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12:10 AM ET, June 25, 2009

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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Takes Aim at Twitter: New Publisher Makes Public Status Updates Easy  —  Facebook has just announced that it's now testing a new version of the “publisher” that allows users to choose who can see their status updates and posts.  The most interesting part?  The first option is “everyone.”
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Olaoluwa ‘Ola’ Okelola / Facebook Blog:
More Ways to Share in the Publisher  —  UPDATE on June 24: We've received some questions in the comments about default privacy settings for this beta.  Nothing has changed with your default privacy settings.  The beta is only open to people who already chose to set their profile and status privacy to “Everyone.”
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Why Did A Hospital Lie About Steve Jobs?  —  A Memphis hospital said Saturday Jobs had never been a patient.  Then they changed the story.  —  BURLINGAME, CALIF. — Looks like Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs' reality distortion field is portable, because it now appears to have made a trip with Jobs to Memphis, Tenn.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Tom Whitnah / Facebook Developers:
Posting to the Stream in Real Time with the Live Stream Box  —  During the 2009 US Presidential Inauguration, we tested a new feature that let people share Facebook status updates and comments side by side with real-time streaming video on CNN's website.  It was a significant moment for Facebook Platform.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches A Live Stream Box, Partners With Ustream  —  Today, Facebook is launching a new “Live Stream Box” feature which allows for Facebook Pages to offer their own live video and chat area.  And Ustream will be the first to take advantage of it with Ustream on Facebook …
Theo Skye / Medialets:
Speed Test: iPhone 3GS Even Faster than Apple Claims  —  Apple has made claims that the iPhone OS 3.0 yields significant performance gains on the 3G model, and that the new 3GS can accomplish the same tasks up to twice as fast as its predecessors.  Anecdotally, the new 3GS definitely “feels” faster under certain conditions.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Zune HD video hands-on quickie  —  Sure, we've been chummy with the Zune HD in the past, but we just took it for a quick spin on video so you can check out those smooth transitions for yourself.  Unfortunately, the unit we were playing with had zero content loaded on it …
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Zune HD Comes in 16/32GB Sizes, Launches September 8  —  A tipster just dropped off a few internal Microsoft docs that point to a September 8 launch of the Zune HD.  In addition to that, the tipster says it's coming in 16GB and 32GB versions.  All pretty logical.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft: Outlook's not broken and we aren't ‘fixing’ it  —  Microsoft's decision to change the rendering engine in its Outlook mail client from HTML to the Word rendering engine back in 2007 wasn't one of its most popular moves.  In fact, there are still more than a few Outlook users …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Global Nerdy
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Microsoft Office Outlook Team Blog:
The Power of Word in Outlook  —  This morning we became aware of a Twitter campaign run from the website http://fixoutlook.org.  This campaign is intended to provide Microsoft with feedback about our decision to continue to use Microsoft Word for composing and displaying e-mail in the upcoming release of Microsoft Outlook 2010.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Richard Marx (!) attacks RIAA after $1.92M Thomas verdict  —  There was a time in my life during which I left Richard Marx's “Paid Vacation” album in my stereo system for weeks at a time.  This was not because I felt a spiritual craving for the music so strong that only repeated listenings would satisfy.
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.
