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7:00 AM ET, June 25, 2009

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Macenstein:
And then there was porn  —  Today the iTunes app store became a man, having finally seen its first adult app.  Meaning nudity.  Meaning boobies.  —  The app responsible for taking iTunes' virginity is called “Hottest Girls” ($1.99), an app that until today was merely a bunch of Asian chicks in lingerie.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yep, iPorn Is Here For The iPhone  —  Just as we were speculating a couple nights ago, Apple has apparently decided that with the new parental controls now built into the iPhone 3.0 SDK, nudity is now okay in iPhone apps.  The first such app, Hottest Girls, has actually been around for a little while.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Why We Need Steve Jobs  —  Love him or hate him, Apple needs its CEO back.  Now. … I just spent an hour waiting in a line at an Apple store to buy a product I do not need.  It's the new top-of-the-line iPhone 3GS, and it costs $299, and I waited in line for it even though I already …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Gawker, Bits and Edible Apple
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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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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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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.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft: Outlook's not broken and we aren't ‘fixing’ it
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.
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.
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.
Richard Tyler / Telegraph:
Hedge fund managers betting Twitter will give them an edge in rapid trading  —  Hedge fund managers are turning to Twitter in an attempt to steal a march on their rivals.  —  Traders are using software developed by US-based technology StreamBase to monitor “tweets” for price sensitive information.
Discussion: Financial Times
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Takes On Tourism With City Tours Experiment  —  City Tours is a new addition to Google Labs that puts Google squarely in the tourism business: Give it a city name, and Google not only suggests sites to see, but it also maps out a multi-day itinerary and proposes a minute-by-minute travel schedule for you to follow.
BBC:
Habitat sorry for Iran Tweeting  —  Furniture store Habitat has apologised for causing offence after accusations it exploited unrest in Iran to drive online Twitter users to its products.  —  Keywords - called hashtags - such as ‘Iran’ and ‘Mousavi’ were added to its messages so people searching …
Bloomberg:
‘Simpsons’ Draws Higher Rates on Internet than TV as Ads Target Loyal Fans  —  Television programs such as “The Simpsons” and “CSI” are for the first time commanding higher advertising rates at Web sites including Hulu.com and TV.com than on prime-time TV.  —  The premium rates …
Discussion: Technologizer
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 …
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: Softpedia News and Digits
Rik Ferguson / Counter Measures:
Targeted Attack Designed to Infect Both Macs and PCs.  —  UPDATE (25th June): Guy Kawasaki has stated that his Twitter account was not compromised, the malicious tweet came from a feed that Guy's account is subscribed to automatically post.  The feed comes from NowPublic, a user generated news feed.
Jack Purcher / MacNN:
Apple TV to Take Sporting Events to a Whole New Level  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of four newly granted patents for Apple Inc. yesterday and one of them was covered earlier this morning in our other report titled Apple Granted Patents for Smartbook & Find My iPhone Related Technologies.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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
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 …
Nicholas Kristof / Nicholas D. Kristof:
Microsoft and Chinese Censorship  —  A couple of days ago, I heard that the new Microsoft search engine, Bing, censors results in Chinese-language searches, even if they are conducted outside China.  With the help of a coterie of Chinese friends around the globe, I tested this and found it's true.
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 …
Brad Stone / Bits:
A New Book on Facebook, Some of It Fact-Based  —  Hollywood is buzzing this week about plans for a movie, written by the “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin and possibly to be directed by David Fincher, that will depict the conflict-filled rise of the social network Facebook.
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
In recession, social gaming comes of age
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Google Profiles has XFN now
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