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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Finding A Perfect Match  —  Last month, Twitter had a very special date in New York City.  We met with another startup, had lunch at the famous Shake Shack, and spent some quality time together in Union Square.  The meeting with this other startup was largely a formality …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Buys Summize For About $15M: Gets Search - And Maybe A Business Model  —  Now it's a done deal.  Twitter has purchased search engine Summize, a deal that leaked out last week but didn't wrap up until the last few days.  Twitter's Biz Stone has the official announcement here …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Twitter Acquires Summize Search Engine
San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. officials locked out of computer network  —  (07-14) 19:23 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — A disgruntled city computer engineer has virtually commandeered San Francisco's new multimillion-dollar computer network, altering it to deny access to top administrators even as he sits in jail on $5 million bail, authorities said Monday.
Discussion: Techdirt and GigaOM
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Confirmed: Apple files suit against Psystar  —  [UPDATE: Suit now confirmed.  More to follow shortly ...]  —  It seems that Apple has grown tired of Apple-clone Psystar and has filed suit against the Florida company at the federal district court for the northern district of California.
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Apple finally sues unlicensed Macintosh cloner Psystar  —  Apple's adventures with Mac clones had at best, mixed results, and Steve Jobs quickly ended the program in 1997 after his return as CEO.  While a company named Psystar ignored that memo when it decided to release its own unofficial Mac clones earlier …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Apple vs. Psystar complaint excerpts: ‘Invaluable good is being eroded’
Discussion: Gearlog
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
The backstory on Senate's Google-Yahoo hearing  —  The U.S. Senate is holding a hearing Tuesday on the antitrust implications of the Google-Yahoo ad deal, and the two companies, along with Microsoft, are testifying.  You should expect sober, selfless discussions conducted with the public's best interests in mind.
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft tells Congress Yahoogle will own 90% of ad market
Discussion: CNET News.com
Diane Bartz / Reuters:   Microsoft cites Yang comments on Google-Yahoo deal
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:   Google: the mother of antitrust battles?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone 3G: Sold out in 21 states  —  Shoppers hunting for iPhone 3Gs can still find them — if they're willing to get up early and, in some cases, drive long distances.  —  As of 6:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, all three models (8GB black, 16 GB black or white) of the hot-selling device were sold out in 21 states …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
SK Telecom In Talks To Buy Sprint Nextel, CNBC Says; WSJ Says SK May Invest, But No Merger Talks (Updated)  —  SK Telecom (SKM) is in talks to acquire Sprint Nextel (S), according to CNBC.  This is not a new theory; rumors that SK Telecom might want to buy Sprint have been around for at least a year.
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
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David Faber / CNBC.com:
SK Telecom in Talks to Acquire Sprint: Sources  —  SK Telecom, which is smaller than Sprint  —  [S Loading...  () ], would be joined in any deal by private equity firms that would contribute cash towards the purchase, sources told CNBC.  —  A deal is not imminent and while the talks are on-going …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint, SK Telecom Discuss Venture
Discussion: paidContent.org and Phone Scoop
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G Unlocked with SIM Card Adapter  —  Just four days after its launch, the iPhone 3G has been unlocked for the first time exactly like the original iPhone: using a special card that piggybacks to your SIM card, fooling the phone into thinking it's using an official carrier.
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Agence France Presse:
Brazilians first to unlock new iPhone: reports
Discussion: InformationWeek
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
iPhone Device Software 2.0.1 on the way?
Discussion: Gear Diary and 9 to 5 Mac
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Dev Team shows off video of 'world's first' jailbroken iPhone 3G
Discussion: Zero Day
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hold On — Issues Remain Over Google & Viacom's Deal On YouTube Viewing Privacy  —  Google and Viacom have reached an agreement meant to ease privacy concerns about YouTube records being handed over to Viacom through a court order.  However, there remain some questions about how exactly the …
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Business Wire:
Intel Posts Record Second-Quarter Revenue of $9.5 Billion  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Intel Corporation today announced record second-quarter revenue of $9.5 billion, operating income of $2.3 billion, net income of $1.6 billion and earnings per share (EPS) of 28 cents.
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold review: we've been rockin' it for a month  —  This might be a shocker out there to many, but we do actually, you know, not leak things from time to time.  What's important here, is that we've been rockin' a BlackBerry Bold for around a month now and have a great handle on the unit.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Copy and Paste  —  There are two possibilities regarding the iPhone's continued lack of a system-wide copy-and-paste clipboard.  Either Apple's iPhone UI team doesn't plan to add it, or, they haven't gotten to it yet. … No direct quotes from Joswiak, but based on Segan's paraphrasing …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Mini Exit: BallHype and ShowHype Acquired for $3 Million  —  The husband and wife behind BallHype and ShowHype, two Digg clones that focus on baseball and entertainment news, have earned a modest pay day: $3 million from media group Future US.  That's not bad given the two never raised …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google pushes towards 70 percent of all U.S. searches; Yahoo, Microsoft push towards zero percent  —  The ascent continues.  Google accounted for a ridiculous 69.17 percent of all U.S. search in June, according to new data from Hitwise.  What's even more ridiculous is that the search engine is still adding market share.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Summer Update (9.4) Trickles Out  —  As TiVo does, they've started rolling out the summer software update ahead of a general release.  In fact, the priority page hasn't been updated yet.  Though, I hear all boxes should be upgraded by the end of the month.  Of the disclosed new features, two in particular caught my eye.
Discussion: PVRblog
Michael Steil / pagetable.com:
1200 Baud Archeology: Reconstructing Apple I BASIC from a Cassette Tape  —  The audio file that was posted two weeks ago is indeed a very important artifact of computer history: It is a recording of the “Apple I BASIC” cassette tape that came with the Apple I. It is the first piece …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and CrunchGear
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Test feature shows social search may be on the way for Google  —  A lucky Google user, Adrian Pike, has noticed something cool on search results: buttons to vote on links, much like Digg or StumbleUpon.  He sent some screenshots over to TechCrunch.  —  The feature is being “bucket tested …
 
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Jonathan Corbet / Linux Weather Forecast:
2.6.26 at last  —  Linus Torvalds released the 2.6.26 kernel …
Discussion: Open Source and eWeek
CNN:
Tracking Of Users Across Web Sites Could Face Strict Rules
Discussion: DSLreports and MarketingVOX
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorkin on Yang: He Might Step Down If That's Best For Yahoo
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
Criminal probe ended, Apple CEO still has hurdles
Discussion: Macsimum News
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sun Pre-Announces Solid FY Q4; Stock Jumps After Hours
Henry Work / TechCrunch:
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Thomas Wailgum / CIO.com:
How Did Apple's Supply Chain Fare During the iPhone 3G Rollout?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nintendo's New Wii Features: Musical Instruments, Speakerphone
Discussion: Gizmodo
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The importance of being there  —  The virtual world still needs …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Nintendo: Grand Theft Auto for DS; Wii Music
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Will the Profit Motive Undermine Trust in Truste?
Discussion: paidContent.org
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Flash and SEO - Compelling Reasons Why Search Engines & Flash Still Don't Mix
Aliza Sherman / Web Worker Daily:
Filtrbox Dials the Noise Way Down
Erik Kennedy / Infinite Loop:
Xcode 3.1 brings security, performance, and UI improvements
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will Sept. Qtr Guidance Disappoint the Street?
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