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3:05 PM ET, July 2, 2009

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Arn / MacRumors:
Haptic Feedback, Fingerprint Identification, and RFID Tag Readers in Future iPhones?  —  Apple has let loose a number of revealing new patent applications that cover some interesting technologies that could be used in future iPhones.  —  Haptic Tactile Feedback
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple developing “active packaging” for iPods and iPhones  —  Known for thinking outside the box, electronics maker Apple Inc. is now apparently working on an in-the-box concept that could provide power to iPods, iPhones and other electronics devices still inside their retail packaging …
Discussion: Phone Arena, TreeHugger and I4U News
Staska / Unwired View:
iPhone 4.0 OS: event based modes, intellingent and scheduled communications  —  Now that with 3.0 OS iPhone has basically caught up with the traditional smartphones in functionality, it may be time to look how Apple can make the next generation devices even smarter.
Discussion: iPhone Buzz, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Microsoft chucks vomit ad  —  Earlier this week, we were all rather intrigued by the appearance of a Microsoft ad, in which a wife borrows her husband's laptop and suffers a technicolor nightmare when she espies a site that he has been, um, enjoying.  —  By Wednesday night, however …
MacDailyNews:
Leaked AT&T memo: Apple iPhone 3GS generated ‘best ever sales day’  —  Multiple sources have provided MacDailyNews with an internal AT&T memo that highlights the company's recent milestones and successes: … [Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers who shall remain nameless for the heads up.]
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
And Yet More Proof Of Why AT&T Needs To Keep That iPhone Exclusivity  —  An internal AT&T memo that was leaked today is full of very impressive number regarding the iPhone 3GS — numbers that once again show why AT&T's exclusive contract with Apple to sell the iPhone in the U.S. is so important.
Discussion: Macworld
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Microsoft to offer Family Pack for Windows 7 Home Premium  —  In two recent posts (Windows 7 versus Snow Leopard: How much do upgrades really cost? and Do you need more than Windows 7 Home Premium?), I took a closer look at the differences between Windows 7 editions and their counterparts from Apple.
KRAPPS:
Update - Apple Pulls BeautyMeter App With Nude 15-Year-Old  —  Yesterday's BeautyMeter article resulted in quite the firestorm.  Media outlets such as Fox News, Wired, Gizmodo, DownloadSqaud and others, carried the “Nude 15-Year-Old Pictures” story ... as well as social media activity from Digg, Twitter and more.
Mark Hachman / Gearlog:
Apple Issues Heat Advisory for iPhone 3G, 3GS  —  Whether anecdotal reports of iPhones overheating are true or not, Apple has taken them seriously enough to reveal the presence of a temperature warning screen for the iPhone 3G and 3GS.  —  Here's the deal: an unknown but probably very small number …
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
No to SQL?  Anti-database movement gains steam  —  But can enterprises take open-source alternatives Hadoop, Voldemort seriously?  —  Computerworld - The meet-up in San Francisco last month had a whiff of revolution about it, like a latter-day techie version of the American Patriots planning the Boston Tea Party.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Connect Is A Huge Success — By The Numbers  —  As much as Beacon was Facebook's low point, that service's replacement, Facebook Connect, is vaulting the company to new heights six months after its November 2008 launch.  —  CEO Mark Zuckerberg occasionally hints …
Discussion: Screenwerk and 901am, Thanks:atul
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Mozilla's Crowdsourcing Mystique  —  As the maker of the Firefox Web browser relies on volunteer developers, such for-profit companies as Google and LinkedIn strain to copy the Mozilla model  —  There's a cool new video player in the Firefox Web browser that Mozilla released on June 30.
Thanks:outcastpr
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Tania Branigan / Guardian:
Chinese ‘to go ahead with net filter’  —  Government claims technology will curb access to pornography, but internet users say it blocks politically sensitive content and monitors behaviour  —  China's controversial plan to install Green Dam internet filtering software on all computers …
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Bing:
bringing a bit of twitter to bing  —  There has been much discussion of real-time search and the premium on immediacy of data that has been created primarily by Twitter.  We've been watching this phenomenon with great interest, and listening carefully to what consumers really want in this space.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Craigslist Sued For Trademark Based On Listing  —  In what appears to be a first, listings site Craigslist has been sued for trademark infringement based on ads posted by users.  —  The lawsuit was brought by Texas real estate company First Call Properties, which alleges that it began advertising …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google App Engine Broken For 4 Hours And Counting  —  A little over two hours ago, a Google employee posted a note in this Google Groups thread indicating that Google App Engine was “seeing elevated Datastore latency and error-rates, as well as elevated serving error-rates.”
