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1:40 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  —  Google first mentioned their new indexing infrastructure, Caffeine, back in August 2009 in order to solicit feedback, then launched it at one data center in November.  Finally, it's live everywhere.
Discussion: The Seattle Times and The Next Web
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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Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:   Twitter starts scaling up its own link shortener. Watch out, Bit.ly!
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Twitter To Begin Wrapping All Links With Official t.co Link Shortener
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
An Android User's Take On Yesterday's iPhone News  —  Yesterday's Apple keynote was, I think more than ever, a testament to Steve Jobs's presentation skills.  Faced with an audience that had already seen the grand finale, he still had no trouble evoking plenty of gleeful gasps and applause.
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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.
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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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 and Webmonkey, Thanks:atul
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?
Ken McLaughlin / Mercury News:
It's over: Whitman beats Poizner in GOP battle for governor  —  After two former Silicon Valley executives pulled nearly $100 million out of their own pockets to carpet-bomb the state with TV ads, the venomous GOP battle between Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner was all over 15 minutes after the polls closed.
Discussion: Associated Press
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Android's Acne Problem: Or Why You Should Stick to the Google Phone  —  HTC's Evo might be the last phone running custom software on top of Android that you should even consider buying.  Because the whole trend of skinning Android has become a horrible, dividing mess.
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 and Computerworld
Royal Pingdom:
Twitter, now 2 billion tweets per month  —  Back in December 2009, the number of tweets per month on Twitter reached 1 billion for the first time.  Now in May, we reached yet another milestone: 2 billion tweets per month (or to be precise, 1.99 billion, which is close enough).
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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.
Srikanth Srinivasa / International Business Times:
Turkey bans use of Google, services  —  Turkey has imposed an indefinite ban on Internet search engine Google and many of its services citing “legal” reasons.  —  In an official statement, Turkey's Telecommunications Presidency said it has banned access to many of Google IP addresses without assigning clear reasons.
Audrey Watters / ReadWriteWeb:
[Updated] Google's New Secure Search Might Force Schools to Block Google  —  Update: Google spokeperson Kat Eller contacted ReadWriteWeb with this statement: “We're aware that encrypted search can create difficulties for some educational institutions using other Google services.
Discussion: ZDNet, Thanks:rawmeet
Hibah Yousuf / CNNMoney.com:
BP buys Google, Yahoo oil spill search terms  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — As BP continues to try to stop the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the energy giant is also dealing with a public relations nightmare.  —  That's why the company is snapping up search phrases like “oil spill” …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Makes Good On Steve Jobs' Promise, Invites Other Advertisers.  But What About Google's AdMob?  —  Last week, Steve Jobs promised that his iPhone and iPads would be open to outside ad networks.  Yesterday Apple made good on his promise, by changing the terms of its developer agreement.
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Muglia on Google, Azure, and the future of Windows Server  —  Although he's presided over the expansion of Microsoft's server business, Bob Muglia is ready to help companies move away from that same server software.  —  Well, he is at least as long as those businesses are moving …
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
Twitpic Launches Face Tagging  —  Just one week after announcing Events grouping for photos, Twitpic is rolling out Face Tagging.  —  Just as you do on Facebook, you can now tag images of you and your friends and acquaintances on Twitpic.  Below the image in question, just click the blue link reading “Add/Edit Faces.”
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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
How Twitpic Face Tagging Does & Does Not Work (Yet)
Discussion: Twitpic Blog and L.A. Times Tech Blog, Thanks:chcameron
Scott Raymond / ZDNet:
Web video showdown: Flash vs. QuickTime vs. Windows Media  —  Disclaimer: Scott Raymond is married to an Adobe employee who does not work in the Flash group, and to avoid any conflict of interest she did not assist in any way with this article.  Also, to provide separate, corroborating tests …
 
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Leah Yamshon / PC World:
The Truth About the Faces in Your Facebook Ads
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Is Getting Better At Turning IE Into Chrome As Chrome Frame Goes Beta
Jacob Brody / VentureBeat:
Dude newsletter Thrillist moves from email to iPhone with new app
Discussion: AppScout and mocoNews
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Google, Bing ranking practices ‘remarkably similar’ under hood
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Messenger Social: Building the Ultimate Social Dashboard for Staying …
Michael Wolff / Newser:
The Last Mogul: Has Steve Jobs Won?
Bill Howard / Gearlog:
2TB Hard Drives Crack the $100 Barrier
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles and I4U News
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Amtrak to take free onboard WiFi nationwide
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes on Competition From Apple, Netflix, Nintendo, and Redbox
Discussion: The Next Web and Gizmodo
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
How-to: check your iPhone 4 upgrade eligibility
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Hello iPad, goodbye netbook
Ars Technica:
Windows Phone 7 Marketplace to be porn-free zone