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MacDailyNews:
RUMOR: Apple's secret product is ‘MacBook touch’  —  Get ready for Newton 2.0 MacBook touch?!  —  So says our source — the same one who tipped us to wireless iTunes Store sales direct to iPod, iPhone a week before Apple debuted it — in staccato fashion: … MacDailyNews Note: This is a rumor.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple hints at lower prices as iPod, notebook refresh on tap  —  Amid all the chatter about Apple's fiscal third quarter results, which were strong, most concerns about the future revolve around two words: Gross margins.  The big takeaway for technology buyers: Those lower margins hint …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Maps Walking Directions Now Live  —  Earlier this month, I reported that Google Maps was testing walking directions on a small subset of users.  This morning, I noticed that Google Maps now is offering walking directions for all Google Maps users.  —  For example, conduct a search …
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Andy Schwerin / Google LatLong:
Pound the pavement  —  It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and when it's not too hot, it feels like a waste of gorgeous weather to get behind the wheel or hop in a cab.  Doubly so when you're traveling to a city you'd love to explore, and you're pretty sure that you could walk from your hotel …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Maps Now Has Walking Directions
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Bloggle
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Steve Jobs “Health” Issue Just Gets Curiouser And Curiouser  —  Let me start by saying we all make mistakes, but when it comes to Apple Inc., when you make a mistake it matters.  In this business, you can make or lose a lot of money for a lot of people by getting a story right or wrong.
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Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
The Real Issue About Steve's Health  —  After the earnings call last night I talked with a source who is close to Apple and who who has in the past proven very well informed on the concerns of Apple senior management.  This source told me with near-certainty that Jobs' cancer has not returned.
Discussion: One More Thing
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:   If you don't like AAPL's “Steve's health is a private matter” statement, then sell
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo earnings decline, miss estimates  —  Yahoo's earnings for its second quarter came in 1 cent lower than expectations, with net income declining 19 percent and revenue a bit light as well, but the company called the quarter “strong.”  —  Using generally accepted accounting principles …
Discussion: New York Times
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:   Coming Tonight: Yahoo Reports Q2; Expectations Low
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO) Q2 Preview: Lukewarm, Squishy, Mixed
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:   Earnings Preview: Yahoo's Future Hangs In The Balance
Nick Breckon / Shacknews:
Games for Windows Takes on Steam, Set to Launch PC Digital Content Distribution Platform  —  Microsoft today announced that its Games for Windows initiative is set to expand with the launch an online PC gaming marketplace this fall.  The service will deliver free and paid downloadable game content …
Discussion: The Tech Report
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Rich Brown / Crave: The gadget blog:
Games for Windows Live to sell games, go free
Discussion: TG Daily
Rafik / Stay Connected:
Just Released: Windows Live for Windows Mobile
louisgray.com:
Techmeme and TechCrunch's Detractors Prove It's Hard to be On Top  —  One downside of being in a visible leadership position is that you often have a bulls-eye on your back.  Sometimes it's from your competition.  Sometimes it's from people who feel what you offer isn't benefitting themselves personally …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Has/How/Why tech blogging has failed you  —  Oh, what a hoot.  I've been taking a break from blogging just to relax and invest my time in other places.  Like FriendFeed.  Or downloading iPhone apps.  —  Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about Tech blogging and my role in it.  I've increasingly become saddened.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Some news from the editor's desk  —  For most of us here, at some point the sensation of breaking the news takes hold and turns into something else, something much more like an addiction.  It really gets into you, keeps you up at night, makes you stay in on weekends.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Hints That Usage-Based Billing Is Coming - New, more specific speed tiers may come with a catch...  At the FCC's hearing on broadband yesterday in Pittsburgh, AT&T Senior Federal Regulatory Vice President Robert Quinn said the company would be changing the way way they advertise their broadband tiers …
Discussion: johnon.com
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CNN:
AT&T To Create Tiered Internet Access For Subscribers
Discussion: DSLreports, CrunchGear and GigaOM
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
WordPress Comes To iPhone  —  Do you have an iPhone?  Are you a blogger?  Then you're going to love this news - there's now a WordPress app for iPhone available for download from the iTunes App Store.  The software lets you update your WordPress blog from anywhere.