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge, Thanks:joelaz
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
New Linux patch could circumvent Microsoft's FAT patents  —  Microsoft's recent lawsuit against TomTom, alleging infringement of filesystem patents, has left many questions unanswered about the legal implications of distributing open source implementations of Microsoft's FAT filesystem.
Tom Cook / Facebook:
Hammering Usernames  —  Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) at Facebook is always under pressure to keep the site and all the moving pieces behind the scenes running while still delivering an excellent user experience.  The recent launch of usernames to our 200 million active users on a single night …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
GoDaddy Wants You to Go Twitter  —  Ideally, your brand has the same name across all of the social sites you use, and, it matches your domain name (for example, we're mashable.com, twitter.com/mashable, and facebook.com/mashable).  —  Realizing this fact, popular domain registrar GoDaddy …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Prices Fluctuate As Developers Adjust To OS 3.0; Nav Apps Gain Pricing Power  —  Ever since OS.  3., the latest operating system for the iPhone, launched on June 17, prices among the top 100 apps in the iTunes App Store have been fluctuating wildly as developers push …
Discussion: eWeek and Distimo Report
Dan Freed / TheStreet.com:
Murdoch Talks Media  —  NWSA , GE , NYT , GOOG , YHOO , TWX  —  Rupert Murdoch has not allowed the crisis in his most-loved medium — the newspaper — stop the growth of his global empire.  —  Murdoch, the 78-year-old News Corp. (NWSA Quote) chairman and CEO who moved television news considerably …
John Cook / TechFlash:
Voyager, Steamboat Ventures line up behind secretive Ground Truth  —  Last week, we reported on the secretive mobile analytics startup Ground Truth, noting the involvement of some heavy hitters from the Seattle tech startup scene.  At the time of that post, we reported that a venture round was nearing completion with Voyager Capital.
Discussion: mocoNews
Plamere / Music Machinery:
The Coolness Index  —  Some artists just are not cool - your mom likes ABBA, so there's no way you are going to listen to them, even if you think Mamma Mia is rather catchy.  Likewise you may think High School Musical's ‘Bop to the top’ is mucho gusto, but you don't want anyone to know it.
Discussion: Music Ally
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon has a change of heart, prepares to open BlackBerry Tour pre-orders to all  —  Following our post yesterday and the ensuing outcry, it looks like Verizon had a change of heart where BlackBerry Tour pre-orders are concerned.  Are you a current Verizon Wireless subscriber whose spirits …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Jammie Thomas will appeal, lawyer says  —  It's official: Jammie Thomas-Rasset intends to appeal her case, one of her lawyers told CNET News on Wednesday.  —  “She's not interested in settling,” attorney Joe Sibley said in a brief phone interview.  “She wants to take the issue up on appeal on the constitutionality of the damages.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Unlocking the unlocked cell phone market  —  Nokia and Sony Ericsson are targeting the U.S. with a new set of unlocked phones, but without hefty carrier subsidies will they ever be able to crack the U.S. market?  —  There is no question that when it comes to features, Nokia and Sony Ericsson's …
Discussion: DSLreports
Google Enterprise Blog:
Improvements to Google Apps contacts  —  Today, we're happy to announce updates to contacts in Google Apps: new features that many of our enterprise customers have been asking for.  —  For starters, we've launched a new API that, when combined with the existing shared contacts API …
Discussion: InformationWeek and ReadWriteWeb
BBC:
Twitter followers ‘can be bought’  —  Twitter users who lack an audience for their messages can now buy followers.  —  Australian social media marketing company uSocial is offering a paid service that finds followers for users of the micro-blogging service.
Discussion: NEWS.com.au, GigaOM, TG Daily and broadstuff
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
ASCAP Makes Outlandish Copyright Claims on Cell Phone Ringtones  —  New York - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal court Wednesday to reject bogus copyright claims in a ringtone royalty battle that could raise costs for consumers, jeopardize consumer rights, and curtail new technological innovation.
Discussion: Macworld and p2pnet
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon: Cut Your Landline To Save Money - Wait.  Who are you and what have you done with Verizon?  —  For years the baby bells have been trying to slow (or ignore) the death of the landline by forcing DSL customers to bundle one, whether they wanted it or not.
Discussion: Telecompetitor
 
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Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Where's My Bus? D.C. Gov't Says There's an App for That
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Gina Keating / Reuters:
MySpace, Web servers not liable for assaults: court
Discussion: Ars Technica, Techgeist and CNET News
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Dabble (Still) Down  —  After reading an informative post …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Hickins / BNET Technology:
iPhone Overtaking Nokia Worldwide
Sumner Lemon / ITworld.com:
Apple patching serious SMS vulnerability on iPhone
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Bing finds meaning in Powerset
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
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