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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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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Michael Jackson-related traffic doubled Twitter's update frequency, tripled Facebook's  —  Traffic to news sites in North America saw a massive spike as the Michael Jackson story unfolded.  Times are EST. Credit: Akamai.  —  As the news of Michael Jackson's fate unfolded, sites around the Web felt the strain of spiking interest.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Twitter: The Fastest Way to Get Informed.  Or Misinformed.  —  I spent this afternoon doing what a lot of people did: Watching TV reports about Michael Jackson while also gleaning information from the Web-especially Twitter.  When I happened to turn on the TV, MSNBC was still speaking …
Discussion: Music Ally, Mashable! and The Raw Feed, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
How Michael Jackson's death captured Twitter's trends  —  A video shows how Twitter's trends were captured by the breaking news about the famous star's collapse and death  —  Twitscoop, which watches trends in hashtags on that messaging service you've all heard about, has a video …
Discussion: Guardian
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Windows 7 preorders begin in the US, Canada, and Japan (Updated x2)  —  Windows 7 preorders have are now available for residents in the US, Canada, and Japan.  —  Today residents in the US, Canada, and Japan have the opportunity to preorder Windows 7 upgrade versions of both Home Premium …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Thumbing Windows 7 onto Netbooks  —  Microsoft has shown Windows 7 running on Netbooks ever since it introduced the operating system last fall.  However, helping consumers get it on their notebooks has proven more tricky.  —  Microsoft is considering offering Windows 7 on a thumb drive …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ars Technica
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 …
Alertbox:
Stop Password Masking … It's time to show most passwords in clear text as users type them.  Providing feedback and visualizing the system's status have always been among the most basic usability principles.  Showing undifferentiated bullets while users enter complex codes definitely fails to comply.
Robert Andrews / mocoNews:
Apple Increases Stake In UK Radio Chip Firm Imagination  —  Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) is tripling its stake in UK microchip firm Imagination Technologies, taking its share to 9.5 percent.  Its buying 2.2 million new shares at £1.4275 each (total £3.14 million).
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Businesses use Twitter to communicate with customers  —  When a Stanley Cup broadcast suddenly went black in late April, many Comcast subscribers simply scooted to Twitter to find out why.  —  It was there — not on a phone system with multiple options — they discovered that a lightning storm …
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.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Big Software Plans for Amazon's Kindle?  —  Amazon.com's buying and hiring signal that many more Kindle apps may be on the way—plus software to put Amazon books on other mobile devices  —  Giant online retailer Amazon.com may be plotting a broader foray into software for smartphones.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Twitter's long-term traffic still growing  —  Twitter users, most of whom signed up for the site and then apparently stopped visiting, are actually coming back, new data from comScore suggests.  There's been a lot of evidence that Twitter's growth is tapering off by several measurements …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Twitter Cycle: Curiosity, Abandonment, Addiction. …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:atul
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
HP releases iPhone versions of classic calculators  —  Hewlett-Packard (HP) today announced iPhone-app versions of three classic HP calculators: the HP 12c, HP 12c Platinum, and HP 15C.  —  When run in landscape mode, each app uses the original ROM code and provides an exact visual replica …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Click Fraud 101  —  Our posts earlier this week about the alarming amount of click fraud at Facebook left more than a few unanswered questions.  The problem is real and was confirmed by Facebook.  But what wasn't clear is exactly how or why it was happening.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Web filters to censor video games  —  The Federal Government has now set its sights on gamers, promising to use its internet censorship regime to block websites hosting and selling video games that are not suitable for 15 year olds.  —  Separately, the Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy …
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
Who is attacking Solid Oak, whose code was stolen for Green Dam?  —  Check out this document from Solid Oak Software, makers of CyberSitter.  It's a comparison of CyberSitter with Green Dam-Youth Escort, the software China is insisting PC makers start installing on July 1.
Discussion: BetaNews, eWeek and TechVi
Michael Oryl / MobileBurn.com:
HTC: Hero UI upgrade for existing phones possible, but not on T-mobile USA versions  —  News by Michael Oryl on Thursday June 25, 2009.  —  Hoping to get that shiny new Sense user interface from the HTC Hero as a future upgrade for your T-Mobile G1 or Vodafone Magic?
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Barack Obama won using ‘old school’ technology, says his campaign manager  —  David Plouffe, mastermind of Obama's ‘web 2.0 campaign’, downplays role of Facebook and Twitter in US election victory  —  David Plouffe, who masterminded Barack Obama's lauded web 2.0 presidential campaign …
Discussion: Digital Daily
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff: The future of computing looks like Twitter  —  Marc Benioff, co-founder and chief executive of Salesforce.com, told attendees at today's Structure 09 conference in San Francisco that the world of business software and infrastructure is starting to see the same craze …
Discussion: GigaOM and BuzzMachine, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Stephen Lawson / ITworld.com:
New chips don't deliver, Facebook says  —  I like it!  —  The latest generations of server processors from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices don't deliver the promised gains in performance, according to the head of technical operations at Facebook, a massive consumer of servers.
Discussion: Slashdot
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Obama Nominates Baker for Final FCC Spot  —  President Obama selects former NTIA leader and telecommunications lobbyist Meredith Attwell Baker to complete the Republican side of the Federal Communications Commission.  —  President Obama June 25 nominated Meredith Attwell Baker …
Discussion: Bits, internetnews.com and CNET News
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
How the Internet helps Iran silence activists.  —  What happened in Baharestan Square on Wednesday?  According to a woman who called in to CNN, Iranian security forces unleashed unimaginable brutality upon a few hundred protesters gathered in central Tehran.
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
If You're An East Texas Company, Are You Now More Prone To Patent Infringement Lawsuits?  —  Joe Mullin has an interesting story, questioning why PubPat — a group that has fought against bad/questionable patents and bad patent policy — appears to be working closely with a guy who fits …
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Push Notifications, For The Ultimate In Friend Stalking
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Giz Bill Nye Explains: The iPhone 3GS's Oleophobic Screen
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
ICANN hires former cybersecurity chief as new CEO
Ashley Broughton / CNN:
Tennessee man charged in ‘virtual pornography’ case
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How Google's Thirst for Power Might Bury San Francisco in Rubble
Discussion: New York Times, digg.com and Slashdot
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Apple Exec Joins Venture-Capital Firm
Discussion: mocoNews and Edible Apple, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Photobucket Layoffs Today: One-Third of Staff Let Go; Other FIM Units Also Impacted
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
Kevin Bomberry / Able Pear Software:
Making calls within your iPhone app - iPhone OS 3.0 breaks existing paradigm
 Earlier Items: 
Agence France Presse:
Google investigating China service outages
Discussion: Ars Technica and PC World
Web 2.0 Summit 2009:
Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
New Yahoo Homepage Spotted In The Wild
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
iPhone Porn App Not Pulled By Apple, Just “Sold Out,” Says Developer