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9:55 AM ET, June 9, 2010

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Carrie Grimes / The Official Google Blog:
Our new search index: Caffeine  —  Today, we're announcing the completion of a new web indexing system called Caffeine.  Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for web searches than our last index, and it's the largest collection of web content we've offered.
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google's New Indexing Infrastructure “Caffeine” Now Live
Discussion: The Seattle Times
Sean Garrett / Twitter Blog:
Links and Twitter: Length Shouldn't Matter  —  Since early March, we have been routing links within Direct Messages through our link service to detect, intercept, and prevent the spread of malware, phishing, and other dangers.  Any link shared in a Direct Message has been wrapped with a twt.tl URL.
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Tweet Smarter:   Twitter's new link shortener give you LESS characters—but more security
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Twitter starts scaling up its own link shortener. Watch out, Bit.ly!
Discussion: TechCrunch
Reuters:
Sprint says it overstated EVO launch day sales  —  (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel Corp said on Tuesday it had inadvertently overstated the launch day sales of the much anticipated EVO 4G phone from HTC Corp, which is touted as a serious competitor to Apple's iPhone 4.
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
HTC EVO 4G sold out across the country  —  You snooze, you lose.  That's exactly what thousands of EVO 4G hopefuls are learning today as the smartphone that smashed Sprint sales records has gone out of stock across the country.  So what can we learn from all of this?
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Google Maps Navigation comes to Canada and mainland Europe, remains free as a bird  —  Patience has had to be your foremost virtue if you were eager to use Google Maps Navigation outside the US or UK, but you might be in luck today as a sizable new batch of countries is getting the free turn-by-turn nav service activated.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Times Company Objects to News-Reader App  —  Last week I wrote about the Pulse News Reader, a popular iPad application developed by two students at the Stanford Institute of Design that collects and presents articles from Web sites of news organizations like The New York Times.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Meet the Two Grad Students Who Freaked Out the NYT-The Pulse iPad App Creators Speak!  —  The first thing to strike you about the pair of Stanford University graduate students (pictured here) who made the banned and then unbanned news-reading iPad app, Pulse News Reader …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Father of webOS notifications leaves for Apple  —  The man who “Invented the non-intrusive banner notification system used in webOS” and also did all sorts of other work for the OS, Rich Dellinger, is leaving Palm to return to his earlier employer, Apple, as a Senior User Interface Designer.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Apple's “evil/genius” plan to punk the Web and gild the iPad  —  There were two awkward moments yesterday at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference.  A few sites have already made much of Steve Jobs' wireless networking difficulties during his demonstration.
Discussion: Epicenter, TUAW, Guardian, ITworld.com and Webmonkey, Thanks:atul
Christopher Schanck / Design By Gravity:
AT&T Learns Exactly The Wrong Thing About Data Usage  —  AT&T says that 65% of its users use less 200 megabytes per month; a whopping 98% use less than 2 gigabytes.  (NYT) AT&T looked at these numbers and concluded it was time for tiered pricing; time to soak these “data pigs”.  —  I am a data pig.
Discussion: fiercecio.comwatch
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How Apple Tricks You  —  Steve Jobs has already been busted for exaggerating the resolution of a new iPhone screen the Apple CEO unveiled yesterday.  It's only the latest in a series of misleading videos, pictures and claims designed to part you and your money.
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Mike Jazayeri / Chromium Blog:
An update on Google Cloud Print  —  In April, we announced Google Cloud Print, a service that enables any app (web, mobile, desktop), on any device, OS, or browser, to print to any printer.  Development is progressing quickly and we are now testing the service internally at Google.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
How Zynga Survived FarmVille  —  When Zynga launched FarmVille last June, the company thought 200,000 daily active users in the first two months would be a success.  Within eight weeks, the game had surpassed Zynga's hits of the previous two years.  For the first 26 weeks FarmVille added 1 million net …
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Timothy A. Clary / Newsweek:
Drumbeats: The Tech Press Turns on Microsoft's Ballmer  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks in New York to kick off Windows 7 on October 22, 2009  —  Microsoft has a problem—a big one.  The problem is not just that its CEO, Steve Ballmer, has had a disastrous 10-year run.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Tech Eye
Leah Yamshon / PC World:
The Truth About the Faces in Your Facebook Ads  —  Are those real people in the “Hot Girls Want to Meet You” advertising?  Here's the answer.  —  Recommends  —  You've undoubtedly seen advertisements running down the right-hand side of your Facebook page (as in the example at left).
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Hulu plans to charge, expand to devices: sources  —  (Reuters) - Free video website Hulu plans to soon begin charging customers and is looking to expand its content to consumer devices like the Xbox and iPad, according to two sources, as the site's media owners experiment with platforms beyond an ad-supported TV model.
Josh Teague / Gmail Blog:
Making it easier to video chat, voice chat, and group chat in Gmail  —  Video chat, voice chat, and group chat have all been available for some time within Gmail, but they've been curiously tucked away.  Getting them up and running required fidgeting with a little menu at the bottom of each chat window.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: Office 2011 for Mac will be 32-bit only  —  When Office 2011 for the Mac ships this holiday season, it will be available as a 32-bit product only, Microsoft officials said in a blog post on June 8.  —  Microsoft is attributing the decision to the fact that it hasn't transitioned …
Discussion: Mac Mojo, Neowin.net and PC World
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
IAB Sets Up Tablet Task Force, Praises The iPad And HTML5, Badmouths Flash  —  The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) today announced that it has formed the Tablet Task Force, a group comprised of publishing and interactive industry executives, in order to “help create an infrastructure …
 
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Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
The State Department's Worst Nightmare
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nexus One steps up to 720p HD video thanks to latest hack (video)
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Foursquare Now Experimenting with Badge Rewards
Scott Raymond / ZDNet:
Web video showdown: Flash vs. QuickTime vs. Windows Media
Srikanth Srinivasa / International Business Times:
Turkey bans use of Google, services
Ken McLaughlin / Mercury News:
It's over: Whitman beats Poizner in GOP battle for governor
Discussion: VentureBeat
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
[Updated] Google's New Secure Search Might Force Schools to Block Google
Discussion: ZDNet, Thanks:rawmeet
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Android's Acne Problem: Or Why You Should Stick to the Google Phone
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
How Twitpic Face Tagging Does & Does Not Work (Yet)
Michael Wolff / Newser:
The Last Mogul: Has Steve Jobs Won?
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Bill Howard / Gearlog:
2TB Hard Drives Crack the $100 Barrier
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles and I4U News