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11:25 AM ET, June 20, 2009

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Wall Street Journal:
Jobs Had Liver Transplant  —  Apple Chief on Track to Return to Work at End of June; No. 2 May Expand Role  —  Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave from Apple Inc. since January to treat an undisclosed medical condition, received a liver transplant in Tennessee about two months ago.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Report: Steve Jobs Is Recovering From Liver Transplant, Still Coming Back to Apple  —  The Steve Jobs health story takes yet another twist-this time a happier one: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Apple CEO underwent a liver transplant earlier this spring, and is recovering from the operation.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Not Only Was Steve Jobs Sick, He Had A Liver Transplant.  —  There really isn't much to say here beyond what are being reported as the facts.  Apparently, Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a liver transplant two months ago, the Wall Street Journal reports tonight.  When you read that, it's pretty shocking — but not that surprising.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Alexander Haislip / PE Hub Blog:
Steve Jobs May be in Memphis  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs lives at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in a swank part of downtown Memphis in a yellow house with white trim and a pool in the backyard.  —  Or maybe he doesn't.  —  One thing is now for certain, he was in Tennessee for a liver transplant.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Jobs recovering from liver transplant; re-ignites debate over privacy rights
Discussion: Slashdot
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Twitter is Changing the World of Professional Poker  —  Doyle Brunson is seventy six years old and he says he was up late last night in Vegas.  He's in a $10k game on the 24th day of the World Series of Poker and he just sent out a Tweet.  “Still in 10k split,” he said.
Fernando Delgado / Google LatLong:
How to find out “What's here”  —  On Google Maps, we try to label important places directly on the map tiles.  But sometimes, it seems more helpful to just click on a point and ask “What's here?”.  Now you can do exactly that with an option we've added under the right-click menu.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
iPhone 3GS Performance: 54% Faster than the 3G, 11% Faster than the Pre  —  You may have noticed today's review of the Palm Pre.  While I strongly suggest reading it if you're at all interested, I do have some new data for your consumption.  After the announcement of the iPhone 3GS I posted …
Michael Calore / Webmonkey:
Taking Microsoft to Task Over IE8 ‘Myths’  —  Microsoft recently launched a campaign promoting its Internet Explorer 8 browser, making some bold claims about IE8's capabilities.  —  The campaign, called “Windows Internet Explorer 8: Get the Facts,” trumpets IE's speed, stability, ease of use, safety and customizability.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Google to Test New Product Ads on Prize Real-Estate  —  For years, when people have searched Google.com, they've seen standard text ads with no frills attached.  While Google sells other sorts of ads on other Web sites, the overall advertising experience on the search results page …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Product Ads Beta?
Discussion: Screenwerk, Search Engine Land and CNET News, Thanks:atul
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
AP Tells Reporters To Muzzle Facebook Friends  —  Someone sent us the Associated Press' guidelines for staff social networking and, in keeping with company tradition, they're on the paranoid side.  You should probably read them, since basically everyone in the world must now follow them.
Thanks:atul
Austin Modine / The Register:
China recruits volunteer net porn police  —  Censors Google (again)  —  The Chinese government plans to recruit tens of thousands of volunteers by the end of the year to report “lewd” content and “uncivilized” behavior on the internet.  —  Government-run news agency Xinhua reports volunteers …
Discussion: Xinhua News Agency
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Robert McMillan / PC World:
Could Opera Unite Be a Botmaster's Best Friend?  —  Opera has added a lot of cool new features to its upcoming Opera 10 browser, and one of them is almost sure to catch the eye of cyber criminals.  —  It's called Opera Unite, and while Opera promotes it as an exciting new platform …
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 …
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Sascha Segan / AppScout:
Palm Promises SDK Soon, Nods At Rogue Coders
Discussion: PreCentral.net and mocoNews
Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
ASCAP Wants To Be Paid When Your Phone Rings  —  ASCAP (the same folks who went after Girl Scouts for singing around a campfire) appears to believe that every time your musical ringtone rings in public, you're violating copyright law by “publicly performing” it without a license.
Discussion: textually.org
BBC:
Alleged muggers tracked down in Netherlands with aid of Google  —  Police in the Netherlands have arrested two men after a boy they are alleged to have mugged saw a picture of them on Google's internet map service.  —  The police believe it is the first time the Google Street View application has been used in a Dutch criminal case.
Discussion: Reuters
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Twitter Declares Checkmate on Twitter Gamers  —  Just recently Twitter began the much-needed stance to suspend users practicing the controversial “Twitter Game” (as I call it).  On the Twitter developers mailing list, Twitter developer Doug Williams told me yesterday that users who …
Discussion: Bloggasm, Thanks:atul
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Dear Wanna-bes, Your Twitter Stardom is Coming to an End
Discussion: VentureBeat
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
European MySpace employees wait for a bloodbath
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Dell Challenges Apple's Greenness
Discussion: InformationWeek, PC World and TUAW