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3:55 AM ET, June 26, 2009

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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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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: Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
Twitter Status:
Search results temporarily disabled from logged-in homepage  —  We've had to temporarily disable search results from the logged-in homepage of twitter.com (this includes the saved searches and trends shown in the sidebar).  We're working on the underlying problem and will bring back these features as soon as we can.
Discussion: TechCrunch and CNET News
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.
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Giz Bill Nye Explains: The iPhone 3GS's Oleophobic Screen  —  Exclusive: Bill Nye the Science Guy was gracious enough to elbow Matt out of the way and write a Giz Explains column, in which he tackles the science of “oleophobia,” and its relation to the new iPhone screen.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and jkOnTheRun
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Garlic For The Google Vampire  —  Wall Street Journal publisher Les Hinton has called Google a “vampire” that has a taste for sucking the blood out of newspapers.  I'd do a long dissection of his mistaken analogy, but I've already done that before: Google's Love For Newspapers & How Little They Appreciate It.
Discussion: DailyFinance and Associated Press, Thanks:atul
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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 …
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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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How Google's Thirst for Power Might Bury San Francisco in Rubble  —  With its many servers, Google devours electricity.  And with search queries growing by 50%, it's only getting hungrier.  The solution?  Drill a two-mile-deep hole in the Earth, extracting geothermal energy …
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Discussion: Edible Apple, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ashley Broughton / CNN:
Tennessee man charged in ‘virtual pornography’ case  —  (CNN) — A Tennessee man is facing charges of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor for what authorities say are three pictures — none of them featuring an actual child's body.  —  Instead, according to testimony presented …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Web 2.0 Summit 2009:
Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On  —  Five years ago, we launched a conference based on a simple idea, and that idea grew into a movement.  The original Web 2.0 Conference ( now the Web 2.0 Summit ) was designed to restore confidence in an industry that had lost its way after the dotcom bust.
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 …
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: Beet.TV, Open Source and CNET News
Gus Sentementes / BaltTech:
Maryland Tech: Protecting your computer screen from the “shoulder surfers”  —  Every once in a while, I get to see — and sometimes write about — a fascinating new product before the consumer masses get to it.  It's one of the cool perks of being a journalist, really.
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 …
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Photobucket Layoffs Today: One-Third of Staff Let Go; Other FIM Units Also Impacted  —  The layoffs at Fox Interactive Media moved on to Photobucket today, as one-third of its staff of about 120 were let go, sources close to the situation said.  —  The photo- and video-hosting service …
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Twitter Cycle: Curiosity, Abandonment, Addiction.  Global Visitors Hit 37 Million.  —  The adoption cycle for Twitter is a bit strange.  It goes something like this: Ever-increasing waves of hype, links, and attention bring in the newbies to Twitter.com where they get their first taste of Twitterdom.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
 
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
ICANN hires former cybersecurity chief as new CEO
Dan O'Shea / Telecom Industry News:
WSJ: Ad groups pursuing Web privacy initiative
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
GROU.PS Finds $1 Million For DIY Social Network Platform
Discussion: paidContent and VentureBeat
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over ‘false’ iTunes gift card promises
Discussion: The Register
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Founders Fund: Eyeing Life Beyond Consumer Web Startups
Discussion: Dealscape, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
David Turner / Android Developers Blog:
Introducing Android 1.5 NDK, Release 1
Sean Michael Kerner / Internetnews Blog:
Movable Type gets forked into Melody
Scott Spanbauer / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
Windows may install updates without asking
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Does Google Need to Start Bulking Up Again?
Discussion: Electronista
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Upgrade fee sees few iPod touch users updating to 3.0 software
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
There May Be 50,000 Apps For The iPhone, But Only A Select Few Become Popular