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10:35 PM ET, June 23, 2009

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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 …
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Return of Fake Steve Is a Vote of Confidence in Real Steve  —  Fake Steve Jobs is back.  Dan Lyons, author of the piercingly funny satire blog, insists his return may be temporary.  But he wouldn't be having this much fun with Jobs' illness if he still worried about the Apple CEO's death.
Discussion: Edible Apple
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple's Secrecy  —  This whole Jobs liver transplant story …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Entrepreneur Watch, Thanks:atul
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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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 …
Waldo Jaquith / Virginia Quarterly Review:
Chris Anderson's Free Contains Apparent Plagiarism  —  In the course of reading Chris Anderson's new book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price (Hyperion, $26.99), for a review in an upcoming issue of VQR, we have discovered almost a dozen passages that are reproduced nearly verbatim from uncredited sources.
Discussion: Fast Company, Gawker and kottke.org
The Official Google Blog:
Let's make the web faster  —  From building data centers in different parts of the world to designing highly efficient user interfaces, we at Google always strive to make our services faster.  We focus on speed as a key requirement in product and infrastructure development …
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
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 …
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.
Efficient Frontier Insights:
Bing Gains More Ground  —  Almost two weeks ago, we reported that Bing's first week lift in Microsoft's share of paid clicks was up slightly more than 8% compared to the week before the launch of Bing.  While Microsoft's click share remains at less than 5% and continues to lag Yahoo! …
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Nikki Finke's $10 million payday  —  Who says you can't get rich blogging?  Showbiz reporter extraordinaire Nikki Finke did — to the tune of eight figures.  —  After fielding “many offers from major corporations and media companies,” Finke, a former reporter for Newsweek …
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Discussion: Trends in the Living Networks, Thanks:pchere
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
The Netflix Box That Never Was  —  We've written a lot about how we like Netflix's approach to streaming content to your TV.  The company's decision to partner with hardware companies instead of building its own box was a smart one that positions it for life after rent-by-mail DVDs.
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 …
Reuters:
Sprint CFO seeing Pre shortages, no iPhone impact  —  * Still working to catch up on Pre order backlog  —  * Says new iPhone has not hurt Pre sales  —  * Hopes for revenue to flatten in quarters, not years  —  * Palm shares up 7 pct, Sprint shares flat at $4.83
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: mocoNews
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.
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 …
Ginny Mies / Washington Post:
Apple Cracks Down on Gift Card Fraud  —  Thinking about buying a discounted iTunes gift card online?  Think again.  —  PC World  —  It all seems innocent enough: Someone received an iTunes gift card for their birthday, but they don't have an iPod, so they're selling it on eBay.
Discussion: MacNN
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 …
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Congress Readies an “Opt-In” Privacy Bill, and the Web Industry Cringes
Discussion: MediaFlect
Sonja Thompson / TechRepublic Blogs:
Ma.gnolia points to potential storms in the cloud
Sara Silver / Digits:
Inside the Nortel-Nokia Siemens Deal
internetnews.com:
Twitter a Boon for Digital Music Sales?
Discussion: Technologizer
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
China not backing off despite filter code post on Wikileaks
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and p2pnet
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Wired: Facebook Trying To Dominate Web, Marginalize Google (Run For Your Lives!)
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Cofounder Takes $7 Million Pay Cut
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Breaking news: MySpace to axe 300 international staff and close at least 4 offices