Bryan Barletta / Medialets:
Palm Pre App Catalog Reaches 1 Million Downloads  —  Just 18 days after the launch of the Palm Pre, their App Catalog has hit its first major milestone, 1 million downloads.  On launch day, Palm sold 50k devices and their App Catalog experienced 100k downloads - that's an average …
Chris Hall / Pocket-lint.com:
HTC Sense interface coming to HTC Magic?  —  CEO hints at existing devices getting new interface  —  HTC has confirmed to Pocket-lint that its new Sense interface found on the Android-touting HTC Hero announced on Wednesday would be available on other devices the company has already released.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Hero running Android and Sense UI leaks from HTC's own website …
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 …
Jason Kottke / kottke.org:
Twitter litter  —  The problem with all of the “we're tracking the most popular links on Twitter” sites is that link sharing on Twitter depends on (in order of decreasing relevance):  —  1. the time it takes to read/view the link (shorter is way better)  —  2. if the subject of the link is Twitter or Facebook
Discussion: Epicenter
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) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Changing Of The Guard: Jeff Weiner Takes CEO Spot At LinkedIn  —  LinkedIn had a management shakeup last December - CEO Dan Nye stepped down.  Founding CEO Reid Hoffman stepped in again and former Yahoo exec Jeff Weiner joined the company as President.  —  The hiring of Weiner as President …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Traditional media will not bounce back, warns Ballmer  —  Global advertising economy has been permanently ‘reset’ at a lower level, says Microsoft chief executive  —  Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft chief executive, said today that the global advertising economy has been permanently “reset” …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
The Billion Dollar HTML Tag  —  Can a single HTML tag really make a difference on a corporation's financial results?  It can at Google, according to Marissa Mayer, who says web page loading speed translates directly to the bottom line.  —  “It's clear that latency really does matter to users …
Bloomberg:
Sharp TVs, Monitors Banned From U.S. in Samsung Win  —  Some Sharp Corp. liquid-crystal display televisions and computer monitors should be banned from the U.S. because they infringe a patent owned by Samsung Electronics Co., a U.S. trade agency said today.  —  Samsung, the world's biggest maker …
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple TV 2.4 Update Now Available, Updated Remote App with Gestures [Updated]  —  Apple has quietly released a new software update to the Apple TV which brings the system software up to version 2.4.  The exact changes have not yet been listed by Apple so we can't tell you everything that's been changed just yet.
Alastair Goldfisher / PE Hub Blog:
VC Landscape Teeming With Ex-Googlers  —  It's not unusual to see many of the early executives of a big tech company join the VC ranks.  It seems like everyone on the staff of Ignition Partners in Bellevue, Wash., has ties to Microsoft, for example.  —  But it's hard not to notice …
Mark Drajem / Bloomberg:
U.S. Protests Chinese Computer Censorship Regulations  —  U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk asked Chinese officials to revoke a requirement for Web- filtering software on all new personal computers, saying it may violate World Trade Organization rules.  —  Kirk and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke cited …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Adds File Sharing.  No Movies, But MP3s Are Fine.  —  The killer features of FriendFeed continue.  Today, the service has just added a way to share files on the service.  So now it's just as easy to share a PDF or text file as it is to share a picture.
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Site Reveals Friday Launch for Windows 7 Free Upgrade  —  Microsoft will launch its Windows 7 free upgrade program for buyers of Vista PCs on Friday, according to a message on a new company Web site.  —  “Thank you for your interest.  Please return to this site on June 26, 2009,” states the site, windows7upgradeoption.com.
Discussion: Digits
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Oracle's Ellison Rethinks Clouds as Economy Tumbles  —  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is rethinking his earlier disdain for software as a service and all things cloud, according to a report today in The Wall Street Journal.  Maybe a dismal economy and a drop in Oracle sales are forcing him to change his position.
Discussion: SiliconBeat and internetnews.com
 
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
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Discussion: panasonic.jp and CrunchGear
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
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Discussion: IntoMobile
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Red Hat: Bad economy is good for open source
Discussion: The Register and Red Hat
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
IBM's Plans for Nimbler Encryption
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Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Vizio releasing Twitter-, Flickr-, Netflix-enabled TV
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Michelle Donegan / Unstrung:
AT&T on Track for Femto Launch
Discussion: SlashGear, WMExperts and DSLreports
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Evan Williams, Ron Conway, Caterina Fake and True Ventures Invest …
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China blocks Google website
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Register
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook looks for more international ad revenue
Discussion: Inside Facebook and All Facebook
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Mobile AdSense For iPhone and Android Apps Now In Public Beta
David Talbot / Technology Review:
$100 Laptop Becomes a $5 PC