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6:00 PM ET, July 9, 2009

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Staska / Unwired View:
Next in your iPhone OS: live object identification, face recognition, text filtering, smarter messaging, voice alteration  —  Apple guys do keep themselves busy thinking up new ways how to improve their iPhone OS software.  And Apple's patent applications give us a glimpse of how they may go about it.
Tom Warren / Neowin.net:
Microsoft is planning an Office party on Monday  —  Microsoft is planning to announce Office Web Applications and the Office 2010 beta at the company's annual Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans next Monday.  —  Neowin hinted at the announcements yesterday but insider sources …
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Putting together the pieces of Microsoft's “big announcement” next Monday
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Bing Now Bigger Than Digg, Twitter and CNN  —  With the headlines that Microsoft's new search engine Bing has been grabbing, it's easy to forget that it only went live about a month ago.  Since its launch at the beginning of June, it has given Google pause and even had its own web infomercial.
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Long Live 3.5mm: HTC Makes The Switch  —  Dongles.  In-line adapters.  Proprietary headset ports.  If it's an audio port on a mobile handset and it's not 3.5mm, it's junk.  As we declared back in May, we're done with all of it.  Now HTC, sire of the T-Mobile G1, myTouch …
Julia Angwin / Digits:
Sun Valley: Gates and Schmidt Do Lunch But Don't Comment on Google OS  —  Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Google CEO Eric Schmidt had an awkward encounter this morning at the Sun Valley mogulfest this morning — and after Google detailed plans Tuesday to create software it hopes …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Speeding Up RSS  —  I'm sorry, but RSS feeds are way too slow.  I know this first-hand.  As part of my job here at TechCrunch, I monitor a lot of RSS feeds for breaking news.  We also produce our own feed and I can see how quickly it propagates to various feed readers and feed-powered news aggregation services.
Discussion: CloudAve
Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:
New York Times Considers $5 Monthly Web-Access Fee  —  New York Times Co. said in a survey of print subscribers that it's considering a $5 monthly fee for access to its namesake newspaper's Web site.  —  In the survey, Times Co. also asked whether subscribers would be willing to pay a discounted fee of $2.50 a month for Web access.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple filings detail ID app, other potential iPhone enhancements  —  A half dozen new patent filings published this week from Apple detail various advancements that could find their way into future iPhones, such as a new “ID App” for identifying objects in a user's surroundings …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Real-Time Startup CoTweet Raises Real Money  —  It's the latest sign of Silicon Valley's zeal for startups that exploit Twitter: CoTweet, a company that offers software to help business send and receive messages from multiple Twitter accounts, is announcing a $1.1 million round of financing Thursday and opening to the public.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Best Buy and TiVo Are Forming an Alliance  —  SAN FRANCISCO — TiVo, the Silicon Valley company that popularized the digital video recorder, and Best Buy, the national electronics chain, are forging a broad partnership.  —  On Thursday, the companies plan to announce that Best Buy …
Steve Block / Google LatLong:
The blue circle comes to your desktop  —  If you've used Google Maps for mobile, you'll be familiar with My Location.  With single click of a button, your approximate location is shown on the map with a blue circle.  Wouldn't it be great if that same feature was available in Google Maps on your desktop or laptop computer?
Amazon.com:
Introducing AmazonWireless - A New Amazon Web Site Offering Cell Phones and Service Plans  —  Easy-to-Use Web Site Guides Customers Through the Purchase Process; Rebate-Free Shopping and FREE Two-Day Shipping on All Phones  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the beta launch of AmazonWireless …
eMarketer:
Is Social Network Advertising Ready for Primetime?  —  Mapping the social graph.  —  Let's get the bad news out of the way.  —  As a result of the poor economy and various difficulties at MySpace, paid advertising on online social networks in the US is expected to fall 3% in 2009.
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Emily Steel / Total Telecom:
Spending on social networks to shrink, eMarketer says
Discussion: GigaOM and Wall Street Journal
Bloomberg:
Amazon.com $9.99 Kindle Books Have Publishers Nervous About Price Squeeze  —  Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle, which accelerated the adoption of electronic books, may shrink publishers' profit margins if the online retailer gets tougher about prices it pays for digital titles.
Glenn Fleishman / Macworld:
iPhone 3GS limited to 384 Kbps upstream  —  When the iPhone 3GS arrived last month, I explained the ins and outs of High Speed Packet Access (HSPA), the rubric that covers AT&T's two highest-speed cellular data standards: HSDPA for downstream and HSUPA for upstream.
