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1:55 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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TimeWarner:
Time Warner Inc. Announces Widespread Distribution of Cable TV Content Online  —  Comcast and Time Warner Develop Principles for “TV Everywhere Model”  —  Comcast to Begin National Technical Trial of “On Demand Online”  —  New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA - Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Telecompetitor and Engadget
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Comcast and Time Warner Talk TV Everywhere, But Don't Say Much  —  Here's what we learned on joint Time Warner(s TWX)/Comcast press call this morning: “Authenication is great and it will be easy to implement.  Hooray!”  Okay, I'm being a little sarcastic, but the call was more about introducing …
Discussion: GigaOM
Sarah Rabil / Bloomberg:   Comcast, Time Warner Testing Online Television Service for TBS, TNT Shows
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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iSuppli:
iPhone 3G S Carries $178.96 BOM and Manufacturing Cost, iSuppli Teardown Reveals  —  With the new iPhone 3G S's Bill of Materials (BOM) and feature set nearly the same as the previous model in the iPhone line, you might think the product's component selection would be virtually unchanged.
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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  —  David Fincher is in “advanced talks” to direct the Columbia Pictures movie about the origins of Facebook, according to Variety.  —  The movie, based on Ben Mezrich's upcoming “The Accidental Billionaires,” was written by “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Mashable!
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
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple's Secrecy  —  This whole Jobs liver transplant story …
Discussion: TheAppleBlog, The Apple Core and Guardian, Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
id Software Bought By Bethesda Parent Company, ZeniMax  —  Doom, Fallout, Oblivion, Wolfenstein, Carmack, Howard... all in one company.  —  Two of the most acclaimed game development studios of all time are joining forces.  ZeniMax Media, parent company of Fallout 3 and Elder Scrolls …
David Coursey / PC World:
Wireless Charging Comes to iPhone  —  In less than three weeks, the iPhone has caught up with the Palm Pre in the one area where the Pre held an undisputed lead: wireless charging.  The ability to charge without wires is an idea that's been teasing us for a long time, with Palm the first company (I am aware of) to take it mainstream.
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter sending traffic to online media sites, but not online retailers  —  Thanks to everyone that listened to today's Twitter webinar - we managed to reach capacity with 200 people logged in!.  If you missed it, we'll be posting the recording soon and will email / blog / tweet the link.
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 …
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: CrunchGear, TeleRead and Xconomy
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
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 …
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, Gizmodo and Tech Central
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: CNET News and New York Times
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Verizon CEO on Iran, iPhones and Android  —  Last night's “Charlie Rose” featured an interview with Ivan Seidenberg, chief executive of Verizon, who talked about communications in Iran, the company's prospects for carrying Apple's iPhone and the recent news that Verizon Wireless will carry a Google Android-powered cellphone.
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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