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9:20 AM ET, July 25, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Full Text Of AOL Email: XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile And Bluestring To Shut Down  —  Below is the full text of the email AOL EVP Kevin Conroy sent out to staff on July 14, outlining the reorganization of his product groups and announcing the “sunsetting” of XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile and Bluestring.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL gussies up for potential sale, but who's buying?  —  AOL is shutting down XDrive, AOL Pictures and other properties in a belt tightening move that may indicate the company is setting itself up to be sold.  The larger question: Who will buy AOL from Time Warner?
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
AOL Trimming Up For Sale; Sun Sets On XDrive, AOL Pictures, Mobile And Others
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   AOL To Shutter A Slew Of Products, EVP Kevin Conroy's Future Uncertain
Denver Post:
Missing ‘spam king’ kills self, family  —  BENNETT — Just four days after escaping a federal minimum-security work camp, “Spam King” Eddie Davidson shot his wife and child and wounded a teen-age girl before turning the gun on himself.  —  Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of gunfire …
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Escaped spammer kills himself  —  Comment Yay.  No, YAY!  —  NOT ALL STORIES have a happy ending, but the tale of escaped spam king Edward “Eddie” Davidson sure does.  After walking away from prison, he got a gun, killed his family, then killed himself.  —  While it is hard not to feel bad …
Discussion: The Register
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Apple beta testing iPhone 2.1 firmware, adding more GPS features  —  We just got word that Apple has released a beta version of iPhone OS 2.1 to developers.  Along with the 2.1 firmware, a new version of the iPhone SDK has been seeded as well, but the new SDK can't be used for submitting applications to the App Store at the moment.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Seeds iPhone 2.1 Firmware with GPS Features
Discussion: greg hughes and The iPhone Blog
PR Newswire:
Netflix Announces Q2 2008 Financial Results  —  Subscribers - 8.4 million Revenue - $337.6 million GAAP Net Income - $26.6 million GAAP EPS - $0.42 per diluted share  —  Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX - News) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Netflix Q2 Revs Up 11 Percent; Beats On EPS; Ups FY Guidance  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) reported Q2 revenue of $337.6 million, an 11 percent increase from $303.7 million a year ago.  Net income was up just 3 percent to $26.6 million.  A significant reduction in shares outstanding …
Daniel AJ Sokolov / heise Security UK:
Speculation over back door in Skype  —  According to reports, there may be a back door built into Skype, which allows connections to be bugged.  The company has declined to expressly deny the allegations.  At a meeting with representatives of ISPs and the Austrian regulator on lawful interception …
Discussion: open, Memex 1.1 and Zero Day
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Believe In Superstitions?  Avoid The Word “me” In Product Names  —  If you are superstitious and believe that names can bring (or deny) good luck, avoid giving your products a name that ends with “me”.  —  This is not a recommendation of any soothsayer but just a personal observation …
Discussion: MacBlogz
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Android Is For The Masses, iPhone For The Rich  —  Our network blog last100 has an interesting interview with Nicolas Gramlich, founder of anddev.org - an online community for Android developers.  As editor Steve O'Hear notes in his intro, there have been issues with Google's mobile OS of late …
Discussion: last100
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
High-Stakes Race to Unlock a Wider Web  —  Critics Say New Technology May Hinder TV Signals  —  The nation's top technology companies have spent millions of dollars and nearly two years building devices, poring over laptops and working in federal labs trying to come up with a new way of …
Web 2.0 Asia:
A discouraging news for Korean open web movement  —  Open Web, a Korean web forum led by professor Kichang Kim of Korea University is best known for its fight against rampant use of Active X in Korea, lost a lawsuit against the KFTC (Korea Financial Telecommunication and Clearings Comittee).
Discussion: open
Computerworld:
Forrester: Windows Vista rejected like ‘new Coke’ by enterprises  —  Even though it's been out for about 18 months now, the Windows Vista OS doesn't seem to be gaining a lot of traction at large firms, according to survey results released by Forrester Research.  —  SECURITY / more stories...
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Second Age of Aquarius: Facebook Connect + Facebook Payments (= Social Sign-on + Viral E-Commerce)  —  so i went to Facebook F8 yesterday, and i had a good time.  —  yeah sure, the hype machine was in overdrive & some folks were a little underwhelmed (tho others more excited than usual).
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Day After: Looking At How Well Knol Pages Rank On Google  —  We've been assured that just because content sits on Google's Knol site, it won't gain any ranking authority from being part of the Knol domain.  OK, so a day after Knol has launched, how's that holding up?
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Blockbuster remembers it bought Movielink for a reason  —  While company after company enter the digital movie download realm including former outsiders like Apple and Microsoft, the company once synonymous with movie rentals has been noticeably absent: Blockbuster.
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Andrew D. Smith / Dallas Morning News:
Blockbuster adds Movielink's video downloads to Web site
 
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Loopt strikes a deal to make massive use of GPS data cost effective
Discussion: All Points Blog and IntoMobile
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Open Web Foundation to Keep Data ‘Open’
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
DRM still sucks: Yahoo Music going dark, taking keys with it
Media Molecule hits little big time / BBC:
Game On  —  Sony has very high hopes for LittleBigPlanet
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Vulnerable to a DNS cache poisoning at home?
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 2.0 Jailbreak and Unlock Now for Windows
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Toshiba working on a netbook / UMPC that's actually interesting
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Big Cable: FCC Internet policy should apply to colleges too
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Source: Facebook's internal valuation is $4 billion. But so what.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Griping Online? Comcast Hears You and Talks Back
Symbian OS:
Samsung announces new 8 megapixel mobile phone based on Symbian OS
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Microsoft CFO to Wall Street: What gives?  And forget about a Yahoo deal
Discussion: Techland and eWeek
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to show off spherical Surface next week
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Ballmer Soars into the Server Cloud
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google creates a new market and wreaks havoc on another
Discussion: Salon
 

 
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Robert G. Kaiser / Washington Post:
Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor, dies at 93

Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
More than 300 New York Times staffers express interest in buyouts

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Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

 
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