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2:15 PM ET, June 30, 2009

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thepiratebay.org:
TPB might change owner  —  Yes, it's true.  News reached the press today in Sweden - The Pirate Bay might get aquired by Global Gaming Factory X AB.  A lot of people are worried.  We're not and you shouldn't be either!  TPB is being sold for a great bit underneath it's value if the money would be the interesting part.
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Sold To Software Company, Goes Legal  —  Software company Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) says it is in the process of acquiring The Pirate Bay and file-sharing technology company Peerialism.  GGF claims to have the biggest network of internet cafés and gaming centers in the world.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Will Decentralize Its Operations (Updated)  —  Earlier today The Pirate Bay announced that it would be acquired by Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) who are listed on the Swedish stock market.  So, Pirate Bay users can not only share files but they can buy a share of the site as well.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is The Pirate Bay Really Going Legit?  Of Course Not.  —  You can hear the head-scratching going on at movie studios and music labels across the world: What just happened to The Pirate Bay?  Reports out of Sweden are murky at best.  But supposedly, a Scandinavian software outfit is buying …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde Discusses the Site's Future
Discussion: What's Next
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Firefox 3.5: The Technologizer Review  —  Was it really fewer than five years ago that Firefox 1.0 debuted?  Its arrival ended the dismal period in which only one browser-Microsoft's mediocre Internet Explorer-seemed to be viable.  With Firefox, Mozilla proved that millions of people were itching to adopt a better browser.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
With 3.5 launch, Firefox faces new challengers  —  A funny thing to happened to Firefox on the way to vanquishing Internet Explorer: the Mozilla browser's success opened the door for a host of its other competitors.  —  Even as Internet Explorer's market share has slipped …
Josh Catone / Mashable!:
Sneak Peek: What's On Tap for Firefox in 2010  —  It has been just shy of two weeks since the first release candidate of Firefox 3.5 became available for download, and reports say that the latest version of Firefox should go official tomorrow.  Yet already, the Mozilla team is wasting …
Discussion: Lifehacker
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Here Comes the Video Shakeout: Joost Scales Down, CEO Mike Volpi Steps Out  —  Here's the beginning of the inevitable online video shakeout: Joost, the once-hyped video service that was supposed to rival Google's (GOOG) YouTube, is restructuring to focus on “white label” services, i.e., a back end for other video players.
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Beijing Delays Rule on Software Censor  —  BEIJING — China's state-run news agency said late Tuesday that the government had postponed a requirement, set to take effect Wednesday, to equip all newly sold computers with software to filter out objectionable Internet content.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPhone 3GS: Should You Get It?  —  Disclosure: I have not bought an iPhone 3GS — I'm still unsure if I will.  Apple gave me a review unit to play with for 60 days.  —  I've had the new iPhone 3GS for a little over a week now.  Using it day-to-day over the course of that time, I have a pretty good feel for it.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and The Apple Core
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube To Broadly Release Call-To-Action Overlays, Allow Linking Off-Site  —  Tomorrow, YouTube is going to release a very important addition to its suite of advertising products, and it has the potential to have a huge impact for politicians, brands, and charities alike.
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Adobe shuts down for a week  —  Adobe Systems has shut down its North American operations for the week, as part of a cost-cutting effort that the company said it will repeat at least once more this year.  —  The San Jose software company, which makes editing, graphic design and web development tools …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Bloomberg, eWeek and MacNN
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Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Adobe is closed this week (and what that means)
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Softpedia News
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft to charge Europeans double for Windows 7  —  Prices new OS at 41% to 100% more than in the U.S., but leaves out browser  —  Computerworld - European customers will pay up to twice as much for Windows 7 compared to U.S. users, even though the new operating system will ship without a browser in Europe, according to Microsoft.
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Michael Jackson Draws Record Traffic to TMZ  —  TMZ was the first to break the news about Michael Jackson's death last Thursday and scooped all of the major news outlets.  As a result, traffic to TMZ reached a 3 year high, with visits increasing 5x in volume from the previous day.
