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10:25 PM ET, July 9, 2009

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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?
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Location Now Built-In To Google Maps — In Chrome And Firefox
Discussion: Gizmodo and Kelsey Group Blogs
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.
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:   Google image search gets usage rights filtering
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.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
What Is Real Time Search?  Definitions & Players  —  There seems to be no end to companies saying they offer real time search these days.  And no end to people quoting how Google itself says it wants to improve in the area.  But what does real time search really mean?
Discussion: Scobleizer, TechCrunch, Gadgetell and GigaOM, Thanks:atul
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Gnip Launches Push API To Create Real-Time Stream Of Business Data
Discussion: Don Park's Daily Habit, Thanks:taylorbuley
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 …
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Julia Angwin / Digits:
Sun Valley: Schmidt Didn't Want to Build Chrome Initially, He Says  —  Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said Thursday evening that, for six years, he resisted the idea of building what became the Chrome browser and (soon) operating system, before succumbing to the enthusiasm of Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
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.
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Longest Tweet In History  —  The short tale of a Forbesian technological breakthrough.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — On Oct. 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager became the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound.  On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the first man to run a four-minute mile.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
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.
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 …
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 …
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Facebook Sued For Click Fraud  —  Sports site RootZoo has sued Facebook for click fraud, alleging that the social networking site charged for more clicks than actually occurred.  The lawsuit comes several weeks after Facebook users began flooding message boards with complaints about overcharging.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
John Casasanta / tap tap tap:
256÷128=10?!  The impact of the iPhone 3GS RAM increase  —  The most significant thing that Apple's been touting about new iPhone 3GS is its speed.  Generally, when you think about speed improvements, you think of faster CPUs, faster GPUs, and such.
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
With ad revenue up 35%, Gawker Media returns to pageview bonuses and plans “checkbook journalism”  —  Eight months ago, Gawker Media publisher Nick Denton was predicting a 40-percent drop in U.S. advertising and paring back accordingly: He laid off 19 writers and, by selling some blogs …
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Bing Both Grows & Drops In June; Google Still Tops  —  Just in from Hitwise, the first month-to-month figures since the launch of Bing.  And the figures show Bing has both gained and dropped in the same month.  Confusing?  Yes it is!  —  Here are the month-to-month figures:
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 …
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 …
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Silverlight 3 goes live on Microsoft's servers  —  Download Microsoft Silverlight 3 for Windows Final from Fileforum now.  —  A day earlier than expected, though not without precedent, Microsoft's servers began reporting to Silverlight users today the availability of version 3 …
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
TokBox Fires 50% Of Engineering Team, All Founders Gone  —  It was only seven months ago that video chat startup TokBox sent a taco truck to meet newly laid-off Yahoo employees in an effort to cheer up and recruit a few of them (the startup was kind enough to send the truck over to our office afterwards to let us in on the action).
Discussion: GigaOM
Scott Gulbransen / The Quicken Blog:
Quicken for Mac Coming in February 2010  —  Recent media and blogger coverage has led to some speculation that Quicken may not release a new Quicken desktop product for the Mac.  —  We'd like to clear the air: Intuit will release a new version of Quicken for the Mac platform in February 2010.
Discussion: PC World, Ars Technica and AppleInsider
Beth Snyder Bulik / AdAge:
What Your Favorite Social Network Says About You  —  Anderson Analytics Survey Reveals Consumers' Likely Interests, Buying Habits, Media Consumption  —  YORK, Pa. (AdAge.com) — Do you Twitter?  Then you are more interested in sex than the average Facebook, MySpace or LinkedIn user.  Like LinkedIn?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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.
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
DSLreports:
Akamai: U.S. 33rd Fastest Broadband Country - Behind Slovakia, in terms of percentage of connections above 2Mbps...  Akamai today released their latest “State of the Internet Report,” (registration annoyingly required) which covers a number of topics including broadband penetration, broadband speeds, security, and more.
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Dear EMI: Pretending The Old World Still Exists Won't Get You Into The 21st Century
Bloomberg:
News Corp. Will Hold Onto Its Cash Until Economic Recovery, Murdoch Says
Discussion: Dealscape
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A Blog's Story Gets a Tweak in ‘Julie & Julia’
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Hoberman and Birch launch PRO Founders Capital
Jessica Shambora / Fortune:
Luxe sample sales move online
Discussion: Newsweek
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Comcast Unleashes Trial DNS Redirection in Select States
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Microsoft's New CRM Accelerators Embrace Social Networking, Web Portals
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
AOL reviewing assets, but will likely keep Bebo
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
NetApp May Be Acquisition Target After Losing Data Domain, Analysts Say
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
webOS 1.1 Coming Soon? Exchange Improvements on Tap for Palm Pre
Discussion: Palm WebOS and WebOS Arena