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1:10 PM ET, July 1, 2009

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Went Wrong With Joost?  —  Joost, a much-vaunted online video startup, today announced that it will offer a white-label video hosting platform, thus entering a crowded market littered with the carcasses of other failed video hosts.  The company is also losing its famous chief executive …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Joost's Last Hope Isn't A Promising One
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Grows “Uncomfortable” With The Use Of The Word Tweet In Applications (Updated)  —  We were just forwarded an e-mail conversation between a Twitter API team member and a third-party developer because the latter was using a UI for its web-based service that was admittedly very similar to Twitter's web application.
QuickPWN:
What's new in iPhone OS 3.1 beta?  —  Apple recently released iPhone OS 3.1 beta firmware and SDK to developers.  Unless you're a developer I recommend you to not download this firmware and wait for the final 3.1 firmware to be released.  Apple hasn't announced when iPhone OS 3.1 will be released …
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
iPhone OS 3.1 Features: Better Video Editing, Voice Control Over Bluetooth, And More  —  Now that the iPhone OS 3.1 SDK (and accompanying beta firmware) is out in the wild, new features are showing their faces.  The update improves video editing and app integration, Voice Control over Bluetooth and a slew of minor tweaks.
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.
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Suspicions of Insider Trading Surround Pirate Bay Buyers  —  Confidence and trust in the BitTorrent community reached a possible all-time low yesterday as news broke that the world's largest tracker, The Pirate Bay, would be sold to the corporate Global Gaming Factory X (GGF).
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Daniel Emery / BBC:
Cash for Pirate Bay file-sharers
Discussion: PC World and BetaNews
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Pirate Bay's Revolt
Discussion: TeleRead and p2pnet
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
What happened to Research In Motion and where are they going?  —  I want to start this off by saying I have nothing but love for RIM the company.  Probably my favorite tech corporation in the world, they've created an incredibly unique product that practically replaces the need for drugs for most people.
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
Listening to Mr iPhone  —  By any measure, he is among the most important figures in technology of the last decade, a major influence on the way we use and interact with computers and mobile phones, a British designer who ranks with the Conrans and the Dysons.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and MacDailyNews
Reuters:
Microsoft's Bing search wins share from Google  —  LONDON/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's new Bing search engine gained U.S. market share in its first month in operation but still trails dominant rival Google Inc, according to data released on Wednesday.
Discussion: eWeek, WebProNews, Techgeist and DailyFinance, Thanks:alpesh
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
RIAA triumphs in Usenet copyright case  —  The Recording Industry Association of America has prevailed in its copyright fight against Usenet.com, according to court documents.  —  In a decision that hands the RIAA an overwhelming victory, U.S. District Judge Harold Baer ruled in favor …
Zodttd / Zod's Blog:
Palm Pre gets some Playstation action!  —  I have recently purchased a Palm Pre.  —  Naturally the first thing I did was root/jailbreak the device.  Second thing I did?  Well I threw my Sony Playstation 1 project, psx4all on it!  —  The Palm Pre uses some of the same hardware as the iPhone 3GS …
The Official Google Blog:
Toolbar, now with advanced translation  —  If you saw this text on a webpage, how would you figure out what it means?  —  You would likely need to translate manually via our language tools or in Toolbar.  Today we're excited to announce that translations will be even easier with the newest release …
Gmail Blog:
Labels: drag and drop, hiding, and more  —  A few months ago Gmail got some new buttons and keyboard shortcuts to make labeling easier, especially for those of you accustomed to that familiar folder feel.  Now we're making some more changes to Gmail's labeling toolkit.  —  1) New location for labels
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Morgan Stanley: Mac shipments on the rise  —  According to Morgan Stanley's Kathryn Huberty, Apple (AAPL) is the computer maker with the “most upside” as the PC market begins to stabilize after the dismal first quarter of 2009.  —  There's some good news for Hewlett Packard (HPQ) and Dell …
Chris Kanaracus / InfoWorld:
Oracle launches Fusion Middleware 11g  —  Oracle delivers updates to four components of its long-simmering Fusion Middleware 11g portfolio, which is the foundation of its next-generation Fusion Applications  —  Oracle will unveil a major chunk of Fusion Middleware 11g …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Following and Followers Page Improvements  —  When you click on the Following and Followers links from your Twitter home page, you'll notice that we've upgraded the design of these pages and added features.  Instead of a basic list, there are now actions you can perform that provide a better overall experience.
Heather Champ / Flickr Blog:
Twitter your Flickr  —  Tweet!  Tweet!  Tweet!  We've launched our Flickr2Twitter integration.  —  Share your Flickr content either via “upload by email” or feature existing Flickr content in your Twitter stream.  —  If you'd like to Twitter your Flickr then check out the following three FAQs for easy setup and use:
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft: We're not gouging Europe on Windows 7 pricing  —  Company exec denies that higher EU prices stem from antitrust action  —  Computerworld - A top Microsoft executive today denied reports that European users will pay more for Windows 7 because of the company's wrangling with antitrust regulators.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
4.7 million Firefox 3.5 downloads ... and counting!  —  It's not been 24 hours yet, and Mozilla's Firefox 3.5 web browser has been downloaded over 4.7 million times.  —  You can keep an eye on the download stats here.  —  It doesn't look like Mozilla will beat the world record set …
Discussion: DailyTech, eWeek, WebProNews and Gadgetwise
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Marvel At the Ingenuity of the Chinese iPhoney, iPhone Knockoffs Now Near Perfect … Counterfeit iPhones have come a long way.  They're now almost identical to original iPhones, fooling bargain hunters on sites like eBay.  —  Look at the video below from Dana Stibolt, founder of MacMedics …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The Raw Feed
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Extreme Makeover Confirmed With the Hiring of a New Global Marketing Exec  —  Last week, BoomTown posted a detailed piece on Yahoo's plans for a massive rebranding and marketing push, which included the hiring of outside consultant Penny Baldwin (pictured here), who was a former top exec at Young & Rubicam.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Report: Microsoft chooses ad agency for Pink phone campaign  —  AdWeek is reporting that Microsoft has selected ad agency McCann Erickson to develop its campaign fo the Microsoft “Pink Project.”  —  (McCann was bidding for the Pink account against Crispin Porter, the Seinfeld/Laptop Hunters ad folks …
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mobile Phone Sales to Decline Over Next 5 Years
Discussion: mocoNews
Brent Gardner-Smith / Aspen Daily News Online:
Google CEO bullish on economy
Discussion: Bloomberg
David Chartier / Macworld:
Apple releases minor MobileMe Web service updates
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Video: See Apple's HTTP Adaptive Video Streaming in Action
Discussion: Business Week
Michelle Donegan / Unstrung:
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 Earlier Items: 
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Zoho Adds Twitter Feature, Visualization Tool to Zoho Projects 2.0
Discussion: Zoho Blogs, CloudAve and Softpedia News
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Be still my heart: multi-touch tab switching in Firefox!
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Sam Sethi: The Lawsuit
Discussion: The Blog Herald, Thanks:mathewi
John Leyden / The Register:
Conficker left Manchester unable to issue traffic tickets
Discussion: Switched and Slashdot
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
YouTube Readies Redesign Amid Chorus of Complaints