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Matt Thomas / WordPress for iPhone:
WordPress for iPhone Available Now
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
First hints of Microsoft's “fight back” ads appear  —  I just noticed this teaser on Microsoft's home page:  —  If this is going to be the overall message of Microsoft's much-vaunted new $300 million ad campaign, it might be money well spent.  According to the folks at LiveSide …
Dennis Crouch / Patent Law Blog:
The Death of Google's Patents  —  By John F. Duffy* [PDF Version (42 KB)]  —  The Patent and Trademark Office has now made clear that its newly developed position on patentable subject matter will invalidate many and perhaps most software patents, including pioneering patent claims to such innovators as Google, Inc.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Software Patent Supporter Tries To Pretend Google Harmed Without Software Patents
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Still Haggles Over XM-Sirius  —  WASHINGTON - Three votes have now been cast in the Federal Communications Commission's review of the XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. merger, but the deal is still no closer to being done.  —  Democratic FCC commissioner …
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
XM-Sirius Voting: 2 Yeas, 1 Nay, 2 Undecided
Discussion: Electronista and Deal Journal
Chad Dickerson:
Leaving Yahoo!  —  I've thought a lot about how to begin this post, but it's best to get right to the point (especially in light of the speed of Techcrunch).  I'm leaving Yahoo! to pursue another very exciting opportunity: joining the Etsy team as CTO.  I'll save my thoughts on Etsy for later …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Matt McAlister
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Viacom CEO: ‘Great’ content is king  —  HALF MOON BAY, Calif.—If content is king, then technology is its queen.  —  Viacom's CEO Philippe Dauman, who spoke here Tuesday at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, said that despite talk that content has become a commodity (i.e., reality TV shows), it's quite the opposite.
Blake Whitman / Vimeo:
New upload rules  —  New Features  —  The Vimeo staff has decided that we are no longer going to allow gaming videos on Vimeo.  Specifically, we are no longer going to allow game walk-throughs, game strategy videos, depictions of player vs player battles, raids, fraps …
CBC News:
Cellphone market poised for shakeup as spectrum auction ends  —  The government is $4.2 billion richer with the conclusion of the cellphone spectrum auction on Monday, while customers stand to win as five new companies are now well positioned to launch services over the next few years.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
TiVo and Amazon Team Up  —  SAN FRANCISCO — TiVo, the Silicon Valley company that introduced millions to the joy of skipping television commercials, is trying to crack a decades-old media dream.  It wants to turn the television remote control into a tool for buying the products being advertised …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
SanDisk: Windows Vista not optimized for solid-state drives  —  SanDisk said Monday that Windows Vista is not optimized for solid-state drives, delaying the delivery of optimized drives until next year.  —  Solid-state drives (SSDs) are used instead of hard disk drives in select high-end notebook PCs today …
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
IFPI Forces Music Offline, Even Though Copyright Holder Wanted It Shared
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
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eWeek:
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Discussion: DailyTech, Ars Technica and GigaOM
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mark Shuttleworth: life on mars, Ubuntu in emerging markets
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Slides On Margin Worries; Estimates, Targets Fall
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
The Real Reason IPOs And Mergers Are Down
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Confirms OpenID Support, Launches Data Availability On Flixster and Eventful
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Andrew Cuomo Threatens To Sue Comcast If It Doesn't Sign Up For …
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Movie industry eyeing 3D movies for the home theater
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Virtual Earth Imagery Release - July 2008
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
As Travel Costs Rise, More Meetings Go Virtual
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Propeller 2.0 Launches: Ditching The Vote Count, Adding A Mascot
 

 
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