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7:05 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
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.
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: mocoNews and PreCentral.net
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 …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and AppleInsider
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.
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: Search Engine Land and CNET News, 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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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
NSFW: Google, not Baidu, getting punished for China porn searches
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
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.
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.
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
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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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
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 …
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.
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.
 
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