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10:55 AM ET, June 30, 2009


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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.
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Pirate Bay Has Been Bought By A Public Company [Updated...]
Discussion: hypebot
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is the Pirate Bay Really Going Legit? Of Course Not.
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.
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, PC Magazine and
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 …
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 …
Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Adobe is closed this week (and what that means)  —  I just saw Daring Fireball point to an SJ Merc story relaying the rather banal news that most Adobe offices are closed this week.  So they are*.  I'm no expert on company expense management, nor am I a corporate spokesperson (see blurb at right) …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Imaging Insider
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   Dell Developing MID (Mobile Internet Disaster)
Associated Press:
China Delays Mandating Filtering Software  —  BEIJING - China postponed a plan to require personal computer makers to supply Internet-filtering software Tuesday, retreating in the face of protests by Washington and Chinese Web surfers just hours before it was due to take effect.
Discussion: Fast Company and Beet.TV
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
China Bans Gold Farming  —  Trading virtual goods for real money has been banned in China, putting hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity at risk.  —  In addition to its ongoing crackdown on Internet porn, the Chinese government has declared that virtual currency cannot be traded for real goods or services.
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 TG Daily
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and MarketingVOX, 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.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows 7 preorder a hit—on Amazon  —  Amazon has been taking quite a number of early orders for Windows 7.  The $49 preorder version of Windows 7 Home Premium is now the top seller not just among software products, but among all electronics items at the online retailer.
Chris Anderson / Epicenter:
Dear Malcolm: Why So Threatened?  —  It's now clear that the bane of my next year will be questions about the future of the newspaper industry from journalists.  I don't blame them—newspapers are indeed one of the industries most affected by Free (although that's just one manifestation …
Dave Rosenberg / CNET News:
Ricoh jumps from copiers to the cloud  —  Japanese copier maker Ricoh launched “quanp,” a new cloud storage service in beta a few months back and has decided to extend the beta period in the U.S. to garner more community participation and feedback.  —  ‘quanp’ is short for “quantum paper” …
Discussion: Software, Interrupted
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: that means growth could resume earlier, according to a report Forrester Research released Tuesday.  —  The analyst firm lowered …
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
Blackberry Tour to launch on Verizon Wireless on July 12th  —  If you've been biting your nails off anticipating the launch of the Blackberry Tour, you probably want to visit a psychiatrist ASAP.  But you can also be happy to know that Verizon Wireless just announced that they'll be releasing the Tour on July 12th.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm Pre Sales Topped 300,000 In June, Analyst Says  —  Channel checks suggest Palm (PALM) Pre sales into the channel in June were above 300,000 units, according to Charter Equity Research analyst Ed Snyder, plus an estimated 70,000 in May.  Snyder contends that the company has yet to catch up with demand.
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?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:'s Grand Plans, And Their Inevitable Clash With Digg: Bitly Now  —  URL shortener and analytics service has been working on a new set of products, being referred to as “ Now” internally, which will define the next stage of the company's growth.  The company confirmed these plans to us today.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
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