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10:05 AM ET, June 24, 2009

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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 …
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast, Time Warner Team Up To Control TV On The Internet  —  Updated: Sometime tomorrow, Comcast and Time Warner will announce a partnership to promote the concept of TV Everywhere.  Jeff Bewkes, chairman and CEO of Time Warner and Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast will have a joint media conference tomorrow in New York.
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 …
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
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 …
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
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
What Happens When Your Local Paper Goes Online-Only?  It Loses Most of Its Staff  —  Conventional wisdom is that if today's newspapers want to survive, they're going to have to ditch their printing presses, delivery trucks, and most of their staff, and learn to do more with less in an online-only world.
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! …
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.
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.
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.
Thanks:atul
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.
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
Robert McMillan / PC World:
High Profile Twitter Hack Spreads Porn Trojan  —  Former Apple Macintosh evangelist Guy Kawasaki [cq] posts Twitter messages about a lot of different thing, but the message he put up on Tuesday afternoon was really out of character.  —  “Leighton Meester sex tape video free download!”
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
 
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
New AP ‘Social Media’ Policy Draws Union Fire
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Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
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