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8:30 AM 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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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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PR Newswire:
Despite End of IPO Drought, U.S. Venture-Backed Liquidity Market Hovers at 6-Year Low  —  Dow Jones VentureSource: VC-Backed IPOs, M&As Net $2.8 Billion in 2nd Quarter, Down 57%; Median M&A Price Falls to $22 Million, Lowest Since 2003  —  Even with the end of a nine-month drought …
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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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:
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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.
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 …
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 …
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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.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Radical Transparency: The New Federal IT Dashboard  —  Today, at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York, Vivek Kundra, the US national CIO, unveiled the new IT spending dashboards at usaspending.gov. The dashboards are designed to help Vivek and the CIOs of individual government agencies …
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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 …
Discussion: The Register and RIAA
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter Grows “Uncomfortable” With The Use Of The Word Tweet In Applications  —  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.
Discussion: TechFlash and Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
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.
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
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Skype 1.1 for iPhone Released- SMS but Don't Push  —  The Skype people are busy, as they have released version 1.1 for the iPhone in addition to the WinMo version we covered earlier.  This new version adds the ability to check Skype voice mail and to send SMS messages, but it lacks a highly desirable feature: push notification.
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 …
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, who was a former top exec at Young & Rubicam.
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
37 Sites Ready To Implement OPA's Bigger, Badder Ad Formats  —  The Online Publishers Association announced Tuesday that 37 of its members, whose sites reach 68% of the total U.S. Internet audience, have begun offering the three new larger new ad units the group unveiled in March.
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Register
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Social Network Users Reportedly Concerned About Privacy, but Behavior Says Otherwise
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
What happened to Research In Motion and where are they going?
Discussion: Edible Apple
The ChubbyBrain Blog:
The iPhone Inspired 2nd Economy: Over $100 Million Goes from VCs to iPhone Startups
Discussion: mocoNews, Thanks:atul
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
YouTube Readies Redesign Amid Chorus of Complaints
 Earlier Items: 
Agence France Presse:
EU travellers to get cheaper mobile phone calls from Wednesday
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Pirate Bay's Revolt
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Meebo launches toolbar ads today, ramping up revenue
Discussion: TechCrunch and Adrants
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Road to Pandora now goes through Amazon
Discussion: Digital Audio Insider
John Cook / Gawker:
Twitter-Addled CNN Refers to Tweets as a ‘Source’