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12:35 AM ET, July 16, 2008

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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:
Interview With Evan Williams: Summize Acquisition, API Issues …
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft tells Congress Yahoogle will own 90% of ad market  —  A US Senate subcommittee heard testimony today about the competitive implications of Yahoo's recent deal with Google, which will see the company mix ads supplied by Google with its own on search result pages.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sorkin on Yang: He Might Step Down If That's Best For Yahoo
Discussion: Tech Confidential and Valleywag
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft to Congress: But Google Will Have Outrageous 90% Market Share!
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
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Apple vs. Psystar complaint excerpts: ‘Invaluable good is being eroded’
Discussion: Gearlog
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.
Aviram / SecuriTeam Blogs:
Finding the name behind the gmail address  —  Ever wondered what name is behind some obscure gmail address?  Maybe your preferred gmail address was taken and you're wondering who took it?  —  Here's a cute vulnerability in the gmail system that comes from the strong tie-ins between gmail …
Discussion: Zero Day
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.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Seeking Ad Revenue, Blinkx Syndicates Video Search  —  Video search engine Blinkx is trying a new strategy to boost ad revenues: selling its search engine to third-party sites.  The deal is pretty straightforward: any site that signs up can have Blinkx's video search engine embedded for free.
Discussion: CNET News.com and Download Squad
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Blinkx Video Search Guns For Google  —  Blinkx offers a white-label video search service as it seeks to compete with Google and other Web service providers.  —  Oft-rumored Google acquisition target blinkx served up its latest video search fare July 16 in the form of Red Label …
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.
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Kindle 2.0 Coming Around October 2008  —  An insider let slip that two new Amazon Kindle models will hit stores this holiday season, with the first coming as early as October.  —  The first is an updated version with the same sized screen, a smaller form factor, and an improved interface.
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 …
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Dan Rubin / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:   The iPhone 3G proves that there is no economic downturn
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.
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Intel posts record-breaking Q2 earnings
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Do Startup Companies Need Community Managers?  —  You know what little startup companies need these days?  They need to hire more people!  It may be a frightening thought, but in an increasingly social world - being social is becoming an important full time job.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Pandora Usage Stats Prove It's iPhone's Killer App  —  Pandora's internet radio has always been one of those sites that was really cool in concept, but too inconvenient to ever go mainstream.  The service was long tied to computers only, and while it eventually expanded to special internet radios …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Viacom, Google agree to mask 12TB of YouTube user data
Discussion: Tech Beat and Gizmodo
Chris Gaither / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Sony launching PlayStation 3 video download service tonight  —  Sony Corp. is finally launching its long-awaited video download service for the PlayStation 3 video game console.  —  The company said it would start selling and renting movies and TV shows through its PlayStation Network tonight.
Discussion: Bit Player and Parks Associates
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
The New Apple Walled Garden  —  Geeks and enthusiasts wearing Wordpress t-shirts, using laptops covered in Data Portability, Microformats and RSS stickers lined up enthusiastically on Friday to purchase a device that is completely proprietary, controlled and wrapped in DRM.
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 …
Greg / Pinch Media:
Percentage of free applications decreasing  —  An interesting dynamic in the AppStore - for the first time since launch, ‘free’ is not the most popular application price.  In addition, the percentage of applications that are free is falling.  At launch, almost a quarter of applications were free.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Gong Show
 
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DigiTimes:
Lenovo to launch IdeaPad G-series for netbook and entry-level markets
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Jack Chou / The LinkedIn Blog:
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
iPhone Developers have a blockbuster weekend
Calley Nye / TechCrunch:
Alex Albrecht Tanks and Spanks Bosses in Project Lore
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Valleywag and AppScout
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Sony's PS3 & PSP Movie Service Launching; Seven Studios Signed On …
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Google Sued For Selling Ads On Parked Domains
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
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Sandisk:
SanDisk Introduces Write-Once Memory Cards for Applications …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, Gadgetell and Gearlog
Jonathan Corbet / Linux Weather Forecast:
2.6.26 at last  —  Linus Torvalds released the 2.6.26 kernel …
Discussion: Open Source and eWeek
Agence France Presse:
Brazilians first to unlock new iPhone: reports
Discussion: InformationWeek
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sun Pre-Announces Solid FY Q4; Stock Jumps After Hours
Henry Work / TechCrunch:
CrunchBase Now Has An API, So Grab Our Data
Discussion: CrunchBase Blog
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, Engadget and Kotaku
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google pushes towards 70 percent of all U.S. searches; Yahoo …