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12:00 PM 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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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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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.
Sarah Rabil / Bloomberg:
Comcast, Time Warner Testing Online Television Service for TBS, TNT Shows  —  Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable operator, and Time Warner Inc. are testing a system that will let viewers who already pay for cable television watch shows on the Internet at no extra cost.
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Everything You Need to Know About TV Everywhere
Discussion: GigaOM and Engadget, Thanks:atul
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
Discussion: PC World and CrunchGear
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:   Jobs and Hospital Answer the Critics
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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Michael Fleming / Variety:
Fincher circles Facebook movie  —  Director in talks for Columbia's pic about website — Columbia Pictures is in advanced talks with David Fincher to direct “The Social Network,” the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film for Columbia Pictures about the formation of Facebook.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook movie pinning down director, cast
Discussion: Softpedia News
Peter Sciretta / /Film:   Facebook Movie is An Adaptation of The Accidental Billionaires
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 …
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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 …
David Talbot / Technology Review:
$100 Laptop Becomes a $5 PC  —  Putting OLPC's software on a USB drive gives old PCs a new lease on life.  —  The open-source education software developed for the “$100 laptop” can now be loaded onto a $5 USB stick to give aging PCs and Macs a new interface and custom educational software.
Discussion: TeleRead, Xconomy and Slashdot
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Startup Entrepreneur's Guide To Risk Management  —  Only 44% of small businesses stick around four years or more.  One big reason so many go away: Poor risk management.  —  Fortunately, help is on the way from the guys at VC Experts (subscribe to their email here).
Discussion: Recent Buzzes
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Price Flows Down for Flo TV  —  It's easy to be skeptical about Flo TV, Qualcomm's effort to bring a mini cable system to your cellphone.  The company offers up to 20 channels of TV for $15 a month and up.  It is betting that consumers will value it even though more and more video content …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Palm has sold 150,000 Pres  —  With Palm's (PALM) quarterly earnings due Thursday — along with Jon Rubinstein's debut performance as CEO — analysts have started to place their bets on what the quarter will show.  —  First out of the box — or at least, first in our inbox …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Tech Daily Dose:
Cash-Strapped PTO Asks Hill For Help  —  CongressDaily's AM Edition on Wednesday reports that the Patent and Trademark Office is asking Congress to help stabilize the agency, which is facing a substantial decrease in the number of patent applications filed.  Acting Director John Doll broke the news to employees in a Tuesday memo.
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 …
Adobe:
Security Update available for Shockwave Player  —  Vulnerability identifier: APSB09-08  —  A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Shockwave Player 11.5.0.596 and earlier versions.  This vulnerability could allow an attacker who successfully exploits this vulnerability to take control of the affected system.
Discussion: PC World and Security Watch
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon's CEO sidesteps questions on iPhone, Android handset  —  The last time we heard from Ivan Seidenberg, he was letting Sprint know precisely what he thought of it.  This go 'round, in a new ‘Charlie Rose’ interview, the Verizon chief is being entirely more coy.
Discussion: Digits
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Read It Later Launches New iPhone App (But if You Don't Like It …
Discussion: Read It Later Blog
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
What Happens When Your Local Paper Goes Online-Only?  It Loses Most of Its Staff
Discussion: Screenwerk
Chantal Yang / eclipse.org:
Eclipse Galileo Release Now Available
Discussion: Open Sources's blog
Auren Hoffman / TechCrunch:
Engineers Are The Best Deal - So Stock Up On Them
Thanks:atul
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
New AP ‘Social Media’ Policy Draws Union Fire
Discussion: Mashable! and digg.com
Marc Hedlund / O'Reilly Radar:
App Growth, PalmOS vs iPhoneOS
Discussion: New York Times and PalmAddicts
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Ever Wanted To See Microsoft Buy A Motion-Sensing Tech Company?
Discussion: Gamasutra and VG247
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Tiger-Resistant Laptop  —  Don't believe manufacturers' claims.
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Robert McMillan / PC World:
High Profile Twitter Hack Spreads Porn Trojan
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Return of Fake Steve Is a Vote of Confidence in Real Steve
Discussion: Beet.TV