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9:50 AM ET, June 23, 2009

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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
It's Official: Steve Jobs Already Back at Work  —  Jobs is in the House!  —  Confirmed!  Steve Jobs did report to work today, as I suggested in an earlier post, at Apple's Cupertino headquarters, according to employees who have seen him on campus.  —  Officials at Apple [AAPL Loading...
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New York Times:
Apple's Obsession With Secrecy Grows Stronger  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is one of the world's coolest companies.  But there is one cool-company trend it has rejected: chatting with the world through blogs and dropping tidbits of information about its inner workings.
Discussion: PC World, Gawker and ParisLemon, Thanks:atul
USA Today:
Apple CEO Jobs is already working by e-mail
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Experts: Apple Disclosure ‘Falls Short’
Fred Vogelstein / Wired News:
Great Wall of Facebook: The Social Network's Plan to Dominate the Internet — and Keep Google Out  —  Larry Page should have been in a good mood.  It was the fall of 2007, and Google's cofounder was in the middle of a five-day tour of his company's European operations in Zurich, London, Oxford, and Dublin.
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Mike Wasylik / Copyblogger:   How Facebook is Gunning for Google (And Killing SEO)
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel Said to Win Nokia as Customer for Processors Used in Mobile Devices  —  Intel Corp., the world's largest chipmaker, will supply Nokia Oyj with chips for mobile devices, the company's first major breakthrough in its effort to enter the phone market, a person familiar with the matter said.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Has Intel finally broken into the cell phone market?  —  Intel has reportedly struck a deal with Nokia whereby the phone maker will use Intel's Atom processors in cell phones, according to Bloomberg.  —  The chip maker has scheduled a call for tomorrow morning at 8:30 am PST for an announcement …
Discussion: Techgeist, PC World and Softpedia News
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Apple approving apps with push, Beejive goes live  —  You heard that right, folks.  People complaining that Apple's very-much-delayed push notification service might be delayed again can all relax — Beejive 3.0, the fantastic new version with push support will be going live in about an hour or so from now.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Now We're Talking: AIM With Push Support Hits The App Store  —  There's been a lot of talk the past few days since the launch of the iPhone 3.0 software about the lack of Push Notification apps in the App Store.  Well, today brings a big one: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM).
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Breaking news: MySpace to axe 300 international staff and close at least 4 offices  —  This is breaking now - we just got this official letter to the MySpace staff from one of our sources at MySpace in Europe.  The official release follows, but here's the gist: MySpace will be cutting 300 international staff …
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Fires Another 300, This Time Abroad
Discussion: BoomTown
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
Email patterns can predict impending doom  —  EMAIL logs can provide advance warning of an organisation reaching crisis point.  That's the tantalising suggestion to emerge from the pattern of messages exchanged by Enron employees.  —  After US energy giant Enron collapsed in December 2001 …
NPD:
NPD Finds Consumer Confusion about Netbooks Continues  —  Netbook, notebook — they sound the same.  According to a new report from leading market research company, The NPD Group, many consumers believe the two have the same functionalities.  NPD's Netbooks II: A Closer Look report …
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Olga Kharif / Tech Beat:
NPD: Consumers Are Dissatisfied with Netbooks
Discussion: Local Mobile Search
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Alice.com Is Your Housekeeper And Personal Shopper Rolled Into One  —  Ever run out of toilet paper or trashbags at an inopportune moment and think to yourself, I wish I had someone to remind me when I need to buy household basics?  Tonight at 9 pm, Alice.com will show you a better …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
A Manifesto on Health Data Rights  —  As a medical patient, I've always assumed that my medical records were something that I had a right to - after all, they are about me, and my freedom to share them with a second doctor, or see them myself so I can understand my own medical situation, seems self-evident.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Socialtext Goes Freemium With Socialtext Free 50  —  Socialtext offers a compelling package of Enterprise 2.0 services, but it has a problem.  While it can talk all it wants about how great its products are, the real selling point is getting customers to use them for themselves.
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Lenovo slims down new ThinkPad T400s  —  New business laptop is 25% thinner than T400, weighs under four pounds (image below)  —  Computerworld - Showing again that rugged business-oriented laptops can play the thin-and-light game, Lenovo Group Ltd. on Tuesday revealed a slimmed-down ThinkPad …
Wall Street Journal:
T-Mobile, Verizon to Sell Google-Based Phones by Motorola  —  Two large U.S. wireless carriers plan to launch Motorola Inc. smart phones based on Google Inc.'s Android operating system before the end of the year, according to people familiar with the matter.
