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12:55 PM ET, June 26, 2009

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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.
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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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Michael Jackson's Death Causes Surge On BitTorrent
Discussion: CNET News and Switched
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Adam L. Penenberg / Fast Company:
Amazon Taps Its Inner Apple  —  By introducing the Kindle, Jeff Bezos is emulating Steve Jobs — and taking him on.  —  To explain the present and divine the future, Amazon's founder and prognosticator-in-chief, Jeff Bezos, often turns to the past.  Fond of historical analogies …
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:   Big Software Plans for Amazon's Kindle?
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Amazon Pulls the Plug on NC Associates while Google and Apple Enjoy Sweet State Tax Deals  —  This morning, Amazon Associates in North Carolina are awakening to some bitter news.  As of today, their accounts are officially closed.  This is anticipation - yes, anticipation, not the actual passage …
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.
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 …
Ted Landau / Macworld:
Bugs & Fixes: iPhone 3GS signal strength oddities  —  I warn you at the outset.  This is not going to be one of those Bugs & Fixes with a neatly defined set of symptoms and a iron-clad solution.  This one's a bit messy.  Here's the deal:  —  Almost immediately after getting my new iPhone 3GS …
Discussion: DailyTech
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.
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media
Wes Finley-Price / CNN:
Apple rejects soft-core porn iPhone app  —  False alarm: Apple is not — at least not yet — approving iPhone apps containing pictures of naked women.  —  The blogosphere lit up Thursday with reports that Hottest Girls had the distinguished privilege of being the first application approved …
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 …
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Push Notifications, For The Ultimate In Friend Stalking  —  Foursquare, the location-based social networking service, is about to activate Push Notifications in the new version of its iPhone app, due shortly.  I've been beta testing it out for the past week, and I'm happy to report that it works brilliantly.
Discussion: GPS Obsessed and All Points Blog
Pui-Wing Tam / Digits:
Apple Exec Joins Venture-Capital Firm  —  Not everyone is leaving venture capital amid the recession.  Bob Borchers, who left his position at Apple last week as senior director of worldwide product marketing for the iPhone, has joined venture-capital firm Opus Capital as a general partner.
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 …
Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Pre helps Palm beat expectations, shares rise  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Palm Inc (PALM.O) posted a narrower-than-expected fiscal fourth quarter loss on Thursday, and highlighted strong demand for its just-unveiled Pre smartphone.  —  Palm's shares rose more than 14 percent in after-hours trading.
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
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
EBay's Legal Tussle With Skype Founders May Threaten Its Plans for IPO  —  EBay Inc.'s dispute with the founders of its Skype Internet-phone division threatens to delay a Skype initial public offering and lower the amount raised.  —  Skype, which lets users place calls online …
Discussion: Deal Journal and BloggingStocks, Thanks:atul
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Looking To Aggregate, Monetize Twitter Applications  —  Glam Media, a distributed media network comprised of both its own properties and a publisher network of hundreds of lifestyle websites and blogs, is looking to build an advertising network powered by Twitter.
Discussion: Techgeist
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?
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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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Barack Obama won using ‘old school’ technology, says his campaign manager
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Twitter's long-term traffic still growing
Discussion: Softpedia News and TechCrunch
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
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How Google's Thirst for Power Might Bury San Francisco in Rubble
Discussion: New York Times, digg.com and Slashdot
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff: The future of computing looks like Twitter
Discussion: GigaOM and BuzzMachine, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Photobucket Layoffs Today: One-Third of Staff Let Go; Other FIM Units Also Impacted
Discussion: Contentinople, Softpedia News and paidContent, Thanks:atul
Kevin Bomberry / Able Pear Software:
Making calls within your iPhone app - iPhone OS 3.0 breaks existing paradigm
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
The book that Facebook doesn't want you to read