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10:10 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.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:   The Pirate Bay's Revolt
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is The Pirate Bay Really Going Legit? Of Course Not.
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:
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 …
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.
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Google Enterprise Blog:
Updates to Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook  —  When we announced Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook a few weeks ago, we committed to improving it over time to make the Outlook experience on Apps as similar to the experience on Exchange as possible.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Rolls Out UI Changes To Simplify Your Social Connections  —  Twitter has just quietly rolled out a set of changes to its user interface on the “Following” and “Followers” sections of its website.  These changes will clearly make it easier to manage who you follow as well as take actions …
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 …
Discussion: PC World, Pulse2 and Gawker, Thanks:marieadomingo
QuickPWN:
iPhone SDK 3.1 and iPhone OS 3.1 Beta Available to Developers  —  I just received the following e-mail from Apple: … iPhone SDK 3.1 beta and iPhone OS 3.1 beta is now available to developers.  If you're a developer head on over to the iPhone Developer center and get the latest iPhone 3.1 beta download!
Discussion: MacRumors and The iPhone Blog, Thanks:quickpwn
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Cuts Off Hawaii Affiliates  —  Amazon.com Inc. has informed its marketing affiliates in Hawaii that it is ending its business with them in order to avoid collecting sales tax in the state.  —  Following in the footsteps of North Carolina and Rhode Island, lawmakers in Hawaii …
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Blue Nile drops Rhode Island affiliates over state tax law
Discussion: GMSV
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Road to Pandora now goes through Amazon  —  Pandora is a great music-discovery service, so it's only natural that independent bands would hope to get their music placed on it.  Unfortunately for them, Pandora just made that a little harder—and a little more expensive.
Discussion: hypebot
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cisco Launches Services, Shows Off Its Hit List  —  Cisco today outlined its plans for delivering IT services over the web (aka cloud services), and as part of a conference call, showed off a great slide that illustrates exactly how many companies this former networking gear maker wants to take on.
Discussion: The Register and internetnews.com
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.
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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Tim Barton / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Saving Texts From Oblivion: Oxford U. Press on the Google Book Settlement  —  At a focus group in Oxford University Press's offices in New York last month, we heard that in a recent essay assignment for a Columbia University classics class, 70 percent of the undergraduates had cited a book published in 1900 …
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.”
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.
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 …
Phil Nickinson / WMExperts:
Hotmail finally pulls in other POP e-mail  —  Good news for your guys and gals who have been wanting to consolidate other e-mail accounts into Hotmail.  (You know, like most other e-mail services have been able to do for, say ever.)  This has been available for Hotmail users elsewhere but just opened up to the U.S., Canada and Brazil.
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 …
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 …
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.
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
LogMeIn's IPO Prices At $16/Share As Second Quarter Closes  —  Only three venture-backed companies went public in the year's first half, which ends today.  The bright side?  The third quarter will open up tomorrow with a bang, as LogMeIn Inc. is set to become the fourth such company to hold an IPO in the past six weeks.
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft Surface SDK now available for Microsoft Partners  —  The Microsoft Surface SDK and simulator are now available to all Microsoft Partners who want to take them for a spin.  —  Companies who want to take the Microsoft Surface development tools out for a spin now can easily …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Meebo launches toolbar ads today, ramping up revenue  —  Meebo is taking another big step towards making its instant messaging service profitable.  It's officially launching a new product that runs interactive pop-out ads within its IM toolbar available on partner sites.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Adrants
 
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Agence France Presse:
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
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Charlie Demerjian / SemiAccurate:
Battery life claims become a class action
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Patrick Gray / Risky Business:
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
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Discussion: mocoNews and FierceWireless
Joe Mandak / Associated Press:
SF man pleads guilty in Pa. to credit card scam
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Talk.com Domain Name Sells for $500,000
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Arn / Touch Arcade:
Carmack: ‘Doom Classic’ …
Discussion: PC World and TUAW
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The iPhone 3GS: Should You Get It?
Discussion: The Apple Core
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm Pre Sales Topped 300,000 In June, Analyst Says