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12:30 AM ET, July 8, 2009

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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 Online Royalty Deal  —  Internet radio, once on its deathbed, is likely to survive after all.  —  On Tuesday, after a two-year battle, record labels and online radio stations agreed on new royalty rates that cover music streaming.  —  Many of the music sites had argued …
Tim Westergren / Pandora:
Important update on royalties  —  For more than two years now I have been eagerly anticipating the day when I could finally write these words: the royalty crisis is over!  —  Webcasters, artists, and record labels have reached a resolution to the calamitous Internet radio royalty ruling of 2007.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Web Radio Darling Pandora Slips the Noose, But at a Cost: Heavy Users Have to Pay.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
King of Pop Proves to be King of Traffic: MJ's Online Memorial Pushes Internet's Limits  —  Michael Jackson's memorial held today at the Staples Center in Los Angeles turned out to be one of the biggest online events ever, according to various reports.  Akamai says that it was the second-largest …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Michael Jackson's Last Performance on the Web: Big, But Not Obama Big  —  Depending on your prespective, this is either interesting news, or heartening news: Michael Jackson's funeral and memorial was indeed a giant Internet event.  But it doesn't seem to have been as big as Michael Jackson's death …
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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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.
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Alan Quatermain:   Amazon Axes Delicious Library for iPhone
Alex Billington / FirstShowing.net:
Aaron Sorkin's Facebook Script Might Actually Be Amazing  —  Ah yes, Aaron Sorkin's movie about Facebook.  “Imagine going from nothing to a billionaire in less than a year.  How do you even grasp that kind of success?  How do you live a normal life?  How do you address the constant lawsuits that eat into your everyday existence?
Discussion: /Film
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Carson Reeves / ScriptShadow:
The Social Network (Facebook Movie)  —  No script link today.  Sorry. :(  —  Genre: Drama  —  Premise: A look at the rise of Facebook and the effect it's had on its founders.  —  About: Aaron Sorkin was commissioned by Sony and producer Scott Rudin to write a movie about Facebook.
Discussion: Forbes, ScreenCrave.com and Gawker
Julie Zhou / Google LatLong:
Help customers find their way with new Google Maps gadget  —  Last week, I looked up directions to the hotel in Sacramento that I had booked for the 4th of July weekend.  As I had never been to that part of the state before, I was puzzled by the directions offered by their website …
Ars Technica:
Sources: Google OS lives (and it's coming to a netbook near you)  —  Ars has learned from two separate sources, one inside the company and one outside of it, that Google is preparing to deliver a Chrome-focused operating system that targets netbooks.  —  Two separate sources …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Will Scare You Into Keeping Your Landline  —  Keep your landline or your loved ones may die, seems to be the messaging tied to AT&T's Home Base campaign released today.  It comes on the heels of a Verizon ad aimed at getting non-Verizon landline customers to ditch their wires in exchange for wireless.
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 …
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.
Joshua Odmark / Search Engine Journal:
No Precedence For Social Media - Amazon Hangs Us Out To Dry  —  A Disconnect Between Social Media Marketing And Amazon.com  —  Recently I had an interesting interaction with Amazon's affiliate program.  —  Rather than telling you the story from start to finish, I am going to Tarantino it.
Discussion: Big in Japan
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
So Much For That Idea.  Facebook Has Killed Off Its Great Apps Initiative  —  Last summer Facebook announced two new programs designed to help surface some of the best applications on Facebook Platform.  The first, called Verified Apps, was to help users find applications they could trust …
Discussion: Inside Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sequoia, Greylock Take Stake In OpenDNS  —  It isn't the sexiest startup in Silicon Valley, but San Francisco based OpenDNS just closed one of the most competitive venture capital deals in recent history.  Top tier firms Sequoia Capital and Greylock Partners came out the winners.
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Quantcast Raising New Cash at $300 Million Valuation  —  Quantcast, a San Francisco-based provider of online audience analytics, is looking to raise around $50 million at a $300 million pre-money valuation, peHUB has learned.  One source tells us that the company has already received multiple term sheets …
Discussion: paidContent and Pulse2
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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 inch screen with 1366x768 resolution.
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.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Curbs YouTube Copyrights Suit  —  A federal judge overseeing a $1 billion copyright class-action against Google Inc.'s YouTube dismissed some of the plaintiffs' claims for certain types of damages from the video-sharing site.  —  U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton ruled that one group of plaintiffs …
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: eWeek, VentureBeat, Techgeist and TechVi
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.
Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
Clearwire Launching WiMAX in Las Vegas  —  Clearwire is launching its Clear WiMAX service in Las Vegas on July 21.  That's great news for conventioneers (especially the numerous tech-focused shows in the area every year) and casino attendees, never mind the locals, who will get to play with the new 4G technology.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Blogs-on-Paper Idea Runs Out of Steam  —  Starting a newspaper filled with material from blogs seemed audacious — as did the idea of starting any kind of newspaper in 2009.  But Joshua Karp did just that in January.  In the end, it didn't work out.  —  Mr. Karp, the founder of The Printed Blog …
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.
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Online attack hits US government Web sites  —  IDG News Service - A botnet comprised of about 50,000 infected computers has been waging a war against U.S. government Web sites and causing headaches for businesses in the U.S. and South Korea.  —  The attack started Saturday …
Joe DePriest / The Charlotte Observer:
Small city plucks a big plum in Apple  —  MAIDEN Three years ago, Catawba County economic development leaders targeted the data center market by developing a 183-acre business park outside Maiden, just west of U.S. 321.  —  On Monday, they announced a big catch: Apple's new $1 billion center …
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and bizjournals
 
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