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5:20 PM ET, July 4, 2009

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Survey: The iPhone is No. 1 in Japan  —  Gauging the iPhone's popularity in Japan is not easy.  —  Just ask Brian X. Chen.  He wrote a piece for Wired.com last April called Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone suggesting that despite the long lines that greeted the iPhone 3G last summer, the device was a big flop in Japan.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Apple, Acer and...Arrington?  —  Michael Arrington, founder of the influential tech blog TechCrunch, has been talking for a year about building a touch-screen tablet for Web surfing.  Now, it appears that the CrunchPad is about to become a reality.  —  The San Francisco Business Times reported Friday …
Fred / A VC:
Freemium and Freeconomics  —  This week we saw the release of Chris Anderson's book Free and reviews from the New Yorker (Malcolm Gladwell) and the Financial Times.  I'd like to talk a bit about the firestorm that freeconomics (fed by Chris' book) has unleashed but first we need to clarify something.
Discussion: Mark Evans, Webmetricsguru and GigaOM
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Sony Ericsson's first Android handset “Rachael” and the transparent display-rocking “Kiki” get pictured  —  It's July 4th — America is celebrating its independence at the grill, policemen across the country are turning a blind eye to fireworks, liquor store owners are swimming in the day's take …
TechFlash:
Web sites creep back after Seattle fire, but Bing Travel still down  —  [Update, Saturday afternoon: Bing Travel is now back online.]  —  Many of the Web sites knocked offline Friday due to the Fisher Plaza data center fire were back up as of early this morning.
Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
Firefox 3.5 and the potential of Web typography  —  In addition to new features such as support for HTML 5, geo-location, and a noticeably faster engine, Firefox 3.5 added a new CSS rule that makes Web typography much more attractive.  —  @font-face is a CSS rule that allows Web designers …
Discussion: TeleRead
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Firefox 3.5 patch coming soon as Mozilla cranks up downloads
Discussion: GeekSmack and Pocket-lint.com
Mary Branscombe / h-online.com:
Mozilla CEO: The browser has a long way to go  —  The future of Firefox  —  Now that Firefox 3.5 is out, The H talked to Mozilla CEO John Lilly about HTML 5, Chrome, the mobile Web and the future of Firefox and he says the war is far from won  —  Firefox 3.5 is one of the self-proclaimed …
Basex Blog:
CompuServe Requiem  —  The original CompuServe service, first offered in 1979, was shut down this past week by its current owner, AOL.  The service, which provided its users with addresses such as 73402,3633 and was the first major online service, had seen the number of users dwindle in recent years.
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
PC Invader Costs Ky. County $415,000  —  Cyber criminals based in Ukraine stole $415,000 from the coffers of Bullitt County, Kentucky this week.  The crooks were aided by more than two dozen co-conspirators in the United States, as well as assistance from a family of malicious software capable …
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Register
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Why is #moonfruit trending on Twitter?  It's the rebirth of a startup  —  It's not often that Internet companies last 10 years, but Moonfruit in the UK has proved pretty resilient.  It survived the dotcom boom the first time round, launching with VC-backing, growing to 65 staff and cutting …
Discussion: Stop Twitter Spam and ReadWriteWeb
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
As turnaround continues, June chip sales point to tech economy recovery  —  While the U.S. unemployment dashed stock market hopes of a recovery in the national economy, the bellwether semiconductor industry seems like it's on its way to a recovery.  —  Chips are a leading indicator for sales …
The Wallet:
You've Got Blackmail: The AOL Account That Wouldn't Die  —  Jason Zweig writes the Intelligent Investor column that runs in Saturday's Journal.  Today, he takes on customer service.  —  Back in 2000, I worked at a magazine published by Time Inc., a division of Time Warner.
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets
 
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