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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
Discussion: Lifehacker
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.
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 — Facing strong resistance at home and abroad, China on Tuesday delayed enforcement of a new rule requiring manufacturers to pre-install Internet filtering software on all new computers.  —  The delay by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Can Open Government Be Gamed?  —  If information is power, the first step to gaining power is to get the right data.  The Obama administration is a big proponent of opening up government data and making it digitally available.  Today at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City …
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Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Government Launches Web Site to Track IT Spending
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Co-Founder Steve Chen Moves On, Stays with Google  —  YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, who oversaw the company's technical operations as it grew from an upstart to the world's biggest video site, no longer works at the site day-to-day.  —  This is old news, literally …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and paidContent, Thanks:atul
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
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Microsoft's Odd (and, in One Case, Utterly Revolting) Ads for Internet Explorer  —  Internet Explorer 8 is a decent browser, but there's a new ad for it (showing only online, according to Idsgn, which is where I read about it by way of Daring Fireball) that not only doesn't make me wanting to use IE …
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.
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.
John Cook / Gawker:
Twitter-Addled CNN Refers to Tweets as a ‘Source’  —  Everyone's coverage of the uprising in Iran has been Twitter-centric, for obvious reasons.  But CNN, in an apparent attempt to look like they have real, non-Twitter newsgathering capabilities, has been regurgitating Twitter posts and attributing them to unnamed “sources.”
Discussion: paidContent
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Maine: A MacBook for each student in grades 7-12  —  Maine is extending an existing Apple notebook purchase program to high-school students.  —  Apple has been working with the state since 2002 to provide middle school students with notebook computers.  With the expansion …
Discussion: AppleInsider, Macworld and geeksugar
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Survey: a new name for Office Web Apps, coming soon?  —  When we last came across a Microsoft Site Survey, it correctly gave us the new name for Morro - “Microsoft Security Essentials”, and we're really beginning to like this new pipeline of information.  In a new survey, Microsoft asks …
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, MacNN, eWeek and AppScout
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
Netbooks to make head start in adopting touch panels, suppliers say  —  Touch panel makers believe that netbooks will make a head start in adopting touch panels to utilize the Windows 7 operating system (OS), compared to regular notebooks and LCD monitors, according to industry sources.
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 …
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
 
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Patrick Gray / Risky Business:
Juniper Networks Gags “ATM Jackpot” Researcher
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Motorola's New Smartphones: Sales, Not ‘Dazzle’
Discussion: mocoNews and FierceWireless
Joe Mandak / Associated Press:
SF man pleads guilty in Pa. to credit card scam
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Blue Nile drops Rhode Island affiliates over state tax law
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Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Talk.com Domain Name Sells for $500,000
Bennett Daviss / New Scientist:
Building a crash-proof internet
Thanks:atul
Michael Nielsen:
Is scientific publishing about to be disrupted?
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Robert Copeland / Digits:
iPhone Apps for the Miley Cyrus Set
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Blind Hacker Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison
Discussion: eWeek, DailyTech and The Register
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Matt Holliday / Inside Facebook:
oDesk using Facebook Connect to Match Freelancers with Jobs
Discussion: All Facebook and Mashable!
Preethi Dumpala / Silicon Alley Insider:
Most Dead Newspapers Not Doing Well Online
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows 7 preorder a hit—on Amazon
Discussion: Neowin.net and Newlaunches.com