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12:15 AM ET, June 20, 2009

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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.
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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.
Bloomberg:   Apple Investors Get Used to Life Without CEO Steve Jobs as Stock Jumps 59%
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  —  The Palm Pre's Mojo SDK still isn't available to the public, and coders are champing at the bit.  They're so eager to program for the Pre that some folks have hacked into their Pres and are beginning to create the same sort of “jailbroken” community we've seen for years on the iPhone.
Discussion: mocoNews and PreCentral.net
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple warns iPhone 3G S activations may take up to 2 days  —  In a near repeat of problems that plagued last year's iPhone 3G launch, Apple's iPhone activation servers are showing signs of buckling under the pressure of hundreds of thousands of customers who are attempting to activate …
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Crave: The gadget blog:
Live blog: iPhone 3G S launch day
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?  —  Someone who'd like to remain anonymous forwarded an email from Google, confidentially referring to a product called “Google product ads beta”.  From the mail: … The FAQ goes on to say (my embolding): … [Thanks Anonymous!]  —  [By Philipp Lenssen |
Discussion: Search Engine Land and CNET News, Thanks:atul
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb and GPS Obsessed, Thanks:sinkercat
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 …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
NSFW: Google, not Baidu, getting punished for China porn searches  —  The Chinese government has disabled some search functions in Google's China search service today, accusing the company of not providing adequate safeguards against searches for pornography.
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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.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab, Thanks:atul
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 …
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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: VentureBeat
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Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
Twitter Declares Checkmate on Twitter Gamers
Discussion: Bloggasm, Thanks:atul
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
AT&T: $55 tethering rumors are false  —  iPhone enthusiast site Appmodo on Friday quoted “a source” at AT&T, saying that iPhone tethering would cost users an extra $55 a month.  AT&T says the rumor is false.  —  AT&T used its Facebook page to squash the rumors and left no doubt that the claims were untrue.
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Twitter Plans to Offer Shopping Advice and Easy Purchasing  —  Someday, when you ask your Twitter followers to recommend the most comfortable running shoe or the best digital camera, you might be able to go one step further and buy the product on the Twitter site.
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
So Why Can't Major Record Labels Provide Accurate Accounting To Bands?  —  The more you learn about the way major record labels work, the more ridiculous it seems.  Unlike pretty much every other creative deal making situation, musicians who sign major record label contracts basically hand over all their rights to the label.
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Courtesy of Microsoft: Pick up an iPhone 3G or iPhone 3G S with a 35% discount from AT&T  —  Bing, a search engine no one uses, is trying to lure users by offering cash incentives.  One of those incentives is a 35% discount at the AT&T (NYSE: T) Online Store, which means you can get a new iPhone 3G S for as low as $130!
Bonnie Cha / Crave: The gadget blog:
WebOS 1.0.3 update available now for Palm Pre  —  Hey Palm Pre owners, if you haven't heard by now, there's a little present waiting for you on your smartphone.  Palm has pushed out an over-the-air update for your downloading pleasure that brings a number of feature enhancements to the Pre.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Like Your Kindle Books Cheap?  Don't Get Too Used to It.  —  Are you one of those Kindle owners who stuffs your device with cheap e-books?  Enjoy it now, say analysts at Bernstein Research.  Because they're not going to stay cheap, or at least, not quite as cheap, forever.
 
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Iran has tech to track tweets, texts
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‘Internet has changed foreign policy’
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Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Dell Challenges Apple's Greenness
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell Vostro 1220 leaks out, looks as cool as it sounds
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft looks to give MSN fresh wings
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