James Brightman / IndustryGamers:
EA Views Sims 3 Leak as ‘Demo Program’  —  The Sims 3 was illegally downloaded something like 200,000 times prior to its actual release, outpacing the most pirated title of 2008, EA's Spore.  Normally, you'd think this sort of rampant piracy would really be quite upsetting to a publisher.
Google Android News Android Forums:
Adobe Flash Player 10 For Android Due In October  —  During a recent earnings call, Adobe CEO Shantanu Naraye revealed to investors that a beta version of Flash Player 10 for mobiles will be released in October of this year.  —  The new Flash player will support Android, Nokia Symbian …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ooma Gets $14 Million, Survival Looks Like A Real Possibility  —  VoIP startup Ooma has raised another $14 million in venture capital, we've heard from multiple sources, increasing the total amount of capital the company has raised to $56 million.  This most recent round of financing was led …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
iCrack: The iPhone Is An Accident Magnet  —  If you've ever thought that your iPhone had the frictional coefficient of a Slip n' Slide, you're not alone.  A new report from SquareTrade details the accident-prone nature of Apple's line of smartphones, reporting that over 20% of iPhones have been damaged in the last 22 months.
Discussion: Newlaunches.com and digg.com, Thanks:atul
Jon Fine / Business Week:
Is This a Web-Series Model That Works?  —  Deca and other online producers build shows based on Web personalities—and give sponsors a say in programming  —  The thing about Web video, of course, is that anyone can do it.  Shoot it, edit it, distribute it on YouTube (GOOG) and other outlets—done.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Share Your Moments With thisMoment  —  GameSpot cofounder, former Yahoo executive, and old friend and colleague Vince Broady is launching a new site called thisMoment, and it's going into public beta tonight.  It's an interesting site that's part social network, part media sharing site …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Facebook Needs Its Own Version of the Twitter Retweet  —  Twitter is one of the most viral platforms on the social web.  One link can be spread to millions of people in a matter of minutes.  Perhaps the primary reason for this is the Twitter retweet (or “RT"), which provides Twitter users …
Thanks:atul
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Gateway LT3100 netbook features 11.6-inch screen, AMD processor  —  Gateway (now owned by Acer) hops on the 11.6-inch LCD screen bandwagon (started by Acer) with the LT3100 netbook.  Unlike Acer, however, this one's got a — GASP!  — AMD chip?  —  Yes, that's right.
Discussion: Electronista, Gizmodo, Engadget and Crave
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Adds Alternative Name Display  —  This evening Facebook added the ability to display your alternative names.  Apparently the alternative feature existed previously but I personally was unaware of it.  The difference is that now you can actually display that name and as Sophia Huang writes …
Discussion: Facebook Blog and Inside Facebook
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Web-Based Productivity Suite Zoho Now Integrated With Microsoft SharePoint  —  Zoho Suite, a web-based software suite comprised of document, project and invoicing management tools, has launched an add-on that allows Zoho Office to integrate with Microsoft SharePoint.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Zoho Blogs and CloudAve
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Conduit Launches Marketplace For Toolbar Content
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Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Semantic Search Engine Gets Help from Facebook Friends
Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
Baidu Looking at Acquisitions to Extend Lead in China
Discussion: WebProNews, paidContent and Digits
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Ideas Online, Yes, but Some Not So Presidential
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Tech giants deny helping Iran eavesdrop
Discussion: mocoNews and The Register
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Google Suspends Search-Prompt Function in China Amid Pornography Crackdown
Discussion: China Journal
Chris / My Apple Guide:
Snow Leopard Video Tour Series
Discussion: AppleInsider and Edible Apple
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Web Pries Lid of Iranian Censorship
Thanks:atul
Anthony Massucci / DailyFinance:
Howard Stern blames contract, says ‘maybe’ his Sirius show will be on iPhone
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Did Your Business Miss the Facebook Username Landrush?  It's Not Too Late.
Discussion: All Facebook
Evan Hessel / Forbes:
Yahoo!'s Dangerous Newspaper Deal?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases MacBook Pro Firmware Update to Address SATA Interface Speeds