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7:55 PM ET, July 9, 2009

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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
Discussion: TechCrunch and Gadgetell, 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
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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:
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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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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 / 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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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: AppleInsider, PC World and Ars Technica
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.
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.
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
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.
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) …
 
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Bloomberg:
News Corp. Will Hold Onto Its Cash Until Economic Recovery, Murdoch Says
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David F. Gallagher / Bits:
A Blog's Story Gets a Tweak in ‘Julie & Julia’
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Hoberman and Birch launch PRO Founders Capital
Jessica Shambora / Fortune:
Luxe sample sales move online
CircleID:
Comcast Unleashes Trial DNS Redirection in Select States
Discussion: Comcast Voices and DSLreports
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: Ars Technica and Download Squad
Craig / Fighting the Next Good Fight:
What? Volunteers to Approve $4.7 Billion in Broadband Grants?
Discussion: PC World, GigaOM and dailywireless.org
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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
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Wal-Mart Embraces Twitter, but Not Brevity
Discussion: Boing Boing
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