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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhone 3Gs: 9,190,680 and counting  —  Here's bit of upbeat economic news to brighten a gloomy Monday.  —  On Aug. 1, a London-based investor who calls himself “Tommo_UK” posted a message on The Mac Observer's Apple Finance Board asking anyone who had bought an iPhone 3G to provide three pieces …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
30 percent of iPhone 3G buyers dump existing carriers  —  Apple's iPhone 3G apparently created a summertime switch itch: 30 percent of all the smartphone's buyers bailed on their existing carriers in order to purchase the device, according to an NPD Group report released Monday.
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 2.2 Hidden Features: Google Street View, Emoji, Auto-Correction Off  —  It seems that Apple is taking further care in hiding new iPhone features in their beta releases.  The most recent firmware beta seeded to developers listed “compatibility testing” in its release notes as the only change.
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Buys Leading Payments and Classifieds Businesses, Streamlines Existing Organization To Improve Growth  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY - News) today announced two acquisitions that significantly extend the company's leadership position in online payments and classifieds.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
eBay buys three companies for $1.35 billion, lays off 1,000
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL-Yahoo Merger Details Emerge; Deal Could Happen This Month  —  Yahoo is continuing its marathon merger discussions with AOL, sources close to the negotiations have whispered to us, and a deal could happen as early as this month.  Is this just a rehash of the reported discussions in February and then again in April?
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Nicholas Ciarelli / The Daily Beast:
Not So Secret Apple  —  Welcome to The Daily Beast: A Q&A with Tina Brown  —  The company's former (13-year-old) nemesis explains how Steve Jobs has suddenly gone soft.  —  I've had the dubious privilege of being on the frontlines of Apple's war against web leaks.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
We Have Completed $4.5 Million in New Funding  —  From time to time, I have shared with you the steps we're taking to build Giga Omni Media, the 27-month-old company behind this and the other publications that make up the GigaOM network.  Today, I am thrilled to announce the start of our company's next phase.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Exclusive: First Look at the BlackBerry Application Center!  —  This weekend was HUGE for leaked info on the BlackBerry Storm (thanks BG!).  But while all the latest Storm OS eye candy has been sweet to look at and filled in some gaps on how the device's OS will function (like copy and paste functionality) …
Fred / A VC:
Free Vs Paid  —  My friend Howard was visiting me a few weeks ago and he said to me “free is over, I am only investing in services that customers pay for”.  He said “freemium is dead”.  I reminded him that freemium is a paid model, but he wasn't buying it.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
SAP: “Very Sudden And Unexpected Drop” In Business, Pressuring Enterprise IT Stocks  —  Adding fuel to the raging fire on which stock valuations are now burning, SAP (SAP) Co-CEO Henning Kagermann this morning warned in a statement that market developments of the last few weeks have been …
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
The top five reasons why Windows Vista failed  —  On Friday, Microsoft gave computer makers a six-month extension for offering Windows XP on newly-shipped PCs.  While this doesn't impact enterprise IT — because volume licensing agreements will allow IT to keep installing Windows XP for many years to come …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Stock Falls Under $90 (AAPL)  —  As of 12:55PM ET, Apple (AAPL) is down 8% and trading around $89, more than 50% off its high.  —  The stock's trailing P/E ratio is now 17X—still above the market's, but low for a stock with this wide and passionate a following and a still-solid growth story.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Tech Stocks Take It On The Chin As Market Continues To Freefall
Discussion: Bloomberg
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Announcing SEOmoz's Index of the Web and the Launch of our Linkscape Tool  —  After 12 long months of brainstorming, testing, developing, and analyzing, the wait is finally over.  Today, I'm ecstatic to announce some very big developments here at SEOmoz.  They include:
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Analyst: Half of ‘social media campaigns’ will flop  —  Adam Sarner, an analyst with market research firm Gartner, has projected that over 75 percent of Fortune 1000 companies with Web sites will have undertaken some kind of online social-networking initiative for marketing or customer relations purposes.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft planning add-on to SQL Server  —  Microsoft wants SQL Server to scale new heights, and it is hoping an add-on code-named Kilimanjaro will help.  —  Due out in the first half of 2010, Kilimanjaro improves SQL Server 2008 with a series of business intelligence enhancements to the database.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
I.B.M. Releases Bluehouse for Collaboration  —  There's an arms race of sorts taking place among some of the world's largest technology companies as they scamper to control the next wave of office software.  —  Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Google, I.B.M. and others are selling applications under …
Discussion: eWeek and The Social Times
T-Marco / Cell Phone Signal:
T-Mobile will introduce Cameo  —  T-Mobile soon will introduce a new service and a new device for its subscribers.  It is not a phone, it is not a Bluetooth headset.  What is it?  A Picture frame with a sim card buit in.  Back on January, Parrot announced the new DF7700, a digital picture frame with a GSM sim card in it.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Associated Press:
Top court stays out of DVR patent fight  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court refused Monday to disturb a $74 million judgment against Dish Network Corp. for violating a patent held by TiVo Inc. involving digital video recorders.  —  Without comment, the justices declined to consider Englewood, Colo.-based Dish's appeal.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Semantic Search Engine Hakia Now Says It Can Filter Results By How Credible They Are  —  On the Internet, nobody knows your site is a dog (to paraphrase the famous New Yorker cartoon).  At least not yet.  Semantic search engine Hakia wants to change that.  Ask.com is not the only search engine rolling out a redesign today.
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Using Video Games as Bait to Hook Readers  —  CARLSBAD, Calif.— When PJ Haarsma wrote his first book, a science fiction novel for preteenagers, he didn't think just about how to describe Orbis, the planetary system where the story takes place.  He also thought about how it should look and feel in a video game.
Discussion: PSFK
InfoWorld:
IBM bundles up cloud computing initiatives  —  IBM has joined the companies jostling for position in the cloud computing space.  The company has announced a variety of offerings that it claimed would allow users to better manager data and make collaboration easier.
 
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