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11:10 PM ET, July 7, 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.
Discussion: PC World, GigaOM, paidContent and ChannelWeb
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Web Radio Darling Pandora Slips the Noose, But at a Cost: Heavy Users Have to Pay.
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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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
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Michael Jackson funeral delivers pop in video streams
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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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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.
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 and VentureBeat
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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?
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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, bizjournals and MacRumors
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
VMware offering ‘safe passage’ to Virtual Iron users  —  IDG News Service - VMware is trying to exploit uncertainty among customers of Virtual Iron, the virtualization vendor recently acquired by Oracle Corp., with a new “safe passage” plan that offers Virtual Iron users steep discounts on certain VMware products if they switch.
Discussion: The Register and Tech Trader Daily
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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