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3:50 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.
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 and NewTeeVee
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 and eWeek
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Jnack / John Nack on Adobe:
Adobe is closed this week (and what that means)
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Softpedia News
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: paidContent, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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.
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?
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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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Blue Nile drops Rhode Island affiliates over state tax law
Discussion: CNET News and GMSV
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Talk.com Domain Name Sells for $500,000
Bennett Daviss / New Scientist:
Building a crash-proof internet
Thanks:atul
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Unisys Offers Enterprises a Security Blanket in the Cloud
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge, eWeek and Unisys
Michael Nielsen:
Is scientific publishing about to be disrupted?
Discussion: open, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 and DailyTech
Michael Smith / SportsBusiness Journal:
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 Earlier Items: 
Matt Holliday / Inside Facebook:
oDesk using Facebook Connect to Match Freelancers with Jobs
Discussion: All Facebook and Mashable!
Preethi Dumpala / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows 7 preorder a hit—on Amazon
Discussion: Neowin.net and Newlaunches.com