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6:10 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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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?
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Sprint Outsources Daily Operations Of Its Network To Ericsson In A Deal Worth $5 Billion  —  Sprint (NYSE: S) Nextel confirmed today that it will indeed outsource the daily operations of its two wireless networks—both CDMA and iDEN—to Ericsson (NSDQ: ERIC), in a deal worth $4.5 to $5 billion …
 
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The Longest Tweet In History
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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
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft's New CRM Accelerators Embrace Social Networking, Web Portals
Discussion: PC World and The Microsoft Blog
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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Emery P. Dalesio / Associated Press:
Apple still not naming NC town as data center site
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Wal-Mart Embraces Twitter, but Not Brevity
Discussion: Boing Boing