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8:45 PM ET, June 25, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Google Voice invites on their way  —  A couple of months ago we announced Google Voice, a service that gives you one phone number to link all your phones and makes voicemail as easy as email.  We are happy to share that Google Voice is beginning to open up beyond former GrandCentral users.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Web Collapses Under The Weight Of Michael Jackson's Death  —  In terms of well-known celebrities, few are bigger than Michael Jackson.  Love him or hate him, pretty much everyone on the planet knows him.  And that caused big problems for a lot of huge websites today with the news of his passing.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Confirms That People Can't Spell ‘Michael Jackson’  —  Michael Jackson, the king of pop, is dead, TMZ reports.  We can't imagine what strain the AOL-owned site's servers are going under right now.  —  But Twitter's “trending topics” have proven once again what every Michael knows: People can't spell your name.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Announcing the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program & Windows 7 Pricing - Bring on GA!  —  Today we have some news to share around Windows 7 including answering what may be some of the “hottest” questions people have as we head toward General Availability (GA) on October 22nd.
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 pricing announced: cheaper than Vista (Updated)  —  Microsoft today announced Windows 7 retail pricing, upgrade information, launch details, and a preorder deal.  The software giant has reduced the price on its most popular retail Windows product, the Home Premium upgrade version …
Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York Business:
WSJ publisher calls Google ‘digital vampire’  —  The Internet search giant is “sucking the blood” out of the newspaper business, Dow Jones Chief Executive Les Hinton complains, before hinting he's working on a cure.  —  The gloves are coming off in the intensifying battle between newspaper publishers and Google.
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Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Garlic For The Google Vampire
Thanks:atul
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
News startup expects 10 pct of Web readers to pay
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
China throttles Google, U.S. ratchets up trade war over Green Dam  —  With less than a week until July 1 - the deadline for PC makers to start intalling the spyware called Green Dam Youth Escort - China appears to be cutting off access to Google after a bitter campaign accusing the American company of spreading porn.
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Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:   Who is attacking Solid Oak, whose code was stolen for Green Dam?
Agence France Presse:
Google investigating China service outages
Discussion: PC World and Ars Technica
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Kayak to Bing: Stop Copying Us!  - Update  —  Kayak, the popular multi-airline airfare search engine, thinks Microsoft Bing's new travel search engine looks so much like its own that it's confusing Kayak users.  The travel search company sent Microsoft a legal letter last week telling them to cut it out, Wired.com has learned.
YouTube Blog:
Mobile Uploads to YouTube Increase Exponentially  —  In the last six months, we've seen uploads from mobile phones to YouTube jump 1700%; just since last Friday, when the iPhone 3GS came out, uploads increased by 400% a day.  —  This growth represents three things coming together …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
There May Be 50,000 Apps For The iPhone, But Only A Select Few Become Popular  —  AdMob has released its metrics report for May 2009 (PDF download link), and looked closely at the actual distribution of users of the iPhone apps in their network this time.  The main take-away?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iPhone Porn App Not Pulled By Apple, Just “Sold Out.”  Other Porn Apps Available.  —  The drama in iPhone porn world continues.  Yesterday, Hottest Girls, the first app with nudity was accepted into the App Store.  But early this morning it was made unavailable, and everyone presumed Apple was behind it.
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
The book that Facebook doesn't want you to read  —  Accidental Billionaires's author Ben Mezrich explains how he put together the tawdry tale that has Silicon Valley buzzing.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Best-selling author Ben Mezrich is the first to concede he doesn't know exactly …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
New Yahoo Homepage Spotted In The Wild  —  With all the chatter about Yahoo's impending roll-out of a completely overhauled brand - see Techmeme for more - this particular tip that landed in our inbox last night definitely caught our attention.  —  TechCrunch reader Bradley Scott Shoemaker checks …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Video: Apple's Awesomely Improved iPhone Remote App  —  I like the Apple TV as a device, but it's remote is awful.  It's the same little dinky white one that used to come with all Apple computers a few years ago.  While it's pretty good for using the FrontRow feature on a computer …
Kevin Bomberry / Able Pear Software:
Making calls within your iPhone app - iPhone OS 3.0 breaks existing paradigm  —  When Apple introduced the iPhone SDK last year, developers around the world stood up, took notice and cheered.  In the year since the release more than 50,000 apps have been created and pushed up into the App Store …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Judge Not Biased, No Retrial  —  A few days after the verdict in the Pirate Bay trial was made public, judge Tomas Norström was heavily criticized for his involvement with pro-copyright lobby groups.  To everyone's surprise, Norström never declared these activities before he took on the case.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Upgrade fee sees few iPod touch users updating to 3.0 software  —  Nearly half of all iPhone users have already jumped at the opportunity to enhance the functionality of their handsets by installing the free iPhone Software 3.0 update, but the same can't be said for iPod touch users, who …
Discussion: Techgeist and I4U News
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
There's now a Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate 3  —  Download Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate 3 for Windows from Fileforum now.  —  Early Betanews tests indicate some noticeable changes in the performance profile of a Release Candidate for Mozilla Firefox 3.5 that was posted to the organization's servers this morning.
Discussion: Open Source, Beet.TV and CNET News
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Founders Fund: Eyeing Life Beyond Consumer Web Startups  —  I recently grabbed coffee with Justin Fishner-Wolfson, a personable principal at Founders Fund in San Francisco.  He had some interesting things to say, about the new media scene in San Francisco (there may be up to 20 startups …
Discussion: Dealscape, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Nielsen Wire:
Teens More “Normal” Than You Think Regarding Media Usage  —  It's 2009: Do you know where your kids are?  —  They might be on the Internet, or gaming or texting... but they could also be be watching live TV, listening to the radio or reading a newspaper.  At the annual What Teens Want conference …
Discussion: CNET News, NewTeeVee and paidContent
Scott Spanbauer / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
Windows may install updates without asking  —  Windows XP and Vista have started installing updates at shutdown, in certain cases, without displaying a warning or requesting permission, according to reports by several readers.  —  The forced-install behavior has been witnessed at least three times …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Always Innovating's Touch Book in production, finally pictured in non-render form  —  Always Innovating has stopped innovating for a moment and started production.  Its transformer of a netbook/tablet called the Touch Book is now rolling off manufacturing lines on track for shipments starting next month.
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Obama Nominates Baker for Final FCC Spot  —  President Obama selects former NTIA leader and telecom lobbyist to complete the Republican side of the Federal Communications Commission.  —  President Obama June 25 nominated Meredith Attwell Baker, the former acting assistant secretary of the NTIA …
Discussion: internetnews.com and CNET News
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.
 
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Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Apple Exec Joins Venture-Capital Firm
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Photobucket Layoffs Today: One-Third of Staff Let Go; Other FIM Units Also Impacted
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Twitter Cycle: Curiosity, Abandonment, Addiction. …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Web 2.0 Summit 2009:
Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On
David Turner / Android Developers Blog:
Introducing Android 1.5 NDK, Release 1
Discussion: Ed Burnette's Dev Connection, Thanks:atul
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 Earlier Items: 
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Yapta lands $2M to track airfare and hotel prices
Discussion: paidContent
William Maclean / Reuters:
Britain says facing growing cyber security threat
Discussion: Associated Press and CNET News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Does Google Need to Start Bulking Up Again?
Discussion: Gawker and Electronista
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Sony: Lost in transformation
Discussion: Sony Insider
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Did Shaq Just Find Out He Was Traded On Twitter?
Discussion: paidContent and Switched