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2:00 AM ET, June 25, 2009

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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: GigaOM, Gawker and Edible Apple
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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
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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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 …
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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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.
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: Global Nerdy and PC World
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Microsoft Office Outlook Team Blog:
The Power of Word in Outlook
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.
Rik Ferguson / Counter Measures:
Targetted Attack Designed to Infect Both Macs and PCs.  —  Guy Kawasaki, the well-known venture capitalist and columnist was the victim of what appears to be a very targeted attack on Twitter today.  —  A single malicious tweet was inserted into Mr. Kawasaki's profile without his knowledge
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 …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, 9 to 5 Mac and MacRumors
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
The Billion Dollar HTML Tag  —  Marissa Mayer of Google discusses web site performance Wednesday at the Velocity 2009 conference (photo by James Duncan Davidson via Flickr).  —  Can a single HTML tag really make a difference on a corporation's financial results?
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” …
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.
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wikinvest Hopes Redesign Will Attract The Yahoo Finance Crowd  —  Finance sites like Yahoo Finance and Google Finance haven't changed much in the past ten years.  The fonts are different.  Maybe there's some more real-time quotes and fancier, interactive charts.
Discussion: GigaOM and Digits
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 …
brad's life:
Google Profiles has XFN now  —  Google Profiles just launched a new feature that's too dorky and obscure to warrant an official “Google blog” blog post, so the product manager on it said, “Brad, you're dorky... you should post it. … So sure, I'll blawg it here.  —  Google Profiles now have XFN rel="me" attributes on links.
Thanks:ericajoy
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
 
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
IBM's Plans for Nimbler Encryption
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Andreessen/Horowitz's VC Fund Closes At $241.5 Million, For Now
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Evan Williams, Ron Conway, Caterina Fake and True Ventures Invest …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
AdMob shuts off ad aggregators
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Financial Times:
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
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Oracle's Ellison Rethinks Clouds as Economy Tumbles
Discussion: SiliconBeat and internetnews.com
TimeWarner:
Time Warner Inc. Announces Widespread Distribution of Cable TV Content Online