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5:50 PM ET, July 5, 2009

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Since March, Internet Explorer Lost 11.4 Percent Share To Firefox, Safari, And Chrome  —  The new browser wars on on.  More than a decade after Microsoft killed off Netscape with Internet Explorer, competition in the browser market has never been stronger.  Just last week, Mozilla released Firefox 3.5 …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Spinning the Web: P.R. in Silicon Valley  —  Menlo Park, Calif. — Brooke Hammerling (publicist) and Erin McKean (entrepreneur) are in a Sand Hill Road conference room, hashing out plans to unveil Ms. McKean's new Web site, Wordnik.  —  Ms. Hammerling, while popping green apple Jolly Ranchers …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Reality Of PR: Smile, Dial, Name Drop, Pray.  —  One thing I hated about being a corporate lawyer at Wilson Sonsini back in the day - we got to work on really cool deals (the last deal I worked on before leaving for a startup was the AOL/Netscape merger), but we were only brought in at the very end to paper everything.
Discussion: Sample the Web and Intuitive.com
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Tech execs: how to reach “normal” users with PR and with TechCrunch/GigaOm et al
Thanks:jesse
BBC:
MI6 boss in Facebook entry row  —  Personal details about the life of the next head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, have been removed from social networking site Facebook amid security concerns.  —  The Mail on Sunday said his wife had put details about their children and the location of their flat on the site.
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
How I Tweet: Just the FAQs  —  General  — Question: How can you follow so many people?  —  Answer: I don't read the timelines of all the people that I follow.  Instead, I only deal with @s, Directs, and tweets that contain “guykawasaki” and “alltop.”
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
IPhone 3GS owners bemoan its battery life  —  Buyers are finding that the device has trouble making it through a workday without a rest stop at the electrical outlet.  —  The new, high-octane iPhone 3GS is loaded with features that could light up your life — but its battery isn't one of them.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
OpenBitTorrent Tracker Muscles In On The Old Pirate Bay  —  In his article ‘Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data: The Pirate Bay Lives On’, Jamie King cut through much of the doom and gloom of the last week and took a refreshingly optimistic view of how the sale of The Old Pirate Bay might …
Discussion: Download Squad and digg.com
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Geeks double as scourges and sages at media summit  —  The media moguls attending an annual powwow staged by investment bank Allen & Co. used to be able to rest comfortably in the Idaho mountains as they mulled their next moves.  —  Even if they didn't hatch any big deals or bright ideas …
Discussion: Reuters
Akky Akimoto / Asiajin:
If iPhone Were No.1 in Japan, Sony Would Be No.1 Music Player  —  Fortune reported an interesting survey on iPhone sales in Japan.  Mashable, CrunchGear and some other blogs have also reported the news.  —  From Japan, I am trying to provide some more detail for people who want to better understand this news.
Stephen Climpson / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3GS Unlocked with Purplera1n + UltraSn0w  —  Good times!  It looks like Dev Team's UltraSn0w unlock works with an iPhone 3GS that's been jailbroken via purplera1n.  But be warned: Some users are reporting mixed success.  —  On Friday, George Hotz (aka the guy who unlocked the original iPhone 2G) …
Markcuban / blog maverick:
When you succeed with Free, you are going to die by Free  —  The problem with companies who have built their business around free is that it is far from free to remain successful.  —  The more success you have in delivering free, the more expensive it is to stay at the top.
AMP / Gravitational Pull:
Amazon Kindle competitor EReader slashes ebook prices  —  I've been pretty tough in the past on the high prices at Amazon Kindle competitors eReader.com and Fictionwise.com, the twin pillars of Steve and Scott Pendergrast's ebook empire.  The Pendergrasts sold the company to Barnes & Noble …
 
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