
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twitter-clueless Rep. Hoekstra is the new Ted Stevens
Discussion: TechCrunch
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
With Iran crisis, Twitter's youth is over
Discussion: Danger Room and Net Effect
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Ballmer Is Making A Bad $10 Billion Bet  —  Steve Ballmer says he is willing to invest 5%-10% of Microsoft's operating income over the next five years on search.  —  That's a boatload of money.  —  Specifically, assuming Microsoft's operating income stays constant (it will likely grow), it's $5.5-$11 billion.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
That Was Quick: Veodia Acquires Screen Capturing Startup ScreenToaster  —  ScreenToaster, easily one of the best web-based screen recording tools out there, is now in the hands of enterprise video platform provider Veodia.  The San Mateo, CA based company - backed by $8.3 million in venture capital …
Debby / My Sex Professor:
iPhone Vibrator App from MyPleasure.com  —  If you haven't already checked out MyPleasure.com's MyVibe app in the iPhone's app store, you might want to.  Unlike many saucy apps out there, MyVibe is free - and fun.  —  Here's how it works: there's an on/off button that looks like many computer on/offs so it's easily recognizable.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jeff Bertolucci / PC World:
Why Doesn't Anyone Want a Blu-ray Player?  —  Blu-ray may have won the war against HD-DVD, but American consumers aren't exactly warming to the high-definition disc format.  —  According to a new Harris Poll, more U.S. homes have a Blu-ray or HD-DVD player compared to a year ago, but adoption is slow.
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Censoring Trending Topics?  Isn't It About Time?  —  Tonight, the bored and lonely segment of Twitter users banded together to push three sexy, raunchy, and totally inappropriate terms into the trending topics leaderboard.  —  Within minutes (as far as we could tell) …
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Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
Windows 7: Microsoft vs. the PC Makers  —  A battle is shaping up over the pricing of the next version of Windows as both sides struggle to profit while hardware prices fall and sales stay flat  —  As Microsoft (MSFT) prepares to launch a new version of its Windows operating system this fall …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Flipper Is About To Jump Out Of The Water  —  Google is about to launch a new Google Labs project it calls Flipper, we've learned.  No, it's not a dolphin.  As you can see in the screenshot, it looks like the project is a more visual way to read Google News, or to “flip through it,” as it were.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Amazon code release irrelevant, Kindle is still closed  —  Amazon attracted considerable media attention this week for publishing the source code of some of the components that are used in its popular Kindle reading device.  The hype generated by the source release is mystifying and largely undeserved.
Discussion: TeleRead
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
How good is Microsoft's free antivirus software?  —  Microsoft has officially unveiled its long-awaited consumer antivirus offering.  Formerly code-named “Morro,” it's now been christened Microsoft Security Essentials, and it will enter public beta testing next week.
Rhee So-eui / Reuters:
LCD TV sales outlook raised for 2009: DisplaySearch  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - Global LCD TV sales volume is expected to increase by 21 percent this year, faster than a previous forecast, helped by strong sales in developed markets and China's stimulus spending program, speeding up the transition to flat-screen TVs, DisplaySearch said.
Discussion: Engadget HD
Ross Harmes / Flickr Blog:
Nearby on Your Phone  —  We've always liked the idea of showing you photos taken in a particular place; for example, here are some photos taken at or near the Flickr 5.25 party.  —  Today we're bringing that ability to the smartphone mobile site.  For those devices that support it …
Discussion: NPR Blogs, Thanks:atul
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft looks to give MSN fresh wings  —  Although most of the discussion of Microsoft's online business has been around Bing, Microsoft is also working on a fall revamp for MSN, its decade-old portal site.  —  Though often overlooked by Microsoft watchers, the MSN portal remains critically important to Microsoft's online business.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Appmodo: Official AT&T iPhone Tethering to Cost $55 Per Month  —  Appmodo: … That sounds outrageously high to me, unless they mean $55 total, not $55 in addition to the existing $30 data plan.  If they want $85 a month for tethered data, that's larceny.  What are carriers in other countries charging?
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Facebook Tell-All Released Into Wild  —  Facebook's creation myth has left the building, or so we hear: Fortune is said to be readying an excerpt of Ben Mezrich's tell-all book and movie about the social network.  And another publication is, naturally, trying to ruin the scoop.
 
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Taking a Cue from Digg, Google Introduces Ads in Orkut That You Can Trash
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Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China Orders Google to Suspend Foreign Site Searches
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Eurogamer:
No public beta for Battlefield 1943
Discussion: bit-tech.net, VG247 and Blue's News
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Facebook Taps Privacy Hawk as Lobbyist
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Newser Gets $2.5 Million in First-Round Funding
Discussion: The Huffington Post, Beet.TV and Gawker, Thanks:atul
Sharon Vaknin / CNET News:
Nokia powering up self-charging cell phone
Discussion: bit-tech.net
Electronista:
iPhone, Pre demand surges; BlackBerry tumbles
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Apple 2.0
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Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Tags as Far as the Eye Can See: New York Times to Publish Index as Linked Data
Discussion: The Semantic Web, Thanks:atul
Tony Stubblebine / Stubbleblog:
The Real Lessons From Twitter
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
TJX Hacker Was Awash in Cash; His Penniless Coder Faces Prison
Brandon Badger / Google Book Search Blog:
New Features on Google Books