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3:55 PM ET, June 19, 2009

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Crave: The gadget blog:
Live blog: iPhone 3G S launch day  —  The rolling rollout of the iPhone 3G S is under way.  Apple's latest iPhone has been going on sale Friday at 7 a.m. local time in each time zone where it's available.  —  We've got a team of people covering the launch.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
AT&T: iPhone 3G S pre-orders in the “hundreds of thousands”  —  Although some of its retail stores on the east coast have already run dry of their initial allotment of iPhone 3G Ss, Apple's exclusive U.S. wireless provider AT&T tells AppleInsider that it sold “hundreds of thousands” …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Some AT&T stores sell out of iPhone 3G S in less than an hour  —  While the verdict is still out on how well stocked U.S.-based Apple retail stores will be for this morning's iPhone 3G S launch, some of AT&T's shops are reported to have already run out of their initial allotment of the new handsets.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM, Fast Company, PC World and Bits
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple warns iPhone 3G S activations may take up to 2 days
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
iPhone 3G S: First peek under the hood
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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David Talbot / Technology Review:
Wikipedia Gets Ready for a Video Upgrade  —  The organization behind Wikipedia is close to launching an editable online video encyclopedia to enhance the current textual one.  The hope is to revolutionize the popular reference site and goad content providers—from public broadcasters to the music industry …
Discussion: Mashable! and Beet.TV, Thanks:atul
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikipedia Getting Video within Months
Discussion: paidContent and Softpedia News
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 …
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, paidContent and Neowin.net
Chuq Von Rospach / Palm Developer Network Blog:
An update on the early access program and the SDK.  —  With the Pre now in customers' hands and reports of webOS hacks in the news, we know that you are more anxious than ever to get access to the SDK and start developing for webOS.  —  We've been working very hard on the SDK and are eager …
Discussion: Engadget, AppScout, Phone Scoop and Gizmodo
John Poirier / Reuters:
FCC chair-designate to look at mobile handset deals  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's choice to head the Federal Communications Commission plans to review the exclusive arrangements between wireless carriers and cell phone makers.  —  The issue of exclusive agreements among …
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internetnews.com:
Debate on Mobile Deals Has CTIA at a Crossroads
Discussion: PC World and Electronista
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell Vostro 1220 leaks out, looks as cool as it sounds  —  It's hard to hate on Dell's Vostro lineup: cheap is cheap, and there's nothing wrong with that.  In truth, it could probably look a lot worse, but there's just something vaguely depressing about these unflattering leaked shots …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Dear Wanna-bes, Your Twitter Stardom is Coming to an End  —  One of the most controversial practices widely used to build up influence on Twitter is now cause for account suspension, according to a message on the Twitter developers email list from a company support team member.
Discussion: Stay N' Alive
Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Record Labels' $1.9 Million Win in Thomas Retrial Constitutional?  —  The jury in the retrial of Ms. Jammie Thomas-Rasset deliberated only a few hours today before concluding that she had willfully infringed the copyrights of 24 songs and awarding $1.92 million in statutory damages ($80,000 per recording) to the record label plaintiffs.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Thomas verdict: willful infringement, $1.92 million penalty
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...
Technology Review:
If you thought email is making geographical distance less important, think again.  A new analysis indicates the opposite may be true  —  The internet has dramatically changed our ability to communicate.  It's easier today than it's ever been to talk to, email or IM friends, colleagues and family on the other side of the planet.
Ian Paul / PC World:
iPhone Tethering: Do You Really Need it?  —  Apple iPhone fans may not have to wait too much longer to get Multimedia Messaging and tethering services from AT&T. A confidential source within AT&T says the carrier will offer MMS by mid-July with tethering to follow about two weeks later, according to Appmodo.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
China Disables Some Google Functions  —  BEIJING — The Chinese government disabled some search engine functions on the Chinese-language Web site of Google on Friday, saying the site was linking too often to pornographic and vulgar content.  Government officials met with managers …
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) …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
 
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Katharine Viner / Guardian:
‘Internet has changed foreign policy’
Discussion: The Register, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Authors Are More Visible in Google News
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Dell Challenges Apple's Greenness
Discussion: TUAW
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Wrong-Headed Newspaper Biz Tries Again To Charge For Links
Reuters:
Unicom, Apple close to iPhone deal for China: Merrill
Discussion: Unwired View
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Occipital Brings Seamless Barcode Scanning To The iPhone With RedLaser
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twitter-clueless Rep. Hoekstra is the new Ted Stevens
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Amazon code release irrelevant, Kindle is still closed
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Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
Windows 7: Microsoft vs. the PC Makers
Debby / My Sex Professor:
iPhone Vibrator App from MyPleasure.com
Discussion: Gizmodo
Eurogamer:
No public beta for Battlefield 1943
Discussion: VG247 and bit-tech.net
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Facebook Tell-All Released Into Wild
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Facebook Taps Privacy Hawk as Lobbyist
Discussion: All Facebook
Ross Harmes / Flickr Blog:
Nearby on Your Phone  —  We've always liked the idea of showing …
Discussion: NPR Blogs, Thanks:atul