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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Hero running Android and Sense UI leaks from HTC's own website (updated, official, video)  —  As we prepare for HTC's official launch event today, we're starting to see some details appear on HTC's own website of the much rumored Hero.  Through some URL trickery, we've managed …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
HTC Debuts Hero, With Fresh “Sense” Face for Android  —  As expected, HTC has dropped the details on a new Android phone—the leaked-to-all-hell Hero, no less.  And HTC's fantastic, also-leaked Android interface overhaul is here, too: it's called Sense.  —  First, some specs …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Android now capable of running Flash with a slower CPU than iPhone  —  Today, Adobe is demonstrating a version of Flash running on the HTC Hero, the recently released Android device on Tmobile.  The demo seems to work fairly well which may be an important benchmark to Apple's iPhone and iPod touch owners.
Discussion: TechCrunch, SlashPhone and TUAW
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Methodist University Hospital Confirms Steve Jobs Liver Transplant  —  Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare today issued a brief press release confirming that Steve Jobs did receive a liver transplant at the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute.  The release was issued …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs: The sickest patient on the waiting list  —  After three days of ducking the press — and telling the Wall Street Journal that Steve Jobs was not listed as a patient there — Methodist University Hospital in Memphis finally admitted Tuesday that Jobs did in fact receive a new liver at their transplant facility.
Discussion: Macworld and PC World
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Jobs and Hospital Answer the Critics  —  Facing mounting criticism that Apple CEO Steve Jobs acquired a donated liver somehow through unethical means, the hospital where Jobs had the operation took the extraordinary step of confirming the surgery, and offered the reasons why Jobs was a prime candidate for the organ.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Web TV You'll Need to Pay to See: Time Warner, Comcast Roll Out “Authentication.”  Who Else Is In?  —  Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts will announce this morning that their two companies are linking up for a trial of an “authentication” effort.
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
Cable TV's Big Worry: Taming the Web
Discussion: Stop the Cap! and paidContent, Thanks:atul
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Comcast And Time Warner Team Up To Control What TV You Watch Online
Avner Ronen / boxee blog:
boxee for windows, moving up to the Major Leagues  —  We have a few exciting announcements today (which makes for our longest blog post ever).  —  #1 - Boxee for Windows  —  We are finally releasing a public alpha of boxee for Windows.  We are looking forward to getting feedback from PC users …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Boxee Swings For The Fences: Windows Support, MLB, Digg …
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 …
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Bing and Google Agree: Slow Pages Lose Users
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE and TechFlash, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft, Outlook Is Broken, Says 6,000 Tweets (And Growing).  Fix It.  —  While it is pretty much the standard email client, Microsoft Outlook has long had problems rendering HTML correctly in emails.  And the latest version, Outlook 2010, due sometime in the next several months …
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Microsoft leaps into home energy management game with Hohm  —  As we've reported, the big boys are jumping into the smart grid space just in time for the stimulus funds to rain from the sky.  Google introduced its home energy management system PowerMeter in February; Intel has been hard …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Rapidshare Fined $34 Million and Ordered to Filter Content  —  Collections society GEMA claims to represent more than 60,000 composers, authors and music publishers worldwide, protecting their copyrights.  After a request by the group, The Regional Court in Hamburg has ruled …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Court rules for GEMA against Rapidshare file-hosting service
Marc Hedlund / O'Reilly Radar:
App Growth, PalmOS vs iPhoneOS  —  There's a chart I've been meaning to put together for a while to explain why I'm expecting the iPhoneOS to be the dominant mobile platform for at least the next decade.  I've been thinking of the role third-party applications played in helping Palm maintain …
Discussion: New York Times and PalmAddicts
Auren Hoffman / TechCrunch:
Engineers Are The Best Deal - So Stock Up On Them  —  This guest post is written by Auren Hoffman, the CEO of Rapleaf and an active angel investor.  Auren argues that productivity gains among software engineers far outstrips pay increases.  His advice?  Stock up on engineers, it's a competitive advantage.
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Chantal Yang / eclipse.org:
Eclipse Galileo Release Now Available  —  Highlights include Mac Cocoa support, Domain Specific Language modeling and updates to Equinox; multi-language support immediately available  —  For the sixth year in a row, the Eclipse community has delivered its annual release train on its scheduled date.
Discussion: Open Sources's blog
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.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Adobe vets build rival to Flash for iPhone apps  —  Adobe CEO Shantana Narayu has promised a Flash player for mobile phones in October, but that's a long way off in the current market.  Meanwhile, enterprising application designers and developers are eager to get something into the iPhone App Store now, not next week.
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! …
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Ever Wanted To See Microsoft Buy A Motion-Sensing Tech Company?  —  Microsoft were in buyout talks with Israeli company 3DV systems earlier this year.  Now, a few months later, for the first time it's been officially announced that Microsoft owns the motion-sensing company.  —  So what does this actually mean?
Discussion: VG247 and GamesIndustry.biz
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: Beet.TV
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Tiger-Resistant Laptop  —  Don't believe manufacturers' claims.  We put Panasonics's Toughbook through real survival tests.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — Call it the James Bond of laptops.  —  We dropped the Panasonic CF-30 “Toughbook,” kicked it, stood on it and tried to back over it with a Volkswagen JettaTDi.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
HP Mini 5101: When Did Netbooks Get This Nice?  —  It's safe to say we've hit the third generation of netbooks.  They're nice now.  The HP Mini 5105 strikes at Asus Eee Seashell's fancily contoured plastic with aluminum and magnesium.  Oh yeah, and 95-percent chiclet keyboard that feels fantastic.
 
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
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High Profile Twitter Hack Spreads Porn Trojan
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Ginny Mies / Washington Post:
Apple Cracks Down on Gift Card Fraud
Discussion: MacNN
Michael Gartenberg / Engadget:
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