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4:05 PM ET, June 9, 2010

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Omar / The Life and Times of AdMob:
Mobile advertising and the iPhone  —  Apple proposed new developer terms on Monday that, if enforced as written, would prohibit app developers from using AdMob and Google's advertising solutions on the iPhone.  These advertising related terms both target companies with competitive mobile technologies …
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
It's Official - Apple Kicking Google Out of iWorld  —  I' ve written extensively about iAds here and here, and one question I raised has to do with Apple's policies with regard to third party data and ad networks, in particular AdMob.  —  As All Things Digital notes today, Apple this week …
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
Bing / Search Blog:
Use Bing Social to search Facebook and Twitter  —  Back in October of last year, bing.com/twitter launched the first ever search experience powered by the Twitter firehose.  Today at SMX Advanced, Bing's Senior Vice President, Yusuf Mehdi, sat down with Danny Sullivan to announce bing.com/social …
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Bing upgrades ‘social’ search, adds top Facebook shared links
Discussion: VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb
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.
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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Zee / The Next Web:
Google Voice Search Now Comes in French, German, Italian and Spanish
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
AOL to Hire ‘Hundreds’ of Journalists, Reorganize Content Division  —  Sites to Be Grouped Into ‘Super Networks’ and Sold to Advertisers  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — AOL is planning to hire hundreds of journalists, editors and videographers in the coming year as it builds out its content-first business model.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
David Eun Puts AOL On A URL Diet With ‘Super Net’ Strategy
Discussion: MediaFlect
Thomas E. Weber / The Daily Beast:
Why I Fired Steve Jobs  —  INNOVATION  —  As Apple's CEO introduces his new iPhone today, and its market cap passes Microsoft's, the man who infamously fired him, John Sculley, tells The Daily Beast's Thomas E. Weber about his regrets, their rift—and how their partnership could have worked …
Discussion: Gizmodo and MacStories, Thanks:atul
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.
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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Zynga's FrontierVille Looks To Recreate The Success Of FarmVille In The Wild West
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:leenarao
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
Discussion: The Next Web, GigaOM and Softpedia News
Joe Ciarallo / PRNewser:
Twitter Feed @BPGlobalPR More Clearly Labels Itself a Fake After BP Request  —  The parody Twitter feed @BPGlobalPR has updated its bio to make it more clear that the feed is a parody of BP, as opposed to an official BP communications vehicle.  —  The Twitter account posted yesterday afternoon …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Linden Lab Lays Off 30 Percent Of Staff  —  Linden Lab, the company behind virtual world Second Life, is laying off 30 percent of its staff, according to a release issued today.  Labeled as a “restructuring,” the company is consolidating its software development team in North America and is …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Street Artists Add A Little Porn To The iPad All Around San Francisco For WWDC  —  If you've been to San Francisco in the past few months, you'll know that the entire city is plastered with iPad advertisements.  The situation is even more out of control now that it's WWDC week and thousands of Apple developers are in from out of town.
Discussion: CNET News and The Huffington Post
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Why Instapaper Will Never Be Booted From the iTunes App Store  —  Creator of the popular reading app Marco Armenti on how he's managed to avoid angering the New York Times - so far.  —  Publicity-wise, nothing could have been better for bestselling iPad newsreader Pulse than being featured …
Discussion: Macworld and TechCrunch
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
RIP, Macintosh  —  Is Apple ignoring its signature line of computers and laptops?  Yup.  —  Click the image above for a look at Apple's Innovations.  —  Dear Macintosh,  —  I hate to tell you this, but my guess is you've probably been sensing it already.
Electronista:
Skype won't use FaceTime, still hints at iPhone 4 video chat  —  Skype today clarified its interest in iPhone 4 and the possibility of video chat.  A spokesman said Skype was curious about FaceTime and wanted to “see how this process unfolds” but made clear that the company …
Vladislav Savov / Engadget:
Nexus One steps up to 720p HD video thanks to latest hack (video)  —  Just more evidence that rooting is the only true path of the geek.  The indefatigable coders over at xda-developers have just pushed out a download that allows the Nexus One to start shooting video at 720p resolution.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Tweetie 2 and 3 definitely coming to the Mac, iPad soon  —  Tweetie for Mac won our 2010 Ars Design Award for Best Mac OS X User Experience, and for good reason.  Despite development house Atebits recently being acquired by Twitter, developer Loren Brichter swore up and down that the popular Twitter client would not die.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacStories, Thanks:chrismessina
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Major Carriers, Google Create Voluntary Neutrality Organization - Policy dog and pony show or meaningful engineering forum?  —  A group of companies including Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, Google, Intel, Cisco and Time Warner Cable have created what they're calling the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG or TAG).
Jason Cross / PC World:
Does the iPhone 4 Really Have a “Retina Display”?  —  Dr. Raymond Soneira runs DisplayMate Technologies, which makes software to test display quality.  He also knows more about digital displays than just about anyone I know - and I know some pretty tech-savvy folks.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Electronista
Computerworld:
WWDC claim exposed: Apple Safari 5 isn't fastest  —  Apple claimed at WWDC that its new Safari 5 browser is “fastest.”  Faster than Chrome; faster than Firefox; and definitely faster than IE.  Naturally, this was a red rag to the proverbial male Bos primigenius, so smarty-pants everywhere had to go see for themselves.
 
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John Oates / The Register:
Google's Wi-Fi sniff probe reveals ‘criminal intent’ - PI
Discussion: BBC, Privacy International and p2pnet
Andrew Kameka / Google Android Blog:
Norton Security releases Android app for “anti-malware” and remote protection
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Glam Goes After Google's DoubleClick, Launches Ad-Serving Platform (GOOG)
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Babbage:
Location, location, location  —  Geotagging services like Foursquare …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox 4 Gets WebM
Discussion: Thundering Herd, Webmonkey and Softpedia News, Thanks:atul
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IP-Addresses of First Hurt Locker Victims Revealed
Discussion: CrunchGear
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Foxconn axes suicide compensation, relocating some production to Vietnam or Taiwan
Discussion: Gizmodo, Pulse2, Future Tense and Fudzilla
Philip Shenon / The Daily Beast:
The State Department's Worst Nightmare
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Jazayeri / Chromium Blog:
An update on Google Cloud Print
Timothy A. Clary / Newsweek:
Drumbeats: The Tech Press Turns on Microsoft's Ballmer
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Fortune
Christopher Schanck / Design By Gravity:
AT&T Learns Exactly The Wrong Thing About Data Usage
Discussion: Fast Company
Leah Yamshon / PC World:
The Truth About the Faces in Your Facebook Ads
Srikanth Srinivasa / International Business Times:
Turkey bans use of Google, services
Discussion: Fast Company and The Register
 

 
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