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6:05 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.
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.
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Mike Volpi / Joost:
A Note About Today's Changes
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com and ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Flickr adds direct-to-Twitter publishing  —  What took them so long?  Flickr now has a built-in feature that lets members tweet their photos.  “You can upload directly to Flickr and Twitter simultaneously, or tweet a photo already on Flickr, using a special short Flic.kr URL,” says the company's FAQ.
Discussion: Flickr Blog, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Choward / Digg the Blog:
Digg: Dupe Detection Updates Are Here  —  After much anticipation, we are finally releasing several major updates to our dupe detection technology and content submission process that should go a long way in eliminating duplicate submissions.  —  To better understand the nature of the problem …
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.
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.”
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 …
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
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.
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
GPS and Wi-Fi Positioning Coming to the Mini 10  —  With the recent buzz around the forthcoming TomTom navigation app for the iPhone and recent report that demand for GPS devices is expected to grow steadily over the next few years, there's no question that there's a lot of interest in the technology.
Patrick Gray / Risky Business:
Juniper Networks Gags “ATM Jackpot” Researcher  —  Security and networking company Juniper yields to ATM vendor pressure...  RISKY.BIZ EXCLUSIVE — A demonstration in which security researcher Barnaby Jack would “jackpot” an ATM live on stage at the upcoming Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas has been pulled by his employer.
Discussion: The Register and ITworld.com
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.
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.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Motorola's New Smartphones: Sales, Not ‘Dazzle’  —  Handsets based on the Google-backed Android operating system may lack Razr's flair, but analysts look for success at the market's mid-to-low end  —  Motorola (MOT) has yet to unveil its new lineup of phones based on the Android operating system …
Discussion: mocoNews and FierceWireless
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.
Discussion: PC World and TUAW
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
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!
 
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Charlie Demerjian / SemiAccurate:
Battery life claims become a class action
Discussion: Techdirt and VentureBeat
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Report: German Launch Of Amazon's Kindle Stalled Over Wireless-Connection Pricing
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
Discussion: 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: Unisys, eWeek and Data Center Knowledge
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Nielsen:
Is scientific publishing about to be disrupted?
Discussion: open, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Blind Hacker Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison
Discussion: eWeek and DailyTech
Michael Smith / SportsBusiness Journal:
Ask's next question
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Preethi Dumpala / Silicon Alley Insider:
Most Dead Newspapers Not Doing Well Online