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6:25 PM ET, June 23, 2009

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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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Michael Gartenberg / Engadget:
Entelligence: Netbooks, R.I.P.  —  Entelligence is a column by technology strategist and author Michael Gartenberg, a man whose desire for a delicious cup of coffee and a quality New York bagel is dwarfed only by his passion for tech.  In these articles, he'll explore where our industry …
Intel:
Intel and Nokia Announce Strategic Relationship to Shape Next Era of Mobile Computing Innovation  —  SANTA CLARA, CALIF., and ESPOO, FINLAND, June 23, 2009 - Further uniting the Internet with mobile phones and computers, Intel Corporation and Nokia today announced a long-term relationship …
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Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel Wins Nokia as Mobile-Chip Customer; Companies Will Develop Devices  —  Intel Corp., the world's largest chipmaker, will sell processors to Nokia Oyj for mobile devices, marking the biggest breakthrough in Intel's expansion into the phone market.  —  The two will develop a new mobile device …
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
How Apple Brought Nokia And Intel Together
Discussion: InformationWeek
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Intel and Nokia Enter Into Technology Partnership, May Not Result in Anything
Discussion: internetnews.com and The Register
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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iPhone In-App Purchases Already Leading To The Dreaded Two Words: Bait And Switch  —  Since it launched a year ago, Apple's App Store has had a series of successes (50,000 apps, a billion downloads, transforming the market), but also some failures.  While plenty of people talk about the abundance …
Discussion: TUAW, PC World, AppleInsider and I4U News
internetnews.com:
Ruby Use Grows Among U.S. Developers  —  From the blogs: But the latest Evans Data report isn't all good news for open source.  —  By Sean Michael Kerner: More stories by this author:  —  A command line view of IT  —  From the “dynamic languages” files:
Discussion: eWeek and InfoWorld
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL's AIM iPhone App Is Getting Awesome, Disruptive To AT&T  —  While our government scratches its chin over the evils of overpriced cellphone text messaging, technology is fighting the battle faster.  —  Specifically, Apple's new “push notifications” system — and others like it …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft hires not one but three more former Yahoo engineers  —  Everyone got a chuckle yesterday when Microsoft said it had hired yet another Yahoo executive, Kevin Timmons, to lead its data center group.  He joined a growing number of engineers and executives who have gone to Microsoft …
Stephen L Rose / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Release Candidate downloads will end August 15th  —  Still on the Windows 7 Beta,?  You need to move to the RC and fast.  Starting July 1st, the Beta will start to reboot every 2 hrs and expire Aug 1st.  —  Want to download the RC?  The RC download program closes August 15.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and CNET News
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Warning: Windows 7 beta bi-hourly shutdowns start next week
Discussion: TechSpot
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Cofounder Takes $7 Million Pay Cut  —  After years of product rot and declining user-engagement, News Corp (NWS) fired MySpace CEO and cofounder Chris DeWolfe this Spring and replaced him with former Facebook COO Owen Van Natta.  —  Despite rumors to the contrary …
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, Thanks:atul
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Qik For Android Alpha leaks, Immediately Hits The Market  —  Uh-oh.  Looks like the race for live video streaming on Android is on.  When we got footage of Kyte running on Android last week after hearing next to nothing on the matter from the competitors, we guessed that it might …
Discussion: BetaNews, NEWSFACTOR and IntoMobile, Thanks:daniel_levine
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Essentials beta to be capped at 75,000, kicks off today  —  Just a quick reminder: Microsoft plans to allow the public to download a beta version of “Morro,” now known as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) on June 23, starting around 9 a.m. PT.  —  Update (8 a.m. PT): The beta download is now live.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: OTOY Goes Mobile, Turns Your Cell Phone Into A Powerful Gaming Rig  —  Last week we posted a pair of videos showing off OTOY, the upcoming server-side rendering service that can stream complex 3D games to your computer through any web browser.  It's a very impressive technology …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Sold!  Hollywood Blog Queen Nikki Finke Goes to...Mail.com.  —  The Nikki Finke auction is over, and the winner is...Mail.com.  Jay Penske's Mail.com Media Corporation, which owns the Mail.com email service and a small portfolio of Web sites, has acquired the blogger, whose Deadline Hollywood Daily is a must-read for Hollywood.
Crowd Science:
iPhone Overwhelms Blackberry and Others in Smartphone Loyalty: Crowd Science Survey  —  Silicon Valley, California.  Four out of ten Blackberry and other smartphone users would switch to Apple's iPhone, as their next smartphone purchase, according to a recent survey conducted by Crowd Science via …
Jim Brady / paidContent:
Why A New (And Unusual) Pricing Strategy By A Rhode Island Paper Will Fail  —  Jim Brady was executive editor of washingtonpost.com from 2004 until earlier this year.  Prior to that, he served in various executive roles at America Online.  Brady began his career as a sportswriter at The Washington Post …
NEWS.com.au:
Mafia game hits up Twitterers for money  —  Cashing in ... Super Rewards gives players ways to gain the upper hand against their opponents for a fee.  —  IT seems inevitable that someone would come up with a way to make money out of Twitter.  —  Lolplaying, the maker of a new role-playing game …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Sarkozy Says He Will “Go All The Way” With 3 Strikes  —  Sarkozy's address yesterday was made possible by the annulment of a law prohibiting a sitting president from addressing lawmakers.  The last time an address of this type occurred was 1848, in Napoleon's day.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com, p2pnet and open
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Oracle bucks economic trends; beats Q4 estimates  —  Oracle, bucking Wall Street trends by continuing to beat quarterly estimates, said today that it earned $2.3 billion, or 46 cents per share, on sales of $6.9 billion, a 5 percent revenue dip but still enough to beat Wall Street's estimates of 44 cents on $6.47 billion in sales.
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
AT&T: iPhone Coverage Getting Better, Faster Soon  —  The iPhone 3GS has been a huge hit for AT&T, and although they aren't saying how many customers they've stolen from other carriers, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega said they had “hundreds of thousands” of pre-orders.
Discussion: InformationWeek and Phone Scoop
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 …
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 …
Discussion: GigaOM and FierceVoIP
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
New York Times Considers Paid Access to Mobile News  —  New York Times Co., publisher of the namesake newspaper, is likely to begin charging users to access its news on mobile devices before it does so on its Web sites, the head of digital operations said.  —  Times Co. is considering paid …
internetnews.com:
Twitter a Boon for Digital Music Sales?  —  New study finds Twitter users buy 77 percent more digital music than their non-tweeting counterparts.  —  Twitter might seem an unlikely savior of the music industry, but a new study suggests that users of the popular messaging service are much better …
Discussion: Technologizer
 
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Facebook's load balancing act by the numbers
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
China not backing off despite filter code post on Wikileaks
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