Arn / Touch Arcade:
Carmack: ‘Doom Classic’ Closing in on Release, ‘Quake’, ‘Wolfenstein RPG’ and a Lot More Coming from id  —  On Monday TouchArcade.com interviewed id Software's John Carmack and Escalation Studio's Tom Mustaine about their new game Doom Resurrection [App Store] but we also delved into id's future plans for the iPhone, and they are many.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Kills Maven: From Acquisition To Deadpool In 17 Months (Updated)  —  At the beginning of last year, Yahoo made a fairly large acquisition with the purchase of online video distribution and advertising platform provider Maven Networks.  Under the terms of the agreement …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
MojoPages Raises $5 Million For White Label Local Business Search Engine  —  MojoPages, a local listings search engine, has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Austin Ventures.  MojoPages's search technology powers local business listing search engines for local newspapers, and TV and radio stations.
Discussion: Screenwerk and alarm:clock
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Forrester: Tech recovery to start in fourth quarter  —  The bad news: first-quarter spending on computing technology was worse than forecast.  The good news: growth could resume earlier, according to a report Forrester Research released Tuesday.  —  The analyst firm reduced its forecast …
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Developing Pocket-Sized Device  —  Engineers at Dell Inc. have been developing a pocket-sized device for tapping into the Internet, people familiar with the company's plans said.  —  The gadget uses Google Inc.'s Android software, these people said.  Two people who said they saw early …
Michael Nielsen:
Is scientific publishing about to be disrupted?  —  Part I: How Industries Fail  —  Until three years ago, the oldest company in the world was the construction company Kongo Gumi, headquartered in Osaka, Japan.  Kongo Gumi was founded in 578 CE when the then-regent of Japan, Prince Shotoku …
Discussion: open, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
$6 Million For Sense Networks?  Makes Sense.  —  Intel Capital has led a Series B funding round in Sense Networks, a NY-based developer of nifty machine-learning technology that allows for digital indexing and ranking of real world locations based on movement data.
Discussion: GigaOM
Siliconera:
Sony Patents Emotion Engine Emulation Technology For Cell Processors  —  By Spencer .  June 29, 2009 .  PlayStation 3s without PS2 backwards compatibility are missing the Emotion Engine, a chip Sony designed as the PS2's CPU.  What if the PS3's cell processor could emulate the Emotion Engine?
Matt Holliday / Inside Facebook:
oDesk using Facebook Connect to Match Freelancers with Jobs  —  Members of the online marketplace oDesk now have another means of connecting to potential job contracts with the addition of Facebook Connect to the oDesk web site.  One of the largest online marketplaces for freelancers and small businesses …
Discussion: All Facebook and Mashable!
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Unisys Offers Enterprises a Security Blanket in the Cloud  —  Unisys, the IT services company, today became the latest with a set of products aimed at helping customers create their own internal clouds.  And in a month it will offer a true Infrastructure-as-a-Service product that will deliver computing …
Discussion: eWeek, Data Center Knowledge and Unisys
Bennett Daviss / New Scientist:
Building a crash-proof internet  —  ON 18 July 2001, a freight train derailed in the Howard Street tunnel running beneath downtown Baltimore, spilling 20,000 litres of hydrochloric acid.  The resulting chemical fire destroyed fibre-optic cables owned by eight major US internet carriers.
Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Birdfeed: Finally, An iPhone Twitter Client To Match Tweetie's Speed And Simplicity  —  If you own an iPhone, chances are you have at least one Twitter client on it.  And while everyday seems to bring new ones into the App Store, at the end of the day, Tweetie always seems to be the one that I go back to.
 
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Microsoft's Odd (and, in One Case, Utterly Revolting) Ads for Internet Explorer
Discussion: idsgn (a design blog), Thanks:marieadomingo
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Report: Hulu Owns 10 Percent Of The Online Video Ad Market
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Robert Copeland / Digits:
iPhone Apps for the Miley Cyrus Set
Discussion: mocoNews
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Blind Hacker Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison
Discussion: eWeek, DailyTech and The Register
Michael Smith / SportsBusiness Journal:
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 Earlier Items: 
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
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Dave Rosenberg / CNET News:
Ricoh jumps from copiers to the cloud
Russ Juskalian / Macworld:
Sigma DP1 and DP2
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows 7 preorder a hit—on Amazon
Discussion: Newlaunches.com and Neowin.net