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5:55 PM ET, July 7, 2009

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The Official Google Blog:
Google Apps is out of beta (yes, really)  —  We're often asked why so many Google applications seem to be perpetually in beta.  For example, Gmail has worn the beta tag more than five years.  We realize this situation puzzles some people, particularly those who subscribe to the traditional definition of …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Gmail and Other Google Apps Finally Shed ‘Beta’ Label
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pandora (And Other Internet Radio) Has Officially Been Saved  —  After two years of uncertainty, Pandora's future has finally been secured.  —  For those not familiar with what was going on, basically the streaming rates for Internet radio were in danger of being raised to levels …
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Music Labels Reach Royalty Deal With Online Stations  —  Internet radio, once on its death bed, may survive after all.  —  On Tuesday, after a two-year battle, record labels and online radio stations agreed on new royalty rates for streaming music online.  Many of the music sites had argued …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Web Radio Darling Pandora Slips the Noose, But at a Cost: Heavy Users Have to Pay.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Sony Vaio W netbook now official in US, coming August for $499  —  Not so much of a surprise now, but Sony's bringing its 10.1-inch Vaio W stateside as well, and yes, according to the Sony reps we talked to, this time they really do mean to call it a netbook, unlike its Vaio P brethren.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Demand for Apple's 13" MacBook Pro may be outpacing supply  —  Apple's newly-coined 13-inch MacBook Pros appear to be off to a hot start, with the company reportedly having difficulty keeping some of the new models in stock as it enters the heart of the back-to-school buying season.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Push Gmail Comes To The iPhone — Through An App (If It's Accepted)  —  You'd think on a phone that can do as many cool things as the iPhone, push email through one of the world's most popular email services, Gmail, would be one of them.  But for some reason, Google and Apple haven't turned …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Apps Standard Edition Findable Again  —  Last night we reported that Google had stripped all references and links to the free version of Google Apps from the landing page for the product.  New users had just one option - to sign up for the Premier version and pay $50 per user per year after a 14 day free trial.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox stability to get a boost with multiprocess browsing  —  Mozilla has launched a new project called Electrolysis that aims to bring multiprocess browsing to Firefox.  According to Mozilla, splitting up the page rendering workload into multiple processes will improve the browser's performance, security, and stability.
Discussion: VentureBeat, eWeek, TechVi and Techgeist
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, Online Display Ads Don't Suck After All!  —  Since the dawn of time, advertisers have been worried about the efficacy of online display ads.  This is in part because, in the mid-1990s, they were taught that online display ads had one purpose in life, which was to get people to click on them.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Celebrates First Anniversary of App Store  —  Apple has started celebrating the first anniversary of the App Store with a special section on iTunes [link] highlighting their favorite applications and games.  While the App Store officially launched on July 11th 2008 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feedburner Founder/CEO Dick Costolo To Leave Google  —  It's always hard to hold onto those pesky entrepreneurs after you acquire their company - the best ones always get restless and bail.  Feedburner cofounder and CEO Dick Costolo will be leaving Google within the week, we've confirmed.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon Killing Mobile Apps That Use Its Data  —  Well, this sucks.  I had not yet gotten around to downloading the new Delicious Library iPhone app, which I heard was great.  And now I can't because the developer had to remove it from the App Store.  Why?  Because of Amazon.
Matt Asay / CNET News:
VideoLAN releases VLC 1.0.0: Your media will never be the same  —  On April 3, arguably the world's best media player, VideoLAN's VLC media player (VLC), hit version 0.9.9.  A few months and over 78 million downloads later, VideoLAN has announced VLC 1.0.0 ("Goldeneye").  —  Your media will never be the same.
Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
Microsoft, EU Said to Be in Talks to Settle Two Antitrust Investigations  —  Microsoft Corp., which has been fined 1.68 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in European Union antitrust cases, is in preliminary talks to settle two additional investigations before EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes leaves office …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Where have all the white iPhones gone?  —  It's the reverse of Henry Ford's line about the Model T. Today you can buy any iPhone you want, as long as it's not white.  —  Apple (AAPL) has been having trouble keeping the entry-level white iPhone in stock since the new 3GS went on sale two and a half weeks ago.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Amazon Patents Detail Kindle Advertising Model  —  Would you buy a Kindle ebook reader from Amazon if you received a free, ad-supported version of a book for each physical copy purchased?  The U.S. Patent Office has published several Amazon patents in the past 30 days that could lead the online bookseller in that direction.
Douglas MacMillan / Tech Beat:
Facebook Flight?  No, Graduation Season  —  As more baby boomers take to the world's most popular social network, the average age of Facebook users has risen steadily.  But the site's bread and butter, kids in college and high school, haven't gone anywhere.  Have they?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Michael Jackson funeral delivers pop in video streams  —  Live video streams of the Michael Jackson funeral are delivering a big jump in activity and some sites are struggling under the strain.  —  According to Akamai's live stream tracker, a handy link of current activity, the Jackson funeral is getting a lot of attention.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
New algorithm guesses SSNs using date and place of birth  —  Two researchers have found that a pair of antifraud methods intended to increase the chances of detecting bogus social security numbers has actually allowed the statistical reconstruction of the number using information that many people place on social networking sites.
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Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T  —  It's not an Acer Aspire One, but it's close enough.  —  You could however easily mistake it for the Aspire One 751, as it's based on the same chassis with a few modifications.  It also shares the 11.6" screen with 1366x768 resolution.
Spencer Ante / Tech Beat:
Made Men: Why Venture Capitalists Sponsor Other VCs  —  The big news out this week in the venture capital market is the launch of Andreessen Horowitz, a new $300 million venture capital fund co-founded by Marc Andreeseen, a tech visionary who founded Netscape Communications, the startup that triggered the Internet tsunami.
Miguel de Icaza:
From Microsoft: C# and CLI under the Community Promise  —  First the big news: Microsoft will be applying the Community Promise patent licensing to both C# and the CLI.  —  The announcement was done by Peter Galli at Microsoft over at Port25 and it states (emphasis is mine):
Martin LaMonica / CNET News:
Microsoft opens Hohm to energy monitoring  —  Microsoft opened up its Hohm Web application on Monday to U.S. users, a site that gives people a starting point for cutting home energy use.  —  The launch of Hohm, still in beta, was marred at least for some people, including me …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
IAC's Match Agrees To Buy People Media For $80 Million  —  Broad-based online dating site Match.com is buying into the targeted subscription dating business with the acquisition of People Media from private equity firm American Capital Ltd. and various investors for $80 million in cash.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Mobile Phone Keyboards  —  I missed it while I was at WWDC last month, but Tim Bray wrote a thoughtful piece regarding whether hardware keyboards are an important feature.  Bray owns and very much likes an HTC Android G1, and writes: … I think the question boils down to whether Apple …
internetnews.com:
Mobile Apps Drifting to the Cloud  —  Right now, mobile app developers must pick an OS to write for or create many versions of the same thing.  Plus, those apps need processing power, storage and memory in the handset.  A better way may be floating in the cloud.
Discussion: AppScout
Palm, Inc.:
Palm Pre to Launch in Europe with O2 and Movistar  —  Print page E-mail page Download PDF  —  Palm webOS Phone to Arrive in UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain on Local Telefónica Networks  —  Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) today announced that the Palm(R) Pre(TM) …
 
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Blogs-on-Paper Idea Runs Out of Steam
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Will Scare You Into Keeping Your Landline
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo Withdraws Lawsuit Over Rights To Fantasy-Sports Stats
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Bloomberg Announces New York Media Stimulus Plans
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Apple, Nintendo, Sony sued for patent infringement
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