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7:45 PM ET, June 23, 2009

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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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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Intel and Nokia Enter Into Technology Partnership, May Not Result in Anything
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel Wins Nokia as Mobile-Chip Customer; Companies Will Develop Devices
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
How Apple Brought Nokia And Intel Together
Discussion: InformationWeek
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 …
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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 …
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
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 …
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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Ryan Tate / Gawker:   Return of Fake Steve Is a Vote of Confidence in Real Steve
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.
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Warning: Windows 7 beta bi-hourly shutdowns start next week
Discussion: TechSpot
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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: PC World and Newlaunches.com, Thanks:atul
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.
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: Techdirt, TheNextWeb.com, p2pnet and open
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 …
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 …
Sonja Thompson / TechRepublic Blogs:
Ma.gnolia points to potential storms in the cloud  —  I've been doing some research which led me to checking out the back-story on the ma.gnolia.com failure.  If you are unfamiliar, ma.gnolia was a Web-based bookmarking service that recently had a catastrophic failure of their production database that was unrecoverable.
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 …
Sara Silver / Digits:
Inside the Nortel-Nokia Siemens Deal  —  Nokia Siemens Networks negotiated a shrewd $650 million agreement to buy the crown jewel of the bankrupt Nortel Networks — the shrinking, but highly profitable voice-only wireless technology called CDMA — together with an R&D group developing systems …
Discussion: Deal Journal
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Facebook's load balancing act by the numbers  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—At the O'Reilly Velocity conference here, Jonathan Heiliger, Facebook's vice president of technical operations, highlighted some numbers from the social network's latest feature launches.  —  The site has more than 200 million users, and continues to grow.
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Congress Readies an “Opt-In” Privacy Bill, and the Web Industry Cringes
Discussion: MediaFlect
Ginny Mies / Washington Post:
Apple Cracks Down on Gift Card Fraud
Discussion: MacNN
internetnews.com:
Twitter a Boon for Digital Music Sales?
Discussion: Technologizer
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
New York Times Considers Paid Access to Mobile News
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
BREIN Summons The Pirate Bay to Court via Facebook and Twitter
Discussion: TorrentFreak
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
China not backing off despite filter code post on Wikileaks
Discussion: p2pnet
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Wired: Facebook Trying To Dominate Web, Marginalize Google (Run For Your Lives!)
Michael Andersen / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Four crowdsourcing lessons from the Guardian's (spectacular) …
Discussion: open
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ooma Gets $14 Million, Survival Looks Like A Real Possibility
Discussion: GigaOM and FierceVoIP