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4:20 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.
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
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 …
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.”
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.
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.
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 …
Sumner Lemon / Computerworld:
Apple patching serious SMS vulnerability on iPhone  —  The flaw could allow an attacker to remotely install and run unsigned software code  —  IDG News Service - Apple Inc. is working to fix an iPhone vulnerability that could allow an attacker to remotely install and run unsigned software code with root access to the phone.
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.
Akshay Patil / The Official Google Blog:
New Blog Search tools: Feeds, Hot Queries and Latest Posts  —  Ever since the new Google Blog Search homepage launched, we've been fielding requests for a myriad of different features.  Today we're happy to announce the launch of our most requested feature: RSS and Atom feeds.
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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: Venture Chronicles, Screenwerk and 901am, Thanks:atul
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 …
Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
Companies pledge more openness about Web tracking  —  Companies that track consumer behavior online for advertising purposes are vowing to make their practices more transparent and to give people a way to decline being shadowed.  —  It's unclear how much of an effect the new policies will have.
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Jim Norris / FriendFeed Blog:
FriendFeed real-time search.  We have it.  It's here.  —  One of the coolest things about FriendFeed is how you can see everything that's happening on the site in real-time.  Starting today, this is even more true with real-time search.  —  Just enter a search query as you always have …
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat, louisgray.com and Mashable!, Thanks:jesse
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.
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Layoffs and Reorg at IAC-Owned Evite  —  Evite, the invitation service owned by IAC (NSDQ: IACI), is done a reorg and laid off 9 employees out of 38 total, we have learned and confirmed from the company.  Among the execs who have been laid off include Rosanna McCollough …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:outcastpr
John D. Sutter / CNN:
Twittering from the tractor: smartphones sprout on the farm  —  (CNN) — As he rolls across the wheat fields of his Nebraska farm, Steve Tucker often has his hands not on the wheel of his tractor, but on a smartphone.  —  He sometimes posts a dozen messages per day on Twitter …
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 …
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
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
GoDaddy Files Patent for Method of Selling Equity in Domain Names  —  Domain registrar files patents for system to sell equity in domain names.  —  Go Daddy Group Inc. has filed a patent for a method of selling equity in domain names and protecting the domain names in which the equity is issued.
Discussion: freepatentsonline.com
 
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Basheera Khan / TechCrunch Europe:
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Staska / Unwired View:
LG aims for #2 spot by 2012, plans new “Black label” …
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