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Oodle + Twitter = Another Jab At Craigslist  —  Oodle continues to chip away at Craigslist's domination of the online classifieds market by partnering with much larger sites like AOL and powering their listings—but with a new Twitter integration, the startup is making the battle about more than just scale …
Brad Stone / Bits:
New York Attorney General Sues Tagged.com  —  Turns out our recent story on the spammy social network Tagged.com had a fan — Andrew Cuomo, New York's attorney general.  —  Mr. Cuomo has announced he intends to sue the company “for deceptive e-mail marketing practices and invasion of privacy …
The Official Google Blog:
Find Creative Commons images with Image Search  —  Let's say you're a blogger.  You've just returned from a trip to New York City, and you're writing a post on New York landmarks.  You want to illustrate your travel guide with an image — as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Clippy stars in new Office 2010 promo video  —  I'm not sure “spell check this” has the same ring as “I'll be back,” but I have enjoyed the series of promo videos for Office 2010 that try to cast the software as the plot of an action movie.  —  The latest installment shows the grave of Clippy …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
webOS 1.1 Coming Soon?  Exchange Improvements on Tap for Palm Pre  —  webOS 1.1 for the Palm Pre may be released within a month, including improved Exchange Active Sync policies and Security.  An anonymous tipster has sent in some details on what we can expect with webOS 1.1.
Discussion: Palm WebOS and WebOS Arena
Electronista:
Pre owners complain of lack of onscreen keys  —  Palm Pre owners are ironically complaining that their smartphones don't have onscreen keyboards, a study by Strategy Analytics found today.  Despite Palm having added the QWERTY keyboard in response to gripes about touch-only devices like the iPhone …
Discussion: Macworld and Edible Apple
Jin Hyun-joo / The Korea Herald:
Apple agrees to recall iPod MP3 players  —  U.S. computer giant Apple succumbed to Seoul's pressure to recall its first-generation iPod Nano following a series of reports of alleged battery explosion of the popular MP3 players, the government said yesterday.
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft Adds Bing Features to Hotmail  —  Microsoft has integrated Bing into Hotmail, with a Quick Add feature that uses Bing search to pull video, maps, images and other content into users' e-mails.  Since its June 3 release, Microsoft has been aggressively pushing Bing through a number …
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nokia 3720 Classic: 125 EUR, coming out this summer, nearly impossible to break  —  Less than 6 hours ago, I predicted the Nokia (NYSE: NOK) 3720 Classic would be announced within 2 months.  Well it happened.  —  For 125 Euros (110 British Pounds or 180 American Dollars) …
Craig / Fighting the Next Good Fight:
What?  Volunteers to Approve $4.7 Billion in Broadband Grants?  —  Now there's a headline that'll give a grant writer pause - and the rest of the broadband project team terminal heartburn.  —  NTIA unveiled in Boston yesterday they intend to recruit an army of volunteers to make up the panels …
Discussion: PC World, GigaOM and dailywireless.org
CircleID:
Comcast Unleashes Trial DNS Redirection in Select States  —  In a post today on Comcast's blog, Chris Griffiths, DNS Engineering Manger, has informed customers that they have begun to role a DNS redirection service—a controversial service offered by several other ISPs over the years …
Discussion: Comcast Voices and DSLreports
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft's New CRM Accelerators Embrace Social Networking, Web Portals  —  Microsoft will release free CRM Accelerators for Microsoft Dynamics CRM that allow the enterprise to pull data from social networks such as Twitter, centralize sales management across multiple channel partners through …
Discussion: PC World and The Microsoft Blog
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Murdoch Says News Corp. Kindle-Like Device 'Isn't Likely' …
Discussion: Digits
Scott Gulbransen / The Quicken Blog:
Quicken for Mac Coming in February 2010
Discussion: Macworld, Ars Technica and AppleInsider
Jessica Shambora / Fortune:
Luxe sample sales move online
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Silverlight 3 goes live on Microsoft's servers
Discussion: Download Squad and Ars Technica
Reuters:
AOL reviewing assets, but will likely keep Bebo
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
NetApp May Be Acquisition Target After Losing Data Domain, Analysts Say
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Apple still not naming NC town as data center site
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Wal-Mart Embraces Twitter, but Not Brevity
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